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Northern Pride to Become Citywide

Northern Pride, one of the largest events on the North East calendar, will be heading in a brand new direction…

Northern Pride, traditionally, has been held on the outskirts of the city, having taken place at both Exhibition Park and the Town Moor in previous years. But organisers unveiled today (25 January) ambitious plans for 2024, which will make the event even more inclusive than ever before.

Pride in the City was announced at a breakfast launch this morning, moving the annual festival into a number of locations across Newcastle city centre over the weekend of 19-21 July.

Under the theme “unapologetically visible” the aim now is to bring around 80,000 people to Newcastle during the Pride weekend, by bringing all the festival favourites right into the heart of the city.

Director of Northern Pride, Ste Dunn, outlined the plans to an audience of supporters and the business community at today’s launch event held at Northern Stage.

“Our mission is clear. We’re using our festival to highlight the vibrant and beautiful queer community, the valuable impact they have on society and the richness of their talents, from makers and creators to performers and activists,” he said.

“This will also be a fantastic opportunity to spread the Northern Pride message citywide which will benefit both the event and the local economy.”

Northern Pride: The Plans Ahead

Northern Pride

The plans will see Central Park at Times Square become the Northern Pride Arena, and the organisers will announce the first wave of artists in the coming weeks.

On Saturday, the Curious Arts Stage will this year move to Northern Stage, where a full programme of queer art and culture will happen.

The Family and Youth Zone will be in Assembly Rooms at Westgate Road where there will be a host of activities including arts and crafts sessions aimed at LGBTQIA+ families and young people, as well as live performances.

The Health and Wellbeing Zone will be based at Newcastle City Centre, where a range of organisations will offer advice and support, along with a mobile sexual health clinic with STI and HIV testing.

Continuing its commitment to giving LGBTQIA+ people more access to sport, Northern Pride’s Sport and Active Life Zone will take place at Northumbria University’s Sport, where several taster sessions and general information about sporting activities will be available.

The Rainbow Village, which traditionally hosts a number of market stalls sharing information and selling a range of unique products, will also return, staged around Grey’s Monument, Old Eldon Square and Blackett Street.

A Different Look

“This is a very different look to Northern Pride but our core messages remain the same,” said Ste.

“We have included everything that people expect at Pride – including our march which will begin and end at Newcastle Civic Centre.

“We truly believe that this will move Northern Pride to the next level and that we are creating something extraordinary.”

Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Kemp, has supported the ambitious plans.                                                                                                         

“Pride is always a very important event and one which Newcastle City Council is always very proud to support,” he said.

“Making Northern Pride citywide will mean more people than ever before can be a part of it and it will truly become a citywide celebration.”

Anyone wanting to be among the first to hear the news should to register here. All existing ticket holders will receive an email today (25 January) explaining how to validate their ticket for the Northern Pride Arena.