A LEADING North East LGBT+ charity has teased an ambitious six-month plan for the lead up to its summer festival.

Northern Pride are the hosts of UK Pride 2020, sponsored by Barclays, which will take place at Newcastle’s Town Moor from 17 to 19 July.

And organisers are planning an event that will be bigger and better than ever before, kicking off with a launch party at the Discovery Museum’s Great Hall on 1 February, to mark the six-month countdown.

Alongside entertainment from Poke DJs and the Be Scene dancers, party-goers will be the first to learn the names of the acts taking to the main stage next year, which will become an exhibition and performance space for the very first time.

Those at the club night will also find out more about a packed programme of planned events around the region, which will include pop up exhibitions, history projects, LGBT+ focused conferences and panel discussions covering a range of topics.

Ste Dunn, chair of Northern Pride, believes the 2020 festival will be the most diverse to date.

“We have a whole host of plans already underway to pull off something really amazing next summer and launching with a club night is a perfect way to kick off our countdown with a bang,” said Ste.

“The weekend festival gets bigger and better every year but we also run a really exciting programme of entertainment year-round and this is something we really want to showcase in the run-up to the main event.

“We’re delighted to be the hosts of UK Pride 2020 and we’re working closely with the local authority and the business improvement district to make sure we create a lasting legacy that will create an impact for years to come.”

The launch party takes place from 7:30pm until late and tickets cost £10, which includes free entry to the Pink Rooms for an after party, and are available at www.northern-pride.com/box-office.

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