Kia ora, Talofa lava, Mālō e lelei, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Bula Vinaka, Ia orana, Taloha ni, Halo, Kona mauri, Namaste, Salam, Ni Hao and Welcome to the 2018 Auckland Pride Festival!

From 2–18 February, Auckland’s Rainbow communities will come together to celebrate our unique mix of cultures, sexualities and gender identities in Aotearoa New Zealand’s most super-diverse city!

Moving forward into its sixth year, the Auckland Pride Festival is New Zealand’s largest and loudest social and cultural programme of events for our Rainbow communities – which includes people identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, takatāpui, whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, fa’afafine, fakaleiti, akava’ine, māhū, vaka sa lewa lewa, rae rae, fiafifine, fakafifine, palopa, kathoey, hijra, baklâ, genderfluid, genderqueer, pansexual, asexual, queer and questioning – as well as our whānau, family and friends.

The 2018 Auckland Pride Festival will run for two weeks and three weekends, from Friday 2 February until Sunday 18 February, right across the Auckland region.

Human rights and LGBTIQ+ people are under attack all over the world. Aotearoa New Zealand stands strong as an island of relative stability and equality in a dark and stormy sea. The kaupapa/theme for Auckland Pride 2018 is Rainbow Warriors: Pride and Peace.

The 2018 Auckland Pride Festival will feature over 80 individual events – including local and international theatre and cabaret, comedy, dance, art exhibitions, live music, film and digital media, literature, poetry, debates and discussions, drag and burlesque, youth events and workshops, sports and recreation, gardening, pets, pageants, parties – and any other activity that showcases the incredible creativity, storytelling and talent of our Rainbow communities!

The Festival will open with a Takatāpui Māori Dawn Ceremony on Friday 2 February, followed that evening by the glittering Auckland Pride Gala at Q Theatre on Queen Street.

Major events are already confirmed. Bear New Zealand Week will run from 6-11 February, Same Same But Different Writer’s Festival is scheduled for 9 and 10 February, the Heroic Garden Festival takes place on 10 and 11 February, and the ever-popular Big Gay Out returns to Coyle Park on Sunday 11 February.

The Festival’s biggest and most high profile event, the Auckland Pride Parade will travel the length of Ponsonby Road on Saturday 17 February, followed by the PROUD closing party.

The 2018 Parade will feature around 60 fabulous float entries celebrating the long march towards full equality and respect that our Rainbow communities have made – as well as marching in support of peace, love and unity at a time of global unrest.

He pōkēkē uenuku i tu ai! Against a dark cloud, a rainbow stands out brightly!

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