The date and theme for this year’s Liverpool Pride Festival has been announced as the event returns for its ninth year.
The summer celebration of all things LGBTQ+ will be free and will once again feature the annual Liverpool Pride March.
The location of the festival, which will take place on 28-29 July, remains under wraps but this year’s weekend-long programme will follow the theme #AllTogetherNow, bringing together every branch of the LGBTQ+ and wider communities in celebration of equality and diversity.
In 2018, the event will also mark 10 years since the death of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008.
Liverpool Pride Festival was created in Michael’s memory as a way to celebrate his life and empower LGBT communities.
John Bird, trustee of Liverpool Pride Charity, says: “We’re so excited to finally be releasing news of this year’s Liverpool Pride. 2018 is a momentous year for the city, and we wanted to add to that in the best way Pride possibly could.
“This year’s theme can be interpreted in so many different ways; but mostly we see it as all our communities coming together in joint celebration of equality, diversity and visibly demonstrating that no matter what our gender, ethnicity, sexuality, faith or however a person identifies, we are #AllTogetherNow.”
This year’s Liverpool Pride forms part of the wider Liverpool 2018 programme, celebrating 10 years since the city’s European Capital of Culture year.