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Here's everything you need to know about ShanghaiPRIDE 2018

Don't miss a beat for China's biggest and brightest LGBTQ+ fest's tenth birthday

Photograph: Matias Rengel via Unsplash
China’s biggest and brightest LGBTQ festival ShanghaiPRIDE turns ten years old this month with a huge line-up of parties, talks, screenings and more from Friday 8 through Monday 18 June. But what makes it the loudest Pride yet? Let us count the ways...
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There’s a special anniversary exhibition

There’s a special anniversary exhibition

The extra auspicious three-week Pride Anniversary Gallery exhibit takes a look back at the festivals of years past. It’s your chance to check out old memorabilia and get a close look at the history of ShanghaiPRIDE.

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The raucous trivia night is back

The raucous trivia night is back

Battle it out for the title of Trivia Night Champion at the annual Pride quiz at Lucca390. Questions will cover everything from pop culture to queer history to obscure facts.

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It's packed with a stellar roster of talks...

It's packed with a stellar roster of talks...

The highlights? Saturday 9 June, the festivities take over Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai for a day of discussions. The Women Up! Anti Sexual Harassment Panel is on a mission to raise awareness of sexual harassment and domestic violence in China, and the Rainbow Family Conference delves into the big questions for same-sex couples starting families. The weekend after (Saturday 16 June), Pride Talk sees ten speakers from all walks share their stories of ‘growing up, coming out and navigating the LGBTQ community’. 

For the full line-up of talks and to register, visit shanghaipride.com.

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... LGBTQ-themed film screenings...

... LGBTQ-themed film screenings...

Celebrating the diverse voices shaping and growing the queer-cinema scene, the ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival returns from June 10-17 with a week of screenings across the city. Expect LGBTQ-themed works from emerging Chinese filmmakers and some boundary-pushing international cinema.

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… and live performances

… and live performances

Performers from all backgrounds take to stages around the city for the ShanghaiPRIDE Theatre Festival. From improv shows and plays to the first national LGBTQ choir concert, all the performances are devised on Pride10’s theme of ‘Our community. Our identity. Our Pride.’

For the full line-up of performances and to get tickets, visit shpride.com.

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The parties are set to be poppin'

The parties are set to be poppin'

ShanghaiPRIDE kicks off as it means to go on with a glitter-fuelled Bling Party at The Pearl, keeping the momentum up with a mid-week ladies-only soiree at HILO (‘guys in drag also welcome’), before wrapping up the festivities with a roaring red dragon-themed party in honour of Dragon Boat Festival at RIINK. For a chiller vibe, return to the original scene of ShanghaiPRIDE, Cotton’s, for a rainbow barbecue.

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The annual opener Pride Run is supporting Chinese athletes competing in the Gay Games 2018

The annual opener Pride Run is supporting Chinese athletes competing in the Gay Games 2018

Be out and proud at the Pride week kick-off event. Pride Run sees participants set off from six of Shanghai’s landmark locations, coming together at the Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai for a pink-themed celebratory brunch. All proceeds from the run will be donated to the Chinese athletes competing at the 2018 Gay Games in Paris this August.

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It’s the debut of CnPRIDE

It’s the debut of CnPRIDE

ShanghaiPRIDE teams up with LGBTQ organisations across China for the first edition of CnPRIDE, a countrywide
celebration through June. For more information, check out shpride.com.

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It’s not just ShanghaiPRIDE that’s turning ten…
Photograph: courtesy organiser

It’s not just ShanghaiPRIDE that’s turning ten…

Another tenth birthday celebration on the cards at Pride week 2018 is that of PFLAG China – a group of families, allies and members of the LGBTQ community offering support and advice to those who need it. For the anniversary edition of its annual PFLAG Conference, organisers are bringing together the group’s chapters from all over the country (over 40 cities) to Shanghai for workshops and a look back over the past ten years of PFLAG China – as well as a look forward at the next ten years.

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And there will be rainbow bagels
Photographs: courtesy Spread the Bagel

And there will be rainbow bagels

Spread the Bagel is helping spread the love with its special edition rainbow bagels available at cafés across the city during Pride week. The STB team will also be giving away rainbow bagels and bagel balls at the Women Up! x CADVS anti-sexual harassment panel and Queer Talks - Queer & Disabilities event, as well as offering 50 of the rainbow rounds with cream cheese for free in-store on June 9 and 10. 

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By: Adam Hopkins

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