Gay Village History Walk … Pride on the Range … The Cruel Sister

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Gay Village History Walk

Via is a bar, a club and a restaurant on Canal Street in the Gay Village. It was opened in 1995 as Via Fossa and describes itself as “the beating heart of Canal Street”. Members of Out In the City gathered there for lunch and refreshments before our guided tour lead by Joshua Val Martin.

Joshua is a playwright and actor and also founder of the Manchester Walking Tours. He met us at the Alan Turing statue in Sackville Park and gave us a very informative and entertaining tour.

See the photos here.

Pride on The Range

The weather was perfect for a parade and garden party. We gathered at the Nip and Tipple where we met up with friends old and new. After a short while we walked to the Carlton Club Garden, where we were entertained with a drumming and dancing workshop with Bhangracise, the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus and the Manchester International Roots Orchestra.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence compered the performances and announced the winners of the baking competition and the Dog Show.

There were lots of stalls including the LGBT Extra Care Housing Scheme, the LGBT Foundation and Ashville GP surgery. Food stalls were provided by the Hip Hop Chip Shop, Street Beets and Rice over Everything.

A wonderful afternoon with lots of photos here.

The Cruel Sister

“The Cruel Sister” is a collaborative reinterpretation of the painting of the same title by John Faed (1850), which forms part of Bury Art Museum’s Permanent Collection. Both works are currently displayed alongside each other, inviting viewers to examine the images and what is portrayed more closely.

The new version of “The Cruel Sister” questions concepts of gender and identity and is the culmination of Jez Dolan’s year-long artist residency at Bury Art Museum in 2017.

Rock Hudson and his longtime “roommate” Bob Preble, 1952
RHS Garden Bridgewater

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