Manchester Pride has today released the schedule for its Alternative Manchester Pride Festival over August bank holiday weekend 

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

From yoga and drag artists to new and archive performances, Manchester Pride have curated a programme of content to keep Greater Manchester entertained for three whole days this weekend! 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased restrictions on social gatherings in place across many of the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester, the charity will be holding no physical events at all over the August bank holiday weekend. It is instead delivering three days of online content in the form of Alternative Manchester Pride, helping everyone to celebrate Pride safely at home. 

Content will be broadcast exclusively via United We Stream GM and YouTube between 10am and 1am on Saturday and Sunday, followed by a virtual Candlelit Vigil on Monday evening to close the festival.

The GMCA streaming platform United We Stream GM is free to watch but fans are encouraged to donate to Manchester Pride via the United We Stream GM page.

Each day will kick off with Drag Queen Storytime with DIY SOS star Anna Phlyactic and a live yoga class on the Manchester Pride youtube channel.

Expect performances from huge Pride favourites over the weekend, with the likes of Pixie Lott, Rita Ora, Melanie C and Years & Years all joining the line-up with their archive performances. 

The infamous Manchester Queens, lead by Drag SOS star Cheddar Gorgeous, have recorded a brand new drag show to be screened on Saturday, plus there will be a Black Pride MCR vogue takeover, queer womxn’s takeover DJ set and body positivity pride collective Fat Pride will host a takeover DJ set before Gaydio hosts the After Party.

Mark Fletcher, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, said; “This has been a very strange year both for us and the LGBTQ+ people that we exist to support. It was so important to me and my team that we delivered an LGBTQ+ celebration that we could all be proud of and I think this programme does just that.

“With fantastic new performances from many of our favourite artists including some of the very best talent Manchester’s LGBTQ+ communities have to offer the weekend promises something for everyone. Whilst we’re not able to come together for any physical events this year, it’s been great working with the team at United We Stream to set up our very own studio in KAMPUS so that our heart remains Manchester’s Gay Village.”  

Click here to find out all the information you’ll need to celebrate Alternative Manchester Pride this weekend. 🏳️‍🌈

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