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Join the Sparkle celebrations this summer

Jun 28, 2017

Sparkle festival

Join us next month at Sparkle, the largest annual national transgender event in the world, for a vibrant week-long celebration of gender diversity.

Spark trans arts festival, 1st-7th July, various locations

We’re working with Sparkle and the Rainbow Pilgrims to launch Spark - a brand new arts festival raising trans-visibility in a creative way.

If you want to get involved

They are looking for LGBTQI* migrants and refugees who are artists or performers to showcase their work (poems, songs, dances, drawings).

They also want to speak to LGBTQI people from a minority background to share their histories during a speed-story-recording event and lots of other fun pop-up creative activities around storytelling.

The session is on 1st July from 2-4pm in the New Adelphi building with trained volunteer interviewers and participation can be anonymous. If you’re interested in getting involved or know anyone that would be, contact Shaan at or Lee at

Other venues across Manchester, including Manchester Art Gallery, the People's History Museum and the Portico Library, are opening their doors from 1st-7th July to host trans film, literature, art, and club nights.

Sue Clark, the University’s new Inclusion & Diversity Manager, said: “This is a great opportunity to use our amazing facilities to celebrate diversity, and in particular to applaud the talented LGBTQI individuals in our community and beyond.”

Sparkle in the Park, 8th-9th July, Sackville Park

Events include the Miss Sparkle Contest, a fantastic new talent show called The Sparkle Music Awards and a number of music artists from across the country.

It’s free to attend and open to people across all the identities from within our community and as well as their friends, families and allies.


*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex