Limerick Pride Launches In All Its Glory

Limerick Pride Launches In All Its Glory

Today Monday, August 20th the Limerick Pride organising committee officially launch the 2012 festival  as the final preparations are being put in place for another year. Running from Saturday September 1st – Sunday September 9th the festival has become an annual highlight on the Limerick & Mid-West Festival calendars.

As usual the festival will be a mix of Celebration, Entertainment, Education and Awareness and the calendar of events certainly reflects this.

“The Beginning of My Girl Life” is an art exhibition with a difference. It is a collection of 18 photographs documenting the life of the artist in the early 90s in New York. All photographs will be presented in Black and White, the work will be available to buy and limited prints can be obtainable.
The artist describes the work as positive, energetic and excitable. The subjects are of past LGBT friends and lovers. Many of the subjects are hot sexy transgender people who she has described as her ‘wild friends.  This exhibition will launch on September 1st at 19:00 in the Red Ribbon Project, Cecil Street and will run until Friday Sept. 7th.

The Pride Launch Party will take place later that evening as Cirque hosts an exclusive party at The Bailey, Patrick Street.

Monday September 3rd sees Political Pride as the highlight of the day. This will be an open forum on Marriage Equality in Ireland. Over the last few months Marriage Equality has become more and more prominent.

Inspired by PostSecret.com Out in UL will be hosting a Secrets Party on Tuesday Sept 4th at 8pm in Home @ Baker Place. We’re asking you to send us your secrets on postcards. They can be anything you want, whether it’s that you wet the bed, or that you’re afraid of the dark. If it’s something you haven’t told anyone else, write it down and send it to us. You can design the postcards yourself, or you can get one at the shop.  On the night, all the secrets we collect over the next few weeks will be displayed on the walls of Baker Place. You can come, have a drink, read other people’s secrets, and put your own secrets on display. All secrets will be anonymous - It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, or who you love. We are all connected by our secrets.

One of the highlights of the entire festival is Mr & Ms Gay Limerick which will take place on Thursday Sept 6th in Bentleys Bar and will be hosted by Paul Ryder. This is the first year both competitions have been combined to form a double competition where the winners will go forward to represent Limerick at their respective National Finals later in the year. If you’re interested in taking part email press@limerickpride.ie for an application form.
The annual Pride Women’s night takes place on Friday September 7th and will be a night full of music, laughter and entertainment. This will be followed by the Naughty 90’s where the music will be cheesy 90’s pop and cabaret provided by some amazing Drag Queens – a night not to be missed.
The Pride piece de resistance will be the annual Pride Parade which will depart City Hall from 1.30 on Saturday September 8th. The Parade has grown in numbers and in colour and this year we are aiming for the best parade Limerick Pride has ever put on. Come along and join in the festival fun and show your support to the colourful and fun filled event. Following the parade everyone is invited to come along to the Pop Up Playhouse in the grounds of the Hunt Museum for the Pride Block party with some amazing talented performances entertaining the crowds which will be hosted by the flawless and divine Celine.
The fun and music doesn’t stop there as there will be live music in the Locke Bar and this will definitely get everyone in the party spirit for the Pride Climax Party in Dolan’s Warehouse. The event will be hosted by Sheila Fits-Patrick & Madonna Lucia will be headlined by X Factor Star Johnny Robinson who impressed The X Factor judges right from the start, with his chirpy personality and his great vocals he became what was described by Gary Barlow as “One of the nicest people in the competition”.
A futuristic performance of Cher’s “Believe” and another of a flamboyant version of Kylie’s “Can’t Get You out of My Head” confirmed Johnny’s position as the XFactor’s most entertaining act.
The third Annual recovery day run by Red Ribbon Project will kick off our final day on Sunday September 9th. We invite you to join us for free complementary therapies. Full and half Reiki sessions available, plus you never know what else we will be providing. In the past we have held couples head massage, laughter yoga, angel readings, angel card readings and meditation. Closing the celebrations will be the Pride Geili – an event which celebrates traditional arts in all its glory. From Irish music to dance and story telling the event will close the festival in true local style.
Speaking about the festival, Chairperson Billie said “Each year it feels as though we have ages to get the festival together and each year it comes around before we feel ready! This year we have been working tirelessly since October 2011 to write grants and raise funds to put this festival on. Pride remains a controversial issue, and with the debate around marriage equality getting louder, Pride becomes more remarkable. Many believe it should not be necessary, that being LGBTQ should be ‘normal’ in society. Others would say “ask me what I can see before I can’t see it anymore” in recognition of the reality of those who do not feel, and are not treated, as equal.”


Message of support have come in from Cllr Gerry McLoughlin (Mayor of Limerick), President Michael D Higgins and Senators David Norris & Katherine Zappone.
For more information about this year’s Limerick Pride visit www.limerickpride.ie
ENDS
For further information please contact
Cillian Flynn
Press & Communications
Limerick Pride LGBTQ Festival

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Last update:22/08/2012

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