With 2015 upon us, DIVA looks forward to the best of the year
ahead. From LGBT film festivals to good old Pride parades, here's
the low-down. Happy New Year!
1. Queer Contact
The first of the queer arts festivals this year,
featuring a range of LBT artists and speakers including DIVA's Jane
Czyzselska and guests talking about queer female desire!
2. National Student Pride
One for the young 'uns. The event took place in
London last year and featured a film screening at Channel 4, an
opening party at Heaven and (our favourite) a Great Student Bake
Off. So be sure attend this bonanza alongside all the other LGBT
students - it's awesome!
27 Feb-1 March
3. BFI Flare (London LGBT Film
Organised and run by the BFI the festival is a
showcase of the finest LGBT films from areound the world.
4. Birmingham Pride
Yes, BIRMINGHAM. The city has always taken me by
surprise, with so many fun things to do (the NEC is incredible!!!)
and a treasure-trove of cultures. So head along to the city's
annual Pride event this year and be flamboyant, be ostentatious: be
5. LFest Del Mar
Beautiful La Manga, Spain, is the location of this
premium lesbian and bi women's festival. Hot sand, hot sun and hot
Want a lesbian and bi women's festival for
30-somethings that's also family-friendly? Look no further than
Ola, a new exciting festival in Spain's Alicante.
7. Pride Scotia
Scotland's national LGBT Pride festival takes
place annually in Edinburgh and is an excellent opportunity to join
together and celebrate all things LGBT!
8. Pride London
Second only in size to the Notting Hill Carnival,
Pride London is one of the capital's biggest public events. Join
the thousands gathering at the festival's centrepiece celebrations
in Trafalgar Square.
The fourth year of this brilliant, warm, funny,
big-hearted festival for lesbians, bi women, trans women and their
friends (and families). DO.NOT. MISS.
10. Brighton Pride
Billed as the UK's biggest pride festival, Brighton
Pride is the apple of every LGBT person's eye. Located in the UK's
gay capital, the extravaganza is the perfect opportunity to wave
those rainbow flags and have a gay old time!
11. Manchester Pride
The big weekend for any rainbow-loving northerner.
For those in Manchester and the surrounding areas the event is the
creme de la creme of all the Pride parades and not to be
28-31 August (dates TBC)
12. Ella International Lesbian
Head down to Mallorca this summer for an exotic
carnival of culture, music, art and sports specifically designed
for the LGBT woman! There will be loads of sun, loads of sea and…
yeah, you get it.
13. Glasgay! Festival
Scotland's annual celebration of LGBT culture
presents comedy, music and theatre - an eclectic mix of everything
the gay community has to offer.
14. Rainbow Film Festival
An LGBT film festival in Shropshire? SOUNDS AWESOME,
HUH? Well it is, so pop along to the fiesta - the event aims to
entertain, educate, challenge and change - in some of England's
The international LGBT festival features a mixture of
theatre, dance, film, photography, art, cabaret and debate in
Liverpool and other cities across Europe. Make sure you're a part
of it! DIVA will be!
16. Gaywise FESTival
London's GFEST is another excellent showcase of
LGBTQI film, art and performance. With many events free, you've no
excuse to watch the finest talent of the gay community as it is
exhibited across the Big Smoke.
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