Different but the same Pride 2012

This year’s Pride festival will be livelier, brighter and a bit bigger than last year’s, organisers say. For the first time, representatives from other ASEAN countries will be attending to strengthen regional links. Film screenings are expanding to three venues and the art exhibits will also expand to three galleries.

Events will also be held in Battambang and Siem Reap.

Events include yoga classes at Krama Yoga, aerobics in Wat Botom Park, a pool party at Manor House (Sunday from 2pm to 7pm), the first-ever Pride tuk tuk race (Monday from 3pm to 5pm), a daylong family acceptance workshop (Thursday), pub quiz at The Local 2 (Thursday, 8pm to 10pm).

The film festival will include Velvet Goldmine (The Flicks 2, Saturday 4pm), a documentary about last year’s Pride followed by a Thai film about three transgender women and a third about Indonesian “warias” (biological men who live as women) at Meta House on Saturday beginning at 7pm.

An exhibit of Southeast Asian and international art will open at Top Art Gallery on Monday at 6pm, including works from Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Myanmar. An hour later a trio of films from Slovenia, the United States and France will be show in succession at Meta House.

On Tuesday the event expands to Institut francais with a screening of The String, a film about a gay man who faces turmoil when he returns from France to Tunisia.

On Wednesday the exhibit “Proud Out Loud” opens at Meta House at 6pm, followed by the screening of a series of short films from the region, and on Thursday Pontoon hosts its weekly Shameless night, with live shows at 11pm and 1am.

Pride will end with a blessing ceremony at Wat Toul Tompong on Sunday May 20 and a Candlelight Memorial to commemorate those who lost their lives or loved one to the AIDS epidemic.

Vincent MacIsaac
Saturday, 12 May 2012

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