Foyle Pride promises to be biggest and best yet

Last year's Foyle Pride Parade makes its way to Guildhall Square . Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 27.8.11
Last year's Foyle Pride Parade makes its way to Guildhall Square . Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 27.8.11
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Organisers of this year’s Foyle Pride says the week long festival promises to be the “biggest and most colourful yet.”

Foyle Pride 2012 gets underway today and will culminate in the now annual Pride Parade through the streets of Derry on Saturday.

Ireland’s only openly gay sportsman, GAA star Dónal Óg Cusack, will officially open Foyle Pride tomorrow night at the Void Gallery.

Shá Gillespie, chairperson of the Foyle Pride committee, said: “The festival was a great success last year. It was fantastic to see so many people on the streets of Derry. Pride is a celebration of the LGBT community and an important cultural event for the city.

“This year we want to make Pride bigger and better and hope that all of the Derry community will come out and support us.”

A host of activities are planned across this week.

This afternoon a writing workshop for the LGBT community will be hosted in Void, while a Pride pub quiz gets underway at 10:30pm in Sandinos.

Void hosts the opening tomorrow night, while on Thursday ‘Galatea’ will be performed at the Playhouse and Sandinos hosts ‘Rock for Pride’.

On Friday, Sandinos will host a talk on the history of gay liberation, while Vanessa Lacey of the Transgender Equality Network Ireland will deliver a presentation at Cafe Soul, followed by music from Noella Hutton.

The festival’s centre piece, the parade followed by a massive party in Guildhall Square, gets underway at 2pm on Saturday at the Old Railway Station in the Waterside, while Cafe Soul is the venue for a family fun day, from 3-6pm.

The Nerve Centre hosts the Big Gay Disco from 8pm on Saturday night, while a Masquerade Ball at the Tower Hotel, featuring Ben Kelly, will bring events to a close.

More details and a full festival programme are available online at www.foylepridefestival.com