Newcastle Pride, organised by regional LGBT charity, Northern Pride, has confirmed the festival will be returning to the city, with NE1, Newcastle’s Business Improvement District, sponsoring the event for the fourth year running.
More than 73,000 visitors turned out for the main event in 2017, with a further 650,000 listeners from all over the world tuning in to Pride World Radio’s coverage of the weekend.
Looking to replicate the success of the 2017 festival, which generated more than £9m to the local economy, the 2018 programme has a whole host of events planned in the weeks running up to the main Pride weekend.
“Newcastle Pride is all about celebrating the diversity of our city and we are always looking for new ways to make the festival bigger and better,” said Stephen Willis, Festival Director.
Among the many highlights of Newcastle Pride 2018 will be a weekend of live music and entertainment at Newcastle Town Moor from 20 to 22 July, with a huge musical line-up to be announced.
Many of the events are free to attend, though a limited number of Gold Circle and VIP tickets are available for those who want to guarantee prime viewing spots at the main stage weekend.
The theme of this year’s Newcastle Pride festival is celebrating 40 years of the rainbow flag, which was designed in San Francisco by LGBT activist and artist, Gilbert Baker.
The rainbow flag has become synonymous with the LGBT community, with the different colours representing diversity.