Cornish musicians alongside Grammy winners for Global Pride

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Cornish musicians alongside Grammy winners for Global Pride

Published at 11:24am 25th June 2020. (Updated at 11:55am 25th June 2020)

Singers from Cornwall are to be featured to a worldwide audience on Saturday night as part of Global Pride 2020.

The online event is expected to attract up to 300 million viewers and will feature stars such as Ava Max, Olivia Newton John, Adam Lambert and Rita Ora, as well as figures such as the President of Costa Rica and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India.

Global Pride was launched by national and international Pride networks after hundreds of events were cancelled or postponed due to COVID19.

Organisers are planning a 24-hour stream of content created by Prides globally, together with speeches from world leaders, activists and human rights defenders, reflecting the organisers’ statement that “Pride events might be cancelled but the spirit of Pride will live on”.

Cornwall has two pieces of content due to be aired during the UK slot between 6pm and 8pm, with Global Pride's Main Stage at 12.30pm and 1.30am.

The first is a musical montage they have created of the song "This Is Not The End" by local artist Sammy Shepherd.

It features performers from Cornwall Pride's isolation Idol and some of the organisation's previous live acts, along with performances from some the team at Cornwall Pride.

You can watch the video here:

The other song featured is Perrin Hooper's Isolation IDOL's winning original track "The 2K20 Blues" which you can watch below.

The show will be livestreamed on the Global Pride website globalpride2020.org, on YouTube and on other platforms to be announced, and will be free to view.

Michelle Meow, Executive Producer of Global Pride, said: "Pride started as a grassroots coming-together to liberate our people. It's remarkable that we're doing exactly that during this pandemic. We are bringing a grassroots presentation of Pride to living rooms and digital devices everywhere. Performers on the global stage are invited to join in this historic event to share their message of affirmation, empowerment, and solidarity."

 

Kristine Garina, President of European Pride Organisers Association, said: “Every Pride organiser in the world can tell you a story of someone whose life changed when they visited Pride, and so with so many Prides being cancelled or postponed, as organisers we felt we had a responsibility to come together and deliver Pride online. We’re tremendously excited for the potential for Global Pride to bring people together in the biggest Pride there has ever been.”

Julian Sanjivan, Co-President of InterPride, said: “By taking Pride online, not only are we making sure that LGBTQIA+ people everywhere can still experience the joy and community of Pride, but we also for the first time are enabling people to take part in Pride wherever they are. This means people who aren’t out, or who are living in socially conservative countries, can take part. The support of these incredible world leaders and performers will mean so much to marginalised LGBTQIA+ people everywhere.”

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