Attendees of Manchester Pride may know the name of Superbia, as they are a year-round supporting organisation of the pride parade.
This coming August Bank Holiday, Superbia are hosting a weekend of specially commissioned and curated free events, all taking place in Manchester city centre.
They’ve also had a hand from Manchester Metropolitan University, who have donated both staff and space to support them. The weekend will have a variety of things to check out, including presentations, live concerts, film screenings and meet ups.
This is on all Bank Holiday weekend, so the Friday 26th–Sunday 28th August at 70 Oxford Street, Manchester.
Superbia issued an official press release, in which they said: “The events, which will take place over the same weekend as Manchester Pride’s The Big Weekend, have been curated by Superbia with support from Manchester Metropolitan University which has donated both space and staff as part of an ongoing relationship. All events will be free and take place in an accessible building which will be open through the weekend for people to drop in and find out what’s happening.”
You can also take a look below at what has been revealed so far.
Friday August 26th
6pm–10pm: The Superbia Weekend Launch: welcome speeches and live music from The Sunday Boys and Husk, followed by a one-hour cinema screening of specially-selected LGBT short films presented by Queer Media.
Saturday August 27th
11am: Pre-Pride-Parade Meet-Up: The café opens to the public providing a great location to meet up before the Parade. Swing by, grab a coffee and check out our weekend programme of events.
Time TBC: Post-Pride-Parade Arty Party!: After the Parade is over we invite everyone to keep hold of their flags, banners, ribbons, flyers and whistles and join artist Nicola Dale for a group project to help turn your Parade souvenirs into a giant work of art. All ages welcome to take part!
4pm: Author Gregory Woods in conversation with Dr Andrew Moor: Renowned poet and academic, Gregory Woods discusses his poetry and his new book, Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World.
5.30pm: Panel event: ‘Islam, Gender and Sexuality’: Academic Leyla Jagiella and Samia Rahman of the Muslim Institute discuss LGBT issues from a Muslim perspective.
7pm: Film screening: Oriented: Documentary on the lives of three gay Palestinian best friends.
7–10pm: Superbia Cabaret!: An evening of cabaret, open mic and comedy, starring Kate O’Donnell, the Addictive Comedy crew, and more!
8pm: Presentation: ‘Queer Noise: The hidden history of LGBT music in Manchester’: Historian and archivist Abigail Ward takes us on a journey through Manchester’s nightlife past.
Sunday August 28th
11.30am: Presentation: ‘OUT! Manchester Pride’s LGBT history website’: Abigail Ward explores this amazing new digital resource from Manchester Pride for LGBT Manchester history.
12pm: Panel event: ‘LGBT people, recovery and sobriety’: LGBT artists, recovery activists and community members discuss their work and experiences with sobriety and recovery.
2pm: Panel event: ‘Communities and Charities’: Manchester community and support groups discuss their work, aims and campaigns, including representatives from TransBareAll, BiPhoria and Rainbow Noir.
Superbia supports LGBT life across Greater Manchester offering funding from the Superbia Grants programme, by promoting existing events and projects, and by curating its own events.
The press release continues: “The Manchester Pride Festival is an award-winning four-day event celebrating LGBT life. The event takes place in August, with The Big Weekend running from Friday 26 to Monday 29 August and the Parade on Saturday 27 August. The Big Weekend tickets are on sale now, priced at £25 for weekend tickets. Day, family and children’s tickets are also available.”
“Tickets are exchanged for Pledge Bands at the festival providing guests with access to the event, including the Main Arena, Sackville Gardens, the Gaydio Dance Arena and the Expo and help Manchester Pride raise essential funds for LGBT and HIV causes in Greater Manchester.”
“Manchester Pride asks the community to wear their bands with pride as they pledge to; help Manchester Pride create a safe, world class LGBT celebration, support Manchester Pride’s commitment to raising essential funds for LGBT and HIV causes in Greater Manchester and support the organisation’s campaign for greater LGBT equality.”
So far, they have Will Young, Heather Small, Katy B, Fleur East, international DJ Judge Jules and K Klass Live confirmed to perform. If you’re interested, keep your eye on the website for more info in the future.