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Spotlight on ... Salford's Pink Picnic

Published: 10 July 2018 Tags: Pink Picnic, Pride, Salford By John Walding

This week we catch up with Lee from Salford’s annual Pride event The Pink Picnic, which takes place this Saturday (14 July).

What is the biggest challenge of organising a pride event?

Our biggest challenge each year is securing funding. As a free event we rely on funding from sponsors, grants and fundraising to keep it free to attend each year. We want everyone to be able to attend the event which is why it is our aim to keep the event free to attend, but securing the funding we need each year is hard work. Our team have made some great partnerships with local organisations across Salford over the past several years, with the support of local businesses and organisations, such as Salford University, Salford City Council, Achieve Salford and Salix Homes, plus many more we wouldn't be able to deliver the event. As a voluntary organisation are team is made up of local LGBT+ people who have full time jobs, they give up their free time throughout the year to help organise the event. The event takes a year to organise and our team strives to ensure that we deliver a successful event each year for the LGBT+ community in Salford and beyond. We organise the event to help increase the awareness of the LGBT+ community living, working and studying Salford, to promote equality, diversity and inclusion across Salford and to build community cohesion to help

Can you tell us a little about what people can look forward to at The Pink Picnic this year?

We have several attractions on the day, this year Union J, The Cheeky Girls, Sami Brookes and Amrick Channa are headlining the event, keeping guests entertained on the main stage throughout the day. They will be joined by local acts such as Mickey Taylor and Wolfy, as well as American artists Ryno, Samantha Leon plus many more. Also on the day we have community stalls were organisations and businesses will be promoting their services and products, a bar for the adults, for children a family zone with inflatables, face painting and outdoor games. We will also have competitions on the day for dog lovers for the best dressed dog and for the campest picnic.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

The event is free to attend, but we will be asking for donations throughout the day for next year’s event to help keep the picnic free. So if people would like to support the event please donate what you can. The event is child friendly and we hope that LGBT+ families will attend on the day to enjoy the day out as a family.

Where can people go if they want more information?

People can check out our website for further information @ www.pinpicnic.org.uk, visit us on Facebook @salfordpinkpicnic or follow us on Twitter @The_Pink_Picnic