ALL THE FUN OF THE FES­TI­VAL

PRIDE IN LON­DON FES­TI­VAL IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST LGBT+ FES­TI­VALS IN THE WORLD. PRIDE IN LON­DON’S SE­NIOR MAR­KET­ING MAN­AGER PETER FLYNN TELLS US WHAT TO EX­PECT AND HOW YOU CAN GET IN­VOLVED

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Cre­ated and pro­grammed by the LGBT+ com­mu­nity, the Pride in Lon­don Fes­ti­val runs from Satur­day 24 June to Sun­day 9 July and fea­tures ev­ery­thing from Late Nights at the na­tional mu­se­ums, celebrity panel dis­cus­sions and spec­tac­u­lar stage shows through to sports com­pe­ti­tions, tea dances and pub quizzes in lo­cal LGBT+ bars.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2015, I’ve watched it grow from a hand­ful of events to a two-week cel­e­bra­tion of over 50 events across 48 venues in 2016. This year, along with the Fes­ti­val team I dis­cover and pro­gramme events and, cru­cially, en­sure as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble know about, and at­tend, the cap­i­tal’s biggest LGBT+ fes­ti­val. For me, the Fes­ti­val caters to the widest pos­si­ble au­di­ence. Along­side its big sis­ter – our Pride’s Got Tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion – it is a way to get in­volved if you don’t, or can’t, at­tend the pa­rade day cel­e­bra­tions. Our aim is to help peo­ple feel part of a big­ger com­mu­nity, reach­ing to all cor­ners of this great city, show­cas­ing the best tal­ents, acts and peo­ple within the LGBT+ com­mu­nity.

2017 is al­ready shap­ing up to be a very ex­cit­ing year. We’ve got some very high-pro­file Lon­don or­gan­i­sa­tions lined up but we’re de­lighted to see a huge range of com­mu­nity-led projects be­ing sub­mit­ted. These events are so im­por­tant to us, as they’re pro­grammed by in­di­vid­u­als and groups in their com­mu­ni­ties and best show­case the great di­ver­sity of the LGBT+ peo­ple.

We’re cur­rently beaver­ing away on around 30 projects al­ready, in­clud­ing what prom­ises to be a hugely ex­cit­ing launch event. You’ll start to see these an­nounced over the com­ing weeks and months. Sub­mis­sions are now open on our website and will close at the end of April. The Fes­ti­val team care­fully con­sid­ers all sub­mis­sions and, in some cases, we might ask for more in­for­ma­tion or an out­line de­scrib­ing why you think your sub­mis­sion would be per­fect for the Fes­ti­val. You’ll find guid­ance on sub­mit­ting your event on our website.

The Pride in Lon­don Fes­ti­val is a plat­form for your tal­ent, vi­sion and unique point of view, show­cas­ing your event to thou­sands of peo­ple along­side some of the best the city has to of­fer, not just to fel­low Lon­don­ers but across the UK and glob­ally.

If we’ve got­ten you in­spired, and you be­lieve you’ve got a great ad­di­tion to our pro­gramme, visit pridein­lon­don.org for de­tails on how to get in­volved.

PRIDE LIFE SPOKE TO PRIDE IN LON­DON SE­NIOR MAR­KET­ING MAN­AGER PETER FLYNN What is the Pride in Lon­don Fes­ti­val?

It’s a two-week cel­e­bra­tion of events from or for the LGBT+ com­mu­nity. So you’ll find ev­ery­thing from Late Nights at the na­tional mu­se­ums, celebrity panel dis­cus­sions and spec­tac­u­lar stage shows through to sports com­pe­ti­tions, tea dances and pub quizzes in lo­cal LGBT+ bars. Last year we put a gay men’s choir in a mu­seum, drag queens on Carn­aby Street, queer com­mu­ni­ties on bike rides, trans films in ma­jor cin­e­mas, plus we held tea dances, piano con­certs, pub quizzes and a huge ar­ray of LGBT+ per­form­ers, ac­tivists, and opin­ion-mak­ers in venues across the city.

Where did the Fes­ti­val come from?

Look­ing back, there have al­ways been some wrap around events to the Pride week­end. The Fes­ti­val was con­ceived in 2014, and there were a hand­ful of events that year. By 2016, it’d had grown to a twoweek cel­e­bra­tion of over 50 events across 48 venues in 2016. My role, with the Fes­ti­val team, is to dis­cover and pro­gramme events and, cru­cially, en­sure as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble know about, and at­tend, the cap­i­tal’s biggest LGBT+ fes­ti­val. Along­side its big sis­ter – our Pride’s Got Tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion – it is a way to get in­volved if you don’t, or can’t, at­tend the pa­rade day cel­e­bra­tions. Our aim is to help peo­ple feel part of a big­ger com­mu­nity, reach­ing to all cor­ners of this great city, show­cas­ing the best tal­ents, acts and peo­ple within the LGBT+ com­mu­nity.

What’s cur­rently planned?

We’re get­ting ready to an­nounce some of the con­firmed projects. There’ll be a very ex­cit­ing launch event at a ma­jor Lon­don venue, and you’ll def­i­nitely see us back in some of the mu­se­ums across the city. Plus we’ve got tours of some his­toric parts of the city, a load of spe­cial film screen­ings, some ex­cit­ing panel dis­cus­sions, sport­ing events, a ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion and some daz­zling per­for­mances up our sleeves. There’ll be some­thing for ev­ery­one – from small chil­dren right up to older peo­ple, and from all ar­eas of the com­mu­nity.

What kind of events are you look­ing for?

We’re look­ing for any­thing and ev­ery­thing that has an LGBT+ fo­cus that falls within the dates. This year, we are ea­gerly look­ing out for sub­mis­sions with a fo­cus on women, the BAME com­mu­nity, health and well­be­ing as well as the Bi­sex­ual, Trans­gen­der and Queer com­mu­ni­ties. We want real voices of the com­mu­nity to be heard and ex­pressed in ev­ery shape and form, to cre­ate an event be­fit­ting a LGBT + com­mu­nity that is in­clu­sive and un­apolo­get­i­cally em­braces ev­ery­one.

Why would some­one want to be part of the Fes­ti­val?

Hav­ing an event in the fes­ti­val does a few things. Firstly, it puts you up there along­side all sorts of other events – from pres­ti­gious Lon­don or­gan­i­sa­tions who have huge international projects, through to the most un­usual and niche events that are hap­pen­ing in all sorts of places across the city. It’ll be quite amaz­ing com­pany to be in. Se­condly, it opens your event up to a mas­sive Lon­don, UK and international au­di­ence. We’ll be heav­ily pro­mot­ing the Fes­ti­val to thou­sands of peo­ple across Lon­don to get au­di­ences at­tend­ing. But the Pride in Lon­don brand is global; across the world eyes are look­ing to us to see what we do and how we cel­e­brate in Lon­don. Your Fes­ti­val event will be part of a show­case prov­ing that Lon­don’s LGBT+ com­mu­nity has some of the best tal­ent and events in the world.

When do sub­mis­sions close?

We’ll be clos­ing sub­mis­sions on 30 April, so you’ve got a lit­tle while to work on your event and get the in­for­ma­tion over to us. For more in­for­ma­tion visit pridein­lon­don.org

“Our aim is to help peo­ple feel part of a big­ger com­mu­nity… show­cas­ing the best tal­ents, acts and peo­ple within the LGBT+ com­mu­nity”

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