Manila von Teez
An exciting line-up of artists is performing at this year’s Pretoria Pride, which will also be attended by the Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga.
Manila von Teez is probably the most high profile drag artist in South Africa, especially after her recent appearance on SA’s Got Talent, where she came second overall.
Inhabited by the very talented Veon Wentzel and supported by her dancers, Manila is set to perform at Pretoria LGBTI Pride this coming Saturday.
Latheem Gabriel is an up and coming LGBTQ+ artist who composed and sings the song chosen as the first ever Pride song in Africa.
The track is called Human Being and it has been steadily climbing up the GaySA Radio Top 30 (Saturdays between 12 – 3 pm). Latheem will perform several of his other songs.
These two main acts are supported by a host of community artists, who are also volunteering their performances in the interest of the community.
These include the almost operatic music of The Croons, the laid back rhythms of vocalist Danny, rapper Prunaka, lesbian artist Bizzcuit, lesbian outfit Glodine & Change The World, Nate, a slam poet or two, as well as Sinead O’Brian and Dozers Reloaded.
Of course, there will be also be a number of DJs working the decks: GaySA Radio’s DJ Rian and DJ Pieter as well as DJ Juran Botes, DJ Prince and DJ Kim E.
Pride would not be Pride without drag artists, and supporting Manila von Teez are Rebelchild RiRi Rouge, Genevieve le Coq, Sally Werq and drag group My Name Is Rose.
In another first, according to the organisers, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, will participate in the parade at 14h00, and will also deliver the keynote speech shortly thereafter.
New social media superstar Craig du Toit-Nel will put in an appearance, as will the delegates of Mr Gay World Southern Africa, newly crowned Mr and Miss Pretoria Pride, and the Jozi Cats, who will be conducting a Touch Rugby Clinic.
With buses coming from the outlying areas around the city, it is expected that this year’s event will be more diverse than ever, catering to everybody under the rainbow umbrella.
Gates open at 09h00 and there is a nominal admission fee of R20, which will help to cover some of the costs in the absence of a name sponsor. VIP Clubhouse entry is R100. Tickets can be pre-booked at www.gaypride.nutickets.co.za and they will also be available at the gate.
The parade starts at 14h00 and is free to attend. Floats are welcome and there will be a float building activity on Friday night.
Pretoria LGBTI Pride takes place at the Centurion Rugby Club, a few hundred metres from the Centurion Gautrain Station.
Please note: No glass or cooler boxes allowed, but you are welcome to bring chairs and gazebos for shade. Cash bar, food and other stalls available.
PRETORIA PRIDE 2017 EVENT DETAILS
Date: Saturday, 7 October
Time: 9am – 8pm | Parade starts at 2pm
Venue: Centurion Rugby Club: 270 West Avenue, Centurion
Entry: R20 at the door | VIP Clubhouse: R100 (pre-bookings here)
Note: No glass or cooler boxes allowed
Pretoria Pride organisers have arranged free bus services from a number of locations in the area on Sat 7 Oct.
Mamelodi: Mamelodi West Community Hall
Pretoria CBD: Church Square (Western entrance to the Square)
Hammanskraal: KFC at Renbro Shopping Complex
Soshanguve: Block L (Transfer) BP Garage
Buses will leave pick-up points at 10:00 am to Centurion Rugby Club.
Buses will leave Centurion Rugby Club at 18:00 back to drop-off points.