Hexham Pride

Following consultation with the local community, the first ever Hexham Pride took place in June 2023 across the historic Northumberland market town.

An exciting season of film, books, theatre, live music and events celebrating LGBTQIA+ culture and diversity was presented...

"We wanted to create a Pride that responded to local people's needs and ideas. Pride in Hexham is a festival, with events for everyone, with the emphasis on local performers and groups. We want to bring people together and celebrate the fabulous rainbow of diversity that is the LGBTQIA+ community.”

Richard Bliss, Hexham Pride 2023 Organiser

Hexham residents helped to shape the programme through an open call giving people a say about what's important to them and the kinds of events they most wanted to see.

The result was a diverse programme of film, live music, author events and talks, theatre, and more. A range of free and ticketed events at venues across Hexham celebrated LGBTQIA+ culture including Folk is Queer showcasing local folk musicians, Hexham Pride Film Fest at Forum Cinema, and a Young People’s Takeover and Mini Pride, both hosted by Curious Arts.

"We were delighted to be involved in Hexham's first Pride festival. Thanks to input from Hexham residents and a brilliant team led by Richard Bliss with a wealth of knowledge and experience of creating arts and cultural events celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, the programme had something for everyone and included free events alongside activities for families and young people, as well as showcasing local talent.”

Katy Taylor, Queen's Hall Artistic Director and Chief Executive

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