#ALLTOGETHERNOW MAKES LIVERPOOL PRIDE BIGGEST FESTIVAL TO DATE

Pride March attracts 10,000 participants
Festival Weekend passes 50,000 supporter milestone

Organisers of the Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 have praised more than 50,000 supporters and the army of volunteers who helped to make this year’s weekend the most successful to date.

This year’s theme #AllTogetherNow was chosen to promote unity for the LGBT+ and wider community – and this was evident with the highest visitor numbers on record.

 Image: David Munn

Image: David Munn

The weekend’s programme was officially started on Saturday (28 July) with the ninth annual Liverpool Pride March in association with the Mayor of Liverpool, led by family and friends of Michael Causer, who was tragically killed in 2008.

A crowd of 10,000 LGBT+ supporters – including groups from Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council, and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service – gathered at St George’s Hall before weaving their way through the city streets to Moorfields while flying the Rainbow flag. This is the largest Liverpool Pride March to date.

The programme of Pride fun then continued across three stages at the Tithebarn Street festival hub – located near the city’s iconic Superlambanana sculpture – taking the event back to its roots and into the city’s Gay Quarter.

Liverpool Pride Weekend surpassed the milestone of attracting 50,000 supporters, making it the city’s biggest and most successful Pride event ever.

Crowds were entertained throughout the day by a vast array of talent, flocking to stages presented by headline sponsor Barclays with the Barclays Main Stage; the Manchester Airport San Francisco stage; and the Manchester Airport Boston Bar hosted by sponsor Manchester Airport and curated by the Liverpool Queer Collective.

Entertainment included international drag star and Celebrity Big Brother winner Courtney Act; House of Suarez; Rogue Minogue; Queen Zee; headlined by pop icon, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

 Image: Bryan Fowler

Image: Bryan Fowler

Liverpool Pride events continued on Sunday (29 July) with the Pride Sundae festival hub at the Bluecoat.

The venue became a hive of activity for young people and families which saw dancers from across the city taking part in an epic dance-off brought together by Nazene Danielle's Dance Dynamix; a wealth of craft activities from Blueroom, the Bluecoat's project for learning disabled adults; and DJ's from Mode training took over the Bistro to provide chill-out sounds to help everyone relax and wind down. 

Shining a light on LGBT+ lives and civil rights, there was also a programme of talks, displays, and arts and crafts at venues across the city including The Walker Art Gallery, Open Eye Gallery, The International Slavery Museum and Museum of Liverpool.

Liverpool Pride Festival co-chairs John Bird and Andi Herring commented: “What an incredible weekend for putting the Liverpool Pride Festival on the map and more importantly, what a fantastic celebration of our LGBT+ community. So much hard work has gone into developing this year’s event with planning for the new site, and we’re delighted to see it work so well.

“To watch the crowds grow and grow as we gathered at St George’s Hall before our biggest ever Liverpool Pride March made its way through the city was extremely emotional for everyone. The atmosphere was truly special throughout the day.

“Liverpool Pride would like to say a heartfelt and sincere thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, the support of this year’s sponsors, our army of dedicated volunteers and, of course, everyone who attended throughout the weekend and celebrated LGBT+ in a fun, safe and unforgettable way.”

 Image: Bryan Fowler

Image: Bryan Fowler

The success of this year’s Liverpool Pride was complemented by a number of events which ran alongside the festival during the month.

In its third year, Come Out of the Shadows campaign saw a number of iconic and public buildings across Liverpool City Region being illuminated in the colours of the Rainbow and Trans flags in solidarity for the LGBT+ community. Buildings include St John’s Beacon, Anfield, St Georges Hall and Liverpool Town Hall. The initiative continues until 2 August.

Other highlights included LGBT+ drama comedy The Ruby Slippers at Liverpool’s Royal Court; Grin Theatre’s annual Queertet at The Casa; as well as Pride at the Pictures who presented All About My Mother and Divine Divas, in association with Brazilica.

Businesses across the city also showed their support for Liverpool Pride by flying the official supporter flag from their venues, including Novotel, Hanover Street; Aloft Liverpool Hotel, North John Street; Maray, Bold Street; and FACT, Wood Street.

Liverpool Pride Festival thank headline sponsor Barclays; sponsors Manchester Airport; Homes For Everyone; The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority; the Mayor of Liverpool; and Media Partners Radio City, DIVA Magazine, The Guide Liverpool and Gay Times for their incredible and vital support.

Liverpool Pride Statement RE: Safety Concerns

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On 7th July 2018, a very small group of individuals hijacked a Pride Parade to gain grand exposure for their transphobic rhetoric. They failed.

The inundation of messages of support, approval, and love for our Trans & non-binary communities washed away the attempt of pushing a non-inclusive message onto an incredibly inclusive group of people.

Liverpool Pride condemns these actions.

As always, we have been working closely with Merseyside Police, our Joint Agency partners, and our event management team. We have a robust event management plan in place and will continue to work with partners should any incidents (of any kind) impact our event.

Rest assured, the safety and wellbeing of all our attendees is paramount in the overall organisation of our event, and we want the Trans community to know that they are, as they always have been and forever will be, welcome at Liverpool Pride and equal in our campaign, alongside every other respectful group of people.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating equality, diversity & inclusivity on Saturday 28th July.

 

NEW PATRONS ANNOUNCED FOR LIVERPOOL PRIDE 2018

Festival also reveals two new media partners

Liverpool Pride has announced three new Patrons for the 2018 festival taking place later this month.

Radio City Talk presenter, performer and media personality Pete PriceFlight Lieutenant Caroline Paige, and Liverpool singer/songwriter, performer and founder of Sense of Sound Jennifer John are all being welcomed in to the Pride family.

They join current Pride Patrons Angela Eagle MP and the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev Paul Bayes as supporters of the event.

The free festival, now in its ninth consecutive year, is a colourful celebration of all things LGBT+. This year it takes place over the weekend of 28-29 July and its theme is #AllTogetherNow

Liverpool’s Pete Price started his career as a stand-up comedian, winning the ITV talent show New Faces. He became a radio DJ and presenter in his early 20s, and is also a popular performer, appearing in many of the city’s pantomimes.

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Flt Lt Caroline Paige, from Cheshire, joined the RAF as a male officer in 1980 and worked as a fast jet and battlefield helicopter navigator, serving in the Gulf War and in Bosnia.

In 1999 she became the first transgender officer to transition and serve openly in the UK Armed Forces, working on the frontline in Iraq and Afghanistan before finally retiring in 2014.

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Crown Copyright 2005

And Jennifer John is an award-winning businesswoman and creative dynamo who co-founded a capella vocal ensemble Sense of Sound in 1992. She is also a singer/songwriter, vocal teacher, workshop leader, mentor and manager.

 Photo - Matt Ford

Photo - Matt Ford

Liverpool Pride Co-chair John Bird said today: “Liverpool is a culturally rich city with so many incredible individuals who bring so much to it.

 “As a charity, we wish to recognise members of the LGBT+ community and its allies who support the community, our charity, and are prolific figures in their fields, and that support us in furthering the message of Liverpool Pride's campaign in tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

“We’re incredibly proud to welcome Pete Price, Caroline Paige and Jennifer John into that fold, as they have been incredible pillars for us (and the wide community) over the years, and we want to thank them in a special way.”

Liverpool Pride is also revealing two new media partners for the 2018 event – The Guide Liverpool and Gay Times.

The Guide Liverpool is a leading Liverpool website covering events, music, style, nightlife, culture and lifestyle across the city.

Gay Times, founded in 1984, is the UK’s longest-running monthly magazine for gay and bisexual men.

Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events. Last year a record 8,000 people joined the Pride march and more than 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

The 2018 event takes place on Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July, and this year has a new home in Tithebarn Street. Organisers believe the location will prove popular with festivalgoers given its proximity to the city’s Gay Quarter and nearby Pownall Square, the site of Mersey Pride in 1995.

#AllTogetherNow complements a city-wide season of events and performances under the #Liverpool2018 banner – marking 10 years since the city was named European Capital of Culture 2008. 

The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 also marks a decade since the death of gay teenager Michael Causer, who lost his life on 2 August 2008 after a vicious homophobic attack.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor to headline Liverpool Pride

Pop icon Sophie Ellis-Bextor will headline the Liverpool Pride Festival 2018.

Festival organisers made the exciting announcement to guests, sponsors and partners at last
night’s VIP Press Launch at Avenue HQ, Mann Island (Thursday, 21 June).

The evening was hosted by radio presenter Clare Simmo, from Media Partner Radio City, who
welcomed guests and officially launched this year’s festival programme. Copies of Liverpool Pride’s official brochure were also exclusively available for those attending.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor will wow Liverpool Pride festivalgoers when she headlines the Barclays Main
Stage on Saturday 28 July.

Sophie shot to fame as a vocalist on Spiller’s huge number one single Groovejet and then followed it up with Take Me Home and her worldwide smash hit, Murder on the Dancefloor.
Her solo debut album, Read My Lips was released in 2001 and reached number two in the UK
Albums Chart and certified double platinum by the BPI. The album sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Her subsequent album releases include Shoot from the Hip (2003), Trip the Light Fantastic (2007), Make a Scene (2011).

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In 2014, in a departure from her previous dance pop albums, Sophie embarked on her debut
singer/songwriter album Wanderlust with Ed Harcourt at the helm as co-writer and Producer. It
proved to be a critical and commercial success: certified Gold in the UK and spending 3 weeks in the UK top 10 album chart and spawning the hit single Young Blood.

Sophie followed this release and collaboration up with 2016’s Familia which saw her return to the
dance floor with the radio hit Come With Us. In the Spring of 2018 with Ed Harcourt as Producer
and Amy Langley (of Dirty Pretty Strings) arranging, Sophie will release orchestrated versions of all her hits and past single releases.

Liverpool Pride Festival is the region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBT+, and this
is ninth consecutive year the festival has been staged. This year’s event takes place across two
days – Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018. The festival is free to attend.
Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a record 8,000 people joined the march and over 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

 The cast of the UK Tour of Kinky Boots will perform at Liverpool Pride

The cast of the UK Tour of Kinky Boots will perform at Liverpool Pride

The festival goes back to its historical roots on its ninth annual year. Tithebarn Street in the city
centre is the main festival site on Saturday 28 July. Organisers believe this year’s location will
prove popular with festivalgoers given the close proximity to the city’s Gay Quarter and nearby
Pownall Square, the site of Mersey Pride in 1995.

Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of events and
performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – marking 10 years since the city was named European
Capital Of Culture 2008.

The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 marks a decade since the death of gay teenager Michael Causer,
who lost his life on 2 August 2008 after a vicious homophobic attack.
Saturday’s festival programme will focus on the area round Tithebarn Street, which will be closed
between the Superlambanana and Moorfields to ensure the festival takes place in a safe and
controlled environment.

The Barclays Main Stage from headline sponsor Barclays will be situated by the iconic
Superlambanana, while the Manchester Airport San Francisco stage will be in the square between
Vernon Street and Cunliffe Street, sponsor Manchester Airport (the UK’s global gateway in the
North) will also host the Manchester Airport VIP Boston Bar.

Joining pop icon Sophie Ellis-Bextor, the main stage line-up also include includes international drag star and winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2018, Courtney Act; cast from Kinky Boots which comes to the Liverpool Empire Theatre in Spring 2019; Queen Zee; Osvaldo Supino; The Major Tour; Melissa Totten; Rogue Minogue; and House of Suarez.

 Queen Zee will take to the Barclays Main Stage

Queen Zee will take to the Barclays Main Stage

The Liverpool Pride March officially starts the Liverpool Pride weekend on Saturday 28 June,
starting from St George’s Hall and finishing at Moorfields.

Live performance starts in the lead-up to Liverpool Pride with The Ruby Slippers comedy play,
which runs at the Royal Court Liverpool from 24 - 28 July. Set in a Blackpool drag club, Ruby
Slippers is a riot of fun and laughter, featuring Liverpool actor Kurtis Stacey and much-loved drag
queen Divina de Campo.

Live theatre continues with Grin Theatre: Queertet 2018 at The Casa on 26 and 27 July. Featuring
two new plays and two updated productions from the Queertet catalogue,
Pride at The Pictures features two films – All About My Mother at Picturehouse at FACT on 23 July; and Brazilica LGBT Film Night featuring Divine Divas at the Output Gallery, Seel Street, on 30 July.

Tate Exchange will host Liverpool Pride: Producing Equality. Between 16 and 22 July, Pride
Volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate the excitement and commitment with which people
across our region create a Pride festival. Art banners from Oliver Bliss, Brian D Hanlon, Sophie
Green and Ben Youdan will be on display, with an opportunity for visitors to create their own
through workshops.

 Lots Holloway joins the line up on 28th July

Lots Holloway joins the line up on 28th July

Come Out of the Shadows returns for a third year, when buildings across Liverpool and the
surrounding areas are illuminated in Rainbow colours between 19 July and 2 August to challenge
hate crime and show their support for LGBT+ communities.

The fun continues Sunday 28 July with Liverpool Pride Sundae and the #AllTogetherNow
Community Zone. The Youth & Community Zone returns with festivalgoers’ favourite market and information stalls, as well as an Acoustic music stage programmed by We Want Women and Grin Theatre with input from youth groups GYRO, The Action Youth and Wirral Work It Out.

Family day Pride Sundae’s hub at The Bluecoat will feature dance, arts and craft activities, food
market, and barbecue in the Bluecoat Garden, alongside Pride events at the International Slavery
Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Museum of Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral.

This year’s theme is #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every branch of the LGBT+ and wider
communities coming together no matter what their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, belief or however
they define themselves in celebration of equality and diversity.

Liverpool Pride Festival is proud to be working with headline sponsor Barclays; sponsor
Manchester Airport; Homes For Everyone; Mayor of Liverpool and Media Partners Radio City and
DIVA magazine.

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NEW LOCATION REVEALED FOR LIVERPOOL PRIDE 2018

Festival spotlight is on Tithebarn Street for main event day – Saturday 28 July 2018

First act announced as Courtney Act

A new location has been revealed for the Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 – which will see the event going back to its historical roots on its ninth annual year.

 Tithebarn Street in the city centre will be transformed into the main festival site on Saturday 28 July.

Liverpool Pride is the region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBT+, and this is ninth consecutive year the festival has been staged.

St George’s Quarter has been home to Liverpool Pride for three years, but due to its increasingly growing success, organisers are working with Culture Liverpool and other cultural partners to expand the festival further which includes a new location for 2018.

Liverpool Pride organisers believe that Tithebarn Street will prove popular with festivalgoers, as the new location is close to the city’s Gay Quarter and nearby Pownall Square, the site of Mersey Pride in 1995.

To coincide with the location announcement, the first act can also be revealed – international drag star and winner of Celebrity Big Brother 2018, Courtney Act.

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 Courtney is no stranger to the limelight. The contemporary artist and activist made it through to the semi-finals of the premiere season of Australian Idol in 2003, and went on to sign with Sony/BMG. Courtney is probably best recognised globally for making the top three in the Emmy Award-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race. She later released her debut EP Kaleidoscope, and her videos have been viewed online more than 40 million times.

Courtney will also perform at Heaven nightclub on Victoria Street during Pride Weekend.

Liverpool Pride takes place across two days – Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018. The festival is free to attend.

Saturday’s festival programme will focus on the area round Tithebarn Street, which will be closed between the Superlambanana and Moorfields to ensure the festival takes place in a safe and controlled environment.

The Barclays Main Stage from headline sponsor Barclays will be situated by the iconic Superlambanana, while the San Francisco Cabaret Stage hosted by sponsor Manchester Airport will be located in the square between Vernon Street and Cunliffe Street, the UK’s global gateway in the North will also host the Manchester Airport VIP Boston Bar.

Areas adjoining Tithebarn Street will also feature in this year’s programme, and will include a Community & Acoustic Stage, Community Expo, Food Market and a Quiet Zone.

Festivalgoers are reassured that the Liverpool Pride March will go ahead as normal, starting from St George’s Hall and finishing at Moorfields.

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Sunday’s programme of activities will take place at arts venues across the city, with the central hub at The Bluecoat. Details will be announced shortly.

This year’s theme is #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every branch of the LGBT+ and wider communities coming together no matter what their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, belief or however they define themselves in celebration of equality and diversity.

John Bird, Co-Chair of Liverpool Pride said: “This is an important year for Liverpool. It’s a decade since the city held the prestigious title of European Capital Of Culture 2008 – and the Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 will play its part in this year’s celebrations.

 “We’ve had a wonderful three years with the St George’s Quarter as our home, but we are taking this milestone cultural year as an opportunity for change to move forward, develop and expand the festival. We are working closely with Culture Liverpool and other cultural partners to ensure that this year’s event in its new location proves to be a huge success.”

 Mayor Joe Anderson added: “Pride is one of the biggest events in Liverpool’s calendar and attracts huge numbers to the city to join together to empower people and celebrate diversity and equality.

 “As a city we are committed to fighting intolerance and we are proud to support what will be one of the biggest Pride events in Europe. Thousands of festivalgoers are expected to head to the heart of the city centre to enjoy the event which will be one of highlights of the summer.”

 Liverpool Pride Festival is proud to be working with headline sponsor Barclays; sponsor Manchester Airport; and Media Partners Radio City and DIVA magazine.

Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a record 8,000 people joined the march and over 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

 The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 marks a decade since the death of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008.

Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of events and performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – marking 10 years since the city was named European Capital Of Culture 2008.

The official Liverpool Pride 2018 trailer

 

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