2018 Press Release: 7th Annual Pride Festival

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Charlottesville, VA – Monday, August 20, 2018 – Local nonprofit Charlottesville Pride Community Network (Cville Pride) proudly announces its 7th annual Cville Pride Festival and a week of Pride-related events and programs. The festival, hosted by radio DJ Remy St. Clair, will once again take place at the Sprint Pavilion, from 11-7 on Saturday, September 15, following several events the preceding week. As always, both the festival and the events surrounding it abound with joyful expressions of love, equality, and inclusion.


A Jam-Packed Week of Events for and About the LGBTQ Community

“This isn’t just a one-dimensional experience,” explains Cville Pride president, Amy-Sarah Marshall. “Even more than in previous years, Pride Week shows the broad diversity of identities within the LGBTQ community.”


Marshall notes that several gatherings that started last year have grown into year-round programs. “Both TransNightOut, a monthly gathering of trans folk, and the LGBTQ families group, with monthly playdates, have gained momentum.”


Additionally, the intersectional nature of the LGBTQ community will be explored in a special screening of Moonlight at the Violet Crown. Part of the UVA series Black Queer Cinema, which will be showing films throughout the fall, this partnership will give people a chance to “really dig into this film’s many facets and layers,” Marshall says. The film series is the results of a collaboration of the UVA departments of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; English; and Media Studies. “This kind of partnership demonstrates the potential we have here in Charlottesville to bridge the academic and lived worlds and to keep exploring queer issues, both their historical roots and our evolving understandings.”


LightHouse Studios will also screen the film Weekend at the Vinegar Hill Theatre. In partnership with Cville Pride and Allison Partners, the movie will be followed by a discussion with Andre Cavalcante, assistant professor of Media Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality at UVA.


Marshall underscores that they haven’t finalized the list of events. “We still have businesses coming to us with ideas of how they want to participate, beyond just offering discounts during Pride for those wearing wristbands,” she says. “It’s exciting that this city is embracing Pride as its own – truly showing pride about the vibrant cultural and economic contributions LGBTQ individuals bring to central Virginia.”


Pride Week Events


Saturday, Sep. 8         Youth Pride Picnic       Tonsler Park                2p  – 6 pm

Open to all LGBTQ youth, all ages. Parents can also meet and talk.

Free food, free pride shirts & merchandise for youth!  Play games, have fun.


Sunday, Sep. 9            Family Playdate         Riverview Park                        1pm – 3pm(ish)

Come enjoy free treats, make crafts, hike, play on the playground.

Learn about all the fun, upcoming activities and outings happening this year.


Sunday, Sep. 9

Special Film Screening: “Weekend              Vinegar Hill Theatre   3pm

Directed by Andrew Haigh, creator of the HBO original series, “Looking” and the director of “45 Years,” and “Lean on Pete,” “Weekend” follows Russell, who after a drunken house party with his straight mates, heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen, but what’s expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.


This screening is presented in partnership with Cville Pride and Allison Partners, and will be followed by a discussion with Andre Cavalcante, assistant professor of Media Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality at UVA.
Monday, Sep. 10        

Business & Professional Cocktails                 CommonHouse           5:30-7pm

Enjoy drinks & apps & making connections.


Tuesday, Sep. 11        Pride Karaoke Night   Rapture                       9pm

Indigo Girls? Depeche Mode? What will you sing?


Wednesday, Sep. 12   Trans Night Out          The Pie Chest              6pm – 8pm

A friendly gathering with free, delicious pie, coffee, and conversation


Thursday, Sept. 13      Singles Mingles          Violet Crown bar         5pm – 7pm

Meet, greet, eat, and then take in a movie…


Thursday, Sept. 13

Special Film Screening: “Moonlight”             Violet Crown               7pm

FREE.  Brought to you by the UVA series Black Queer Cinema; sponsored by Violet Crown, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; the Department of English; the Department of Media Studies; C-Ville Pride. Dionte Harris, a doctoral fellow at UVA, will be doing a brief introduction for the film.


Friday, Sept. 14          Fridays After Five       Sprint Pavilion             5:30pm – 8:30 pm

We Are Star Children. Preview drag & get your dance on!


Saturday, Sept. 15      Cville Pride Festival    Sprint Pavilion             11pm – 7pm

Enjoy the performances, food & drink, vendors of all kinds.  Your Pride wristband will also get you discounts and freebies at businesses up and down the mall.


Saturday, Sept. 15      Pride After Party         Rapture                       7pm – 2am

Party time! DJ – in the house, drink specials, more.


Visit cvillepride.org for full Pride Week details and updates.


Sponsored by CFA Institute, 97.5 3WV, Z95.1, Newsradio 98.9 and AM1070 WINA, 106.1 The Corner, and Miller/Coors.


To schedule interviews or coverage, please contact Amy Sarah Marshall at amymarshall@cvillepride.org or 434.882.1588 (cell).


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