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Tuesday 3 October 2023 Dublin: 11°C
4 rainbow-coloured events for... Dublin Pride 2018
A host of colourful celebrations across the capital.

THIS YEAR MARKS the 35th year of Dublin Pride, a celebration of the LGBT+ community throughout Ireland in the capital city.

The festival officially launches this week and will host a variety of events from karaoke and mini-marathons to exhibitions, all culminating with the Pride Parade held on Saturday June 30.

Here are four events not to be missed, this year.

1. Scroll back through GCN’s pages

When:  June 21 – June 30

Where: Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar

Gay Community News (GCN), Ireland’s oldest publication devoted to the LGBT+ community, celebrates Pride with GCN30, an exhibition curated by founder, Tonie Walsh. The exhibition chronicles the last three decades that shaped Ireland’s LGBT+ history. It will include key moments such as decriminalization, marriage equality and gender recognition, as documented through the pages of the magazine.

The exhibition will run for the entirety of Pride Festival.

2. Relive the #YesEquality campaign in the Lighthouse

When: Tuesday June 26, 8:30PM

Where: the Lighthouse Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield

The 34th tells the story of how Ireland achieved getting civil marriage to same sex couples written into The Constitution. The documentary, directed by Linda Cullen and Vanessa Gildea, features the keys figures that campaigned tirelessly to bring marriage equality to the country.

A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring Katherine Zappone TD as well as other prominent figures from the movement.

Tickets available here.

3. Find love at Whelan’s

When: Friday June 22, 8pm

Where: Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The Outing is Ireland’s only World Famous Gay Music and Matchmaking festival based in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare. For this year’s Pride celebrations the festival is uprooting to one of the capital’s best live music venues, Whelan’s.

The event, Dublin Pride Goes Rock, Indie, Pop promises a night of excellent tunes to dance to until your feet blister.

 4. Explore the city’s LGBT+ landmarks

When: Sunday June 24, 6:30pm

Where: Starting point is The George, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

The Dublin Pride Queer Walking Tour takes you on a journey to Dublin’s various LGBT+ landmarks starting at The George and concluding with a stop at the Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Square.

Due to demand, there will be two tours led by Tonie Walsh and Mary McAuliffe (both lasting approximately 2.5 hours). They will deliver an in-depth history or Ireland’s LGBT+ culture throughout the tour.

Book a place on the tour, here.

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