The rising tide of global conservatism – from Donald Trump in America to Brian Tamaki in Aotearoa – and the resulting uncertainty around LGBT+ and human rights, make next year’s Auckland Pride Festival and Parade more relevant and vital for the wellbeing of New Zealand’s Rainbow communities than ever.
Running from Friday 10 to Sunday 26 February, the 2017 Auckland Pride Festival will celebrate Auckland’s cultural and sexual diversity, as well as offering a safe space for progressive voices to be heard, and bringing focus to the important issues that face New Zealand’s Rainbow communities (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Takatāpui, Fa’afafine, Intersex, Queer) in 2017 and beyond.
The theme for the 2017 Auckland Pride Parade is Pride & Progress: The Carnival Continues! Ponsonby Road will be packed full of love, light and colour on Saturday 25 February when Aotearoa’s largest and loudest carnival of change and diversity processes up Auckland’s hippest strip at the later time of 7.30pm!
The 2017 Auckland Pride Festival will feature over 50 individual events all across Auckland – from Ponsonby to Manukau and Henderson to Waiheke Island – including local and international theatre and cabaret, art exhibitions, live music, film and digital media, literature, debates and discussions, drag and burlesque, sports and recreation, gardening, pets, pageants and parties!