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LGBT+ Liberty Festival – 9-12 June

NEW CREATIVE ACTIVIST FESTIVAL TO SUPPORT LGBT+ RIGHTS IN THE USA AND AROUND THE WORLD TAKES PLACE IN MANCHESTER IN JUNE AND THEY WANT YOU TO GET INVOLVED …

9 _ 12th JUNE 2017, VARIOUS LOCATIONS, MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE

The LGBT+ Liberty Festival is a carnival of Mancunian LGBT/queer culture taking place in solidarity with the National Equality March for Unity in Pride in Washington DC, marking the first anniversary of the Orlando terror attack. The Festival is a voluntary, grassroots, “get involved, get creative” style festival and organisers want as many people as possible to be involved!

In the revolutionary, radical spirit of Manchester, this grassroots festival of creative activism will show solidarity with LGBT+ Americans in Orlando and across the US as they embark on their crucial Pride Protest marches, fighting Trump’s move towards the repeal of hard-won LGBT+ rights. The festival also calls for LGBT+ acceptance around the world especially as atrocities in Chechnya hit the news; it also has a new focus on celebrating our city, its liberal culture and fighting for the freedom to be yourself in a world in the shadow of the recent Manchester bombing.

Members of Manchester’s LGBT+ community and their allies will send a creative message of solidarity to the US and around the world via The LGBT+ Liberty Festival at a time when the world is looking at us. The festival is coordinated by Somewhere, a new Manchester LGBT+ arts and cultural CIC, and Instigate Arts, a Manchester arts organisation who create positive, progressive social change through arts production and participation.

We give you The Liberty Festival:

A Queer Revue! Cabaret at Band on the Wall on Friday June 9th with poetry, banner making, vogue dancing from the Haus of Decay, tarot reading, a Festival teach-in and more.

Make a Scene Dance-A-Long Protest-A-Long to the John Waters classic musical protest comedy ‘Hairspray’ at Texture on Saturday June 10th. A hilarious interactive audience movie experience plus music from Kiss Me Again DJs.

Child friendly “Make Your Mark on the March” crown and torch-making workshop at People’s History Museum on Sunday June 11th from 11am-1pm.

City Centre Rally and Solidarity March at 2.30pm on Sunday June 11th. The centrepiece of the festival, this will be “a celebration, a demonstration and a performance”. It’s an open celebratory event where dressing up and togetherness is encouraged. Speakers and performers will address the crowd before a march to the Gay Village for a get together, art-making and celebrations. The route will mirror the Anti-Clause 28 march of 1988, beginning in All Saints Park and culminating in Sackville Park at 4pm followed by music at Delicatezze on Canal Street.

The production of a giant ‘Postcard from Manchester’ to mark Orlando United Day, the first anniversary of the Orlando shootings.

The launch of Somewhere, Sunday June 11th. Kath Pierce and Somewhere are co-producers of the LGBT+ Liberty Festival and the creation of it is to mark the launch of this new social enterprise at Delicatezze on Canal Street.

Orlando anniversary event on Monday June 12th, an online Acts of Love and Kindness pledge coordinated by Love Party asking people to openly pledge their commitment to carry on activism and support in Manchester’s LGBT community or their own community. There will be an event to mark the anniversary including a performance from Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus from 9pm in the Gay Village.

For All events – https://www.facebook.com/LGBTLibertyFest/

Dr Jenna C. Ashton
Impact and Engagement Manager
Office for Research and Knowledge Exchange