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Bursting with Pride

Pride In The City is taking over Newcastle city centre this July (see page 58 for more on this) but there are plenty of other Pride events taking place throughout the month.

Over 80,000 people are expected to attend Newcastle’s Pride In The City when the region’s biggest LGBTQIA+ festival kicks into gear. The main arena (i.e. the place where you’ll see the likes of Whigfield doing Whigfield like things) is sure to be well attended, but there’s plenty of other stuff going on too; stuff like Curious Arts at Northern Stage (Saturday 20 July). This event will run from noon until 7pm and will feature an unmatched programme of queer art and culture from some of the best practitioners in the biz. That’s taking place over the Pride weekend, but elsewhere in the month be sure to check out Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the Tyneside Cinema for a singalong event (10 July). Chamber of Laughs will see some of the region’s best LGBTQIA+ comedians taking over the civic chambers at the Civic Centre in order to put queer voices at the centre of political debate in a humorous post-General Election satire (15 July). And then there’s Jaws (but Gay) Cabaret at Alphabetti Theatre featuring everything from drag to spoken word (pictured - 12 July). Pride in South Tyneside is another event that will be running throughout July. Organised by Out North East, this mega knees-up will include plenty of big names including Joe McEldery who will be hosting his own Big Pride Party at The Customs House (19 July). Also in the mix are a parade, a Pride family picnic, loads of workshops, film screenings and more. Pride in South Tyneside are also partnering with the Sunday concert at Bents Park on 28 July as Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge belts out all her classics.

More info on Newcastle events from:; and South Tyneside events from: