Pride is this weekend (25&26/05)! Around 75,000 people will be marching for and celebrating LGBTQ+ rights, culture and communities. This year promises to be better than ever with multiple stages and many fantastic acts.
As well as the main festival there are lots of events happening across the weekend to celebrating LGBTQ+ communities.
Take a look at some of the great events happening around Birmingham here:
Fantabulosa! The children’s LGBTQ+ story show!
Bullring & Grand Central Birmingham is hosting the cast of Fantabulosa! on Friday 24th May!
Fantabulosa is a drag show for kids aged 3-8. The cast will present stories and games with an LGBTQ+ twist at 12.50 and 2.00 pm in Grand Central, outside Nandos.
A great family friendly event for young children that will keep everyone entertained! Enter a world of imagination and storytelling where anyone can be whoever they want to be.
Why not begin your pride celebrations by popping into Lush? They have some fun activities in their main store that are all eco-friendly!
You can make your very own Groovy Kind of Love Bath Bomb. Perfect to relax with after a hard day’s marching and dancing.
They also have a deal on Saturday and Sunday, where for every purchase of a £1 Charity Pot you can get glittered up or have your hair styled with their brilliant products. Look fantastic without lifting a finger!
Afternoon tea with Ageing With Pride
If you would like a more sedate celebration of Pride why not escape the hustle and bustle and come along to afternoon tea, presented by Birmingham LGBT in partnership with Ageing With Pride at Quarter Horse Coffee Roasters.
The event is aimed towards LGBT people over 50, however it is open to everyone. There will be a spread of tasty treats, soothing teas, and restorative coffees. Have a break and meet like-minded people over a civilised afternoon tea.
Rainbow Bridge Craft Takeover
This event is for all creative people! A chance to get to make new friends in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. A great chance to have a rest during the festivities and make something to commemorate the weekend.
Rainbow Bridge has been set up at the LGBT Centre to bridge the gaps between lesbian, gay, bi, trans and heterosexual communities. It aims to help communities find out more about each other through joint interests. They hold twice weekly networking coffee meetings to break the ice.
Get to know people different from you and learn more about one another’s communities over crafting. This is a laid-back event that suits people interested in learning more, making connections, and enjoy creating.
Q Mixtape at Town Hall – all day LGBTQ+ music!
The Town Hall is having live music all Saturday 25th May from LGBTQ+ artists. The day begins with djembe and percussion interactive workshops with Kay Smith at 2pm and 3pm. Fun for all the family!
From 4pm watch live performances from artists including Franx, Zara Sykes, Denis Fernando and many more. Everyone is welcome and tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for under 18s.
Eden Bar’s Pride Weekend – with Dolly, Cher and more
If you want to stay in one place all weekend Eden Bar is the place to be. They have a fantastic range of acts and music on both Saturday and Sunday with free entry.
Saturday sees Charlie Hides, from Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 9, The Dolly Show, and Lady Gaga and Madonna impersonators. Sunday sees Rogue Minogue – a tribute to Kylie, Shirley Bassey impersonator Rachael Roberts, Cher by Tania Alboni and Totally Tina to finish off the evening.
Giggle at Pride Comedy Night
Giggle at Pride is a comedy night hosted by Maureen Younger at The Fox on Monday 27th May and a great way to finish off Pride Weekend!
The night promises to have some hilarious guests including headliner Bethany Black, actor in Dr Who and Cucumber, Banana, Tofu, who is also well-known for her stand-up. Also performing are Ali Warwood, Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award Nominee, Fatiha El-Ghorri, Funny Women – Regional Finalist. Maureen Younger is one of the best MCs in the country and will guide you through the evening.
It is Free entry! Simply turn up, buy a drink, and have a laugh! Doors open 5 pm.
Creative Writing Workshop at The Electric Cinema
The LGBT Centre is having a creative writing workshop from 1pm on Sunday 26th May. This is a free workshop with Paul Burston who founded The Polar First Book Prize.
This prize is awarded annually to a writer whose debut book explores the LGBTQ+ experience in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction in the UK and Ireland. As well as setting up this brilliant prize, Paul Burston is a writer in his own right. He will be giving advice during the workshop and one person from the workshop will be offered the chance to read at Polari Literary Salon event that evening.
Have a boogie at some of Birmingham’s best LGBTQ+ clubs!
If you love the nightlife there are a tonne of clubs to choose from where you can dance ‘til the early hours!
The Nightingale Club is the oldest gay venue in Birmingham, celebrating 50 years this year. With three floors of music and five bars!
The Village Inn has fantastic cabaret and drag performances as well as DJs playing until early hours.
The Fox is Birmingham’s premier lesbian bar and will be playing host to the Women’s Arena. The bar provides a space for women and their friends to socialise and unwind.
The Loft combines nightlife with a classic sensibility. They have cocktails and craft beers as well as DJs playing the biggest hits from Pride festival headliners past and present.
Glamorous Nightclub is a hidden gem and perfect for those that want to stay out way past their bedtime – they stay open notoriously late!
The story of two prim and proper college kids, Brad and Janet, who break down outside a creepy mansion. They meet the charismatic Dr Frank N Furter and madness ensues!
This LGBTQ+ cult classic is being performed at The Alexandra, Birmingham until 25th May with classic songs such as Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet, and Time Warp. With Joanne Clifton as Janet, Alison Hammond as Narrator, and Duncan James as Frank N Furter this promises to be a fantastic show!