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Monday 26 August 2019, 9pm 


The Candlelit Vigil will close the four days of the festival with a moment of reflection in Sackville Gardens.

The home of Alan Turing, The National Transgender Memorial and the Beacon of Hope, the gardens will once again be turned into a sea of flickering candles as the party calms and comes to end.

We take a minute to remember those lost to the HIV virus as LGBT+ people join together to fight the epidemic worldwide, and the stigma that still exists.

The Candlelit Vigil also provides a space to remember those who are suffering and those who are persecuted, presenting an opportunity to stand together in a united front as we recognise the many challenges that are still faced by LGBT+ communities, both here in the UK and around the world.


This year, we're putting together a special memorial where we will be remembering lives lost since last year's Candlelit Vigil, and we'd love for you to be involved.

Who will you be lighting a candle for when we share a minute's silence?

If you'd like to see a lost loved one mentioned in our on-screen memorial, please email .

With thanks to our sponsors
  • AC Hotel City Centre
  • AC Hotel by Marriott
  • ARM
  • Autotrader
  • Boohoo
  • Boohoo Man
  • Bruntwood
  • Coca-Cola
  • Co-op
  • Co-op Bank
  • Dakota Manchester
  • Diva
  • DLA Piper
  • Enterprise
  • Gaydio
  • Gay Times
  • Hits Radio
  • Holiday Inn
  • Hotel Football
  • Hotel Indigo
  • I Love MCR
  • Jury's Inn
  • Malmaison
  • Mustard Media
  • One Agency
  • Pure Gym
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian
  • Renaissance Manchester City Centre
  • Swinton
  • TfGM
  • Thomas Cook
  • Unite Students
  • Whitworth Locke