In a vibrant display of unity and diversity, Middlesbrough’s inaugural Pride event, organized by Curious Arts in collaboration with Middlesbrough Council, exceeded expectations as over 5,000 people flocked to the town center to partake in the festivities. This remarkable turnout marked a significant milestone for the town, as it was the first dedicated Pride event following previous years’ smaller pop-up celebrations.
The event, which received generous support from various agencies and authorities, including Arts Council England, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner, Teesside University, and others, transformed key areas around the town hall, MIMA art gallery, and the Orange Pip Market into a vibrant celebration of LGBTQ+ pride and diversity.
A diverse array of performers, dancers, and singers graced the stage with their talents, creating a lively atmosphere that resonated with attendees. Additionally, the event showcased art installations celebrating diversity as part of Middlesbrough Art Week, emphasizing the importance of art as a powerful medium for conveying messages of inclusivity.
Curious Arts chief executive, Philip Douglas, expressed delight at the enthusiastic response to the event, saying, “We’ve seen a wide range of people attending, not just from the town, but some have managed the bus strikes and come over from across the Tees Valley. There’s been lots of people, lots of color, and it’s just been a lovely atmosphere.”
The rainbow-colored LGBTQ+ flag proudly soared high above the town, symbolizing unity and acceptance. Organizers, encouraged by the success of this year’s Pride event, have already set their sights on returning to Middlesbrough for the 2024 edition, promising an even more spectacular celebration of love, diversity, and community spirit.
Middlesbrough’s first major Pride event has firmly established itself as an integral part of the town’s cultural calendar, reflecting the town’s warm embrace of diversity and inclusivity on a grand scale.