The Festival, which takes place over four days in Manchester city centre every August Bank Holiday (23 - 26 August), has revealed an exciting new format which will be made up of six key elements, extending the reach of the LGBT+ event even further and creating new touch points for all LGBT+ people across Greater Manchester and beyond.
The internationally renowned festival, which is one of the biggest in the world, has also announced a unique and exciting location for its new live music element, to be named Manchester Pride Live. The ticketed event, which replaces what was known as The Big Weekend, will take place at Mayfield, close to Piccadilly Station.
Manchester Pride Festival 2019 will be made up of Manchester Pride Live, the Candlelit Vigil, the Superbia Weekend, the Gay Village Gathering, Manchester Pride Parade and Youth Pride MCR.
As a result of feedback from a widespread consultation in 2018, specific offerings are also being developed for family, BAME LGBT+ people and women-only events. Focus groups will be held in coming months to engage with those who want to be involved in shaping these new events.
Manchester Pride Live at Mayfield will take place over two days - Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August - and will host about 30 artists across two stages in and around the Mayfield Depot, part of the former Mayfield Station site. World class acts will perform each day in a ticket-only party, the like of which has never been seen before at the festival.
Manchester’s Gay Village always has and always will be the heart of the Manchester Pride Festival and 2019 will see the creation of the ultimate street party - the Gay Village Gathering. With community performances in Sackville Gardens, plus markets and parties across the village’s venues, it will continue to be home to the hub of the festival’s LGBT+ celebration.
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