Limerick Pride Festival and Dyke Night are bringing Pride back in style

For the first time this decade, Pride is in-person and - Limerick Pride Festival and 'Dyke Nite' are determined to make their mark.

Limerick Pride Festival
Image: @ilovelimerick via Instagram

After two long years, Pride is back with a bang! Limerick Pride Festival will be hosting a week-long celebration centred around their theme ‘A Culture of Pride’. They have prepared a unique line-up with a wide variety of events, running from July 4 until July 10 with the Pride parade taking place on July 9.

Limerick Pride Festival’s theme was selected to “shed light on the joy and resilience of artists and cultural creators within the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ people have always contributed to underground and mainstream culture that still influences our lives today”, stated PRO Richard Lynch.

“Our community has contributed so much to world culture and we have used our art to fight oppression in all its shapes and forms in our quest for liberation for all LQBTQ+ people all over the world.”

The Chairperson of Limerick Pride, Lisa Daly, spoke on creating an inclusive schedule: “all events for 2022 reflect the breadth and depth of our LGBTQIA+ community. From the iconic nature of our Pride March to our newer events, we’ve created events with our entire community in mind.”

By putting the community at the focal point of Limerick Pride’s programme, the events will encompass both educational and recreational aspects. There will be an array of workshops, support groups, evenings of music and club nights. A full list of events is available on Limerick Pride’s website.

According to its mission statement, Limerick Pride is a “volunteer-led, not for profit collective working to promote positive visibility of LGBTQ+ people and their community in Limerick.”

“We envision a world in which all LGBTQ+ people live safely and openly as our whole selves in the communities we call home.”

Limerick Pride Festival are ready to make this year one to remember with exclusive one-night-only performances and some very special guests.

DYKE NITE

Dyke Nite promises an alternative Pride party, hosted by DJ Egg (House of Sídhe) and NEEV (Stinx Club). The event is a celebration of queer love and community, while also calling out Limerick’s lack of any LGBTQ+ specific venues.

In a post on their Instagram, Aoife (DJ Egg) stated: “LGBTQ+ people have often had to depend on non-community spaces to be welcoming, affirming and safe. Particularly in the current climate of heightened violence against the LGBT1+ community, and the crisis of the cost of living, access to space has become more difficult for queer and trans communities.”

“Particularly in the current climate of heightened violence against the LGBTQ+ community, and the crisis of the cost of living, access to space has become more difficult for queer and trans communities.”

Dyke Nite is a call-out against the growing commercial presence at Pride, pushing back against pinkwashing and rainbow capitalism. The event will be dyke and trans centred – including the crew, organisers and performers. DJ Egg will be performing alongside Bambi and Roo Honey Child.

There will be live drag and food available throughout the day before the DJ sets take place until the early hours of the morning.

The event will be held in Pharmacia on 9 July. Get your early bird tickets here.

© 2022 GCN (Gay Community News). All rights reserved.

Support GCN

GCN has been a vital, free-of-charge information service for Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community since 1988.

During this global COVID pandemic, we like many other organisations have been impacted greatly in the way we can do business and produce. This means a temporary pause to our print publication and live events and so now more than ever we need your help to continue providing this community resource digitally.

GCN is a registered charity with a not-for-profit business model and we need your support. If you value having an independent LGBTQ+ media in Ireland, you can help from as little as €1.99 per month. Support Ireland’s free, independent LGBTQ+ media.

0 comments. Please sign in to comment.