The upcoming annual Cape Town Pride Festival is set to offer a plethora of activities and events to celebrate the LGBT community in the Mother City. The theme for 2013 is “stand up and be counted”.
And, Festival Director Luiz De Laja says that the festival “intends doing just that this year, across all the communities of the city” to show that “we are an inclusive community working together as a unit, crossing all races”.
He also confirms that Pride once again has the backing of The City of Cape Town.
The festival kicks off on the 16th of February with the Miss Cape Town Pride pageant, will include the Best of Gay Town Awards, various parties, Mr Cape Town Pride and the annual street parade and street fair on 2nd March, and will conclude with a Pride celebration service at the Central Methodist Mission on the 3rd of March.
In an exciting first, the event will also partner with the US based international NOH8 photographic protest campaign which highlights LGBT discrimination and bullying.
After years of requests, the NOH8 campaign will be holding two official photo shoots in Cape Town on the 1st and 2nd of March. And, anyone can take part (more details here).
“It is a great honour to be the first city and country in Africa to be recognised on such a global platform,” comments De Laja.
As in previous years, a portion of funds raised by Cape Town Pride will be donated to the Pride Shelter Trust which provides temporary accommodation and support for homeless and in-crisis LGBT people. It’s the only such facility in Africa.
De Laja points out that last year Cape Town Pride handed over a cheque to the value of R15,000 to the shelter.
A dedicated Pride call line has been set up where you can source information about Pride events. Simply call 0861 9PRIDE (0861 977433).
You’re urged to take part in Cape Town Pride 2013 to “stand up and be counted”.
CAPE TOWN PRIDE 2013 EVENTS
â€¢ Sat 16 Feb: Miss Cape Town Pride 2013
The Joseph Stone Auditorium, Athlone
7pm. R50 / VIP R100
â€¢ Wed 20 Feb: Best of Gay Town Awards
Limnos Bakery (Next to Beefcakes), Green Point
â€¢ Thurs 21 Feb: Red Party
Entru fee gets you into 12 LGBT venues. (Alexander Bar, Amsterdam bar Alfarjiri, Backroom bar, Beualah, Bubbles bar, Cafe Manhattanm, Crew Keenwa, Stargazers, Zer021 and Beefcakes)
â€¢ Thurs 21 Feb: Pride & Protest Seminar
Guga Sthebe Art & Culture Centre, Washington St, Langa
6 – 8pm. Free entry
â€¢ Sat 23 Feb: Pride Pool Party
Glen Hotel, Sea Point
â€¢ Sat 23 Feb: Boyztown Does Pride
Amsterdam Bar / Backroom Bar
9pm. Free entry
â€¢ Sun 24 Feb: Blighters vs Bar Boys
Hamilton’s Rugby Club
â€¢ Sun 24 Feb: Pride Comedy Night
Beefcakes, Green Point
â€¢ Mon 25 Feb: God Save the Queens Drag Revue
Beefcakes, Green Point
â€¢ Tues 26 Feb: Hacked Off
â€¢ Wed 27 Feb: Beach Picnic
Cilfton 3rd Beach
From 6pm. Free: Bring your own basket
â€¢ Thurs 28 Feb: Lush Ladies’ Party
â€¢ Thurs 28 Feb: Food Fashion Fusion
Market on the Wharf, V&A Waterfront
6pm. Guest list: Min donation R150
â€¢ Fri 1 March: Mr. Cape Town Pride
â€¢ Fri 1 March: NOH8 Open Shoot
Protea Hotel Sea Point
3pm-6pm. R180 pp
â€¢ Sat 2 March: Pride Parade
De Waterkant Village
â€¢ Sat 2 March: Pride Street Fair
Napier, Cobern and Liddle Streets, Green Point
From 2pm. R30
â€¢ Sat 2 March: NOH8 Open Shoot
Pride Street Fair, Napier, Cobern and Liddle Streets, Green Point
2 – 6pm. R180 pp
â€¢ Sun 3 March: Recovery Braai
Alfajiri Lounge, Sea Point
3pm. Free entry
â€¢ Sun 3 March: Goodhope MCC Pride Celebration Service
Central Methodist Mission, Greenmarket Square
6pm. Free entry
For more info, visit the Cape Town Pride website or the Facebook page.