Members of the city’s world class Birmingham Royal Ballet will be taking a break from rehearsals of their autumn season to join the 2022 Parade showing the company’s support for the LGBTQIA+ community in the city as part of Pride weekend.
Fifteen members of BRB staff and dancers will join 100’s of participants including artists, performers, individuals and local businesses in what has become one of the largest and vibrant Parades of its kind in the UK.
This year’s Pride marks the company’s first Pride Parade and includes staff from across the company and BRB’s acclaimed dancers including Brandon Lawrence (Principal), Tzu Chao (Principal) and Kit Holder (First Soloist).
The Parade, which will make its way through the city centre on Saturday 24 September is a march for equality and justice and a celebration of LGBTQIA+ life and the contribution they make to the City.
Brandon Lawrence, BRB Principal, commented “I’m enormously proud to not only be walking in this year’s parade but to be doing it alongside my friends and colleagues of Birmingham Royal Ballet. The opportunity allows the company to walk in solidarity with our communities in support of diversity, inclusion and equality. Wishing everyone a very happy pride being united full of love and acceptance.”
This year’s Parade will be led by Drag UK Idol winner, Fatt Butcher, and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant and one of the stars of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Ginny Lemon. The event starts at Centenary Square in the heart of the city centre from 11am. The parade will then make its way through the city from 12 noon towards the LGBTQIA+ village around Hurst Street.
Birmingham Royal Ballet will return to Birmingham Hippodrome Stage for their autumn season from 21-29 October with Into the Music, featuring music from Beethoven and Benjamin Britten plus a world premiere by Morgann Runacre-Temple.and the return of Coppélia.