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PRESS RELEASE Liverpool Pride 2016 An all new Pride - V1

Published on: Mar 4, 2016

Transcripts - PRESS RELEASE Liverpool Pride 2016 An all new Pride - V1

  • 1. BILL ELMS ASSOCIATES I PRESS RELEASE TUE 9 FEBRUARY 2016 I FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AN ALL NEW LIVERPOOL PRIDE IS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 THEME OF LIVERPOOL ICONS CHOSEN FOR THIS YEARS FREE EVENT _____________________________________________________________________________ The organisers of Liverpool Pride, the regions annual LGBT festival are delighted to announce that one of the city’s most popular events will be returning for two days on Saturday, 30th and Sunday 31st July 2016, following months in the planning. Establishedin2010, Liverpool Pride will returnfora seventhconsecutive year and this year will see big changes to how it is organised and presented, it will also return as free to enter. The event,describedasan all newLiverpool Pride,will take amore prominent andvisual positionin the city, taking over St George’s Cultural Quarter, including St George’s Hall, The Plateau, William Brown Street and St John’s Gardens. Liverpool Pride have teamed up with Orb Events to deliver this year’s festival programme, the companywhocreatedthe veryfirstPride event in 2010. The festival will carry a brand new identity with a new logo and website created. The 2016 event promises to be one of the most visual and flamboyant Pride events ever to have been created. The date always coincides with the anniversary of when murdered gay teenager Michael Causer tragically losthislife.Michael died on 2 August 2008, and the festival was specifically created in his memory as a way to celebrate his life and empower the LGBT communities. This year’s Liverpool Pride takes place the weekend before what would have also been Michael’s 27th birthday.
  • 2. The majestic backdrop St George’s Quarter – the thriving cultural sector of the city centre – will be transformedintoacolourful festival site burstingwithactivities overthe twodays.There will be live music and entertainment, food and drink zones, community and education zones, a market place and family activitiesand speakers. Liverpool Pride will remain a family friendly event with all ages encouraged to attend. The Sunday will take a more laid-back approach in St John’s Gardens and a programme of Fringe events are being programmed on the lead up to the main Pride weekend. The increasingly popular and poignant Liverpool Pride March remains a major part of the activity. The March on Saturday 30th July, will begin and end at the festival site of St George’s Hall, it will make itsway throughthe streetsof the city centre in celebratorystyle andreturnto officially launch the opening day. Organisers are encouraging as many groups, organisations and individuals to participate as possible. The March will also feature guest speakers representing the LGBT communities. Joan Burnett, Trustee of Liverpool Pride Charity said: “In 2015 Liverpool Pridetooka very difficult decision to downsizedueto financialconstraints.Doing thathasensured ourstability and we're bouncing backin 2016 withan extended festivaland somegreatnew ideasto get everyoneinvolved - we'll be moreinclusive, morediverse and justasmuch fun as ever! “Our theme,LiverpoolIcons,wassuggested to usafterCilla Black's death,and wethoughtit such a strong idea,we couldn'tresist and havegonewith it withoutourusualpublic votewhich will beback for2017. An icon doesn'thaveto be a person,aswell as famouspeople,Liverpoolhasiconic buildings,linkswith iconic ships and even ourfood hasicon status - Scouse! Afterall the fun,it should beremembered we're here to makea stand againstHomophobia and Trans*phobia - help us make2016 an iconic Pride." Debbie Boyd, Director of Orb Events said: “The entire Orb Events team are really excited and proud to be part of Liverpool Pride again in 2016. This much-loved feature of the city's annual, summer event programme is so vital to delivering strong messages around inclusion and diversity for the LGBT community, as well as celebrating the local scene in all its glory! "We were responsible for co-creating the festival in year one and so it's remained really close to our hearts. We cannot wait to welcome in the all-new Pride to the beautiful location of St George's Quarter this coming July.” Keepupto date withLiverpool Pride’s new announcements, the brand new website will launch on 14th February at People can also register to be a volunteer or join The March or find out about a range of sponsorship opportunities. Follow us Twitter @LiverpoolPride -ENDS-
  • 3. _____________________________________________________________________________ For further information, images and interview requests please contact Bill Elms at Bill Elms Associates on 0151 245 0136 | email NOTES TO EDITOR About Liverpool Pride Burstingonto the scene in 2010,the inaugural Liverpool Pridefestival attracted over 20,000 people, which has sincebeen almostquadrupled to 75,000 in 2013. In justsix years, Liverpool Pride has established itself as one of the major highlights in the city’s summer calendar and in 2015 will continue to be an event that Liverpool’s LGBT community is proud of, attracting people from across the country to experience the diverse culture of one of Europe’s most exciting cities. UK Government estimates Liverpool has an LGBT population of 27,000 with over 90,000 living in Merseyside and Halton. Liverpool Pride came about following the launch of the LGB&T Network, at which the public voted for a Pride festival to engage, empower and involve the LGB&T communities within the city. This was fully endorsed by Liverpool City Council in January 2009. Following a number of high profile attacks in the city, the event was established in 2010 and now takes place each year to coincide with the anniversary of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer.

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