logo_2017Welcome to our ongoing celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History and the gateway to details of the forthcoming 2017 Festival in Shrewsbury.

This is the third National Festival of LGBT History which, in 2017, takes place in Manchester, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Coventry, Exeter, Preston, London, York and Shrewsbury!

We are planning another amazing weekend of presentations, key note speakers, contributions from schools, entertainment, film and more. We have been talking to young people about supporting them to contribute to the developments and all is coming together very nicely indeed.

There will be:

Friday Night Launch – with a Civic reception (this is free – but ticketed – event booked out last year so keep an eye out for ticket releases)

Saturday Schools slot – open to all to come and find out what local schools have been doing and engage with young people’s experiences through video and conversation

Saturday Presentations – a series of tasters on LGBT themed subjects and wow, what a range we have coming in

Theatre, performance, song and film .. and probably more!

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. In 2016 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

In 2017 there is more to come.

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