BBC Radio 2 will broadcast a live concert from Hull to round off the city’s week-long series of celebrations marking 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality began in the UK. Featuring major pop artists, the concert will take place on Saturday 29 July, following a string of high-profile LGBT 50 events in Hull.
Pride In Hull will kick things off in style, hosting the very first UK Pride on Saturday 22 July. Bringing all 70 of the UK’s Pride festivals together for the very first time, the national event will highlight key issues facing the LGBT+ community. Hull was selected as the first UK Pride host city following a unanimous decision at last year’s UK Pride Organisers’ Conference, and we can’t wait to deliver.
This year, Pride In Hull will follow a new route for its annual parade, which will finish in Queens Gardens and be topped off with a headline performance by the legendary Marc Almond. Celebrating 50 years of LGBT+ icons, queer collective Duckie will lead the parade, whilst elements of the parade will be handmade by members of the LGBT+ community.
The festivities will culminate on Saturday 29 July with the show-stopping event A Duckie Summer Tea Party in Queen Victoria Square, combining surprise performances and dancing with tea, cakes and much more to make for a whole lot of fun.
Yorkshire Dance and choreographer Gary Clarke have been specially commissioned to create a striking new production for the event featuring a 50-strong cast of non-professional dancers from the local LGBT+ community and their friends alongside professional dancers. There’s still a chance to take part – just get in touch with Kirsty Redhead at Yorkshire Dance to attend an Into The Light workshop.
The LGBT+ community is also being invited to share their photographs for an exhibition celebrating Pride’s theme for 2017, Through The Decades. The exhibition, A Moment In Time explores life before the decriminalisation of homosexuality began in 1967 and highlights key moments and changes in the 50 years since. Got any photographs to share? Fill in this form on the Pride In Hull website or email them to the team.
Throughout the week, there will also be a series of exhibitions, socials and debates to get involved with alongside a celebration of LGBT+ film supported by the British Film Institute with Hull Independent Cinema and a specially commissioned photography exhibition by Lee Price at Humber Street Gallery.
The House Of Kings And Queens is a collection of photographs portraying life as a member of the LGBT+ community in Hull’s sister city of Freetown in Sierra Leone, where homosexuality remains illegal. Offering a glimpse into The House, a safe haven where inhabitants can live without oppression, the exhibition is a powerful reminder that for many people, the fight for equality is not over.
Martin Green, director of Hull 2017 said: “LGBT 50 is an inclusive event with members of the community being encouraged to take part in the dance performance and photo exhibition, as well as the first ever UK Pride parade.”
“We are therefore delighted to welcome BBC Radio 2 to the party so people right across the UK will be able to be part of the celebrations, even if they can’t be with us in person.”
Graham Jenkinson, Pride In Hull spokesperson, said: “It’s brilliant that Hull is marking LGBT 50 with a week of events as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.”
“We also have the absolute honour of being named the first ever UK Pride, so we’ll have the eyes of the LGBT+ community across the country and beyond firmly focused on us. There will be something for everyone and we can promise nobody will leave disappointed!”
LGBT 50 will take place from Saturday 22 to Saturday 29 July 2017.