Foyle Pride Fest launched

GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL LAUNCH. . . .Group pictured at the Guildhall on Wednesday morning for the launch of the 2015 Foyle Gay Pride Festival. From left are Eimear Willis and Sha Gillespie, Foyle Pride, Heather Wilson, The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion, Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin, Brendan McMenamin, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Christopher Jackson. DER3015MC059

GAY PRIDE FESTIVAL LAUNCH. . . .Group pictured at the Guildhall on Wednesday morning for the launch of the 2015 Foyle Gay Pride Festival. From left are Eimear Willis and Sha Gillespie, Foyle Pride, Heather Wilson, The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion, Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin, Brendan McMenamin, Derry City and Strabane District Council and Christopher Jackson. DER3015MC059

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The rainbow flag was unfurled this week for the launch of Derry’s Foyle Pride Festival 2015.

This year’s festival will run from Friday August 21 to Sunday 30, and will by themed to mark the 30th anniversary of the union between the gay community and the miners they supported during their strike. Back in 1985 the miners led the Gay Pride march through London.

Highlights from this year’s programme include a screening of the film ‘Pride’ based around the links between the miners and the gay community, at the Strand Road Omniplex on August 27th at 6.30pm.

In attendance will be some of those who are represented in the film including Mike Jackson, secretary of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners back in the 1980s and Sian James, who was married to a miner and who later went on to become an MP for Wales. They will take part in a panel discussion alongside Derry playwright Micheál Kerrigan, author of renowned Derry play ‘Pits and Perverts’, which will travel to San Francisco this year.

Other festival highlights will include the Pride Ball with Mirenda Rosenberg and Band at the City Hotel on the closing Sunday night and a Pride Disco at the Delacroix hosted by UNISON on Friday August 21st.

Eamonn McCann will speak on Oscar Wilde at Pilot’s Row on August 22nd at 2pm, while the Parade will be held on Saturday 29th at 2pm from Waterside Train Station. There will also be a Health MOT on the Monday at the Rainbow Project, Strand Rd.