Another Pride celebration this summer!
Stratford's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park hosts UK Black Pride on Saturday 19 August — a huge celebration for LGBTQIA+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern-descent, and their allies.
In 2022, crowds of 25,000 turned out — and the organisers are hoping for something similar for this year's Black Pride, the theme of which is 'Legacy'.
Says UK Black Pride co-founder and executive director Lady Phyll Opoku-Gyimah: "UK Black Pride has
gone from strength to strength over the last 18 years and we are so proud to have continuously
given the community a space and platform to live and love unapologetically. 'Legacy' is the best
way to describe the balance between looking at the last 18 years and looking forward to the next 18."
The main stage lineup looks like this:
- 12pm DJ Big John
- 12.40pm Welcome - Moud & Pav Trustees
- 1pm Speaker
- 1.05pm DJ Raks2Riches
- 2.10pm Dosa Cat
- 2.15pm Toya Delazy
- 2.25pm DJ KinkyD
- 3.20pm Swagga Takeover
- 4.05pm BBC Radio 1XTRA Remi Burgz
- 5pm Rikki Beadle-Blair
- 5.10pm Bitten Peach
- 5.25pm KSoul
- 5.30pm Kumari Suraj ft The Disco Housewife Party
- 6.20pm Kartel Brown
- 6.50pm Lorna G / Sutara
- 7pm The Tina Turner Tribute
- 7.15pm Headliner (announcement to come)
- 7:50pm Lady Phyll & UK Black Pride Team Speech
- 8pm DJ Biggy C
There'll also be a community stage with a series of talks, workshops and discussions; stalls with various organisations and charities offering their services and raising awareness; 30 food vendors serving up a diverse range of cuisine; a family area with activities for children (all children must be accompanied, this is not a drop-off area).
In other news, it's been announced that Trafalgar Square will host a new annual event — Black On The Square — in September.
UK Black Pride 2023, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 19 August, 12pm-8pm, free