ShanghaiPRIDE 2017: The Time is Now!
Summer is here and ShanghaiPRIDE is too from June 15th to 18th! Returning for its 9th consecutive year, ShanghaiPRIDE is the longest existing LGBTQ festival in China, with the main goal of creating awareness and promoting acceptance for the LGBTQ community here. This year’s theme, “The Time Is Now”, is a strong call to action to spread more love, freedom and tolerance than ever before. Get ready to have bundles of fun with the LGBTQ community through cultural, social and educational activities and events.
Get involved! Join these events:
ShanghaiPRIDE will kickoff on June 10th with Pride Talk at Colca. Ten special guests will discuss topics such as gender and sexuality from both personal narratives and an academic studies angle. If you enjoy talks about gender and sexuality, it will surely be worth your while to drop by!
On June 11th and 18th, ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival will have a queer movie marathon at the Goethe Institut and The British Centre Shanghai respectively. ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival will also have a Chinese Short Film Competition showcasing LGBTQ Chinese stories. The winner will have the chance to take part at the prestigious UK Iris Prize Festival.
On June 15th, an exciting party night will be held at Celia by Pulse for Shanghai’s queer ladies.
On June 16th, the LGBTQ community is ready to rock the festival with its latest addition: The Pride Rocks musical will take place at M64 and will feature local bands, using music to unite society together. This year, ShanghaiPRIDE Art will take form in a photo exhibition at Henkes, featuring a selection of photos submitted by the community and friends. The photo exhibition will run from June 16th to 25th.
On June 17th, the annual outdoor event, Pride Run, returns. It will be followed by the Pink Brunch at the Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai. Two forums will also be held at the hotel as well. The LGBTQ Groups Open Day & Forum not only raises more awareness, but also helps friends and families to understand and accept LGBTQ issues, such as same-sex marriage, raising children or fighting stigmatization in school textbooks. ShanghaiPRIDE invites you to come and see “La Vie en Rose” at the Pink Party which will be held at the 8Art Hotel on June 17th.
Ahead of its 10th anniversary next year, ShanghaiPRIDE is launching an ambitious new project that will start next year; CnPRIDE, a national Pride festival will involve many cities throughout China to spread awareness and to promote acceptance and recognition of the LGBTQ community. All funds raised this year will go to LGBTQ associations and help ShanghaiPRIDE make their dream a reality. The Time is Now to raise awareness, promote LGBTQ issues and love now more than ever!