GLN Pink Mynah Festival on the way

2016-09-07 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The 2015 winners of the pageant Mr Pink Mynah, Abongile Matyila and Ms Pink Mynah, Philisiwe Ntuli.

PHOTO: supplied The 2015 winners of the pageant Mr Pink Mynah, Abongile Matyila and Ms Pink Mynah, Philisiwe Ntuli.

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PIETERMARITZBURG’S annual Pink Mynah Festival hosted by the Gay & Lesbian Network (GLN) takes place from 22 to 29 October and offers a host of activities this year.

The programme includes a film and art exhibition, a cheese and wine evening, the Mr and Ms Pink Mynah Festival, a fashion show and the street parade.

GLN, a Pietermaritzburg non-profit organisation, advocates equality, respect and acceptance of the LGBTI community.

The Pink Mynah Festival is its main fund-raising event, sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture and endorsed by KwaZulu-Natal Tourism and the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association.

As part of the festival, GLN is running a photo and film competition and the public is invited to submit a photo of themselves where they feel safe and supported within the context of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.

The theme for the Pink Mynah Festival is #MyRight2B and so the organisers are looking for photos and films of those who are “out and proud”, happy couples, and the supportive family and friends.

These entries will form part of the festival’s film and art exhibition which will be taking place on 22 October. Entries for this competition close on 30 September.

GLN is also appealing to anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 to enter the Pink Mynah Pageant. There will be two winners, Mr Pink Mynah and Ms Pink Mynah. However, people are encouraged to enter the category that they feel most comfortable in, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Part of the entertainment for the night also includes a fashion show by local designers and performances by drag queens. Entries for the pageant close on 14 October.

A limited edition of Pride Shoes, made in Spain, is also up for grabs and will be raffled.

Tickets available until 29 October and the draw will take place at the Pink Mynah Picnic at the YMCA after the street parade.

For entries forms and more information on the Pink Mynah Festival visit the GLN website www.gaylesbian. or phone 033 342 6165.

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