Those in Hanoi’s LGBT community pride themselves on looking out for each other, and so it was when a small group of friends who were sat around drinking wine, decided to get together to raise money for a series of related charities. Thus, PrideFest was born.
The event aims to support the local LGBTQIA+ community within Vietnam and, naturally, to have a wild time doing it.
“Due to present circumstances, we are in a very lucky position to be able to bring people together for Pride this year. We decided to take full advantage of this,” says PrideFest organizer Josh Downes.
Saturday’s event will see people congregate at 7 p.m. in Tay Ta 2 to celebrate Pride. There will be an acoustic set by Magindara, followed by a flurry of DJs including Sera Tonin, Millhouse, G Oi, and ĐJ Đađđy.
Some of the city’s finest drag queens are set to spice things up, with performances from Aura Hates Hue, Annie Tagonist, Lucy Hymen, the Hex and the wonderful Winnie Wakanda Washington.
“Get your eco-friendly glitter on and come down to Tay Ta for Tay Ho’s big gay ding dong boogaloo.”
There will also be games, information booths and much a raffle with prizes donated from but not limited to Hopebox, The Snug, Peach, Star Kickboxing, Thistle and Stem, Nail Kitchen, Grumpy Dumpling, Em’s hair salon, Shay’s Chicken and Bikram Hanoi, with all funds raised going to support iSee and ICS center.
“We chose these two organization because their mission is advocate public knowledge and healthcare, whilst providing resources to smaller grassroots charities around Vietnam,” Downes said.
iSEE’s mission is to support and empower all communities and individuals to promote and protect their own rights and the rights of others in their lives, by producing original research on LGBT people in Vietnam; spearheading government-level advocacy; empowering LGBT individuals and educating the public.
ICS center empowers Vietnamese LGBT communities towards pride and quality. Through various activities such as training, organizing seminars and events, providing advisory services, or offering courses about capacity building and empowerment for the local LGBT community.
“We hope that everyone comes down to raise as much as possible, and celebrate love and uplift each other to some great music and performances,” Downes said. “Get your eco-friendly glitter on and come down to Tay Ta for Tay Ho’s big gay ding dong boogaloo.”
7 -9 p.m. Sat. June 27
Beer Tay Ta 2
33/52 Tô Ngọc Vân, Hanoi