Line Up Revealed For Manchester Pride's Superbia Weekend

The line up to the Superbia Weekend, Manchester Pride’s cultural programme of events at Manchester Pride Festival, has now been revealed. 


Superbia aims to support, curate, fund and celebrate LGBT+ life across Greater Manchester with debate, film, comedy, literature, music, sport, theatre, family- and community-led projects – all to encourage engagement and well-being and to culturally enhance the community.


Now in its fourth year, the Superbia Weekend is the charity’s alternative offering to traditional Pride celebrations. As an alcohol free space, the event will offer a three day programme of premieres, firsts, new work and LGBT+ celebrations as a culturally rich alternative to the hedonism of the other elements of the festival. Its free-to-attend programme will include film screenings, cabaret, conversation, community workshops, new art and a free post-Pride Parade party.


The Superbia Weekend begins on Friday 23rd August and closes on Sunday 25th August, taking place across various venues across Manchester. Kicking off the celebrations will be an exclusive screening of ‘Beyond “There’s Always A Black Issue, Dear..”’ – a short film surrounding insight on growing up black and queer in 1970s Britain. Starting at 7pm in The Refuge basement, the evening will also featuring Q&A with film director, Claire Lawrie and introduction to the Superbia Weekend from Project Manager, Greg Thorpe. 


The Superbia Art Gallery featuring all LGBT+ Manchester artists was the most popular event of the Superbia Weekend 2018.  Hosted all weekend in No 70 Oxford Street it will showcase films, paintings, sculpture and live performance and, on Sunday night, will offer fans the chance to meet the artists.

Saturday is the host to a multitude of events taking place across No 70 Oxford Street (formerly the Cornerhouse), Manchester Central Library and The Refuge. Beginning the day with a post-parade party, the day transcends to exhibitions from the likes of Rainbow Noir, Cheddar Gorgeous and Heather Glazzard


The Rainbow Noir exhibition will be held at Manchester Central Library. The team behind it will march in the parade and will complete the display with the flags and banners created especially for the demonstration.  The installation will then run until the end of September.


The headline event is the North West premiere of “Deep In Vogue”, a compelling documentary into Manchester’s Vogue Ball scene and a journey of love, campassion and community developed in the black, gay ballrooms of 1980s New York. The resulting film is a compelling exploration of the internal politics of vogue culture, and bigger issues such as the disenfranchisement of black youth, LGBT+ life, a shrinking welfare state, the death of art spaces, an increasingly reductive and commercialized gay scene and a lack of safe space for those who are truly different. The results are moving, dynamic, raw, powerful, funny and sexy. 


The film, which features outstanding local talent was funded by a Superbia grant, first premiered at BFI Flare in March of this year and has since it has gone on to receive rave reviews. The exclusive event features performances from Honey Dijon and the House of Ghetto themselves. Meet the filmmakers and with a full-on afterparty of voguing and music from DJs Jae & Night and Lil’Fee & Veba.


Finally, Sunday brings a morning yoga session, further film screenings from acclaimed artists and writers and pop-up performances, drawing a close to the three-day extravaganza. 


Mark Fletcher, CEO of Manchester Pride says “The Superbia Weekend in a key strand of Manchester Pride Festival – as well as hosting a year round calendar of events, Superbia provides a series of unique cultural experiences across the weekend. These events offer an alternative way to celebrate Pride whilst experiencing some of the diverse offerings of LGBT+ arts and culture”


The majority of events throughout the Superbia Weekend will be free to attend, however spaces may be limited for film screenings so early attendance is advised. 


Here is a full rundown of events and timings for the event:


The Superbia Weekend Line-Up



The Superbia Weekend Launch

The Refuge Basement, 7–10pm

Screening of ‘Beyond, ‘There’s always a Black issue, dear’…’ with Q&A from film director, Claire Lawrie.

Guest artists and Project Manager of Superbia, Greg Thorpe introduce The Superbia Weekend followed by social time and music.



Post-Parade Party

No. 70 Oxford Street (Cafe), from 2.30pm

Music, café and art workshop for all ages.


Superbia Gallery

No. 70 Oxford Street (Exhibition Space), from 3pm

Exhibition of work from Manchester artists, including a specially-commissioned audio installation of bisexual poets reading their work, Heather Glazzard’s Queer Letters, Tom Quaye’s collection of digital work including ‘Queers of Manchester’, drag artisit Cheddar Gorgeous and a collection of make-up faceprints and many more. 


Rainbow Noir Exhibition Launch

Manchester Central Library, 4.30pm­–6.30pm

Rainbow Noir, a group for and by queer people of colour in Manchester, launch of exhibition of materials including photographs, video, T-shirts, banners, flyers and more. The exhibition will be curated by Rainbow Noir member and artist/curator Leo Hermitt. The exhibition is due to launch directly after the Parade with marchers placing parade banners into the exhibition as the final pieces. There will be launch speeches followed by a catered West Indian buffet in the Function Room.

For anyone who misses the event over the course of the weekend, the exhibition to run until the end of September. 


South and Central American Queer Film

No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema) 4.30pm–5.30pm

Screening of ‘This Is My Face’ focusing on Chilean men living with HIV with introduction by filmmaker Angelica Cabezas, and ‘Carmen’, about a drag queen community in Panama, with an introduction by artist Humberto Velez who worked on the project.


Drag Queen Story Time with The Nightbus

No. 70 Oxford Street (Annexe), 5.15pm–6pm

The Nightbus reads for the kids! A theatre production aimed at young people, drag queen The Nightbus hosts a story time event to encourage people to ’embrace difference’. Drag Queen Story Time is inspired by a project created in San Francisco. It is exactly what it sounds like – a drag queen reading stories in libraries, schools and community spaces to help educate and imagine a world where people are not judged on their appearance or identity.


SMART Recovery Meeting

No. 70 Oxford Street (Quiet Space), 5pm–6-30pm

SMART Recovery is an international non-profit organization that provides assistance to individuals seeking abstinence from addictions. SMART is an acronym for Self-Management and Recovery Training. The group get together will include conversation, meditation and acupuncture and will be open to all.


BiPhoria Birthday Event

No. 70 Oxford Street (Cafe), 5.30pm–7.30pm

A panel, conversation and celebration event looking at bi/pan/omni issues and history in collaboration with Biphoria. 


Superbia Lecture

No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema), 5.30pm–6.30pm

Dr Andrew Moor of Manchester Metropolitan University gives a talk on contemporary gay cinema.


‘Deep In Vogue’ Manchester Premiere and Performance Party

The Refuge Basement, 7pm–3am

Manchester premiere of the ‘Deep In Vogue’ documentary including two screenings, conversations with filmmakers, an appearance from documentary star Honey Dijon. The screenings will be followed by performances from House of Ghetto and local DJs.

Film screening: 9pm–10:30pm

After party with performances: 11pm–3am

Tickets – £5 available here


Riot Act

No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema) 7.30–8.30pm

One man verbatim theatre performance focussing on different gay historical voices throughout the years, directed by Rob Ward


Queers Without Beers Takeover!

No. 70 Oxford Street Café, 7.30pm–10pm

Sober social with music and a pop-up pay-what-you-feel alcohol-free bar.



Morning Yoga

No. 70 Oxford Street (Annexe) 11am–12pm


An audience with Luke Turner

No. 70 Oxford Street (Café) 12.30pm–1.30pm

Author event with writer of ‘Out Of The Woods’, a ‘powerful bisexual memoir’. Hosted by Emily Metcalfe of Leeds Lit Festival.


Bi/Pan Film Programme

No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema) 2–4pm

Collection of bi/pan films curated and introduced by Abbie Wolfe of Belladonna Experiences.


Superbia Gallery: Artist Tour & Talk

No. 70 Oxford Street (Exhibition Space), 3pm–4.30pm

Artists discuss their work in a guided tour of The Superbia Gallery plus pop-up performances and reading.


Rebel Dyke Live

No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema), 4.30pm–5.30pm

One woman show by Karen Fisch looking back at her life as a dyke activist, London drag king and notorious Rebel Dyke.


Les Flicks presents ‘JT LeRoy’

No. 70 Oxford Street (Cinema), 5.45pm–7.45pm

New feature film looking at enigmatic JT LeRoy scandal presented with Manchester’s lesbian/bi monthly film club.


Abigail Ward presents Jayne County

No. 70 Oxford Street (Annexe) 6pm–7pm

50 minute talk on the transgender punk icon and rebel.

For more information please visit https://superbia.org.uk/ 

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