More than 60 new and returning events are expected to take place across the city, showcasing the full spectrum of London and the LGBT community, this year’s festival will celebrate the true diversity of London’s art, history, theatre, film, music and more.
Partnering with visitlondon.com, Pride in London is delighted to announce the first 16 events taking place at the 2017 Pride in London Festival (June 24th – July 9th), with the official opening taking place at Tate Britain to celebrate their major new exhibition Queer & Now.
More than 60 new and returning events are expected to be a part of the two week festival throughout the city, with highlights including, A Big Gay Iftaar, bringing together the Muslim and LGBT+ communities to open a fast together during Ramadan. Cheeky historical tours of Soho with Saucy Soho Tours, a guided tour looking at characters who’ve lived and loved down Soho’s streets. City Dash Game, a high energy, immersive treasure hunt specifically themed for the festival and LGBT+ Picnic in the Park, a special Pride picnic, with entertainment from local favourites Shkembe Soup and Broken Swing Band.
Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of London’s Gay Symphony Orchestra, the UK’s oldest LGBT+ orchestra, will be performing in St John’s Smith Square, featuring Russian classics as well as a new commission from Michael Finnissy. For under 18’s Pride Prom 2017 will provide an evening of entertainment from LGBT+ performers and DJ’s in a healthy and safe environment.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London’s LGBT+ community is one of the largest in the world, and I was proud to lead last year’s Pride march and to be Mayor of a city that doesn’t just tolerate diversity, but truly embraces and celebrates it. This year’s Pride in London programme reflects the full spectrum of the capital’s LGBT+ community and I urge all Londoners to immerse themselves in the festivities, proudly wave the rainbow flag and make this year’s Pride in London the biggest and most colourful yet.”
Peter Flynn from Pride in London said: “Pride in London is not only a celebration of the LGBT+ community, it’s a celebration of the city itself.
“London is one of the most diverse, welcoming and accepting cities in the world and we’re proud to be part of it, and we’re delighted to work with Visit London. Pride in London strives to be a beacon to the rest of the world, and hope people from across the U.K. and beyond will come to London this year and join the celebrations.”
Visitlondon.com, London’s official guide to the city, is the digital home and partner for this year’s festival. A dedicated website visitlondon/Pride-in-London will launch on 19th May to provide information and inspiration for visitors to the festival and parade day.