Shanghai has hosted gay pride celebrations for six years now, and the events here just keep getting bigger and better with time. Check out the rundown of places to hit up for this year’s PRIDE, officially kicking off this weekend.
June 12 / Shanghai PRIDE Story-Telling ‘Awkward’ @ 390 Shanghai
The night before PRIDE events officially begin, organizers prepared a pre-Pride Storytelling night at 390, themed “Awkward”. Anyone (brave enough) with an awkward story to tell is encouraged to share them with the audience, or to simply cringe in delight at others’ tales.
JUNE 12 // from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. // free entry // 390 Panyu Road (near Fahuazhen Road), Changning District | 长宁区番禺路390号, 近法华镇路
June 14 / Shanghai Pride opening party #Better Together# @ M2
Celebrate the start of ShanghaiPRIDE 2014 with Peter Le at the most established venue in Shanghai. They promise a colorful night to remember. For table bookings, email [email protected]
JUNE 14 // starts at 9.00 p.m. – until 2.00 a.m. // free entry for limited guests, after which entry fee applies // M2 – 4/F, South Tower, Hongkong Plaza 283 Huaihai Middle Road, Huangpu District (Near South Huangpi Road) | 黄浦区淮海中路283号,近黄陂南路
June 14 / Pride Run @ Shanghai
Join the annual Pride Run in Shanghai on Saturday, June 14! Registration is now closed, but organizers say you can still get on the waiting list. Join the run on the way out of the closet and into the heart of the city! The run will encompass a round course of about 6 km and will start off at Xintiandi, with the Bund as the turning-point. In conclusion, The Langham, Xintiandi awards all runners to celebrate at the Pink BBQ for free. Non-runners are welcome to join the BBQ event.
Participant numbers are very limited, so please make sure to register via their Taobao store as soon as possible. For those who do not use Taobao, please email your name+number+email address to [email protected] Runners receive a free goody bag, official T-shirt, individual certificate, as well as free entry to our tasty BBQ. Proceeds of the run will go to Chengdu Tongle, an institution that raises HIV awareness in Sichuan’s capital.
JUNE 14 // starts at 9.00 a.m. – until 11.00 a.m. // Donations of minimum 100 RMB, includes Pink BBQ // Al Fresco Area @ The Langham, Xintiandi – Near South Huangpi Road & Xing’an Road Crossroad | 黄浦区马当路99号, 近太仓路
June 15 & June 20 / Identity Theater Series – Rendezvous: A Tragicomedy
This year ShanghaiPRIDE theater focuses on the topic of IDENTITY. “Rendezvous” is a tragicomedy set in present-day Shanghai. Christie’s marriage to Julian has hit a major roadblock thanks to her inability to satisfy his desire to expand the family. As he pushes the issue and begins to lead a secret life, Christie continues her own double life. Sylvester, a charming stranger going through a major transition, enters Christie’s world hoping to be her man. A twist of fate will bring all three people together, calling into question their sense of identity, and their lives will never be the same again.
Written and directed by Jason Lasky, the play is in English with Chinese subtitles. There will be two screenings for this show: on Sunday, June 15 and on June 20.
JUNE 15 & JUNE 20 // starts at 7.00 p.m. // Tickets: 100 RMB (pre-sale), 150 RMB (door) / Reserve your tickets via [email protected] with (name+Rendezvous+phone+email). For ShanghaiPRIDE VIP card holders, please reserve you seat at least 3 days in advance via [email protected] // Strictly Designers United – Building A, 55 Fuxing East Road, Huangpu District (Near South Zhongshan Road) | 黄浦区复兴东路55号, 近中山南路
June 15 / Identity Theater Series – Izzie & Irving
This year ShanghaiPRIDE theater focuses on the topic of IDENTITY.
While running away from an unwanted female admirer, Irving runs right into Izzie. The two strangers become friends, fall in love and get married. A perfect “happily ever after” story for any young couple in 1980s of Shanghai until a mysterious phone call threatens to tear everything apart. To save her marriage and family, Izzie has no choice but to take some extreme measures.
“Izzie & Irving” is an original play written by Chinese playwright Sanyi especially for ShanghaiPRIDE 2014. English subtitles will be provided. You can see the play on June 15.
JUNE 15 // Starts at 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. // Tickets: 80 RMB (pre-sale), 100 RMB (door) / Reserve your tickets via [email protected] with (name+Rendezvous+phone+email). For ShanghaiPRIDE VIP card holders, please reserve you seat at least 3 days in advance via [email protected] // Strictly Designers United – Building A, 55 Fuxing East Road, Huangpu District (Near South Zhongshan Road) | 黄浦区复兴东路55号, 近中山南路
Please check the ShanghaiPRIDE official website for more events and this edition’s details.
By Andreea Dragut