Preview: Durham Pride 2014

Durham Pride 2014: A ‘relaxed and fun environment’ in which to raise money for a ‘worthwhile cause’.

Durham city will next week be host to the county’s first ever LGBT pride event.

Durham Pride – organised by a collective of students, staff and members of the public – is set to take place on the evening of June 5th in Millennium Square. The action will begin at 5pm across Loveshack and the Slug and Lettuce, the two principal venues for the event, with the main entertainment starting at 7pm and stalls and outdoor entertainment continuing until 10pm. Entry to all parts of the festival will be free, with proceeds going towards the launch of a same-sex domestic abuse charity in County Durham.

The highlights of the day will include acts ranging from fire breathers to rappers, as well as a women’s only space in the county library from 5pm. Entry to Loveshack will be only via tickets which can be reserved for free online, granting you the opportunity to experience the ‘Queen of Durham’ Miss Tess Tickle hosting an evening of exciting performances, including the Tees Valley’s best DJ 2014 Lindsey Stephenson taking to the decks from 9pm.

Philip Mullen, an event director and current Durham student, is excited to be organising the first pride event that students in the North-East will be able to attend during term time. He says that he is “hopeful that the event will allow students and locals from across the county to meet each other in a relaxed and fun environment. The fact that we are also able to raise money for such a worthwhile cause makes the whole event even better, especially since its free and inclusive of everybody!”

More information about the event can be found on Durham Pride’s Facebook page.

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