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Wednesday, 10 April 2024 15:38

Poole Pride - Life's A Cabaret

A joyful celebration of the beautiful identities of our LGBTQ+ community, the first ever Poole Pride will bring a splash of rainbow colour to Lighthouse on Saturday 8 June with an open invitation to come as you are and embrace a full day and night of inclusive entertainment.

Lighthouse is delighted to announce new-drag superstar Bimini and queer club culture DJ collective Horse Meat Disco have been added to the bill for the first Poole Pride evening celebration on Saturday 8 June 2024.

Drag queen, artist, author, recording star, model, and a much-heralded champion of inclusion and self-affirmation, Bimini will appear as the main support act to headliner Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Boy bands are back... alright! 

Cue the wind machine and get ready to celebrate the 90s! These five bad boys with the power to rock you promise an unparalleled night of non-stop nostalgia in this exciting new theatre tour with one night in Bournemouth this October.

Lighthouse and AUB are proud to present ‘WE DIDN’T KNOW IF IT WAS A REVOLUTION OR A PARTY’: John Chesterman and Gay Pride in association with Bournemouth University and Lush Cosmetics, coming this May.

As part of the first ever Poole Pride, ‘We Didn’t Know If It Was a Revolution or a Party’ is a collaborative exhibition of words and images focussing on the important and sometimes overlooked history of LGBT+ activism in the UK.

At the centre of this exhibition is a research project aimed at recognising the life and work of one of the more elusive figures involved in this story, the campaigner and activist John Chesterman. 

Closely involved in the formation of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in 1970 – he drafted the organisation’s original list of demands – which, despite an avoidance of any formalised structure, grew rapidly to become a leading voice in gay activism of the 1970s and 80s.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor will headline the first ever Poole Pride on Saturday 8 June 2024. Planned in consultation with a community steering group that includes members of the LGBTQ+ community, Poole Pride will include performances and activities throughout Lighthouse, including the outdoor theatre. A Queer film festival will run in the week leading up to Pride as well as a month-long exhibition, presented in partnership with AUB, honouring influential gay activist John Chesterman who was closely involved in the formation of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970 and whose ideas underpin the modern Pride movement.