A colourful celebration of Pride this June at Cornerstone Arts Centre


A colourful celebration of Pride this June at Cornerstone Arts Centre
A colourful celebration of Pride this June at Cornerstone Arts Centre

Celebrate Pride this June at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot with several events to embrace the LGBTQ+ community.

From 9 to 15 June, there will be something for everyone to enjoy and embrace, from drag cabaret to free family-friendly arts and yoga.

Theatre is at the heart of Cornerstone’s Pride celebrations, starting with the return of The PHWOAR Next Door on Saturday, 10 June. ‘PHWOAR’ features an exceptional lineup of Oxfordshire drag performers and burlesque artists in an explosion of laughter and glitter. This show was a resounding hit last year, and the group promises to return to Didcot with a bang.

Anyone can pop in on Saturday, 10 June, from 11.00am to 3.00pm, to add their voice to the centre’s communal artwork or to watch The Bull and The Moon, a fun, child-friendly and magical outdoor dance theatre show about the importance of being oneself, family and inclusivity. Performances are in the courtyard at 11.00am, 1.00pm or 3.00pm.

Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

Throughout June, there will be a range of Pride-inspired workshops for adults available to book at Cornerstone:

  • Adults can participate in an Introduction to Queerlesque On Friday, 9 June. Queerlesque (a form of burlesque) is brought to you by the best-loved cabaret OxPHWOAR. The workshop is a fun way to boost self-confidence and let loose.
  • Take some time to reconnect with your body and mind in Queer Yoga on Saturday, 10 June.
  • Make art, whether you’re experienced or simply want to doodle, at Queer Life Drawing on Wednesday, 14 June.

The Pride celebrations started with theatre, and they come to a close on Thursday, 15 June, with The Chosen Haram. This show is an uplifting and emotionally candid circus duet performed on two Chinese poles. A powerful and moving performance that will leave audiences with a deeper understanding of the complexities of identity regardless of how they may identify.

Councillor Maggie Filipova-Rivers, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing from South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “All of us at the Council and Cornerstone Arts Centre welcome everyone to join in with our Pride celebrations. These events are inclusive events where everyone can have fun.”

You can find out more about the shows and workshops on the Cornerstone website.

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