Pride Cymru 2022
The Welsh word for Wales is Cymru which comes from the Welsh name for the people of Wales, Cymry and on Saturday, August 27 the Pride Cymru parade will take to the centre of Cardiff, with 15,000 people walking the mile-long route celebrating Welsh LGBTQ+ lives, carrying huge Trans and Rainbow Flags and showing how the Welsh queer scene welcomes families, individuals, groups and organisations to showcase diversity and equality across Wales. The parade starts from 11am, and you can check out the route here.
The theme for this year’s event is #Unique&united / #UnigrywacUnedig. The campaign aims to encourage members of LGBTQ+ communities and beyond to use their voice and be proud of their identity and to fight together for equality and recognise the strength of working tougher as diverse communities with a common aim. Pride Cymru is a volunteer-led charity that works to promote the elimination of discrimination be it on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or ability.
50,000+ people are expected to attend the event on Cardiff City Lawns over the bank holiday weekend with events running Sat and Sun in the celebration of inclusivity and diversity. The forecast is for hot sunshine! Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend 2022 is Wales’s biggest celebration of equality and diversity. Over two days, 27th and 28th August bank holiday weekend, Pride Cymru embraces the Welsh capital to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.
There will also be thee packed stages with Mel C, Boney M and Bimini headlining along with a host of LGBTQ+ performers including Victoria Stone, Adele Roberts, Booty Luv and Mary Mac. And plenty of food, drink and market stalls at the ticketed family friendly event, under 5’s go free. Pride Cmyru is offering up a superb dance area hosted by DJs Alex Selio, Esther Taylor & Leonce, supported by a Community Stage celebrating the best of Welsh queer talent.
Welsh Youth Services and Child Friendly Wales, in association with Welsh LGBTQ+ youth groups Impact LGBT+, Goodvibes and Constellation, are curating a LGBTQ+ youth space, open and inclusive to all. And Deaf Cymru Pride will be hosting their own community space and line up. Pride Cymru became the first Pride event in the UK to be accredited with a Silver Award by ‘Attitude is Everything’ in 2015 in terms of improving accessibility for deaf and disabled attendee’s and has now achieved Gold Award making it only the second Pride in the UK to have that standard.
Gian Molinu, chair of Pride Cymru, said: “After two interrupted years, we are delighted to be celebrating Pride Cymru 2022 in person. On the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march, we want to celebrate our communities, but also show how much is still needed in a society where hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community are on the rise, with our trans community particularly under attack.
“We can’t wait to bring everyone back together over the Bank Holiday weekend and reconnect .”
For full line-up, more info and tickets, click here:
Kicking off Friday evening is a free Queer Question Time debate chaired by Pride Cymru patron and sports reporter and journalist, Beth Fisher. On the panel are Hannah Blythyn MS Deputy Minister for Social Partnership, Jamie Wallis MP, Cllr Rhys Taylor, Shash Appan and Lisa Power. Tickets here
All the diverse city bars will once again be thronged, the mains streets leading up to Cardiff Castle decorated with huge Welsh dragon flags and rainbow banners, Cardiff really knows how to dress and throw a party, and this easy to traverse city is fun to explore on foot.
It being a bank holiday weekend it’s going to be busy and the vibrant and expanding Cardiff queer scene will be alive with quality drag and singing acts on until late into the night. You’ll be impressed by the friendly, fun and fierce LGBTQ+ people of Cardiff and the wonderful warm Welsh welcome they’ll keep for you. Learn more about Cardiff’s LGBTQ+ venues here, all within a short walking distance of each other and clustered around the city centre.
Cymru am byth!