The First Levenshulme Pride Weekender – A Free Celebration of The LGBT+ Community

Levenshulme Pride as a concept has been milling about for some years. There’s a contented and long established community of LGBT+ people who have been part of the wider community of business owners, allotment tenders and market goers that reside happily in Levenshulme. It was the disturbance of two of those residents happily walking down the ‘GAY6’ holding hands, being called ‘faggots’ by some random which prompted a big swell of support for them on social media and a desire to do something positive.

It was only a matter of time before an idea became a meeting and a meeting became a committee and a committee became a force to be reckoned with and just like that (months and months of hard work by all…) the first Levenshulme Pride has emerged for us all to enjoy on the 11th, 12th and 13th of August. We can’t wait to enjoy all the hard work. 

Who’s Behind  Levenshulme Pride?

Sparked off by local resident Robert Fleming who arranged the initial meetings at the always gay friendly Klondyke (also Levenshulme Pride HQ for the event) and pulled together the core team of organisers. Levenshulme Community Association chair Jeremy Hoad has played a supporting role as chair of Levenshulme Pride along with other community groups and local businesses rallying around to help. 

It really has been all grassroots, with life long residents like Sharlene Decourcey pulling together bits n bobs, helping with a bumper raffle prize selection and spreading the word with her local knowledge, Lisa Effberg who helped arrange the Pie n Mash up event and Ali Hanbury, a new resident to Levenshulme who brings with her support and expertise from her work at The Proud Trust.

She adds;

“I’m excited to be helping organise Levenshulme Pride. I moved here last year knowing how positive and community orientated it is here. Sadly prejudice exists everywhere but the response from residents, businesses and local groups has been brilliant! I can’t wait for the weekend to meet many more people and feel part of something so special.”

Some of Levenshulme Pride’s organisers – Ali Hanbury and Rachel Alker on the radio.

There’s been a real push to get the whole high street involved in some way, the shop windows have been plastered with Levenshulme Pride posters, local radio ALL FM have been plugging away and local business sponsors have been key to making the event possible.

Levenshulme Pride Sponsors

It would be churlish not to name drop the key supporters and local good guys who have given their cash and goods to make the event happen.  Well done all, here’s a few words from the sponsors: 

M&R Decorating

“We’ve been established for 10 years and have built a solid and reliable reputation covering Levenshulme and the whole of South Manchester and Trafford. From one room to full house decoration and external work M&R offer a reliable, friendly and trustworthy experience and are delighted to be involved with Levenshulme Pride”

The Levenshulme Pub Company.

“Lawrence has backed our idea from the start, and it’s great to have such huge support. The Union Pub will be their venue of choice for the Pride Weekender and if anyone has noticed….it’s had a little make over today (rainbow flags!) “

Decourcey Designs 

“We’re based in the Antiques Village on Stockport Road, our speciality is painted furniture using environmentally friendly Frenchic and we also offer a bespoke upholstery service. I’m a local resident and really proud to be a member of the organisation team too.”

Bonilla Enterprises Ltd

“With ‘The Levenshulme’ being one of our popular public houses in the Manchester area we are very pleased to announce we are proud to be supporting the first ever Levenshulme Pride. The Levenshulme hosts a wide range of artists as we continue the building of the bridge with the LGBTQ Community.”

Shine

Shine is a main sponsor of Levenshulme Pride. A well loved local hairdressers with big hearts and bags of community spirit, they are really excited to be part of the event. They’re part of the Inspire to Shine march along the A6 on Saturday and are hosting a Mad Hatters Tea Party 12.00-16.00 on Sunday 13th August. Everyone is welcome.

Fostering Solutions 

The wonderful team from Manchester will be attending the first ever Levenshulme Pride. Come down and enjoy the fun, find our team of staff and foster carers and ask anything you can think of about fostering. We look forward to meeting you at The Klondyke 

Other local Levenshulme Pride sponsors include, Trove, Kaye Mackenzie , Inspire and Crismon Rose Tattoo who have helped make the event possible thanks to kind donations, so make sure you show them big love back!

What’s On At Levenshulme Pride Weekend?

Without further ado, here’s a run down of some of the highlights of the Levenshulme Pride weekender.

FRIDAY 11TH AUGUST 

7PM – The Klondyke hosts Pie ‘n’ Mash Up – an evening of pie, performance and prose. 

8PM – The Levenshulme hosts Crazy World of Avril Taylor with tributes to Tina Turner and Cher

 

Saturday 12th August 

12pm til 7pm  – Pride Alldayer at The Klondyke (Pride HQ)- Awareness stalls, bouncy castle and games, Circus House Workshops, big raffle with amazing prizes,  Live music including Canter Semper, DJ Sets, Prosecco bar, Cocktail bar and much much more.

10am til 4pm – Levenshulme Market – The market is getting a Levenshulme Pride makeover, including rainbow bunting commissioned from Betty’s Bunting for the event, a Pride market stall and entertainment from Publik Sektor who describe themselves as Pre-war, post-punk, semi-funk, proto-rap, post-madonna, prima donna beat combo, aboard the transmancunian musicographic co-operatic carnivalesque express!

10am til 5pm – Inspire Fun Day –  Summer treats at the Inspire cafe including brunch (10am – 3pm), Information and stalls for all the family (11am – 3pm), Children’s activities, rainbow and glitter face painting (11am – 3pm), LGBTQI Youth Zone (3.30pm – 5pm)

2pm – The Levenshulme – Afternoon Cabaret – 80’s, 90’s and 00’s music, enjoy the beer garden out the back

2pm – Inspire to Shine – A joyful community walk from Inspire community centre to Shine Hair & Beauty along the A6 to celebrate LGBT+ Pride in Levenshulme.

Saturday Evening

8pm –  The Klondyke – Adult Only Cabaret – Including Jackie Hagan, Tuck and the Binders, Queery game show and Charlie Kane.

8pm- The Klondyke – Loose in Levy –  Party the night away to some cool tunes courtesy of the Loose DJ’s, expect Soundtrack, soul, disco, electronica, funk, pop etc…

8pm – The Levenshulme – Drag Hostess DJ – Playing all the favourite RnB tunes. Til 1:30am. 

Sunday 13th of August

12pm – 4pm – Shine Hair & Beauty – Mad Hatters Tea Party! Go along and enjoy the cakes and tea and fun.

12pm till late –  The Klondyke  – Prosecco & Chill  – Outdoor bar and food including our outdoor prosecco bar and Sunday roast. Bouncy castle, stalls, local live acts and dJ sets and Circus House running workshops 12pm til 2pm.

12pm til late – The Levenshulme – Sunday BBQ and Cabaret – chilled BBQ vibes in the afternoon, followed by the Show Team Cabaret into the evening. 

6:30pm – The Klondyke – Loving Her, Loving Him – pay what you feel preview of new political romance play.

7pm – The Klondyke – Loose in Levy –  A second chance to have a dance courtesy of the Loose DJ’s, expect more tunes and a Sunday vibe.

 

Hope that’s enough info to be getting on with, enjoy your weekend and show your support for the first Levenshulme Pride Weekender!

 

 

 

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