Find out what’s new for Manchester Pride 2019 as the festival gets a complete overhaul
Mark Fletcher CEO for Manchester Pride and one of AMAGAZINE’s ‘10 Most Influential Mancunians‘ reveals the festival’s new set up for 2019. 2018 was the last Manchester Pride as we’d always known it – set in Manchester’s Gay Village. 2019 sees the LGBT+ celebration take on a whole new format with a brand new venue.
Mark Fletcher has revealed that Manchester Pride will now be held at Mayfield this August Bank Holiday. Manchester Pride 2019 is going bigger and better this year with 6 key elements involved. The festival will be made up of Manchester Pride Live, the Candlelit Vigil, the Superbia Weekend, the Gay Village Gathering, Manchester Pride Parade and Youth Pride MCR.
What was known as The Big Weekend has now become Manchester Pride Live – a ticketed live music event. 30 music superstars (who are yet to be confirmed) will take to the stage at Mayfield over Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August. Close to Piccadilly station, Mayfield Depot, part of the former Mayfield Station site, will have two stages for us to enjoy some of the best live music entertainment out there.
Mark Fletcher, chief executive for Manchester Pride, said: “We have spent the past three years listening to our audiences and have curated these new elements of the festival to connect with as many LGBT+ people as possible…Manchester Pride Live will be one of the most innovative projects that we have delivered to date and our intention is to make it a world-leading celebration of LGBT+ life. The venue, much like us, is part of the foundations of our city and will provide a spectacular backdrop to what will be a uniquely inclusive experience where the LGBT+ people of Manchester can truly celebrate their culture in a safe and welcoming environment.
Regeneration specialists U+I are part of reviving Mayfield and partnering with Manchester Pride is a huge step in the site’s regeneration. Mayfield has been home to street-food fair GRUB and played a role in Manchester International Festival and now Manchester Pride will see a whole host of new people enjoy this unique space. James Heather, Development Director for U+I said: “Manchester Pride Live will introduce a whole new audience to Mayfield and is another important step for us as we re-introduce a long hidden and under-used asset to the people of Manchester and beyond and as we progress the partnership’s long-term vision for the site.”
Don’t worry – we haven’t forgotten about Pride’s traditional Gay Village home. £300,000 has been committed to refreshing Gay Village for Manchester Pride, keeping everyone’s safety in mind. 2019 promises the ultimate street party – the Gay Village Gathering, a ticketed event which will still form the heart of the celebrations. Get ready for markets and parties across the village’s venues and community performances in Sackville Gardens. As always, 10,000 participants will take to the streets of Manchester for the Pride Parade. Businesses and community groups across Manchester will don their best costumes and jump aboard decorated floats for a colourful celebration of our city’s LGBT+ community.
Thanks to our city’s passion for Pride, there’s been demand for more family orientated and women-only events. Over the coming months, Mark and the Pride team will be working hard to plan just how to deliver what Manchester wants in a way that’s inclusive for everyone.
The Pride festival will still close with The Candlelit Vigil at Sackville Gardens. A quiet space to reflect and for us to join together in a sea of flickering candles.
If you’re more into culture than cocktails, Pride’s alcohol-free space, The Superbia Weekend will move from HOME to Gay Village. This free aspect of Pride boasts workshops, cabaret, art and film screenings along with a free post-Pride Parade Party.
New to the celebrations is Youth Pride MCR – a free-to-attend event for 16 to 25-year-olds. Throughout February, young people across Greater Manchester and the Pride team will come together to plan to best way to deliver this youth-focused LGBT+ celebration.
Hear from Mark Fletcher and James Heather here…
Find out more at manchesterpride.com.