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Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honour of Saturn the god of agriculture. It was a celebration of goodwill towards people who were divided by strict Roman rules governing social class especially slaves. During this time slaves were allowed to swap their roles with their masters and dine on fine food and wine and enjoy the illusion of a life not granted to them that was cruelly taken away after a week of celebrations. Saturnalia grew from a celebration to a desire - a desire to break the chains of slavery and experience freedom, liberation, equality and dreaming of a better future. A desire that we still feel to this day.

Welcome... It is indeed an honour to be asked by this year’s committee to open this short introduction. I have been involved with Foyle Pride for many years and so proud to be a part of the first pride parade in the city. I have seen it grow from strength to strength. It is a credit to all those involved that Foyle Pride remains true to the principles of the wider LGBTQ campaign for full equality and civil, social and human rights. This year we remember those less fortunate than ourselves in places as diverse as Uganda,Russia, Pakistan, Iran and indeed Orlando,Florida. We remain committed to campaigning on their behalf.

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Pride is also a celebration and we rejoice in the advances that we have made and will continue to make. We recognise that the battle for Marriage Equality has not yet been realised here in the North as yet, but we are confident of victory in the near future. We thank the current Health Minister for her removal of the ridiculous lifetime ban on gay men donating blood and we appreciate all the help and support from those who support our right to live as equals. I will end with a quote from Audre Lorde “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Café Soul

Finally we invite everyone to attend some of the events programmed for the week and to come and enjoy the Parade and after party. See you there! Shá Gillespie

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WHO WE ARE... Foyle Pride Committee 2016

message from ... Jim Doherty

Caoimhe McNulty

Meabh O’Neill

Becca Bor

Éimear Willis

Philip Baxendale

“It takes no compromise to give people their takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.”

Alderman Hilary McClintock// MAYOR As Mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council I would like to welcome you all the another Foyle Pride Festival. Building on the success of recent years the 2016 festival promises to be a mixture of music, craic and of course, serious debate. I wish the organisers and participants all the very best. Hilary McClintock Mayor 2016

Harvey Milk





Saturday 20th August Pride Launch & Awards Sat 20th August | 7pm The Guildhall, Whittaker Suite Adm. RSVP only Official launch of Foyle Pride Festival 2016 with the mayor of Derry and Strabane District Council Hilary McClintock and special guests.

Back by popular demand

People Make Pride

Oscar Wilde: Freedom Fighter

Launch Party Sprinkle & Sparkles Gay Disco

Sat 20th August | 2.30pm

Sat 20th August | 9pm

Sandino’s Back room, Water Street Adm. FREE Following lasts year talk by human rights activist Eamon McCann the newly elected MLA returns to again present his brilliant and illuminating talk on one of Irelands most loved characters the playwright and poet Oscar Wilde. Highly recommended.

The Carriag Bar (upstairs) Adm. £5 Step back in time into our queer history in the North West with DJ Phil from the Magee gay disco days and DJ Bona from the glitter days of Pepes. They’ll be bringing you gay and club classics and people will be guaranteed a great night of dancing. All proceeds made from this event will go to Foyle Pride Festival.






‘Pride in Your Health’ MOT Day The Foyle Arena Adm: FREE Drop into The Rainbow Project’s health day taking place upstairs in the Foyle Arena. Come and get your blood pressure and carbon monoxide tested by a pharmacist and have the opportunity to ask pharmaceutical advice, and take advantage of our rapid HIV and syphilis testing service. No appointment is necessary and we’ll be testing throughout the day. People will also be there to provide hand massage and health information throughout the day. As well as this, we will also have the following workshops and taster sessions available: Healthy eating workshop with dietician, Mindy Perley-Martin Yoga taster with Caitlin Gallagher Badminton taster with the Foyle Arena Positive mental health talk with Counsellor Dean Lee and Counsellor Caitlin Gallagher

No booking necessary for these workshops and taster sessions. They are all free of charge. For more info please contact or phone 02871283030 Everyone who attends the day will be entered into a prize draw!

03 Monday Night ‘Gay’ Cure with special guest Gerry Potter

Mon 22nd August | 12noon - 5pm

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Monday 22nd August

Mon 22nd August | 9pm

Sole Purpose Productions in partnership with Affirm Northern Ireland presents two events exploring trans themes.

Trans Tales (Tales from the Mirror) Mon 22nd August | 6.30pm The Playhouse, Artillery Street Adm: FREE

Sandino’s Back Room Water Street Adm: £5 First Iris Robinson, then Stephen Crabb, now us???!!! No way! The Monday Night Gay Cure is a wild evening of spoken word performances celebrating LGBTQ+ lives hosted by the inimitable Abbey Oliveria and including special guests.

A presentation of transgender and non-binary rehearsed readings of plays in progress which have been developing through the Sole Purpose LGBT Theatre Labs.

The first part of the show will be open for contributions from local performers and guests on the theme of all things LGBTQ+!

A Photographic Exhibition Launch

A favourite son of both Manchester and his home town Liverpool Gerry Potter has been wowing audiences nationally with his own unique brand of domestic-fantastic free verse. Gerry has a reputation for putting his Scouse voice on the line a soaring sing-song accent, strong on poetry and strong on the causes of poetry.

Mon 22nd August | 7.30pm The Playhouse, Artillery Street Adm: FREE This exhibition will be on display from Monday 22nd – Saturday 27th August, with work presented by Alexsia Henderson and Lisa Lynch. There will be some wine and snacks, and a chance to talk to the participants. Come and see why Trans lives matter.

Tuesday 23rd August

Still Coming Out of Conflict Tues 23rd August | 7pm VOID, Patrick Street Adm. FREE In 2016 there are many parts of the world in which living as an LGBT person remains extremely difficult, if not impossible. While some of these places seem far afield, others are right in our own backyard. Rampant homophobia, violence and oppression have shaped the lives of each of the panelist. Hear from a variety of perspectives and their fight for a more equal world. Speakers: Dean Lee: Counsellor with the Rainbow Project, organiser of LGBT BME support groups in Belfast. YES Donegal activist Sinead Murray Lynch: A year after the Marriage Equality Vote, Donegal still has to combat homophobia. Abdul Rawashda: A Palestinian gay man who has seeked assylum in Norway, following detention for his sexual orientation in Palestine, Norwegian ‘Gay of the Year’ in 2013. Also speaking is one of the many sons of Derry who felt forced out of the city back in the 70s. Chair: Éimear Willis: Chair of the Foyle Pride Committee Funded by Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Good Relations Team.

For more info contact:

This project is supported by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland through the Acorn Fund.


Abdul Rawashda




Wednesday 24th August

Comic - Con Wed 24th August | 6pm The Playhouse, Artillery Street Adm. £5 Additional cost £3 TCG Tournament Entry Foyle Prides first ever comic con!!! A day of fun to celebrate LGBT characters in Comics, Sci-Fi and video games.

Dr Sketchy’s Pride Wed 24th August | 6pm - 8pm Bennigan’s Bar, John Street Adm. £5 Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is simple. Complete beginners and grizzled arty veterans can come and draw Pride-themed costumed models, drink, and win delicious prizes.

Features at event include: Credence Film screening TCG Tournaments (Yu-Gi-Oh) LGBT Comics Cosplay competition Comic drawings Video game competitions TCG demos Prizes

Let’s Get Quizzical Wed 24th August | After the Film Bennigan’s Bar, John Street Adm. FREE Les Ismore hosts a game show/meltdown in which three randomly chosen contestants compete for the Star prize of a trip to EuroBarries in Portrush! AND the chance to become Quizzical Champion!! Like a mythological creature comprised of equal parts game show and man, Les Ismore has straddled the enraged bullock that is Light Entertainment in Ulster for 3 decades. From a boyhood compering illegal games of “Back Alley Bullseye” to his recent run as host of Channel 9’s unfairly maligned “Extreme Musical Chairs”.

Bennigan’s Film Club Screening: ‘In The Turn’ Wed 24th August | 9.30pm Bennigan’s Bar, John Street Adm. £4 A documentary about a 10-year-old transgender girl who finds acceptance and empowerment in the company of a queer roller derby collective.

Les will be joined on the night by the woman who puts the Trance into Entrancing, Dawn Donmey, who despite suffering recent multiple head traumas will be there to ably assist all things Quizzical. “Let’s Get Quizzical” is created and performed by Rory Mc Swiggan, Caoimhe Sweeney, John Leighton and Matthew Mc Devitt and is a regular Wednesday night fixture of Bennigans, Derry.

Entry in includes as much pizza and popcorn as you want! A Derry based film club, hosted by Bennigans, brought to you by Less Talk More Movies. Synopsis on film.





Thursday 25th August A Chaotic-Embrace Thurs 25th August | 4.30pm Legendary Warehouse No. 1, Guildhall Street Adm. FREE

Overgrow the System Thurs 25th August | 12noon - 3pm The Rainbow Project’s secret garden Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre, Orlan House, 20 Strand Road Adm. FREE, Pre-registration essential Come join us for a harvest party in the Rainbow Project’s secret garden in the Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre. We’ll be joined by Joanne Butler from Ourganic Gardens. Come make your own seed bombs, sow your own salad box and learn about the benefits and the ‘how to’ grow your own food. Find out more about the community gardens that exist in your area and enjoy some of the fresh, organic food from the Rainbow Project’s allotment. To register for this event or find out more please contact or phone 02871283030


Love is a human right. And we aim to celebrate love on this day. Come along to this special celebration of love… ‘A chaotic embrace’ seeks to engage people by asking them to embrace the spontaneity of the present moment and open to experiencing the heartfelt emotion of witnessing an unplanned and unexpected celebration/ritual of love between two people unknown to them; and in doing hope to subvert beliefs and conceptions commonly held around love and the ritual of marriage and open a dialogue around the essential nature and purpose of romantic union.

Full Sexual Health Clinic for all LGBTQ+ People Thurs 25th August | 5pm - 7.30pm The Rainbow Project Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre, Orlan House, 20 Strand Road Adm. FREE Come along to our confidential, sex positive full sexual health screen at the Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre. No appointment necessary however people will be seen on a first come first serve basis. We will have nurses from the GUM Clinic delivering this service in our community space.

We Won’t Wait: The fight for marriage equality Thurs 25th August | 6.30pm City Hotel, Queens Quay Adm. FREE Northern Ireland remains the only place in these islands without Equal Marriage. After the successful referendum in Ireland last year, hopes and expectations have been raised to push through equality here as well. This panel explores the organising, activism and fight that won Equal Marriage in the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland and aims to point the way forward for Equality in the North.



Panelists: Hannah Dee: socialist and LGBT activist from England and author of The Red and the Rainbow. Ailbhe Smyth: leader of the YES Equality campaign from Dublin and long time activist for LGBT and women’s rights, including in the current Repeal the 8th movement. John O’Doherty: Director of the Rainbow Project, part of Love Equality, the Campaign for Civil Marriage Equality in NI Chair: Becca Bor, socialist and activist from the United States, who was active in Join the Impact, a grassroots organisation fighting for LGBT equality, including marriage equality.  




Friday 26th August

Football vs Homophobia

Lip Sync for your drink

Fri 26th August | 2pm

Fri 26th August | 8.30pm

Bishop’s Field, Creggan Adm. £1 per player

Back Bar Sandino’s, Water street Adm. £5

This 5-a-side football tournament is open to all genders, skills levels, and all communities celebrating diversity and tackling discrimination in sport. Players must be 14+ years of age, with no upper age limit. You can register as a team or as an individual and we’ll assign you to a team. There will be prizes for the winning teams in each category.

Foyle Pride are you ready to join the Lipsync Revolution? Misty Falls brings her unique style to Lip Sync Battles to the Northwest for a night of Extravaganza! Think you got the moves like Beyoncé or Britney at any live performance? Then come along and show off your best drag Queen impersonation! The best part is... No Singing Required!!



Saturday 27th August

Parade Day & Healthy Brunch

Family Fun Area

Sat 27th August | 11am

Cafe Soul, Shipquay Place Adm. £5

Foyle LGBT Centre, 20 Strand Road Adm. FREE Start your day with a healthy brunch. We will have tea, coffee, fruit, yoghurt, granola and lovely homemade baked treats to get you in gear for the Foyle Pride Parade! Fun guaranteed. Come and get ready for the highlight of this year’s festival, the Foyle Pride Parade!

Annual Foyle Pride Parade Sat 27th August | 2pm Assemble at the Railway Station Duke Street, Waterside departing 2pm for Guildhall Square Following the route of the historic Civil Rights March of October 1968, the parade will make its way over Craigavon Bridge and through the historic Walled City ending up in the beautiful Guildhall Square where an afternoon of fun and frolics will commence. Wear your brightest colours and bring your drums and whistles and make yourself heard. Happy Foyle Pride!

Outside BBQ’s After Parade Sat 27th August | 3pm Warehouse Cafe & Sandinos Come for your post parade fill. Vegetarian option will be available. 14 | FOYLE PRIDE FESTIVAL

Sat 27th August | 3pm - 6pm

The Rainbow Project and Here NI’s family project bring you a fun filled family area in Café Soul for after the Foyle Pride Parade. Come along for bouncy castles, story tellers, clowns and face painters and guaranteed fun.

JD Samson Sat 27th August | 8pm The Glassworks, Great James Street Adm. £10 / £8 pre-sale JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade JD’s career as a DJ, producer, and singerhas landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion. Support also from the awesome DJ Uncle Margie. Founder of feminist DJ collective Corporal Pike. This is a ticketed event and it is recommended to get them early as this is sure to be a packed out night!! Tickets from An Culturlann box office and online at Bring your dancing shoes, see you there! FOYLE PRIDE FESTIVAL | 15





FOYLE PRIDE 2016 The Rainbow Project Events

Sunday 28th August

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Service Sunday 28th August | 12pm

Pride BBQ’s Sunday 28th August | 3pm

The Playhouse, Artillery Street Adm. FREE

Cafe Soul Courtyard Adm. £3 Burger/Hotdog

All are Welcome Sunday service with the Reverend Chris Hudson and LGBT female choir Northern Lights.

Post Pride recovery. Live music and good craic to bring you round from Pride Parade Day.

The Rev Hudson, has been based at All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church on Elmwood Avenue in Belfast for the past eight years one of the few gay affirming Churches in Northern Ireland.

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Monday 22nd August

PRIDE IN YOUR HEALTH - HEALTH MOT DAY Venue: Foyle Arena Time: 12noon - 5pm Adm: FREE

Tuesday 23rd August

DAY 1 Training: Introduction to LGBT Affirmative Therapies for counsellors and mental health professionals Venue: Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre Time: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday 24th August

DAY 2 Training: Introduction to LGBT Affirmative Therapies for counsellors and mental health professionals Venue: Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre Time: 10am - 4pm Big Lottery Youth Project Celebration Venue: The Void Gallery Time: 7pm Adm: FREE, RSVP only

Northern Lights describe themselves as a female praise band.

Pride are teaming up with Void!  The Process Room will become a drop in art space for visitors to create banners & posters for Foyle Pride Parade.  Open: Tues ­ Sat, 11am­5pm Admission free.  

Void Gallery, Patrick Street.     18 | FOYLE PRIDE FESTIVAL

Thursday 25th August Friday 26th August Saturday 27th August Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre Orlan House 20 Strand Road Derry BT48 7AB 028 7128 3030

HORTICULTURE WORKSHOP SEXUAL HEALTH CLINIC Venue: Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre Venue: Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre Time: 12pm-3pm Time: 5pm-7.30pm Adm: FREE Adm: FREE FOOTBALL VS HOMOPHOBIA Venue: Bishops Field, Creggan Time: 2pm Adm: £1 per player PARADE DAY HEALTHY BRUNCH Venue: Foyle LGBTQ+ Centre Time: 11am Adm: £1 FAMILY FUN DAY Venue: Cafe Soul Time: 3pm - 6pm



The Pink Mile

Foyle Pride welcomes you to the Pink Mile our list of bars and Cafés that we highly recommend as safe welcoming and fun spaces for Pride regulars and visitors to the city.

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Sandwich Company, Bishop St Mason’s Bar, Magazine St Paedar O’Donnell’s, Waterloo St The Central Bar, Strand Rd Legenderry Warehouse No.1, Guildhall Sq Café Soul, Guildhall Square Walled City Brewery, Ebrington Sandinos, Water St Bennigan’s Bar, John St

The Grand Central Bar 20 | FOYLE GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL


People Before Profit supports Foyle Pride 2016 and campaigns North and South for full equality for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people.

A vibrant cafe & late evening bistro in the heart of the city serving the best coffee, delicious local quality artisan food all day. Fully licensed selling beer,wine and more

Contact us: 07927688875

A curation of contemporary original pieces from talented artists from Ireland, NI Ireland & beyond. Visit to contemplate, browse or buy.

A shop full of local artists work and quirky gifts

SDLP proudly supporting Foyle Pride 2016 Tel. 028 71 360700 22 | FOYLE PRIDE FESTIVAL

1 Guildhall Street, Derry. T: 028 7126 4798 FOYLE PRIDE FESTIVAL | 23


13 John St Derry / Londonderry BT48 6JY

Airporter - The Airport Bus To Derry


1 Bay Road (Culmore Road), Derry/Londonderry. NI: 028 71 269996 ROI: 048 71 269996 UK & Ireland: +44 28 71 269996.

The City Hotel Derry enjoys one of the most idyllic locations; perched on the banks of the River Foyle within 5 minutes walking distance of the historic Derry Walls. The City Hotel Derry is perfectly positioned for sightseeing breaks in Derry City. A stay at our Derry hotel guarantees easy access to some of the most remarkable golf courses in Ireland. Explore Derry, Donegal & Antrim, including the Giant’s Causeway, at your leisure. If you tire yourself out, you can always relax, enjoy the craic & a few pints of the black stuff in Coppin’s Bar or enjoy a beautiful meal in our Thompson’s restaurant ..

City Hotel, Queens Quay, Derry, County Londonderry. BT48 7AS

The Playhouse comprises of a 175 Seat Theatre, an extensive Education and Outreach Department, a Dance Studio, a gallery and is home to several cultural/art based groups and tenants. The Playhouse filled (and continues to fill) a large gap in the provision of the arts in the North West. It also is one of only a handful of venues commissioning, producing and touring theatre in the island of Ireland. The Playhouse Theatre 5-7 Artillery St Derry / Londonderry BT48 6RG Tel: 028 71 268027 Email:


Only £25 a year or only £10 for students The Playhouse has a very special way to do all these things- with The Playhouse Applause Club. Friends and supporters of The Playhouse can make a lasting difference -making a vital contribution to our work. - - - - - -

Invitations to special events, openings, receptions & cast meet and greets Priority booking, exclusive news, events and show announcements Flash ticket offers Offers in the Playhouse bar, including 2 complimentary drinks upon joining the club Free show programmes A complimentary ticket when you introduce a new friend to the club

Most importantly, the opportunity to support the Playhouse.

Further info visit FOYLE PRIDE FESTIVAL | 27


Foyle Pride Festival Programme 2016  

Check out the full programme, packed full of interesting events ranging from panel discussions, sporting events and fun for all the family!

Foyle Pride Festival Programme 2016  

Check out the full programme, packed full of interesting events ranging from panel discussions, sporting events and fun for all the family!