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How to Celebrate Pride in London

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How to Celebrate Pride in London

Festival events, talent competitions and then of course, the parade!


Pride in London is a not-for-profit organisation with an aim to provide a platform for all LGBTQ+ people across London.

From 9 June, a festival of performances, talks, walks and workshops will lead up to the parade on 7 July. This year’s theme, ‘Pride Matters’, is intended to prompt people to ask ‘What does pride mean to you?’ Pride in London’s polling of the LGBT+ community shows that 78% feel that pride means celebration, while 62% chose diversity.

How to Celebrate Pride in London

Pride London

What’s On at The Festival

Some highlights from the line-up….

Escape with Pride!

13 June 2018 6:45 PM – 4 July 6:45 PM; Breakin’ Escape Rooms

One of London’s biggest, most immersive escape venues hosts a series of nights to celebrate Pride in London 2018, exclusively for members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. £21 pounds per ticket.

The Queer Nude in Perspective: Life Drawing for Pride

19 June 6:30 – 8:30 PM; Royal Institute of British Architects

Join tutor Leo Crane to draw the nude against projected images from RIBA’s collection, combining figure drawing with techniques of architectural perspective. All abilities welcome, materials provided. The event responds to Disappear Here, RIBA’s new commission by Sam Jacob Studio (free to visit). £16/£12 RIBA Members & Friends.

Queer Tours of Hackney

23 – 30 June 2018; 1:00 – 3:00pm

Drag Queen nuns on the 55 bus, the grave of a drag king, and gay cabaret during The Blitz… an interactive walking tour will uncover Hackney’s LGBTQI+ history as part of the Council’s Hackney Pride 365 celebrations. Queer Tours of London shares the borough’s queer history: the events, spaces, identities, repression and resistance. Tickets from £10.

Everyone is Divine!

30 June; 1:00 – 7:00pm

Darren Evans has been working for 25 years in London as a hair and makeup artist for fashion, film, and television. In the last three years, he has focused on photography, producing portraits of people and friends from London’s vibrant LGBTQ cabaret scene. The photography subjects appear in the style of iconic drag superstar Divine in an homage to the punk, brash and outrageous glamour of drag.

LGBT+ Film Festival

20 June and 4 July.

Students, staff and friends of Middlesex University are invited to watch a screening of the BAFTA nominated God’s Own Country on Wednesday 20 June and BAFTA winning film, Pride on Wednesday 4 July.

For more of the festival, visit Pride in London

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What’s On at The Parade

‘The Pride in London Parade provides a platform for every part of London’s LGBT+ community to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow us to live our lives on a genuinely equal footing. It gives us a chance to be visible and speak loudly to the rest of the world about what we have achieved, how far we have come and what is still needed.’ -Pride in London

The route map and groups participating in the parade will be made available at Pride in London.

What’s On Stage

Women’s Stage: This year, the Women’s Stage moves from Soho to the iconic Leicester Square. Pride in London have partnered with DIVA Magazine to bring acts to the stage such as Heather Peace, Betty and Sinitta, Pride’s very own Godmother. Visit Pride in London for the timetable. Leicester Square – Saturday 7 July: 12.30 -7.30pm. 

Cabaret Stage: As always, the Cabaret Stage will have colourful and entertaining acts including Pride’s Got Talent Winners Busty & Ginger. Visit Pride in London for the timetable. Dean Street – 7 July: 12:15 – 7:30pm.

Family Stage: The destination for fun and family entertainment including a special experience from Big Fish Little Fish, karaoke, performances from the Pride’s Got Talent stars and a bed time story with Pop ‘n’ Olly. Visit Pride in London for the timetable. Golden Square – 7 July: 12:00-7:00pm. 

You can support Pride by volunteering, donating or buying merchandise to ensure you’re kitted out for the parade!

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