The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the historic voyage of the Mayflower ship from the UK to the ‘New World’ of America.
The commemorations will recognise the impact of the Mayflower’s journey on Native American communities and address themes of migration, tolerance, freedom and democracy that have such contemporary relevance, as well as the long-standing relationship between the UK and the US and the history of Thanksgiving, ensuring the Mayflower’s legacy lives on.
Pride in Plymouth has received a grant from the Mayflower 400 Cultural Fund to present a series of diverse events & workshops through 2020 culminating in the Plymouth Pride Festival week 1st – 9th August with the main summer pride parade and event on Saturday 8th August.
These events will include a series of ‘Make for Pride‘ workshops where you will be able to make costumes, accessories, placards & more. This will support both the themes of Mayflower 400 and the 50th Anniversary of the first modern day ‘gay rights marches’ held in New York and London in summer of 1970.
The theme for LGBT History Month in February 2020 is ‘Poetry, Prose and Plays’. Pride in Plymouth will launch a series of workshops and talks to explore the diverse range of LGBTQ narratives available today and to create a conversation in Plymouth (and Devon and Cornwall) about what LGBTQ literature means to people.
In addition to our own events Pride in Plymouth will have a presence at and will be supporting many other Mayflower 400 events taking place in 2020.