In 1985 there was a change of direction for Pride celebration in London. Jubilee Gardens (between Southbank Centre and the London Eye) became the venue for what was billed as ‘the biggest non-stop festival of entertainment in celebration of Lesbian & Gay Pride in Europe’. This event, The Lesbian and Gay Pride Carnival in the Gardens ran until 1988.
The photos in this collection depict the 1987 event, which included performances by Bronski Beat, Hazell Dean, Hope Augustus and the Beverley Sisters. These fascinating snapshots were found among the archive files of former Southbank Centre special events manager John Gill.
Thirty-two years on, alongside Hayward Gallery’s Kiss My Genders exhibition we’re hosting a summer-long party by the Thames that celebrates LGBTQI+ artists and performers. Through July and August our Riverside Terrace stage will be taken over by an incredible array of artists, club and cabaret nights including Pxssy Palace, BBZ, Drag Syndrome and The Batty Mama.
Simply click on an image below to find out more about it.