'Love & Freedom' Warwickshire Pride returns this week

'Love & Freedom' Warwickshire Pride returns this week
Local News
Posted on 14 Aug 2017

Warwickshire Pride is to return to the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa this month. The annual festival, which celebrates LGBT life and culture, will take place on Saturday 19 August and organisers are promising the biggest and best festival to date.

This year’s Warwickshire Pride has a theme of ‘Love & Freedom’ to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

On the day visitors can expect around 60 stalls in a rainbow marketplace, fairground rides for children, food from around the world, several bars, a transgender chill out zone, and two stages of live entertainment.

Headlining Warwickshire Pride this year are 90s pop sensation Kavana, X Factor finalist Relley C, Kyle Passmore from BBC1’s Let it Shine, and Asifa Lahore, who is a performer, television presenter, and regarded as the UK’s first Muslim Drag Queen. Local performers such as Shanade, Thomas Pearce and Tilly Pimlott will also take to the main stage, which will be hosted by Leamington’s famous drag queen Sassi Afrika.

Warwickshire Pride’s Chair of Trustees, Daniel Browne, said: "Warwickshire Pride is returning to the Pump Room Gardens on Saturday 19 August with more rainbows, fabulousness and entertainment than ever before.

"The festival is now in its fifth year and becoming increasingly known as one of the most welcoming and inclusive Pride events in the country. We aim to represent the whole LGBT+ spectrum at the festival, but of course welcome anyone who wants to come and join in with the celebrations.

"There is something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age, gender identity or sexuality. This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in this country. While that’s an amazing milestone to celebrate, we will also be highlighting the struggles that LGBT+ people still go through, particularly in relation to hate crime, as there is still some way to go until full social equality is achieved.

"We look forward to welcoming local people, as well as visitors from around the UK, to Warwickshire Pride and have put in an order for sunshine."

Warwickshire Pride is a free festival and takes place on Saturday 19 August from 11am until 6pm at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa. Further information can be found at www.warwickshirepride.co.uk.

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