Pride in Trafford launches inaugural festival at Waterside

The new LGBTQ+ five day event will be staged in Trafford in May, with artists including Heather Peace, Tom Allen and Bethany Black.

A collaboration between the Mayor of Trafford, Trafford Council and Waterside Arts, Pride in Trafford explores and celebrates LGBTQ+ life between 15 and 19 May 2019.

Offering a varied programme, visitors can expect music from Heather Peace, triple headliner comedy from high profile comedians; Tom Allen (as seen on Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Live at the Apollo, The Great British Bake Off’s Extra Slice, The John Bishop Show, Channel 4’s Comedy Gala at the O2 and heard on Radio 4’s Just a Minute and News Quiz), Bethany Black (as seen on Cucumber, Banana and Tofu) and Annette Fagon (who is making fast progress on the UK comedy circuit).

Performers of colour cabaret collective; the Cocoa Butter Club make their first visit to Manchester and in partnership with Contact; Raze Collective present Raze Up; a development day for queer artists.

Manchester’s TransCreative take-over as guest curators for Creative Industries Trafford’s (CIT) regular scratch night; Breaking Ground. Expect a fabulous evening of fun, bold and exciting projects in development from trans and non-binary voices. CIT will also stage a panel event Queer on Screen; addressing inequalities in the representation of LGBTQ+, people of colour and queer characters in TV, film, theatre and radio. It will also look at how we can create interesting narratives and share those stories to effect change.

Waterside will also play host to a community hub on Saturday 18 May from 11:00 - 15:00, exhibiting some local LGBTQ+ groups and charities. Following on from the successful pilot on World AIDS Day 2018, the BHA for equality in health and social care will be running rapid HIV testing and there will be community arts workshops also running during the day.

Manager of Waterside, Darren Adams said:

As an opportunity to create a brand new pride event for Trafford, it was important for us to reflect what we do at Waterside, presenting high quality events for our audiences, whilst supporting artists in their creative development."

Cllr Tom Ross, Mayor of Trafford, said:

I am absolutely delighted to be involved in the Pride of Trafford event. The borough is a fantastic, unique and diverse place and we are proud of everything it has to offer. Trafford is inclusive and fair. There is no room for homophobia and hatred in society today. This event will help celebrate our LGBTQ community and I am very proud to be part of it."

Pride in Trafford runs from Wednesday 15 May to Sunday 19 May 2019. Tickets and further information can be found on the Pride in Trafford website.

Posted on Thursday 4th April 2019