UK Black Pride 2019: New home, same epic celebration
13 years after Lady Phyll and a busload of queer Black women descended on Southend-on-Sea for the first iteration of UK Black Pride, 2018 saw the biggest UK Black Pride celebration yet. With almost 7,000 people filling into Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and a further 17,000 people tuning in to watch the live feed on Facebook throughout the day, it’s clear that demand for spaces, moments and celebrations like UK Black Pride are as necessary as ever.
UK Black Pride returns on Sunday 7 July, 2019 and to mark UK Black Pride’s continued growth, the celebration moves to a larger location: Haggerston Park in east London. The team has been working hard to find a new home for UK Black Pride and have taken into consideration accessibility, public transport links, diversity of the local area and the borough’s historical significance.
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride:
“We’ve had a really good run in Lambeth and are grateful to the local council and residents who helped make our annual celebrations so successful. We’re excited to work with Hackney Council, the Mayor of Hackney and local residents and businesses to bring UK Black Pride to east London this summer. We are so energised by Hackney’s diversity, historical significance as a welcoming place for people from such a broad range of diasporas and the wonderfully enthusiastic response from local government.”
More information about what to expect on the day will be forthcoming. In the meantime, applications are open for stalls, food vendors, performers and volunteers, as well as for the wellbeing and workshop area, where a separate and smaller stage is perfect for panel discussions, interactive performances and poetry readings.
About UK Black Pride
Founded in 2006, UK Black Pride is Europe’s largest celebration for LGBTQ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent. We produce an annual free-to-attend celebration during pride month, as well as a variety of activities throughout the year in and around the UK, which also promote and advocate for the spiritual, emotional, and intellectual health and wellbeing of the communities we represent.