A weekend of premieres, firsts, new work and LGBTQIA celebrations for Manchester Pride! This year The Superbia Weekend is bigger and bolder than ever. Our programme includes a diverse array of premieres and firsts, including film screenings, cabaret, conversation, community workshops, new art and our free post-Pride Parade party. And it's all FREE. Read on...!
FRIDAY 24 AUGUST
Premier of ‘Invisible Women’ and launch of The Superbia Weekend
Superbia is proud to present the premiere of this brand new documentary charting the last 50 years of Manchester's LGBTQ history, told through the personal story of two incredible women and their life of activism and rebellion. Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald have spent the last half a century fighting for their rights as women and as lesbians. Their work revolutionised Manchester whilst transforming the lives of thousands of women, and yet no record of them exists in the city’s archives. Theirs is a story that risked disappearing from history, until now, beginning in 1960s Ireland, via the first women’s centre in Manchester, the early years of the Gay Liberation Front, the Section 28 demonstrations, all the way to the contemporary Manchester Pride celebrations. Join Angela and Lucia in conversation with director Alice Smith and producer Joe Ingham after the screening, hosted by Abigail Ward. We will the retire to the bar at HOME for more conversation to celebrate a special film and an exciting weekend of LGBT+ culture. This event will launch the 2018 Superbia Weekend.
SATURDAY 25 AUGUST
The Superbia Gallery: New Queer Art
New LGBT+ art in our pop-up gallery, including ‘Not Going Shopping’, a brand new sound installation from Abigail Ward; Conor Collins’ HIV+ blood portrait of Princess Diana; new MMU graduate art, new film and more. A number of the artists will join us in person on Sunday at 12.30pm for a guided tour and to talk about their work.
Post Pride Parade Party!
Relax, socialise and celebrate after the Manchester Pride Parade. Join us in the café space of No 70 for free food, a Pride party playlist, specially concocted hand-blended soft drinks, and an art workshop for kids of all ages. While you’re here, why not visit our gallery of new LGBT+ art, meet friends, and feel free to bring along your Parade costumes and props!
A History of Pride: From the Stonewall rebellion to the present day
Superbia Project Manager, Greg Thorpe takes us on a history tour of Pride, from the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York, to Europe and beyond, to Pride around the world today. Using imagery, video, activist profiles, history and memoirs to remind us why we still march today.
The Superbia Cabaret!
A spectacular line up of talent from Manchester and beyond, featuring poetry from the one and only Immani Love, dynamite drag with Violet Blonde, forthcoming Superbia Chapbook author Kenya Sterling, hilarious comedy from Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow, live music from the inimitable queer voice of Tommy Poppers, plus your fabulous compere, drag king dandy, Dorian Wilde!
SUNDAY 26 AUGUST
Free beginners/intermediate yoga class with Jonathen Bowen. Begin your Sunday with a positive mind and strong body. (Mats provided if you don’t have one!)
The Superbia Gallery: Artist Talk
Take a guided tour of new queer art and hear from a selection of the artists themselves. Learn about the making of their work, the inspiration and stories behind what they do.
‘My Recoverist Family’: Documentary screening and conversation
This Superbia-supported documentary, commissioned by Portraits of Recovery and directed by Amanda Ravetz and Huw Wahl, follows legendary queer performance artist David Hoyle and a group of LGBT artists as they workshop creative responses to their relationships with drugs, alcohol, the community and each other. An entertaining, touching and surprising piece of film exploring the concept of ‘recoverism’ from a specifically LGBT point of view. Afterwards, join the artists for a welcoming and open discussion about substance and recovery, creativity, queer life, self-discovery and the crucial question: What lies beyond…?
'Visible': Screening and creative workshop
‘Visible’ is a 20 minute documentary by Campbell X and Kayza Rose exploring the rich history of LGBTQ+ people of colour. Inspirational ancestry is revealed alongside the voices of contemporary community members in this inspiring and learned piece of film. The screening is followed by a workshop with special guests Rainbow Noir and friends exploring themes of the film and the present day ‘visibility’ of queer people of colour. Rainbow Noir are Manchester’s social and peer support group for LGBTQI people of colour. Kayza Rose is a curator, producer, filmmaker , activist, Arts Council England Change Maker and agitator for change with a specific interest in developing programmes of work and opportunities for QTIPOC (Queer, Trans, Intersex People of colour) artists and audiences. @kayzarose on Twitter/Instagram. QTIPOC Family on instagram @qtipocfamily Campbell is an award-winning filmmaker who directed the queer urban romcom feature film Stud Life (2012) which was awarded the Screen Nations Independent Spirit Award (2013) and the Best Black LGBT film in the Hotter Than July Film Festival (2013) Campbell's recent film DES!RE (2017) is a meditation on desire for queer masculinity including transgender masculinity and female masculinity. Campbell was the consulting editor of documentary Queerama (2017) directed by Daisy Asquith.
“We Can Make You Look Beautiful”: Non-femme presentation, ‘pampering’ and cancer
Five artists respond to the dilemmas of 'compulsory' femme culture in the world of complimentary cancer care for non-femme presenting individuals. In a landscape of long wigs, make up, makeovers and pamper packages, are some people left on the shelf? Join us for a funny, frank and intelligent look at life with cancer when you aren’t cheered by lipstick and frills! With performances and readings by Claire Mooney, Helen Mort, Debbie Sharp, Eileen Edmondson and Jackie Stacey. Performances will be followed by a conversation and Q&A. This event is proudly co-presented by Superbia, Manchester Pride, the LGBT Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and RAH! at Manchester Metropolitan University.
'Fleshback': Queer raving in Manchester’s twilight zone
Already near-legendary Boiler Room documentary showing on the big screen. Director Stephen Isaac-Wilson takes viewers on a tour of Manchester's infamous queer parties. Meet the dancers, DJs and artists who make Manchester’s nightlife tick, while looking back over 30 years of creative clubbing, via Flesh and more.
Vogue dance workshop with Darren Pritchard of House of Ghetto
Following last year’s packed-out vogue dance class, we welcome back the legendary Darren Pritchard – choreographer, writer, Mother of the House Of Ghetto and Director of Black Gold Arts – to share his choreography skills with us. Darren’s practice is deeply rooted in the black queer urban history of the vogue art form so prepare to learn as well as sweat. No experience required, just dress comfy and cool!