Pride Edinburgh yesterday opened its first ever Winter Festival.
The festival, which will run from 1st December (World AIDS Day) until 6th December, aspires to commemmorate diversity in “all its colours” and showcase the best that Edinburgh’s LGBTI community has to offer from a social and cultural perspective.
The Winter Festival kicked off yesterday with a winter ball, hosted by Alice Rabbit and Rabbit Hole entourage. Performing at the ball were “Scotland’s very own drag chameleon” Lawrence Chaney, burlesque dancer Taylor Huxley, hula hooper extraordinaire Volcanic Ash, drag queen Frans Gender and Suzy K.
The Festival was also supporting a number of World AIDS Day events taking place in the capital yesterday evening, including the Community Gathering at St John’s Church which provided an opportunity for remembrance, reflection and celebration.
Over the course of the week, Pride Edinburgh will be staging a plethora of events spanning arts, community engagements, theatre, cinema, club nights, Christmas parties and remembrance events – all of which will reflect the diverse nature of Edinbugh’s LGBTI community and the city’s cultural scene.
Arguably the highlight of the festival will be Saturday’s BIG Christmas Party, which will be hosted at Studio 24 on Calton Road, from 1pm to 6pm and will feature live entertainment from Josh Taylor, Hayley J, The Rhetoriks, Ross Alexander and many other talented performers. Entry is free, but donations will be gratefully received.
The festival will close on Sunday with the Final Fling Ceilidh bringing the curtain down on a week of events. Music will be provided by Matthew McLennan, while The Gay Gordons – Edinburgh’s LGBT Scottish country dancing group – will be demonstrating the dances. The ceilidh will be held at Chalky’s Late Night Lounge from 9pm until 11pm, with enrty being £5.