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Pride in London Festival Launch

7 June 2016

Performers at today's launch (Photograph: REX by Shutterstock)

In what is set to be one of the biggest LGBT+ festivals anywhere in the world, the Pride in London festival launched today at the Natural History Museum.

The museum is hosting one of the signature events in the Pride calendar, dedicating their June 'Lates' in the famous 'After Hours' programme to 'seduction and sexuality' in the animal kingdom.

The festival was launched today, Tuesday, at the Natural History Museum by dancers from 201 Company and drag queen Vanity von Glow who will both perform during the festival.

The Pride in London Festival runs from the 10-26 June and showcases some of the most inspiring talents and celebrates diversity in the LGBT+ community. As the UK’s largest LGBT+ festival, it includes theatre, dance, talks, conferences, LGBT+ tours, art exhibitions and much more.

The festival launched alongside Pride in London’s app, developed by Thomson Reuters, which has details of every event throughout the festival.

Festival highlights also include

  • Pride Spectacular - a night of music and entertainment, cabaret and performance at London Wonderground's Spiegeltent
  • How gay were Laurel and Hardy? - An evening of film and commentary at the Cinema Museum
  • LGBTQ tour of the V&A museum
  • Screenings of the groundbreaking movie ‘Beautiful Thing’
  • The Queer Asia Conference - The first ever Asia conference on queerness, queer theory and LGBT issues
  • Heels of Glory: The Drag Action Musical
  • Pearl of Africa screening - a documentary following an activist and transgender woman fighting Uganda's anti-LGBT laws
  • Vanity & Vinegar - a camp musical comedy

The aim of the Festival has always been to provide a platform for our community to display a message, thought, argument or voice to the thousands that gather in London for our annual celebration of love, tolerance, victory and hope. We are set for the most exciting festival, all inspired by the community, and I’m sure there’s something for everyone.
Duncan Day, Festival Curator

Working with Pride London for our Lates event in June is a unique and exciting match for our diverse After Hours programme. We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone to a wonderful evening on 24 June.
Lucy Woodbridge, Head of Visitor Events at the Natural History Museum

Thomson Reuters believes deeply in building a global workplace where everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, can be themselves. And as demonstration of our belief and a reflection of our deep roots in London, we’ve built the official app for Pride in London.
Patsy Doerr, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Thomas Reuters

  • Notes for editors

    Pictures available from the event are available here:

    The full festival programme is available on the app, which can be downloaded here:

    Events are available on the Pride in London website here:

    The Natural History Museum event details are available here:

    201 Dance Company is a new company bringing together experienced artists and producers to create daring new work that is socially responsive and accessible. The artists share a drive to tell stories that matter and give a voice to underrepresented groups, while bringing striking and original dance to diverse audiences. 201 was founded in 2014 by choreographer and director Andrea Walker, associate producer Patrick Collier, and a team of 6 experienced and emerging urban and contemporary dancers.

    Vanity von Glow
    VVG has worked nationwide and abroad for seven years in cabaret, theatre and on television and is a British drag act at the top of her game. She has hosted events for the British Army, performed on stage with celebrities including Lily Allen and Sophie Ellis Bextor, and appeared on TV with Adele.

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