Christchurch embraces PRIDE Week 2021

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The opening of a huge central city art installation will kick off PRIDE Week in Ōtautahi Christchurch tomorrow.

Christchurch PRIDE Week 2021 starts tomorrow with a range of activations and events happening across the city from 5-14 March showcasing and embracing our diverse community.

A range of city activations and events are happening throughout the week, kicking off on Friday 5 March with the unveiling of Colourful Cashel.

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The #colourfulcashel installation spans the entire length of City Mall and celebrates the city’s LGBTQIA+ community. The work was designed by Akira Le Fevre, a member of the local PRIDE Committee and express contributor, and includes a Port Hills silhouette.

It includes retail window displays and selfie spots, enabling the business community and individuals to showcase their support for the community.

Andrew Turner, Christchurch Deputy Mayor, said he was pleased to see Ōtautahi Christchurch celebrating diversity, inclusion and its LGBTQIA+ community in such a colourful, high profile and open way.

“The Rainbow community is one of the many diverse groups that make up our city and PRIDE Is a great opportunity celebrate that, to raise awareness, and to ensure that LGBTQIA+ people in our city feel safe, are visible, and can confidently be themselves,” Turner said.

Jill Stevens, Christchurch PRIDE committee chairperson, said Christchurch faced a lot of challenges over the last 10 years, and PRIDE was yet another symbol of the community pulling together.

“This year’s PRIDE Week shows how partnerships across the city can make us stronger and more unified,” Stevens said.

“One of our goals as a committee is to have people look at Christchurch as a friendly, diverse and warm city, and activities this week will no doubt acheive this.”

Stevens said some events have been impacted or postponed due to Covid alert levels, but the majority are still going ahead, adhering to all current public health guidelines.

As part of PRIDE celebrations this year, The Christchurch Foundation is launching a PRIDE Endowment Fund, to provide support and a positive profile of the LGBTQIA+ community.

It is the Foundation’s aim to grow this fund and create a distribution committee, including members of the PRIDE community, to collectively make granting decisions.

Christchurch PRIDE is the best starting point to learn more about events and activities as part of PRIDE Week 2021.

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