GAY & LESBIAN PRIDE NEWS|
Cape Town Pride is Happening!
21 February, 2011
CAPE TOWN — After months of planning and preparation Pride 2011 is about to happen! A committee of volunteers have been hard at work putting together an 11 day festival which starts on 24 February and runs until 6 March 2011.
Scene from last year's Pride
Cape Town Pride's theme for 2011 is Love Our Diversity – which was chosen by popular on line vote during late 2010. Events have been planned that offer something for everyone – from the bookworm to the serious clubbing fiend, to those that want to know more about gender issues, Cape Town Pride 2011 has an event for everyone.
Pride has formed a number of partnerships with other LGBTI organisations and companies – and through these alliances, Pride is able to organise events which enrich the Pride Festival. Out in Africa, On Broadway and Gap Leisure are a few of the organisations that Pride is partnering with to present, what promises to be, a Festival of which Cape Town can be proud. The events include a; film premier, The Pride Pageant (Mr and Miss Gay Pride will be crowned), Pink Ball, Red Party which brings together 17 clubs in and around Cape Town, a day at Mzolis and of course the pride of Cape Pride – the annual Parade through the streets of Cape Town and Parade Party, at which we celebrate the diversity and community of the most amazing city in the world, Cape Town!
Pride is a volunteer run organisation – and under the leadership of Festival Director, Gareth Dallas, an effective and strong committee of volunteers have been hard at work putting the festival together. Volunteers, under the leadership of the Exco, take on all the different roles required for the running of a successful 11 day festival. Pride, as a section 21 company, has a group of directors which ensure that all activities of Pride are legal and in line with the ethos and principles of Pride.
On 6 March 2011, the 2011 Pride Festival will be over, and profits from Pride will be donated to the Pride Shelter Trust – the principle beneficiary of Cape Town Pride. The Shelter Trust was established in 2009 to provide a safe space for LGBTI people who are in need of support and shelter during times of adversity.
The success of the Cape Town Pride Festival depends on the support of the communities of Cape Town. We have the support of the City administration, Pride has the support of a number of businesses and some members of the LGBTI community – but to be the success we can be Pride needs your support – gay or straight. Information about the Pride events is on the Pride website or alternatively contact us on 021 820 4554 – so save the dates of all the events you are going to support. And at the very least, show up to watch the Pride Parade through the streets of Green Point and Sea Point! Watch the press for details and keep an eye on the Pride website.
Pride 2011 is promising be the best Cape Town Pride yet! Play your part and support Africa's biggest and best Pride Festival – Issued by Cape Town Pride