2018 Halifax Pride Festival Begins Today
K’jipuktuk (Halifax, N.S.) - Thursday, July 19 marks the official start to the Halifax Pride Festival, with events running July 19-29.
“We’re so excited to finally start the festival after months of preparation,” says Morgan Manzer, chair of the Halifax Pride board of directors. “For the past few years, we’ve concentrated on making this festival among the most accessible and community-focused in the country.” That community focus can be found in Halifax Pride’s 2018 theme . This year’s festival emphasizes the message that pride is “Because of you” through photographs of members of Halifax’s 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Featured in among the festival guide and posters are several photos from The Magic Project’s Queer People are Magic: Pride Edition. Like their other art initiatives, the photoshoot captures empowerment and connects communities.
The Magic Project’s work using art and photography to create solidarity, and celebrate diverse identities, has made Halifax Pride’s “Because of you” campaign possible. “It is through the work of the community that pride happens every year,” says Adam Reid, executive director. “We strive to build a festival where our community can come together to celebrate, commemorate, and advocate.”
Some of the 2018 festival’s new events include the opening night Halifax Pride Comedy Show, The Katchup brunch on the Garrison Grounds, and a Humans vs. Zombies game for youth. The Dykes vs. Divas Softball Game, Garrison Grounds Mainstage Show, Evening Speaker Series, Queer Perspective Panels, and an expanded Gottingen Block Party are all returning to the festival. For a full line up of events, visits www.halifaxpride.com/schedule.
The Halifax Pride Parade will march on July 21 at 1 p.m.
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