New for 2015, and replacing the ever popular ‘Pride Fringe’ – Superbia hits Manchester’s LGBT community this August – and it’s off to a flying start….
A spokesperson for Manchester Pride told us, “Following feedback from our communities and those who attended our Listening Groups in 2014, Manchester Pride has extended the programme of cultural events that previously formed the Manchester Pride Fringe by introducing Superbia. Manchester Pride Fringe has proved extremely popular and the vision is for Superbia to build on this success to ensure there continues to be a year round cultural calendar of events. Superbia showcases, supports and celebrates LGBT and relevant arts, comedy, debate, film, literature, music, sport, theatre, family and community led projects within Greater Manchester with the aim to encourage engagement, wellbeing and culturally enhance our communities.”
Here we take a closer look at some of the events taking place in the run up to the big weekend.
The Great Village Bake Off
Sunday 23rd August, 1pm @ The Molly House, Richmond Street, Manchester.
Free entry although donations to Manchester Pride are appreciated.
The Manchester based Village Bakers, are inviting you to bake it, bring it and share it, at their 3rd annual Great Village Bake Off as part of Superbia and is set to be a fabulous afternoon full of cake, pastries and savoury treats, which are guaranteed to have no soggy bottoms.
The format of the bake off is as easy as pie: sweet or savoury. Bake whatever you like and bring it along to the Molly House at 1pm on the 23rd August, the only limit is that it must fit through the door! Entry is free all we ask that you make a small donation to Manchester Pride.
Prizes will be awarded for the Best Sweet Treat and Best Savoury Snack with bonus points being awarded for campness and creativity, along with the highly coveted Star Baker award. This is your chance to enjoy a good mouthful of cake before the Manchester Pride Big Weekend so get the oven pre-heated, take your whisks out the drawer and flour these buns for your chance to win.
Hosted by non-other than Manchester’s own Misty Chance who is excited to be hosting the event for the first time said “Drag Queens and day time don’t generally get along but I was more than happy to put my nocturnal lifestyle on hold to host this all important community event. The Village Bakers team and their work has always fascinated me, so much so, that one year I even entered a cake despite being totally inept at baking. These types of events give the LGBT community a wonderfully warm dimension and demonstrate that it’s not all about clubbing and getting drunk. The Molly House is a personal favorite of mine on the Manchester Gay scene and I can’t wait to see (and Sample) this year’s entries.”
Paul Duffy, Manager of The Molly House explained that “The Molly House is delighted once again to support The Great Village Bake Off which is a showcase for The Village Bakers, a hugely popular community and social group”
Tuesday 25th August, 6.30pm @ LGBT Foundation, Richmond Street, Manchester
Join other wonderful women for a pre-Pride get-together, aimed at making new friends and inspiring positive change. We’ll be hearing some inspirational stories from women who have used one or more of the Five Ways to Wellbeing to improve their lives and you’ll then be invited to take part in a speed-networking event, aimed at making connections with new people in the run-up to Pride. There will also be some free yummy food to share!
This event is FREE and is open to anyone who self-identifies as a woman some or all of the time and is lesbian, bisexual or questioning their sexual orientation (this includes non-binary or gender-fluid people who want to access a women’s space).
To register for this event, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wonder-women-registration-17860814176
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Wednesday 19th – Saturday 22nd August, 7:15pm @ AXM Bar, Gay Village, Manchester
Advances tickets £10 or £12 on the door.
Side by Side Productions are delighted to back performing as part of Pride once again after last year when they gave us the moving ‘Elegies for Angels Punks & Raging Queens’, and also performed at the Candle Lit Vigil. This year the theme is upbeat, tongue in cheek and downright silly with their production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
Described as The Honeymooners meets The Best Little Whorehouse in Urinetown, Side by Side are proud to present this big hearted musical – guaranteed to be more fun than a chair-throwing episode of Jerry Springer set to music! We promise you will have a great night with this hilarious show!
Contains bad language and themes of an adult nature!
Sweet Thunder: A Show In Three Layers, by Threesome
Saturday 15th August, 6:00pm @ Manchester International Conference Centre, 78 Sackville Street, Manchester
Poetry. Drama. Baking?
Jay Walker, Someone’s Mum and Ms Beeton bring their feisty and fabulous four star Edinburgh Fringe show to Manchester. Join them for a rocky, inspiring and ultimately triumphant journey through gender, body confidence and largesse. Culminating in a live demonstration of the liberatory potential of the microwaveable chocolate cake, and sprinkled with a few rude words this is undeniably tender, fierce and surprisingly tasty. 18 + Adult Themes and some strong language
National LGBT Police Conference
Friday 28th August, 12:00pm @ Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester
Registration is open for the National Conference which is being hosted by Police With Pride North West. The theme is DEVOTION TO DUTY and will include three interactive Q&A panels, titled, ‘Devoted to Police Leadership’, ‘Devoted to Trans inclusion’ and ‘Devoted to the LGBT community.’ There is no cost to register or attend the conference and a hot meal and refreshments will be provided, followed by a social networking event with Stand Up from C4’s star of ‘Banana’ Bethany Black. Email your registration request to firstname.lastname@example.org.