Pietermaritzburg’s Gay & Lesbian Network will be hosting the annual Pink Mynah Festival from the 22nd to the 29th of October.
The programme includes a film and art exhibition, a cheese and wine evening, the Mr & Ms Pink Mynah pageant, a fashion show, the much anticipated street parade and a picnic.
The Gay & Lesbian Network is a non-profit organisation that advocates for equality, respect and acceptance of the LGTI community.
As part of the festival, the Network is running a photo and film competition invites everyone to submit photos of themselves in which they feel safe and supported within the context of the LGBTI community.
The theme for the Pink Mynah Festival is #MyRight2B and so they are looking for photos and films of those who are ‘out and proud’, happy couples, and supportive family and friends.
These entries will form part of a film and art exhibition, which will be taking place on the 22nd of October. Entries for this competition close on the 30th of September, so get snapping!
The Network is also appealing to anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 to enter the Pink Mynah Pageant. There will be two winners: Mr Pink Mynah and Ms Pink Mynah. You are encouraged to enter the category in which you feel most comfortable, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
You do not need any modelling experience but this pageant is a great stepping stone to those who wish to advance in this field. Part of the entertainment for the night also includes a fashion show by local designers and drag performances. Entries for the pageant close on the 14th of October.
In addition, the organisers are holding a raffle for a pair of limited edition Pride Shoes. These gorgeous shoes are made in Spain from top quality materials. Tickets will be available until the 29th of October, when the draw will be held at the Pink Mynah Picnic, which will take place at the YMCA after the street parade.
With all of these great competitions, fabulous prizes to be won, and great entertainment in store – you just have to be sure to join in the festivities! For entries forms, stall applications and more information on the Pink Mynah Festival, please visit www.gaylesbian.org.za or call 033 342 6165.
The Pink Mynah Festival is proudly sponsored by the department of Arts & Culture and is endorsed by KwaZulu-Natal Tourism and the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association.