logo_2017Welcome to our ongoing celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History and the gateway to details of the forthcoming Festivals in Shrewsbury.

February 2017 saw the third National Festival of LGBT History which took place in Manchester, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Coventry, Exeter, Preston, London, York and Shrewsbury!

We enjoyed another amazing weekend of presentations, key note speakers, contributions from schools, entertainment, film and more. We supported young people  to contribute to the developments and a special showcase session.

We had:

Friday Night Launch – with a Civic reception with presentations

Saturday Schools slot and young people’s showcase

Saturday Presentations – a series of tasters on LGBT themed subjects a

Theatre, performance, song and film

The organising group:

We are 4 volunteers who collectively call ourselves the Salopian Rainbows! We are:

Sal Hampson

Sal Hampson – is media contact, Crowdfund coordinator and keeps count of complicated pennies. She does all our design work, maintains the website, blog and facebook page and also looks after our lovely volunteers.

Sue Gorbing

Sue Gorbing – keeps an overview of the festival, maintains primary contact with our colleagues at local venues and at the National level and takes a lead on making sure the exhibition happens. It was Sue you would have seen MC-ing the events at the University.

geoff_hardyGeoff Hardy – is lead on schools and colleges. He keeps a link with these across the County and maintains a contact with the National picture. He is also by far the best leaflet putter-outer in town!

peter_roscoePeter Roscoe – leads on the festival Gazette – that means all communication and contact with the wide range of presenters from all over the country who bring us such a fabulous programme on Saturday afternoon.

Sue and Sal are part of SpringOut which organises the Saturday evening fringe festival entertainment and Geoff & Peter are part of the Rainbow Film festival which coordinates the fringe festival films. Of course there are other jobs which we split between us as we go along – and hopefully nothing falls through the cracks. We are indebted to all the volunteers who help out – they are all listed at the end of our video along with everyone else who helps to make it all happen (see below).

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Grab a cuppa for this 13 minute glimpse into the 2016 Festie



For information about the national picture click here http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/national-festival/