Manchester Airport returns for a second year – and announces support for next three years

The first sponsor to throw its support behind the Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 has been

Liverpool Pride Festival returns in July for its ninth consecutive year, and organisers are
delighted to announce the return of a big name organisation.

The region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBT+ will again take place across
two days – Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018.

The festival will be free to attend, and the location will be announced shortly.
Manchester Airport comes on-board for a second consecutive year to sponsor the
Liverpool Pride Festival 2018.

The UK’s third largest airport has signed up to be a sponsor for the next three years, and
will have its very own San Francisco Cabaret Stage and VIP Boston Bar at this year’s
Liverpool Pride.

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Patrick Alexander, Manchester Airport’s Head of Marketing, said: “We are delighted to be
back for a second year supporting Liverpool Pride and even more thrilled to be signed up for
three further years.

“We sponsor Pride festivals across the UK and look forward to returning to showcase the
great work undertaken by Manchester Airport, as many of our passengers come from
Merseyside. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Liverpool Pride team on what
I am sure will be a world class event.

Liverpool Pride Festival organisers are also delighted to announce that Radio City and DIVA
magazine are this year’s Media Partners.

Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a
record 8,000 people joined the march and over 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of
entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Andi Herring, Co-Chair of Liverpool Pride said: “Last year’s Liverpool Pride Festival was truly
superb, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support of our sponsors
and partners.

So we are delighted that Manchester Airport has returned for a second consecutive year.
Their input last year was fantastic in so many ways – plus we’re extremely excited and
encouraged that its has pledged to support the event for a further three years. This is a huge
boost for Liverpool Pride and our LGBT+ communities.

This year’s theme was announced recently as #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every
branch of the LGBT+ and wider communities coming together no matter what their
ethnicity, gender, sexuality, belief or however they define themselves in celebration of
equality and diversity.

The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 marks a decade since the death of murdered gay
teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008.

The festival was specifically created in 2010 in Michael’s memory as a way to celebrate his
life and to empower the LGBT+ communities, and each year the festival coincides with the
anniversary of Michael’s death. The festival continues to remind the community to stand up
for LGBTQ+ culture and equality through a city-wide celebration where everyone is

Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of
events and performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – marking 10 years since the city was
named European Capital Of Culture 2008.

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