Here’s our round-up of some of this weekend’s best and most exciting events taking place in and around Manchester Pride.

Something for Everyone at Ducie Street Warehouse | 26-30 Aug

Ducie Street Warehouse has curated five full days of events, from 26-30 Aug, featuring: a Drag brunch hosted by Sink the Pink DJs as well as a further brunch to celebrate the launch of Ducie Street Warehouse and Native Manchester’s charity partner, akt. For the ultimate wildcard event, Saturday 28 Aug from 3-6pm sees the space transformed into ‘The House of 1,000 Moiras’, taking inspiration from Schitt’s Creek,  and paying homage to one of its most beloved characters, Moira Rose – a real talisman of fashion, character and adoration, especially within the LGBTQ+ community throughout the world.  it promises to feature Moira’s wigs to wear and party in, Moira’s wine list, drag-inspired Moira’s from around the world and much more Moira madness.

Superbia Weekend | 28-29 Aug

Superbia Weekend is an alcohol-free space, offering a programme of premieres, firsts, new work and LGBTQ+ celebrations as a culturally rich alternative to the other elements of the festival. The Superbia Weekend programme is cultivated with love, acceptance and inclusiveness at its core. the programme is packed, so do click through to view in full. Highlights include: on Sunday Aug 29 The Untold Orchestra  presents a stripped back extract of their forthcoming David Bowie recital concert, featuring Finley Odin. there will be cinema at Ducie Street Warehouse, and a screening of House Of Noir: a documentary profiling the community of artists, activists and dancers who make up vogue house, the House of Noir, which emerged from Rainbow Noir, Manchester’s long-running and much-loved social and support group for LGBTQ+ people of colour.

Freedom Exhibition at Kampus | 27 Aug-Sep 31

Kampus partners with Manchester Pride to announce the Freedom Exhibition, a special audio-visual gallery in its neighbourhood garden. The installation consists of 11 ‘living portraits’, celebrating true stories told by LGBTQ+ people, who candidly share their lived experiences in a series of audio recordings to accompany beautifully shot portraits captured at the Kampus neighbourhood. From secret bars in the 1970s to the top of the tallest trees – the fascinating stories take listeners on a journey of love, loss, adversity and triumph. The exhibition curated by Heard Storytelling has been conceptualised to deliver a powerful message of solidarity, life and hope. Free to view, with no booking required.

Pooches of Pride Dog Show

The Pooches of Pride Dog Show will be hosted in Angel Meadow Park from 4pm – 8pm on Thursday 26 Aug and is part of the newly formed Ex-Paw community.Proud dog parents can enter their pooches into a Pride themed show, with four fun categories to compete in including, ‘Loveliest Lady’, ‘Fabulous Fella’, ‘Most Alike Pair’ (dog and owner) and ‘Best Dressed’.
Visitors can take snaps of themselves in a Pride photobooth, put their pets to the test with a ‘dogstacle course’, and browse pop-up stalls from some of Manchester’s best dog businesses, including KUB Dogwear, Hugo & Co and Sidney and Sapphire.
Anyone wanting to compete will need to enter via the registration section: see below.

All Hail the Queers at the Carlton Club | Monday 30 Aug

Queer Latifah are back with a Manchester Pride Special. Featuring resident DJ’s Mix-Stress and Deb Jump , and a very special guest Kath McDermott.
Expect the usual service and some special flavours to round up your Pride Weekend, at one of Manchester’s most beloved venues.

Brad Lengden
Published on:
Tue 24 Aug 2021