The vibrancy and spectacle of the rainbow banner unravelling the length of Shipquay Street is one of my favourite and lasting mental images of Derry. I was delighted to receive a request from the organisers of Foyle Pride to write the foreword for this year’s programme. For 20 years Foyle Pride has delivered a rich and varied cultural programme addressing inequalities still faced by the LGBT community and bringing lesbian, gay and transgender artists and cultural practitioners from the periphery to the centre. Culture Company are proud to support Foyle Pride in their 20th anniversary year and as another brilliant aspect of the city’s programme in its 2013 UK City of Culture celebrations. We encourage citizens and visitors alike to participate in Foyle Pride, to ensure that the story of the LGBT community in the city is told and heard as part of the full story of Derry-Londonderry in 2013, a city that is an open, welcome, diverse and safe place. The theme of this year’s Foyle Pride festival is “Freedom of Expression” which chimes perfectly with the values of City of Culture. It was fantastic to hear that in its 20th birthday year, and the city’s year of culture, Foyle Pride has chosen to focus on the LGBT presence within the arts and culture. The diversity of the Foyle Pride 2013 programme highlights the contribution of the LGBT to the cultural life of the city and offers music events, exhibitions, performances, lectures and discussions, that chime with the core themes of 2013, joyous celebration and purposeful enquiry. The centre-piece of the festival, the Foyle Pride Parade itself, is a spectacular and colourful event, with a carnival atmosphere creating a fantastic day out for all the family over the August bank holiday weekend. I wish Joe and the Foyle Pride committee and team every success and I’m sure that this year’s event will be a triumph. Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive Culture Company 2013.
This year Pride is rather over excited to announce that performer, writer, presenter and producer Amy Lamé will be opening this year’s festival. Miss Lamé, described variously as a, “multi-talented multi-media multi award winning wunderkind” and a “flowery feminist floosie”, is known for her one woman shows, her LGBT-themed media works and as co-founder and hostess of the infamous Olivier award winning London club/collective Duckie. A cultural icon, former Mayoress of Camden and devoted Morissey fan, she’s hosted the Stonewall Annual Gala Dinner and the LGBT Labour Dinner, and now she’s coming here to open our very own Foyle Pride Festival. Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you, Miss Amy Lamé!
In the Closet An Cultúrlann, Great James Street, 11.00am. Guest Speaker: Amy Lamé An art installation built with consultations and workshops with the LGBT community exploring and addressing negative internalised issues that surround being ‘in the closet.’ The piece aims to draw attention to early intervention strategies and the campaign that Foyle Pride has undertaken for better education surrounding coping with sexual identity and mental health and will be attended by various support agencies.
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Sole Purpose Productions presents Performed Readings of LGBT Plays in Progress Playhouse, Artillery Street 8pm Tickets ÂŁ3 This will be an entertaining and uplifting evening featuring the work of local writers who are developing scripts on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. This work has been developed through the Sole Purpose Theatre Labs. The work will be directed by Patricia Byrne and performed by local people from the LGBT community, with script in hand, some of whom are taking to the stage for the first time! An evening that will bring forth previously untold poignant, moving and humorous stories. This promises to be a night to remember! ................................................................................................ Are you an LGBT parent? Or thinking about becoming a parent? 8.00pm to 9.30 Foyle LGBT Centre, 20 Strand Road BT48 7AB Then why not come along to the Foyle LGBT Centre and find out more about parenting as an LGBT person and what options and support are available for you. Supported by HERE NI & The Rainbow Project
ROCK for Pride 7 bands, 2 stages, 1 night. Sandinos Bar, Ballroom Doors 8:30pm for 9pm £5.
Foyle Pride Parade Waterside Railway Station 1pm for kick off at 2pm sharp Follow the iconic route from the Waterside Railway Station, across the bridge and through the city centre to converge at Guildhall Square. And this year, we have our own rainbow flag to carry through the streets. Embracing the theme of ‘Freedom and Expression’, and loving each and everyone of you wonderful individuals, get yourself out there in all your unique and colourful glory to celebrate and walk together for this, Foyle Pride’s 20th year on the streets.
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So we’ve made it back to the Guildhall Square after parade showing off all of your colourful expressions and it’s time for some fun-filled entertainment after we pause for thought and remember why we take to that route, walking together with pride, shouting it out, loud and proud. We have some great acts to keep everyone entertained and are proud to welcome The City Maidens to the stage leading us all on with their cheers. Headlining the stage that afternoon will be local talent The Clameens.
The Incrediball. St Columb's Hall. Doors 7pm, Tickets £30. Cocktail Reception and 4 course Meal Include
1993 was where it all began and we're queer now: 20 years of Pride in our City. Nothing says birthday like a bit of cake and with it we promise our best birthday party to date. Music, awards, great food, cocktails… it's all go in the historic venue. A variety of entertainment will add to our most glamorous event, with live music including our very own Darrell Coyle and the ever brilliant, ever rising SOAK. And before we drop the curtain, London model/socialite/DJ JONBENET BLONDE will guest star as resident mixer giving us stomping classics til the wee hours... Dress code: It's a Ball, So express yourself…
The Laughtermath Cafe Soul 2-5pm After the craziness of the week, this is a chance to kick back, relax and reflect on a job well done. Come along to Cafe Soul, sit out the back and enjoy a BBQ, some live music and great craic among friends. This is a feel-good, family-friendly event.
Foyle Pride Presents… The Rumble Club Glassworks, Great James Street 10pm Admission £5 Join Beatnik Dan and Hot Rod Todd as they bring their infamous mix of the choicest musical kicks from the 40s 50s and 60s and transform the Glassworks into the sleazy den of iniquity that is THE RUMBLE CLUB on this very special night to close Foyle Pride Festival 2013. Whether you’re a hipster, weedhead, B-Girl, moocher, greaser, grifter, long gone daddy or a cool buxotic, remember... it ain’t no sin to give in! Offering you the hottest jump jazz, rarest rockabilly, swingiest surf, deepest soul, good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll and the dirtiest blues this side of the muddy Mississippi. So shine up those dancing shoes and get ready to kick it up with the coolest cats and kittens in this city. This is a Bring Your Own Refreshments event.
VOID communal Gallery Tues - Friday 12 - 5 & Sat 10-12 Free The Social Fabric Project is a brand new concept in which we invite participants, particularly from LGB & T background to partake in creative workshops which see the formation of physical social media which will then be used as a tool for celebration for expression and individuality. The workshops will take shape within an artistic space, Void Gallery here in Derry Londonderry. Facilitated by local textile artists, the various themes in which the work shall be produced will allow the participant to have full control on what level of expression they wish to partake. Emotion, So Me, 1 on 1 conversation are some of the themes we will use within the controlled space.
A special thank you goes out to Custom Flag Suppliers who have provided Foyle Pride with their brand new Rainbow Flag, which measures a whopping 67m x 6m and will look absolutely amazing on the iconic parade route. Custom Flag Suppliers are specialists in street banners, event branding, bunting, feather flags, hand wavers, and much, much more. For more information see www.customflagsuppliers.com
Published on Aug 12, 2013