Award-winning trans and non-binary portraits on display for Pride in Trafford

Trafford’s five-day annual exploration and celebration of LGBTQ+ arts is back for
Pride 2022 runs from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 May.

Now in its third year, Pride in Trafford brings together an exciting and diverse range of performers and performances, from comedy and cabaret, storytelling and solo shows to photography and physical theatre. All events take place in venues and spaces around the borough, including the leading arts venue Waterside.

Award-winning photographer Allie Crewe’s moving and poignant exhibition Your Own Light – featuring a series of striking portraits of trans/non-binary subjects – is one of the undisputed highlights of this year’s festival.

Nominated for the prestigious BJP Portrait of Britain Award in 2017, it was Crewe’s stunning portrait of Grace, a transgender woman, which won her the award in 2019. Grace is part of Crewe’s Your Own Light exhibition which will open at Waterside for Pride in Trafford and will run until July and is part of the one-year photography program at Waterside curated by Castlefield Gallery and supported by Arts Council England.

While on display at Sale, Crewe is looking to expand her exhibit with new photos of LGBTQ+ people living in GreaterManchester.

Challenging perceptions of gender construction and performance, Your Own Light finds a tender beauty in the fragility and resilience of its subjects. Described by Magnum – the internationally acclaimed photography cooperative – as “highly regarded, heartfelt, poignant and classic”, this emotional and authentic exhibition is filled with heart and empathy.

It casts a vital and topical spotlight on one of society’s more marginalized groups – a key component demonstrated in all of Crewe’s work as an artist forced to capture the portraits of people desiring transformation and tell the stories. examining those that grow.

The visual arts element of Pride in Trafford continues with Interstice – a digital display and
autobiographical embodiment of artist Paul Scott Bullen’s experience of homophobic resistance.

Live cabaret and comedy also feature prominently at this year’s Pride in Trafford
celebrations with highlights including music theater diva Vivienne de Vil. In her brand new show With One Look, Vivienne sings through life’s ups and downs, embracing the future show tune at a time.

Laugh Riot returns for 2022 – an evening of the best in alternative comedy. This year’s fantastic lineup includes MC Jonathan Mayor – a huge cult figure in comedy; comedian and improviser Kate McCabe; and stand-up, drag queen and live streamer Red Redmond. The evening will be topped off by acclaimed stand-up Bethany Black – a stalwart of the scene who can be seen across the country as ‘one of the best nighttime storytellers on the British circuit’ (British Comedy Guide).

This event will raise money for the life-saving and life-enhancing charity, the Proud Trust.

Events for a younger audience are at the heart of this year’s programme, bringing together leading local groups – Gorse Hill Studios, Rainbow Reflections and Cooking Club – to create a fun and free special Pride event for young people in Trafford.

There will be cooking sessions followed by a range of activities including quizzes, music, art activities, all curated by and for young people.

Avid younger readers and enthusiasts of all things goth and vampire are invited to a very special Meet the Author event with Emmy Clarke, author of Vampire Hunter Jess – a funny and heartwarming short story for children. Inspired by her own personal experiences growing up with autism, Clarke’s protagonist Jess is also an autistic girl, determined to find evidence that her neighbor is a vampire.

During this special one-off event, Clarke, who turns 26 in September, will read excerpts from:
her new book. Told through a mix of prose and unanswered text messages, it covers light LGBTQ+ themes and explores grief, friendship and found family. It is also one of eleven new cautionary tales in the upcoming children’s anthology of Stories Of Care, Tales of the Brave, the Bold, and the Beautiful.

Founded by comedian and BAFTA-winning writer Sophie Willan, this Manchester-based writing cooperative is a dynamic and rebellious writing and outreach organisation, working exclusively with exceptional new writers, from diverse backgrounds, whose voices need to be heard and whose voices need to be heard. must be. stories need to be told.

Pride in Trafford is not only a true celebration of the diversity and wide range of queer arts and artists currently in attendance, it also provides a much-needed outlet and platform to support new and emerging LGBTQ+ artists.

Waterside and Creative Industries Trafford’s Making Waves program, which celebrates epic theater makers and performers making a big splash with new work, is launching a queer edition for Pride, with an evening celebrating new work from
LGBTQ+ performers in Greater Manchester.

Professional dancer and choreographer Rowena Gander presents her experimental, thought-provoking new work through contemporary pole dance fusion. In her one woman show Barely Visible, she brings dance and the spoken word together to shed light on common issues facing queer women, including sexualization, male and female gazes and what it feels like to live in the shadows. to live.

Two beautiful and immersive outdoor events conclude this year’s Pride lineup: Wildflower is a fun and floral pop-up show that celebrates being your vibrant, colorful self, even under the harshest of conditions.

Presented by the producers of the award-winning Curious Arts Festival, this cheerful boardwalk show will see Wildflowers ride by on their flowery trikes, handing out and creating a welcoming environment where everyone can thrive. Throughout the afternoon, Pride in Trafford and local eatery Mano a Bocca will host a free outdoor party at Waterside Plaza, featuring family-friendly activities and a chance to learn about some of the local organisations.

Producer for Pride in Traffford and manager of Waterside Darren Adams notes, “We are very excited about this year’s line-up for Pride at Trafford. There is a real sense of ‘coming together’ woven through the program – not only because all the events are live, but also in terms of the themes, the artists and the staff involved.

Through their work, all of our artists celebrate inclusivity, love, diversity and togetherness and one thing that really stands out and includes this year’s program is that our differences can unite us and it is something to embrace and celebrate. We can’t wait to see the community again celebrating Pride in Trafford for five days of strange joy, fun and pride.”

Pride in Trafford runs from Tuesday 17 May to Saturday 21 May. The launch of this year’s festival is the annual flag raising at Sale Town Hall at 11am on Tuesday 17 May, which coincides with and marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Tickets go on sale here.

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