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During the first weekend of September, The Pink Festival will be headlined by Andy Bell – best known as the charismatic front man of enduring electropop duo Erasure – in an unmissable show at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

Born and brought up in Peterborough, Andy became Patron of Dhiverse in 2015, a charity established some 30 years ago to provide support for people affected by HIV and AIDS.

He will take centre stage with his dancers on Saturday 3rd September, in a dazzling, high-energy show to celebrate the 30 year anniversary of Cambridge-based charity Dhiverse.

Sharron Spindler, CEO of Dhiverse says, “We are proud to be celebrating 30 years of working with communities in Cambridgeshire, honoured to have Andy Bell supporting us and delighted to be working with Pink Festival.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported and worked with us over 3 decades and we hope to have the opportunity to support many more people and to expand the range of partners we work with in the future.”

Lara Jaffey, Joint Chair of the Pink Festival charity says “We are so excited to be back in 2016. After a six year break we are proud to be bringing some quality acts to Cambridge to help raise funds and awareness of LGBT+ causes. Although we won’t be at our home in Cherry Hinton Hall, there really is something for everyone over the weekend celebrating LGBT+ and the wider Cambridge communities”.

As part of a whole weekend of activities, The Pink Festival will be hosting a free LGBT+ community day at the Cambridge Guildhall on Saturday 3rd September from noon to 6pm.  The event, which is open to all, will feature community market stalls, workshops, arts, a fashion show and local performers – a fantastic day for the whole family.

The closing to a day of celebration (3rd Sept) will take place at the Junction, where a collective of local and London based clubs will come together for one big party! Headlining will be ‘Horse Meat Disco’, direct from packed residencies in London, New York, Berlin and Paris.

Horse Meat Disco will be joined by DJs Paul Darking, Patrick Cavaliere and James Barrie, resident DJs from long-running Cambridge club night ‘Good Times’, with their newly-formed trio ‘Love Will Find A Way’.

Neon Moon cabaret acts will be performing upstairs with the ’Dot Cotton Club’ – Cambridge’s longest running LGBT+ event. Bringing together classics, dance remixes and club tunes – this is a night not to be missed!

On the 4th September, The Pink Festival hosts a Sunday party at the Boat House pub in Cambridge. Come and enjoy a fun-filled day of entertainment, celebrating the best of local and regional musical talent. Dozens of acts over three stages, there will be market stalls and kids entertainment, a BBQ and local food trucks.

Acts include: Keltrix, 4th Labarynth, The MacGregors, Caroline Watson, Matthew Richards, Little Boy Lost, Coyote Calling, Citrus George, Gina Leonard,  In and Out of Sleep, James Erskin, Ellie Jo, The 4th Subscriber and a bucket fulls of DJ’s + Special headline ACT- Soon to be announced!

For all the latest information about the weekend events see our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pinkfestival2016/

Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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