Belfast Pride Festival 2011

This weekend: come out for a film, a walk, two talk, a lark in the park, and much, much more

Belfast Pride Festival 2011Belfast Pride Festival is nearly upon us as it starts officially this Saturday.

Belfast Pride is Ireland’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans festival appealing to audiences of over 15,000 people in the summer of each year.

In 2010, we achieved our largest Belfast Pride Festival to date.  Almost 17,000 people hit the streets to come out and show their support.  With a 5,000 strong crowd in Custom House Square enjoying the entertainment not to mention the 1,000s at other venues across Belfast that afternoon, we’re still the biggest Pride in Ireland.

Weekend Line Up

The week begins with a launch night in the Europa Hotel with

David Hoyle Opening Up

David is an artist/human being who has dedicated his life to art and expression since time immemorial, enduring a protracted career that has included stage, television and film, documentary, you name it. David will sink his remaining nicotine stained teeth into any medium. A vampire’s kiss coupled with the soft caress of a moth’s wing.  (Tickets £8/£6 available here)

Out ‘n’ About Lagan Valley Pride Walk

This year Out ‘n’ About are supporting Aware Defeat Depression on this sponsored walk. Depending on the day, we will walk along the river and over the fields to the Giant’s Ring for a picnic, visiting the secret garden above the river at Minnowburn prior to returning to the car park. This walk is all on paths.

Meet at Mynt car park at 11:45am or join us at Malone House for 12:15pm.

Lark in the Park

Showing the diversity of the LGBT in Belfast and following on from the succes of last year’s Ulster Titans Scrum-ptious Sports Day, we have a whole afternoon’s worth of entertainment to keep everyone entertained regardless of fitness level or age – so come and join us for a Lark in the Park!

Ormeau Park, Ormeau Embankment from 12 noon.

Faith and Pride – Jonathan Loved David

In Jonathan Loved David, Andrew McFarland – yes that Andrew McFarland – will look at the compelling reasons to believe that David (who became the greatest King of Israel, and wrote many of the Psalms) and Jonathan (the son of the first King) were in a same-sex relationship.

All Souls’ Church, 7pm

Pre-Pride Film Season

And that’s just the weekend. Lots more events next week, and even better before we get there there is a Pre-Pride Film Season which started last night  at the Odeon Cinema in Victoria Square. The film last night was Brokeback Mountain.

Tickets cost £5 and are available from the Belfast Pride online shop.

Tonight you have the opportunity to see

Transamerica

Thursday 21 July 2011

Imagine Me and You

Friday 22 July 2011

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Want to make a difference?

Some friends have commented to me that the films this year are

I’ve seen them all before, I don’t want to see them again.

and someone else said

Could you not be a bit more daring with them? You know get something that might challenge us and be a bit different?

Well, I can say that some of us on this year’s Belfast Pride committee did suggest some alternative films but we were outvoted. So if you want a bigger say in what you get in this part of Belfast Pride Festival, just like in the rest of the Festival still to come next week, the simple answer is

Get involved with the Belfast Pride Committee. The organisation is always looking for more volunteers. You can volunteer here

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