DJ Lisa Lashes
The 22nd annual Joburg Pride has announced more details about this year’s event on the 1st of October, including some of the stage performers for the day.
It was also revealed that Joburg Pride has signed up Jacaranda 94.2 as its media partner for 2011.
“With a massive listenership spread throughout Gauteng, Jacaranda 94.2 will be able to spread our message to many millions of ears. We look forward to its support leading up to 1 October and on the day – with MCs on stage, as well as a Jacaranda 94.2 float taking part in the parade,” said the Pride Board.
Performers confirmed for the 2011 event include international headline act Lisa Lashes, described as ‘The World’s Number One Female DJ’.
The British DJ and music producer has headlined European music festivals such as Global Gathering, Creamfields, Dance Valley, her own “Lashed in Ibiza” parties, and UK events such as Godskitchen, Gatecrasher, Inside Out and Planet Love.
She has toured China, Canada, the US, Russia, Australia and New Zealand and is the first and only female to be considered among the top ten DJs in the world by DJ Magazine.
Lashes will perform during the day at Zoo Lake; Joburg Pride will not host a night-time after party this year.
The entertainment line-up for the day also includes local acts such as multiple SAMA winner Lira, Afrikaans singer George Meiring, rock band Kinky Robot and top local DJs.
Joburg Pride 2011 takes place at Zoo Lake Sports Club, Parkview, Johannesburg. Gates will open from 8am and the parade will start at 11am, with the day’s festivities and entertainment ending at 6pm.
The Board warned that it reserves the right to close the gates to newcomers after 2.30pm for safety and security reasons, so as not to go over the maximum capacity for the venue.
It also requested the understanding of the public in remembering that no drink, food or related containers will be allowed into the venue as the sale of food and drinks on the day is one of the event’s most-important means of fund-raising.
“Bring your family, friends and pets to celebrate our sexual diversity and freedoms in a fabulous and memorable day of celebration,” urged Joburg Pride.
The event’s somewhat contentious 2011 theme is ‘Born This Gay’, which aims to “creatively, without fail and without shame, encourage society to speak out and take action against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender hate crime.
“The entire community needs to consistently drive the message that being gay or lesbian is NOT a fashion statement, a sickness, a crime, a curse or a choice,” said Joburg Pride.
For more information visit www.joburgpride.org.