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June 30, 2020

Virtual Pride Youth Festival

Young people with the DRAGon Queen at Pride

Drag King & Queen workshops, movie nights, music and a virtual Pride Parade are all part of the festivities for this year’s spectacular three day Pride Youth Festival with Limerick Youth Service. 

The three day festival, which is part of Limerick Pride Week, starts on Thursday, July 9th and is open to all young people (12-18yrs), regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic this year’s Pride Youth celebrations will take place online with the events taking place via Zoom and social media.

‘It’s going to be the biggest and best Pride Youth Festival ever!’ said LYS’ Olivia Chau, who has been busy working with the young people ahead of this year’s Pride.

Young people who would like to take part in any of our Pride Youth events can register with a link at Eventbrite and will be provided with a full timetable and Zoom login details and links.

‘We have a broad variety of events including drag workshops, a table quiz, Q&A, information workshops while will all be taking part in the main virtual Limerick Pride Parade,’ said youth worker Olivia.

Pride Youth Festival 2020

Thursday, July 9th:

  • Launch of Pride Youth Festival with music from Limerick’s talent teens! (1pm- Live on Facebook)
  • Information Workshop with GOSHH (2:45-3:45pm)
  • LGBTQI+ themed movie night (6:30pm on Netflix Party)

Friday, July 10th:

  • Drag Queen Workshop inc Q&A with Lexii Rose (5—6pm)
  • Drag King Q & A with Dandy Issues & Dez Scrace (6-7pm)
  • Drag Queen Workshop inc Q&A with Aurora Heartfeelia (7-8pm)

Saturday, July 11th:

  • Pride Table Quiz (12-1pm)
  • Virtual Pride Parade (2-3:30pm)

Young people who would like to take part in any of our Pride Youth events can register with a link at Eventbrite and will be provided with a full timetable and Zoom login details and links.

‘For some LGBTQI+ young people the Covid 19 restrictions have been quite challenging as they may have had to hide their identity and true-self’

The virtual Pride Youth Festival is the result of the labour of young people from LYS who were keen to ensure the popular festival took place despite Covid-19.

‘For some LGBTQI+ young people the Covid 19 restrictions have been quite challenging as they may have had to hide their identity and true-self,’ explained Shelly Goggin, LYS.

‘Since March we have been engaging with and supporting them and they are all looking forward to this Pride Youth Festival which many of them help to organise,’ said Shelly, youth worker.

‘The Pride Youth Festival was truly a team effort and it was great to young people from the many LYS projects/groups support each other in organising the events,’ said Shelly.

For more information on the Pride Youth Festival please contact Shelly Goggin at shelly.goggin@limerickyouthservice.org or call 061-412444/ 087-7055197.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.

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