Today marks two weeks until the launch of the annual Newcastle Pride Festival, a celebration of LGBTQIA+ people and culture, with Twisted Cabaret at Newcastle City Hall on Friday 23 August. Twisted Cabaret boasts a tantalising smorgasbord of camp burlesque, edgy performance art and elevated drag. It launches what is an exciting, glamourous and “out n’ proud” series of events that aims to showcase that Newcastle is a city of diversity, culture and beauty. 

Newcastle Pride Fair Day takes place at Foreshore Park on Saturday 24 August and is sure to entertain the whole family! This free and family friendly event is the biggest of the event program and encompasses kids’ activities, meetup tents, drag shows, live music, Doggywood parade and so much more! 

Two massive dance parties take over The Cambridge on Saturday night – the Heaven & Hell and Return to Pipers dance parties! Get pumped for an energetic night of light and darkness at the Heaven & Hell party; a cavernous auditorium with a fresh, energetic and infectious mix of pop, house, disco and high energy beats with some of the best DJs around! Return to Pipers is all the glitz and glamour of the 80s, revisiting one of Newcastle’s most iconic gay venues – Pipers. All your favourite original showgirls, entertainers and DJs will be there, it is definitely one not to miss! 

Newcastle Pride President Lee-Anne McDougall said; 

“Newcastle Pride Festival has grown so much in just one year! We have an amazing committee who have all given up so much of their own time to bring the community an amazing festival. The 2019 festival is gearing up to be something special with some awesome events that everyone can enjoy!” 

There is something for everyone over the Newcastle Pride long weekend .

Newcastle Pride respectfully acknowledges that our celebrations are held on the traditional Lands of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.