Ways to Celebrate Pride in Newcastle

    Northern Pride Festival is back for another year, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community's achievements and highlighting the ongoing fight for equality. The joyful and inclusive event happens each year. Read on to discover ways to celebrate Pride in Newcastle.

    Northern Pride Festival

    Since 2019, Northern Pride Festival has brought the people of Newcastle The Festival Arena and The Community Village. From celebration and activism, to meeting up with old friends to making new ones, for people of all generations and representing all LGBTQIA+ and allies! This year, the Festival Arena will be ticketed, with a wide range of acts playing the United As One main stage. Look forward to performances and the Saturday night closing party brought to you by Ministry of Sound and international DJs Smokin Jo and Seamus Haji and Sunday night headliner, Steps favourite Lisa Scott-Lee.

    The Community Village remains a free space for all to enjoy Pride, with its stand-out feature, the Curious Arts stage. Following on from its success last year, the Community Village will also bring back the sports and active life zone and the LGBT Northern Social Group will return to support those who may be attending Pride for the first time.

    The Community Village will also see the return of the Family and Youth zone and the Health and Wellbeing area, which for the first time, will operate across the whole weekend. The Rainbow Village and its market stalls has previously only run on the first day of Pride, however this time it will be open on both Saturday and Sunday, following requests from attendees at last year’s event.

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    The Pride March

    Pop on your finest rainbow couture and join fellow members of the community, allies, friends and family as they celebrate and commemorate those who have fought for the right to love and be who you are. 

    Northern Pride Festival 2023 will feature a spectacular march through the centre of Newcastle and you’re invited to take part. The March will start at 12 noon Saturday 22nd July, from Newcastle Civic Centre. be sure to arrive early so they don’t leave without you!

    The march slowly progresses through the city, ending at the UK Pride Festival grounds on the Town Moor.

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    Explore the LGBTQ+ Scene

    Newcastle boasts a lively LGBTQ+ scene, with numerous bars, clubs, and LGBTQ+-friendly venues where you can celebrate Pride throughout the year. Why not keep the party going after Northern Pride Festival and head to the iconic Pink Triangle, centered around the Times Square area which is a hub for LGBTQ+ nightlife. Head to Boulevard, Rustys and Powerhouse and join in the celebrations with fellow Pride-goers, dance the night away, and embrace the diversity that makes this community so vibrant.

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    Show your support

    Pride is a time to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and be an ally. Educate yourself on LGBTQ+ issues, challenge discrimination when you see it, and promote inclusivity in your own circles. Let Pride be a catalyst for change, and strive to create a world where everyone can live authentically and without fear.

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