London Gay Pride 2014: Official & unoffical pre-Pride weekend events

“Pride in London” returns to the capital once more, with the main festivities over the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June.

Here’s a run-through of some of the key official & unofficial events in advance of the weekend:

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Saturday 21 January: Sink The Pink Summer Ball, Troxy (490 Commercial Road, E1 0HX)

Sink The Pink hosts the official opening party for the Pride with its Summer Ball at Troxy.

Sink The Pink promise a modern East London take on drag balls of the past with production on a “Las Vegas” scale and special guests including The Vengaboys. Jodie Harsh’s Club Room Service hosts the 2nd room.

Tickets are available now online.

Saturday 21 January: Trannyshack Ball, Bloomsbury Ballroom (Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA)

Trannyshack’s new monthly Saturday night event returns to the Bloomsbury Ballroom Lady Bunny will make a guest appearance with Trannyshack regulars.

Monday 23 June: Pride Volunteering Fair

The List London is hosting a Pride Volunteering Fair at the offices of law firm Hogan Lovells (50 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2FG). This is a chance to find out more of the work of charities working in London and network with some of the city’s movers and shakers.

Thursday 26 June: Bob Downe at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern

This Thursday, Bob Downe premiers his new show at the RVT. In its words:

Ausralia’s Prince of Polyester is finally manning up, performing a brand new bunch of classic hits including Spinning Wheel, 24 Hours from Tulsa and Leader Of The Gang. Speaking from his annexe at the Now or Never Caravan Park “The show is a roller coaster ride of shocks, new frocks, fabulous music, surprise guests and the usual laugh a minute. Get in first – before the papparazzie bash down my door!”

Doors open at 7pm for show time at 8.

BFI Southbank Film Screenings

The BFI Southbank has a number of film screenings under its LGBT cinema banner “BFI Flare”.

Lilting (Thursday 19 June 2014, 8.45pm) was one of the better films we saw at the recent BFI Flare Film Festival. A very deftly shot tale of a mother coming to terms with the death of her son through his former partner. It’s also visually impressive. A small budget was clearly put to good use.

There’s also a 2nd screening in July of Will You Dance With Me?” (24 July, 6.30pm). This is unedited footage shot by Derek Jarman in Benjy’s nightclub in 1984 as a test for the filming of Ron Peck’s film “Empire State” (the people shown were in the club by invitation and we aware they were being filmed).

It’s an interesting, if perhaps a little long for unedited footage, of 1980s club culture and the era for Hi-NRG before house music took hold in the UK.

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