Pink Mynah Festival this weekend

2015-12-02 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Pierre Buckley.

PHOTO: supplied Pierre Buckley.

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THE Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN) will hosting its annual Pink Mynah Festival from 3 to 5 December in Pietermaritzburg and everyone is welcome to join the festivities.

The event will offer great family entertainment. The GLN works towards the upliftment and recognition of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community by ensuring optimum commitment, services and programmes that foster equality, respect and acceptance.

The festival is aimed at celebrating diversity within communities, bringing people together and creating awareness and coincides with the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Child Abuse.

The LGBTI community are also greatly affected by violence and hope to raise the level of consciousness and to educate the public about the amount of hate crimes that are committed towards LGBTI persons.

The festival will begin with an arts and film festival which at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum on 3 December. The highlight will be the network’s Rainbow Theatre Group, who performed an amazing piece at this year’s Jomba Contemporary Dance Festival, hosted by UKZN. There will also be an art exhibition which will look at the life of members of the LGBTI community in South Africa, with a focus on hate crimes.

On 4 December the Pink Mynah Pageant will take place at the Protea Hotel Imperial. Tickets for the fashion show are R50 each. The masters of ceremonies will be the network’s Pierre Buckley, who won Mr PMB 2013 and Mr Gay South Africa Mr congeniality 2014. The other MC will be Lucky Mthembu, who was crowned first princess for Miss Teen SA in 2009, was in the top 24 of Miss South Africa 2012, and is currently the face of Garnier. She has also modelled for Mr Price, The Hub, Jet and Jam stores, to name a few. She has featured in True Love, Destiny, Sawubona and Real Magazine, as well as many newspapers, billboards, TV and other print media.

On 5 December there will be a parade led by drum majorettes and it will start at the city hall and end at Alexandra Park, where there will be live music, stalls and great prizes up for grabs.

Entertainment will include performances by Ashleigh Burgess, King Dizo, Superfly Prince, Asi, and more. There will also be an after-party at Sticky Fingers. Pre-sale tickets available for R70 at the GLN office. This includes entrance to the after-party, transport to the after party, entry to the lucky draw and a pink shooter on arrival., or you can buy your ticket on the night at Sticky Fingers for R80. - Supplied.

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