Celebrating Our Community
An exciting array of 10 stages will make up the Pride Celebration on Sunday, June 30. Emphasizing the importance of inclusion and diversity in the celebration, the stages are all produced by community organizations.
A collaboration of Club Papi and Latin Explosion, the Latin Stage at SF Pride is now in its 5th year and is one of the most popular venues at Pride. Sessions with popular DJs and top-notch performers round out the exciting entertainment in store. Latin Stage Producer Jamie Awad said, I am really excited about the caliber of talent on the stage this yearespecially with Sony Artist Fey, who is the biggest artist yet to do a gay Latin event in the country.
SF Pride welcomes back Nectar to the celebration this year. Nectar will be overflowing with creativity and festivity, with some contemporary politics thrown in for good measure. The Executive Producer of Nectar, Kendall Nichols said, Were happy to present the only all-womens Stage at San Francisco Pride, and to offer these spectacularly talented female performers an opportunity to freely express themselves. The stage reflects the diversity and talent of the San Francisco community with some of the hottest performers in the Bay Area as well as nationally recognized female artists. This years headliners include Kinnie Starr, Ulali, Nedra Johnson and Kaia.
The Soul of Pride African American Stage is produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and celebrates soul, hip-hop, dance, R & B and blues by African Americans and people of African descent. This years program will feature many talented entertainers, speakers, and DJs. Come and check out Black talent such as Blackberri, DeepDickollective, Sky Tyler, Barbara Lewis, Sonata Pi and the City of Refuge Gospel Choir. Producer Calvin Gipson said, The challenge of Pride is to ensure that everyone and every culture is represented and celebrated. The Soul of Pride Stage is the Black Communitys opportunity to share our culture, music, dance, art and spirit.
Now in its third year, the Asian & Pacific Islander (A&PI) Stage is the largest and most visible event produced by the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center (A&PIWC) and is an important part of the Centers community outreach. In addition to 7 hours of on-stage programming, the A&PI Stage area will feature OraSure HIV testing, demonstrations and counseling in many Asian and Pacific Islander languages. Testing will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Performances by The GAPA Dance Company, The Metamorphosis Girls, The Rice Girls and UTOPIA highlight the day.
Other exciting venues at the celebration include The Faerie Freedom Village, a commercialism-free space open to all featuring an art exhibit, yoga, open-mic sessions, DJs and transformation. The Sundance Association is proud to present the Country Western Dance Corral, youll be sure to have a jumpin good time at the SwingOUT! Stage, and the TANTRA Trance Stage will bring out the best queer underground DJs, featuring trance and alternative electronica. On Saturday, the Main Dance Arena features a youth-focused, energized mix of Trance, NRG, Hard House, Break-Beat and Hip Hop. On Sunday, the Main Dance Arena is programmed Fag Fridays and will feature the best in dance/house music plus a special appearance by legendary Diva, Jocelyn Brown.
Finally, the Main Stage, right in front of City Hall, features an exciting program of entertainment and speakers. The Main Stage is hosted by many of the communitys best-loved figures including Nikki Star, Jewelle Gomez, Lenny Broberg, Tita Aida, Heklina, Tina DElia, Dear Diva, Lord Martine, Sister Roma, Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Mark Leno, and Mistress of Ceremonies, Donna Sachet.
With a focus of making the Pride Celebration a more inclusive event, the Community Stages further the mission of San Francisco Pride to expand the ethnic and cultural diversity that are such an important part of the LGBT Community.
For more information about the Community Stages at the Pride Celebration please go to: www.sfpride.org/stages
This year is the 32nd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The event will be held over the June 29-30 weekend. The theme is Be Yourself, Change the World.
For further information, please contact Teddy Witherington at: (415) 864 0831
For photography, archived media releases and press passes for the event go to: www.sfpride.org/media.htm