UK Black Pride 2022: Everything you need to know including when it is, its theme and London events

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Saturday’s march was the first in London since the pandemic (REUTERS)
Saturday’s march was the first in London since the pandemic (REUTERS)

Since its inception in 2005, UK Black Pride has become Europe’s largest celebration of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean heritage LGBTQI+ people.

This year, the Mayor of London will be supporting UK Black Pride in London, which will take place on Sunday, August 14, with the theme being Power.

Each year, the event is an in-person celebration and protest, and this year it aims to harness the power of communities across the country in order to “stand up against police violence, and draconian legislation”.

Here’s everything you need to know about UK Black Pride 2022.

What is UK Black Pride?

UK Black Pride is Europe’s largest pride celebration for LGBTQI+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern-descent.

“Each year, we consider how – through programming, protest and politics – we can create space where our identities and our cultures can be expressed safely, in partnership with councils and venues that understand how important our communities are to us,” said Dr. Lady Phyll, the co-founder and CEO of UK Black Pride.

“We have been wholly impressed by the team at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and their enthusiasm to bring LGBTQI+ Black people and people of colour together for our annual event at such an iconic venue.”

When is UK Black Pride 2022 and where will it be?

UK Black Pride will celebrate its annual in-person protest and celebration on Sunday, August 14, 2022.

The last in-person event saw over 10,000 people convene in Haggerston Park in Hackney, after outgrowing its presence at Vauxhall Park in Lambeth. As a mark of its continued growth, UK Black Pride will host its annual event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

UK Black Pride 2022 will be the first in-person event since 2019 after the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the 2020 and 2021 events being hosted online. TikTok and Vodafone are the headline sponsors for the event, and the day will be free to attend.

The decision to move UK Black Pride to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park came after months of negotiations between UK Black Pride’s co-founder and Executive Director, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, and the team at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said: “Our vision for UK Black Pride has always been to meet and exceed the expectations of the communities we represent and fight for. Each year, we consider how – through programming, protest and politics – we can create space where our identities and our cultures can be expressed safely, in partnership with councils and venues that understand how important our communities are to us.

“We have been wholly impressed by the team at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and their enthusiasm to bring LGBTQI+ Black people and people of colour together for our annual event at such an iconic venue.”

Lyn Garner, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, added: “We are delighted to host UK Black Pride on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This year’s theme of power will resonate around the Park where huge transformation for the better is being delivered by placing inclusivity at the heart of everything we do.”

What is UK Black Pride 2022’s theme?

This year’s theme for UK Black Pride 2022 will be Power.

In a blog post released on the UK Black Pride website, Opoku-Gyimah writes: “UK Black Pride is eternally indebted to the loving power of the Black queer women who founded and maintain us, and to those who continue to show up in spirit and in flesh to ensure our communities have a pride celebration all their own.

“We are grateful to those who express power rooted in a firm belief that equality is not a pipe dream or a nice-to-have, and those who harness their power to positively impact the lives of those who have been left behind and forgotten. We honour the power our communities continue to wield to ensure that our communities are defended and supported, loved and protected.”

What are the London events for UK Black Pride 2022?

UK Black Pride has announced that Dréya Mac will headline this year’s event.

The fast-rising music star will bring plenty of fresh energy to London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as she is expected to perform to a crowd of thousands for the special event.

The main stage full line-up:

12:00 UK Black Pride Opening

12:05 Bonita Bonita FM (Desta)

12:50 UK Black Pride Announcements

13:20 BLOOM

13:25 O.D.C

13:30 The Harem of No One

13:40 Newtion

13:55 DJ Stacy Bee / Swagga

14:40 UK Black Pride - Sadie Sinner

14:45 ORREN

14:50 UK Black Pride presents: Gok Wan

14:55 Tana

15:00 Nafs Space x HUNGAMA’s ‘NAZAR’

15:45 UK Black Pride presents: Gok Wan

15:50 Keanan

16:00 House of Juicy Couture UK

16:10 UKBP presents Remi + Twos Twos

16:15 Peach Chutney / Bollywood dance

16:30 Remi / Reveur Collective / Amaria BB

17:15 UKBP Presents Rikki Beadle-Blair

17:20 The Cocoa Butter Club

17:45 Nina Rose

17:55 Leo K

18:10 Beyoncé Experience

19:10 Nyja

19:25 DRÉYA MAC

20:00 Lady Phyll & UK Black Pride

20:15 DJ Biggie C

21:00 Close

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