Thursday, June 11, 2009

The 2009 Outburst UK Pride Festival

The third annual Outburst UK Pride Festival takes place on Saturday, 27 June 2009 on the banks of the Thames River in east London close to London city airport and with breathtaking views of London.

The Outburst UK Pride Festival is a celebration of the achievements of the Black, Minority & Ethnic community in the United Kingdom. An inclusive event regardless of race, nationality, age, gender or orientation, the festival will be a part of the Pride London festivities this year and will be the first BME Pride event that will be included within the two week celebrations.

The Tereza Joanne Floating Palace and Grounds is this year’s festival venue which runs from 12 Noon till 12 Midnight, with a fireworks display at 9pm.

Additions to this year’s festival are two film screenings, Black Aura on an Angel and Rag Tag, a British film by Adaora Nwandu which was a Centrepiece Screening at the 2007 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Headlining the festival is Denise Pearson from 5 Star fame who is currently performing in the west end production “Thriller Live”, our very own diva Angie Brown who is also a patron of Outburst UK, French dance sensation Akil Wingate, UK Poet Miss B.L.U., Canada’s drag legend Jackae Baker, US RnB recording artiste Michael Ashanti, plus 4Flava, MC Chewy, Kory McLeod, Gift, Sykes, other International and UK performers and surprise guests. More to be confirmed later. TV presenter Trevor Blackman returns this year as host.

There will be food and community stalls on display from various sections of the community as well as the now permanent feature of the festival: the fashion show showcasing designs from some of the UK’s top young designers and choreographed by SallyAnn Couzens.

Throughout the day, there will be entertainment on the main stage and festival goers will be able to join in by taking part in the Swag Contest, Sexiest Girl Next Door and Walk like a Model contests, with cash prizes and trophies for the winners.

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