Vancouver Pride Festival Announces 2022 Theme: Together Again
March 23, 2022
VPS is planning to move ahead with regular in-person programming as COVID-19 restrictions in British Columbia continue to lift
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Pride Society (VPS) has revealed that the 44th Vancouver Pride festival will be themed Together Again. The new theme was partially inspired by community organizer, Shanique Khalil, who hosted an event of the same name in July 2021. It is meant to highlight the excitement and importance around gathering for in-person, community-focused events again in 2022. VPS is currently planning for business as usual with its festival this July, and is moving forward with signature programming including the Sunset Beach Festival, and the annual Pride Parade, which draws an estimated 400,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver.
Outside of in-person events, VPS will continue to offer virtual programming throughout this year’s festival and is committed to ensuring everything the organization creates and delivers is as accessible and inclusive as possible.
“Each year in Vancouver, the Pride festival offers an opportunity for our community to come together in inclusivity and unity,” said VPS Interim-Executive Director, Lee Keple. “For the past two Pride seasons, we’ve had to adapt the festival in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, curating and delivering virtual and at-home programming. As public health restrictions lift here in British Columbia, a safe return of public events is highly-anticipated for the diverse 2SLGBTQAI+ communities we serve. Our theme this year aims to celebrate the beauty that comes in reuniting and uplifting these communities.”
“Our long-standing relationship with the Vancouver Pride Society, through the TD Ready Commitment, is a mutual reflection of our dedication to pushing progress forward for the 2SLGBTQAI+ community in British Columbia,” said Grant Minish, National Manager – 2SLGBTQAI+ Business Development, TD Bank Group. “We are proud to continue this important work with the VPS to help create an inclusive future for everyone. We look forward to celebrating Pride 2022 with attendees in our amazing city this summer.”
Community members and allies can also look forward to the long awaited return of the Unicorn Ball on May 13 at the Imperial on Main Street. This in-person 19+ annual event raises funds for VPS’s Community Bursaries — a program giving back to equity-seeking communities. Tickets will be available online at vancouverpride.ca/tickets April 1.
Nominations are also now open for this year’s Pride Grand Marshals, who historically have been 2SLGBTQAI+ serving groups or individuals who have made a positive difference in our communities.
“As we celebrate Vancouver Pride 2022, we recognize those whose activism contributes to the betterment of our communities while inspiring others to join,” said Michelle Fortin, Chair of VPS.
VPS is asking members of the public who want to nominate someone, or themselves to do so by April 15, 2022.
About Vancouver Pride Society:
Vancouver Pride Society brings together members of 2SLGBTQAI+ communities, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of 2SLGBTQAI+communities by producing quality, inclusive events such as the Pride Parade and Festivals.