This year Foyle Gay Pride is back with a bang and celebrating its 20th birthday to boot.
The first incarnation of the festival took place in 1993, incredibly only 11 years after homosexual acts were decriminalised in Northern Ireland. The festival has seen many incarnations over the last two decades, but its primary purpose has remained the same, to celebrate the lives of the LGBT community in the North West and to push for inclusion and equality for all.
To kick it all off, Foyle Gay Pride festival is delighted to announce that writer and performer Amy Lamé will be opening the festival this coming Tuesday, August 20th at 8pm in An Cultúrlann on Great James Street. Miss Lamé, described variously as a, “multi-talented, multi-media, multi award-winning wunderkind” and a “flowery feminist floosie”, is known for her one woman shows, her LGBT-themed media works and as co-founder and hostess of the infamous Olivier award winning London club/collective Duckie. As if that wasn’t enough, she also invented, produced and hosted The World’s First Lesbian Beauty Contest, was twice a contestant in the legendary Alternative Miss World, and has had a successful and varied career as a model. A cultural icon, former Mayoress of Camden and devoted Morrissey fan, she’s hosted the Stonewall Annual Gala Dinner and the LGBT Labour Dinner, and now she’s coming here to open Derry’s Foyle Pride Festival.
The Foyle Pride Parade has become a colourful staple of Derry’s summer and boasts a unique family friendly carnival atmosphere. This year’s parade on Saturday, August 24, will be leaving the Waterside Train Station at 2pm sharp to make its way along the historical civil rights route, over the Craigavon Bridge, up Carlisle Road, past The Diamond and down Shipquay Street to culminate in an afternoon of music and entertainment in the Guildhall Square from 3pm-5pm.
The big birthday bash has been dubbed The Incrediball and takes place on Saturday night in the scrumptious surroundings of St. Columb’s Hall, with cocktails, dinner and filled with live performances including Derry’s own little superstar, Soak, as well as London DJ Jonbenet Blond, The Haciendas and a few other special little tricks tucked up the sleeves of the Foyle Pride.
But there’s so much more - details of which will be revealed next week!
For more information about the wide selection of events, activities and birthday bash as well as tickets, please visit: www.foylepridefestival.com or: www.facebook.com/foylepride