Large sections of the Hanoi community have always been huge defenders of the LGBTQIA+ community, but, perhaps not entirely unsurprisingly, they like to have a damn decadent time when they are doing it, which is exactly the plan with the Winter PrideFest fundraiser this Saturday. A similar boogaloo earlier this year raised money for outreach charities iSEE and ICS, and the winter party intends to do the same.
“After the success of our last summer fundraiser, the PrideFest team decided that we should have a winter edition. Popular demand coupled with the amazing 28,000,000 VND we raised last time put a fire in our bellies to provide another fabulous event for the local community,” PrideFest Organizer Josh Downes told Chào .
The event will be held at Bia Tay Ta, a locally owned bar and a long standing supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community. “The team at Tay Ta have gone above and beyond when it comes to supporting our community and are an integral part of our collective,” Downes said. Since 2017 they have provided a free venue for drag events, LGBTQIA+ TV showings and for the second time now, PrideFest. The venue has a recently built wine cellar with an ample range of wines from around the world, as well as a large garden where the fundraiser will take place.
The event will also see games, competitions and information booths from the selected charities.
“It will be amazing way to kick off the Christmas spirit in style, and we hope everyone will come on down and have a gay old time with us!”
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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ community.
The event will see a series DJ and performances by Waller & Bampton, Millhouse, Bangers & Cash, Sera Tonin and H.E.R, among others.
“We will have lip sync battles, catwalk competitions, raffles and fabulous DJs to boogie the night away with and maybe even a few surprises in store for you. It will be amazing way to kick off the Christmas spirit in style and we hope everyone will come on down and have a gay old time with us!” Downes said.
Several ethically-minded local businesses have sponsored the events with a range of swag and prizes, including Star Kickboxing & Fitness, Westlake Mini Golf, The Snug, Hanoi Laser Tag, Bikram Yoga, Grumpy Dumpling and many, many more.
The inclusive event promises to be a great night out for everyone whether gay, straight, asexual, pan-curious genderqueer, or just simply fabulous.
7 p.m. Sat. Dec 5.
Beer Tay Ta 2
27 Pho Quang Ba, Tay Ho