Foyle Pride 2011 announces colourful festival line-up

The parade makes its way down Shipquay Street.
The parade makes its way down Shipquay Street.

Details of this year’s Foyle Gay Pride Festival which will run from 24th-28th August have just been released.

The festival which is in its second year, aims to explore and celebrate the struggles for LGBTQ rights both past and present and in the local and global contexts.

Sha Gillespie chairperson of Foyle Pride Festival explains why the Foyle Pride Festival is important;

“The festival enjoyed massive success last year with over 16,000 people taking part in events. The people of the city from all communities really embraced all the events and came out to show their support and celebrate with us.

“We aim to focus on the realities of life for LGBTQ communities in the year 2011 and are very aware that individual and collective experience is vastly different depending on the communities and countries in which people live.

“It is important that we challenge the structures which continue to feed homophobia and inequality be it here in Derry, America or Africa.”

This year’s programme builds on the success of last year and features local and international performers and speakers delivering a wide range of events.

The Foyle Pride Carnival Parade and family day which was a huge hit last year drawing families from throughout the country and further afield will take place on Saturday 27th August, departing the Waterside train station at 2pm making its way to the Guildhall and family day at Café Soul at 3pm.

David Mc Cartney from The Rainbow Project says:

“We are delighted to be a part of Foyle Gay Pride 2011 and hope that people will come along to events and support the festival as they did last year. Galetea is one of many events which showcase the issues and talents of the LGBTQ community in a positive celebratory, fun and challenging way.”

Speaking about this year’s committe member and event organiser Chrissie Kavanagh said

“We are so very proud of this programme. Groups and individuals from throughout the City have come together totally voluntarily to make this happen.

“There is everything here from soccer competitions to exhibitions, workshops, music, films, drama, discussions, performance, children’s entertainment and family activities.”

Floats and dressing up is very much encouraged and people are encouraged to contact the festival committee for details on participating. Carnival art workshops are being held in The Context Gallery with Canadian artist Liz Garliki working with local artists to produce colourful pieces for the parade and are open to all to come and create!

Home-grown events featuring local talent include old favourites and new ventures. Rock for Pride returns to Sandino’s on Thursday 25th August with a stellar line up including Future Chaser, Wonder Villains, Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas, Hybris and technopeasant.

Soul Purpose’s Galatea by Lawrence Aronovitch takes a fresh look at the Pygmalion legend from a gay perspective and is clever and entertaining with a cast of actors from Derry’s Rainbow Project.