Manchester Pride announces programme of events for the brand new, Youth Pride MCR
BY DIVA STAFF
A brand spankin’, free-to-attend event for young LGBTQI people Youth Pride MCR kicks off over the August bank holiday weekend as part of the city’s wider, annual Pride celebrations.
Developed through engagement with young people from across Greater Manchester, exciting details have now been announced about what to expect from the inaugural, #YouthPrideMCR. Read on for more!
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Youth Pride MCR is due to take place from 24-25 August 2019 at one of Manchester’s rising star venues, YES – a fully accessible, private event space on Charles Street.
Located just 320m from the city’s famous Gay Village (and minutes from the parade route), Youth Pride MCR will be take place across both the venue’s Pink Room and basement area.
By the way, Youth Pride MCR will be made up of two different elements over the course of two days…
Saturday at Youth Pride MCR
Saturday is #FreeYourself. The first day will commence with all Youth Pride MCR attendees walking the parade together for the first time!
After that, all will be led to YES for an afternoon of fun with DJs, Vogue workshops, post parade partying and super special guests.
Plus! For those who want to step away from the partying, guests can visit the Quiet Zone, serving up quiet games, a sensory area and mental health discussions. Lovely!
Saturday at Youth Pride MCR
Sunday’s theme for Youth Pride MCR is #KnowYourself. Commencing with an unwinding yoga session and taking a moment to reflect, the culturally rich programme will begin!
Made up of author talks, acting workshops, and a drag how-to workshop (YASSS), representatives from youth charities will also be in attendance throughout the event – as well as one-to-one consultations from Albert Kennedy Trust.
Youth Pride MCR attendees will be invited to learn screen printing, cross stitching, dancing and will be given the opportunity to contribute to art pieces.
The basement will again play host to the quiet zone, film screenings and meditation sessions.
Throughout the weekend
Throughout the weekend there will be non-alcoholic drinks on offer, pizza from Playboy Pizza (which includes their famous vegan option!) and a glitter stand to get everybody glittering!
The Pink Room and Quiet Zone are encouraged to be a space for young people only, but parents can enjoy the roof terrace or bar if they wish to wait within the venue.
“We’re thrilled to be holding the first ever Youth Pride MCR this year as part of the Manchester Pride Festival celebrations,” says Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride.
“The event has been developed through engagement with young people from across Greater Manchester. Over recent months, we’ve been in talks with those who want to be involved in shaping these new and exciting events, and a separate youth event was what our audience asked for and what we felt they needed.
“We’re committed to constantly innovating Manchester Pride Festival in order to remain relevant and intune with what LGBT+ people in Greater Manchester tell us they want from their celebration.”
Manchester Pride Festival 2019 will be made up of Manchester Pride Live, the Candlelit Vigil, the Superbia Weekend, the Gay Village Party, Manchester Pride Parade and Youth Pride MCR.
Please note: Youth Pride MCR is a 14 years+ event
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