Margate Pride is a culture-rich contemporary Pride - a celebration of all of Thanet's queerness & LGBTQI life, a chance for everyone to celebrate liberation - gay, straight, everything, nothing and all the in-between! With an estimated 2000 visitors planning the journey to Margate Pride this year Pride will have a positive impact on the East Kent celebrating alternative culture, community activism and local & international talent.
Pride Week LGBT+ ARTS FESTIVAL 8th-14th AUGUST 2016
Building on pervious celebrations, Margayte Pride in 2013 and Kent Pride in 2015, Margate Pride CIC was launched as a new artist-led organization in 2016. Support from the Big Lottery and the Arts Council England, Thanet District Council, Kent County Council, Dreamland, and local businesses has generated commissions by Queer artists and cultural producers working in the town bringing a spotlight to their work, encourage community group involvement, and celebrating Margate in a wider context.
Pride week offers a program of performances, exhibitions, talks screenings workshops and events held at participating venues across Margate culminating in a final day of parade and performance through town.
Highlights include exhibitions by international visual artists Jonny Briggs at the Margate Arts Club, Simon Foxall (also Margate resident) and Alexander Glass at Resort Studios with Jacob Love collaborating with local people to make new work for Plinth space whilst artists collective Amy Grimehouse take up residency at GB Pizza offering interactive art activities whilst you eat.
Dan Chilcott, one of the organisers of Margate Pride comments ‘Pride celebrations in the UK are especially important this summer, the LGBT community has seen a rise in hate crimes against them in the last year, not just in the UK but worldwide, notably the murder of 49 people in Orlando earlier this summer; in Margate we wanted to incorporate the ever growing arts community in our fantastic, resurgent seaside town, not only reaching out to the existing LGBT community, but also the wider community through events across the town in the week leading up to the event, encouraging liberation throughout the East Kent Coast and beyond...’