Dumfries and Galloway set for region's biggest Pride event on September 11

By Sharon Liptrott

The region’s biggest Pride event will take place tomorrow with events at various venues around Dumfries.

Headed by the team at D&G Queerier, an information hub has been set up at one of the Midsteeple Quarter buildings, The Smithy at 113 High Street, and will run from 10am to 6pm, with some events ticketed.

It will host screenings of local short films from 5pm to 6pm and the opportunity to have a Pride makeover by the Fuller Face from 2pm to 4pm.

There will be a range of activities on the High Street during the day including performances on a Pride stage outside the former Debenhams building by the Samba Sisters, The Cherry Pinks and Kissing the Flint.

A variety of information stalls will also be set up around the stage from D&G LGBT Plus to the TSB, D&G Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre to D&G Citizens Advice Service and Developing the Young Workforce.

The Stove will host the Ourstory Scotland LGBT Plus storytelling workshop from 1pm to 3pm with the chance to turn memories, tales and anecdotes into a special archive in the National Museum of Scotland.

There will also be a trans masc meet-up from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

Mrs Green’s Cafe in Queensberry Street will be a women and non-binary space, hosting performances from 3pm to 6pm by poet Lizzie Parsons, folk melodies by Katus Young, comedy from Chelsie Nash and ukulele tunes by Alix
Apples.

Youth zones have been set up at the council’s Youth Enquiry Service on the top floor at DGOne Leisure Centre, offering 12 to 25-year-olds a variety of activities from making mocktales to tie dye t-shirts from noon to 5.30pm, and the Oasis Youth Centre in Newall Terrace has a disco, karaoke and open mic from 7pm to 9pm for 12 to 18-olds.

There is also a children’s zone with the Geek Retreat in Church Crescent providing table top games and activities for all ages from 10am to 10pm. It is also hosting a pride chocolate painting workshop, courtesy of the Moniaive Chocolatiers, from 11am to 4pm, and DG Funky Faces will be offering face painting for all ages from noon to 4pm.

The Catherine Street Inclusive Play Park will have Pride in the Park storytelling and songs with Susi Sweet Pea the Fairy from 2pm to 4pm and a rainbow trail to follow.

In the evening, from 7pm to 9pm, the Robert Burns Film Centre, Mill Road, is showing the film, Pride, followed by a discussion with activist Belle Doyle and D&GQ co-founder, Leo Marsh.

And the grand finale will be the Pride After Party for over 18s from 9pm to 11pm in Dumfries Theatre Royal with camp drag performances hosted by Dumfries’ Devine Tension. Free tickets at https://www.outsavvy.com/event/6800/pride-dg-after-party.


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