Gay pride festival hits Kilkenny’s streets

Out For The Weekend, Kilkenny’s Gay Pride festival, is returning from August 26–28.

Taking place in a variety of venues around the city, this year’s festival looks to be an even bigger and better event than the successful inaugural event in 2010. The line-up is more diverse this year and offers something for everyone of all ages, genders and persuasions.

The festival kicks off on Friday, August 26 in Left Bank, with a performance by Alecia Karr performing her Pink tribute act, and support from cabaret act Captain Anchor and DJ Iano.

Saturday sees an LGBT Diversity and OFTW Gay Aware morning take place in the Set Theatre from 11am. The Rock Out Final takes place in the Set at 4.30pm, in the culmination of the event which began in early July.

It is being held in association with Foróige and The Drum Youth Club, and will see finalists Rescue Remedy, OB Swaggerboy and Johny Scribble battle it out for the top prize. The main show on Saturday night sees Rosie Howick perform her Kylie Goes Gaga show with support from Freaks and Gleeks and DJ Shaz O’ Rourke.

The Sunday events include WalkabOut Kilkenny which begins at the Parade at 2pm, the OFTW Bowling Tournament and the Picnic in the Park event.

Festival organiser Alan Slattery, said that this year’s Out For The Weekend will help cement it as a regular fixture in Kilkenny.

“We’re really happy with the line-up we’ve put together this year, and the increase in public support has been amazing,” he said.

“We are hoping that this years event will help Out For The Weekend become one of the established festivals in Kilkenny.”

Tickets for the events can be booked online and in Rollercoaster Records on Kieran Street. The event takes place in Kilkenny from August 26–28 and all information can be found at the festival website www.OUTForTheWeekend.ie, or on Facebook or Twitter.

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