Enfield to host its first major Pride festival

The annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community known as Pride is coming to Enfield this June with a family-friendly festival of diversity, inclusion and equality.

In what is thought to be the first festival of its kind for the borough, Enfield Town’s Library Green will host a two-day Pride event that will feature some well-known names to entertain and delight the crowds including Sum Ting Wong, Vanity Milan and Cheryl Hole of RuPaul's Drag Race, X Factor winner Joe McElderry and tribute acts Cher and Lady Gaga.

The festival, which is brought to the borough by the Dugdale arts centre, takes place on 18 and 19 June and is free to attend.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Spaces, Local Economy & Culture, Cllr Chinelo Anyanwu said: “We are very proud to support this event which unites and celebrates everyone across Enfield. We are excited to welcome local people in solidarity, to enjoy two days of love and friendship and to unite with song, dance and I am sure lots of laughter.”

As part of Pride Month, Enfield’s very own Queen, Sissy Lea, will be performing at the Culture Palace on 18 June. The evening of cabaret is free but please book your seat for what will be a very popular evening.

Residents and visitors will also see a special poster celebrating Enfield Pride 2022 displayed throughout the borough during June. The poster was commissioned by the Enfield Council LGBTQ+ Staff Network. Designed by local artist Vikkie Thompson it is a message of support and joy for members of the LGBTQ+ communities within Enfield Council and beyond. It features the Enfield ‘beast’ surrounded by flowers in the colours of the LGBTQ+ flag. An original of the artwork will also be displayed within the Civic Centre.

Pride Month is celebrated around the world throughout the month of June and is about acceptance and equity. It highlights the work of LGBTQ+ people and their history and raises awareness of issues that impact them. Further information about the Enfield LGBT network, including important resources, can be found on the Council’s website.

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