Pride’s New Program

Mika By Susan Blick
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As interviews for a new Festival Director were taking place, the Auckland Pride team made some exclusive early festival announcements to express.

The Marching Boys will Return:

The 2015 parade will include the return of the Marching Team. Executive Officer Linda Heavey tells express, “Starting at the later time of 7.30pm, the parade will be bolder, brighter and more dynamic than before.”

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The Massive Theatre Line-up will include:

– Girl On a Corner: writer Victor Rodger and director Roy Ward’s (Black Faggot, At the Wake) take on the story of Samoan fa’afafine prostitute, Shalimar Seiuli.

– Bare: the cult Off-Broadway pop-opera about a Catholic boarding school.

– Live Orgy: a stand-up show about what it means to be a woman. Created by performer Freya Desmarais.

– Away From Home: fresh from Edinburgh Fringe, about a male escort hired by a premiership football player.

– The Legacy Project: returns with six brand new works, showcasing the modern Kiwi GLBT experience.

– Two People Like Us: Dedicated to Peter Taylor, inspired by his legendary bar Surrender Dorothy.

Mika & Trannydad will Team Up to Make Totems:

Mika returns with multiple Aroha projects including a collaboration with London’s underground-club king Trannydad. “We will be working with young GLBT who want to express and explore their gender within their own community and a wider public.” He tells us, in groups they design and make totem poles with a difference. “[This is a] culturally digestible way to disseminate the ideology and values of under represented communities in a society… Our totems are devised to be not only static pieces of art but they can be worn as well.” Designs representing Maori, Asia, Women and the Pacific, and will be worn as part of the Pride Parade on Saturday 21 February. Mika encourages partipants between the ages of 16 and 25 to register interest at: info@mika.co.nz.

Heavey says the line up is, “even more varied and interesting than in previous years. Pride is growing up. express readers can expect boundaries to be pushed with content that is edgier, darker and sexier.”

Article | Oliver Hall. 

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