One North East festival which is growing in size and ambition is Newcastle Pride which has become a three-day extravaganza featuring music, art and theatre.
Organisers Northern Pride are predicting as many as 65,000 people could attend the festival which has tripled in size since it was first staged seven years ago.
Northern Pride chairman Mark Nichols says: “Attendance has been on the increase in recent years, with Northern Pride attracting a record 28,000 visitors in 2013, boosting the regional economy by around £2m.
“This year we’re hoping to make the event even more inclusive and are confident that extending it to three days will have a positive impact on the region’s tourism industry, as well as the thousands of visitors we expect to take part.”
The festival, taking place from July 18-20, has twin sites on Newcastle Town Moor and Times Square beside the Centre for Life.
It features a Saturday parade from Newcastle Civic Centre with a theme of Pride Across the Decades, a pet show, a pop-up art gallery courtesy of the Biscuit Factory, a pet show and a play called Tea With The Old Queen based on the fictitious ‘secret’ diaries of a one-time steard to the Queen Mother.
It’s to be staged on July 5 at the Mining Institute as a festival appetiser.
Some of the many musical stars bound for the festival’s main stage are pictured here.
Sinitta, Faye Tozer, formerly of Steps, and Shayne Ward, who won the second series of The X Factor, will all expect to perform for a large audience.
The fans will know all about them and those waiting to be initiated should get themselves to the Town Moor. While Newcastle Pride was conceived as a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender living, the organisers have done their utmost to appeal to everybody.
Biscuit Factory owner Ramy Zack says: “Newcastle Pride is an amazing event and offers us the perfect opportunity to bring art out into the community to be showcased in a fun and unusual way.”
Find details of all events on www.northern-pride.com