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Liverpool Pride to return as free festival in heart of the city

The theme will be Liverpool Icons, suggested in tribute after Cilla Black’s death,

Liverpool Pride is to return for a two day festival in the heart of the city.

The region’s annual LGBT festival will be returning for two days on Saturday, 30 and Sunday 31 July 2016 and will be free to attend.

The theme will be Liverpool Icons, which was suggested in tribute after Cilla Black’s death.

Established in 2010, Liverpool Pride will return for a seventh consecutive year, described as an ‘all new Liverpool Pride’, which will take a more prominent position in 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 company who created the very first Pride event in 2010.

The date always coincides with the anniversary of when murdered gay teenager Michael Causer tragically lost his life. 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.

The St George’s Quarter will be transformed into a colourful festival site bursting with activities over the two days. There will be live music and entertainment, food and drink zones, community and education zones, a market place and family activities and 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 poignant Liverpool Pride March remains a major part of the event. The March on Saturday 30th July, will begin and end at the festival site of St George’s Hall, it will make its way through the streets of the city centre in celebratory style and return to 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 says: “In 2015 Liverpool Pride took a very difficult decision to downsize due to financial constraints. Doing that has ensured our stability and we’re bouncing back in 2016 with an extended festival and some great new ideas to get everyone involved – we’ll be more inclusive, more diverse and just as much fun as ever!

“Our theme, Liverpool Icons, was suggested to us after Cilla Black’s death, and we thought it such a strong idea, we couldn’t resist and have gone with it without our usual public vote which will be back for 2017. An icon doesn’t have to be a person, as well as famous people, Liverpool has iconic buildings, links with iconic ships and even our food has icon status – Scouse! After all the fun, it should be remembered we’re here to make a stand against Homophobia and Trans*phobia – help us make 2016 an iconic Pride.”

Debbie Boyd, Director of Orb Events adds: “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.”