The annual Cape Town Pride Festival is a celebration of diversity, and also creates awareness around issues impacting on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities throughout South Africa and Africa. Cape Town’s Pride Festival began in 2001 and then merged the following year with another local gay event.
After the 2002 festival, the decision was made to revert back to its original identity, and as part of the implementation of a long term strategy, the 2003 festival was postponed to February 2004 in an effort to attract gay tourism to the festival and the city. The months of February and March are traditionally the period during which Cape Town sees the greatest income from tourism, and this move proved successful with a particularly well- supported festivals since 2004. The festival is organized by Cape Town Pride, a non-profit organization, which driven by volunteers who give of their time, effort and energy freely, with energy and passion.
The 2011 Cape Town Pride Festival takes place from 24 February to 06 March 2011. With a stellar opening party planned, the customary float procession, religious services, picnic and the Out in Africa Pride Film Festival, the Cape Town Pride Festival should not be missed.
Cape Town Pride’s theme for 2011 is Love Our Diversity – a theme which was chosen by online vote during late 2010. Events have been planned that offer something for everyone – from the bookworm to the serious clubbing fiend, to those that want to know more about gender issues, Cape Town Pride 2011 has an event for everyone.
Pride has formed a number of partnerships with other LGBTI organisations and companies – and through these alliances, Pride is able to organise events which enrich the Pride Festival. Out in Africa, On Broadway and Gap Leisure are a few of the organisations that Pride is partnering with to present a Festival that will never be forgotten.
Profits from the Cape Town Pride Festival will be donated to the Pride Shelter Trust. This trust was established in 2009 and provides a safe space fro LGBTI people who are in need of support and shelter during times of adversity.
Pride 2011 is promising be the best Cape Town Pride yet! Play your part and support Africa’s biggest and best Pride Festival. Visit the Cape Town Pride website for more information.