Rufus Wainwright, The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, Jodie Comer, Arlo Parks And Ana Matronic Join Virtual Pride Festival

COVID might be stopping festivals and concerts across the UK, but fear not Pride is online to experience fully.

Amnesty International, UK Black Pride, ParaPride, Gendered Intelligence and Stonewall have teamed up for two weeks of online LGBTI+ celebrations

‘Pride Inside’ festival kicks off with a launch party on Sunday hosted by Vick Hope

Exciting line-up of artists, comedians and speakers includes Rosie Jones, Layton Williams, Jacob V Joyce, Michael Cashman CBE, Nicola Coughlan and L Devine

‘Pride isn’t something that can be cancelled – it’s with us all the time – which is why we’ll come together to celebrate and reflect, despite everything going on’ – Rufus Wainwright

Pride Inside – a two-week virtual festival – will launch tomorrow (28 June), with an exciting show featuring Markia Hackman, Layton Williams, Rosie Jones, Arlo Parks, L Devine, Suzi Ruffell and hosted by Amnesty Ambassador Vick Hope.

Brought to you by Amnesty International UK, UK Black Pride, ParaPride, Gendered Intelligence and supported by Stonewall, the free online festival of Pride celebrations will see events happening every day between Sunday, June 28 and Friday, July 10.

This is including a one-off performance from musical legend Rufus Wainwright; readings from Jodie Comer, Derry Girls star Nicola Coughlan, Michael Cashman CBE, Dr Ranj and Ana Matronic; workshops with Jacob V Joyce, Aaron Carty, Ebony Rose Dark and poet Joelle Taylor; evening entertainment with Toya Delazy, Hungama and the Cocoa Butter Club; and much more.

The festival will also feature panel discussions and talks covering important LGBTI+ issues, including a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI+ rights, hosted by Channel 4’s Minnie Stephenson, a panel discussing the roots of the BAME LGBTI+ movement with Lady Phyll, talks from Human Rights Defenders under threat in Poland and Ukraine, and sessions on trans inclusion.

Bringing Pride Inside to a close, The xx’s Romy Madley Croft will be ending celebrations with a special DJ exit party on Friday, July 10.

The festival is entirely free to attend. The programme of events and viewing platform will be available at: https://prideinside.uk/   

Every year, Pride celebrations mark progress made on LGBTI+ rights, but also serve as a reminder of how far there is to go.

In 2020, in many countries across the world, simply standing up for LGBTI+ rights means living with the threat of daily discrimination, attacks or even killings.

Pride Inside will raise awareness of these abuses and platform activists putting themselves at risk to end them.

Singer, songwriter and composer, Rufus Wainwright, said: “Pride Inside is sending such a beautiful message of hope to LGBTI+ communities and I’m so pleased to be part of it.

“Pride isn’t something that can be cancelled – it’s with us all the time – which is why we’ll come together to celebrate and reflect, despite everything going on. I’ll be playing a song from my new album Unfollow The Rules. I hope you enjoy.”

TV & Radio presenter, activist, author and Amnesty Ambassador, Vick Hope, who will be hosting the launch party, said: “In 2020, there are still at least 68 countries across the world where it’s illegal to live and love openly as an LGBTI+ person.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done, and now, more than ever, we need to be speaking out for equality and fairness.

“Pride Inside has such an amazing line-up of artists, singers, comedians, DJs and activists and is set to be a really great couple of weeks. This is a chance for allies and LGBTI+ communities to come together, have fun, and unite for what is right.”