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20/09/2021

Packed programme of events for Foyle Pride Festival which kicks off on Derry this weekend

The aim of Foyle Pride Festival is to acknowledge, empower and celebrate the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) community in the Derry area as well as the wider LGBT community as a whole. The group is Non-Profit grassroots organisation that was formed in order to hold, and continue, an annual Pride Festival. 2018 will mark its 25th year during which time it has gone from strength to strength, with an ethos of continuing to supporting equality and the rights of those who identify as LGBT. This year’s week-long Foyle Pride Festival begins Saturday, with the festival culminating in the massive parade which will depart from the Waterside Train Station at 2pm on Saturday, August 25. However, before the parade brings the festival to an end, there are a host of events people can attend as part of the packed programme of events. The festival will kick off this Saturday with the ‘Gay’s the Word’ exhibition, featuring photographs celebrating Foyle Pride over the past 25 years, which will take place at the Ulster Bank building in Waterloo Place at 9pm. Sunday, August 26 will see two great events, with the Brandywell hosting the Football versus Homophobia tournament from 1pm-4pm, with the action then switching to the Holywell Trust building at 5pm for the ‘Big Gay Bake Off’, showcasing the best Pride themed cakes the city has to offer. The festival will also be screening the latest LGBT themed movies at the Nerve Centre Cinema, including A Fantastic Woman on Monday, August 20 at 7pm, Beach Rats at 7pm on Tuesday, August 21 at 7pm, God’s Own Country on Thursday, August 23 at the same time and the critically acclaimed 120 BPM, which will be screened on Friday, August 24 at 7pm. As with previous festivals, this year’s programme features a number of talks and panel discussions. On Tuesday, August 21, the Ulster Bank building will host ‘Out in the Past’, the first part of which will see Hilary McCollum discuss ‘The Lesbian Suffragettes’ which will be followed by Brian Lacey hosting ‘Being Gay in Derry – The 70’s to the 90’s’. Meanwhile, the following night will see the building host a panel discussion, ‘Gay Rights and Civil Rights: Then and Now’, at 7pm. For a full list of events, go foylepridefestival.com.

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