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Pride in Vic Park Kickoff


  • Central Memorial Park 1221 2 Street Southwest Calgary, AB, T2R 0W5 Canada (map)

Date: August 25 - 26
Time: Saturday 12 - 8 pm | Sunday 12 - 6 pm

Pride in Vic Park is a multi-generational, inclusive and educational event to celebrate Pride Week in Calgary.

The Kickoff celebration will include performances by Le Cirque de la Nuit, presented by the Victoria Park BIA, throughout the park on August 25 - 26, 2018. Entertainment on the main stage will also include drag performances, DJs, and GSD (Gender and Sexually Diverse) artists and musicians, presented by the United Way.

In addition to entertainment, the Pride in Vic Park Kickoff celebration will include activations and workshops throughout Central Memorial Park and within Memorial Park Library, which are listed below. 

The fun doesn't stop here! Pride in Vic Park includes other activations at the Memorial Park Library, CommunityWise and other Victoria Park venues from August 25 - 31. For a list of the Pride in Vic Park weekday workshops, events and activations, please click here

CENTRAL MEMORIAL PARK

Living Library   

Date: August 25 - 26
Time: 1 – 4 pm

“Check out” a human “book” with the Living Library to learn about and better understand their experiences! In this special LGBTQ2S+ edition, your human book will share their personal stories to generate greater understanding, empathy, and appreciation of diversity.

Human books include: What it is like to… come out of the closet? …transition to another gender? …to live with HIV? and many more!

Tickle Trunk Painting with Calgary Pride

Date: August 25
Time: 1 - 4 pm

Members of the community will be invited to paint tickle trunks in support and distribution of Pride Calgary’s reading with royalty program.

Reading with Royalty

Date: August 25
Time: 2 – 2:30 pm

Reading with Royalty celebrates diversity and encourages children to look beyond gender stereotypes and embrace exploration of self. In programs like this, participants are able to see people who interpret gender and imagine a colourful world where people can express their identity freely.
 
Spark your imagination and celebrate inclusion and diversity with our new glamorous family-friendly story time program, led by local drag queens and kings. Presented by Calgary Public Library, Calgary Pride, and Calgary Queer Arts Society.

Loose Parts with YWCA Parent Link

Date: August 25
Time: 1 - 5 pm

Loose Parts utilizes every day, natural products, such as wood items, bowls and containers, and provides children with an opportunity to use their imagination in non-directed play. 

Colour Me Proud with YWCA

Date: August 25
Time: 1 - 5 pm

The YW Counselling department’s booth will engage youth in fun activities as we get ready for the Pride Parade. Activities will include music, hula hoop contests, face painting, and making tie dye t-shirts, bracelets, buttons and posters for Pride Parade. 

MEMORIAL PARK LIBRARY

Xtravaganza with Skipping Stone Foundation

Date: August 25 - 26
Time: 12 – 4 pm
Room: Salon

A gender marker and name change clinic, with a notary onsite!

Rebel Girl with YWCA

Date: August 25
Time: 10:30 am – 12 pm
Room: Meeting Room 1

This workshop will explore how young folks (ages 13 to 24) can engage with feminism.  Through discussion and activities, participants will explore what feminism looks like in 2018 and how they can incorporate it into their lives.

Youth & Senior Tea Social and History Walk

Date: August 25
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Room: Meeting Room 1

An intergenerational, afternoon tea for the LGBTQ2S+ senior and youth communities in Calgary. The tea social will be followed by a History Walk with the YYC Legacy Project’s Kevin Allen. 

HEAT Program with HIV Community Link

Date: August 26
Time: 12 – 2 pm
Room: Meeting Room 1

This presentation covers basic HIV information including: definitions, myths and facts, stigma and discrimination, transmission and prevention, and HIV testing.

The fun doesn't stop here! Pride in Vic Park includes other activations at the Memorial Park Library, CommunityWise and other Victoria Park venues from August 25 - 31. For a list of the Pride in Vic Park weekday workshops, events and activations, please click here

Earlier Event: August 18
Reading with Royalty