Main Event

The main event will be held on Saturday 6th October in Inverness.

The day will start with a parade at 0930, followed by the main Proud-Ness event at Eden Court, which will run from 1100 to 1700.

The parade will start at Falcon Square, head along Inglis Street and the High Street to the Town House, then across the bridge and along the river to Eden Court.  Depending on numbers it may continue to the Northern Meeting Park.

In order to fit into Inverness High Street – marchers will be asked to form up in rows of 6.  Once Falcon Square is filled – the Parade queue will continue between Falcon Square and Inverness Railway Station

Click the thumbnail below to see bigger picture of the parade route map.  Please be at Falcon Square in good time for the start.

 

 

 

 

At the end of the parade, at around 1030, there will be some speeches from Reverend Peter Nimmo from the Church of Scotland, Elaine Mead, Chief Executive of the NHS Highland, and James Mackenzie-Blackman, Chief Executive of Eden Court.

Stall holders at Eden Court will include:

Alzheimer’s Scotland Waverley Care
NHS and Highland Council Inverness City Roller Derby
Equality Network HatFace
JacesFaces Pink Saltire
Trapeze Entertainment Highlands and Islands Students Association
British Transport Police Scottish Fire & Rescue
Women’s Aid Lifescan
Autism Scotland LEAP Sports
UNISON Scottish Borders LGBT equality
Morag’s Crafty Bothy SNP
RASASH (Rape And Sexual Abuse Service Highland) Skills Development Scotland

 

The workshops and talks are:

La Scala Room
Time Who and Topic
1100 to 1200 HUG – Action for Mental Health:

In addition to discussion about HUG’s activities and consultations this year and currently, you are invited to take part in an experience-led discussion ‘The Inclusivity of Mental Ill Health’, about the challenges of living with mental illness and being LGBT+.

We will explore within the group, how:

  • ‘collective advocacy’ should operate to ensure inclusion and equality for you; and
  • how we can use it to challenge stigma of, and increase understanding of, the mental well-being issues that can come with living as LGBT+.
1200 to 1300 Kevin Crowe:  LGBT+ Generations – looking at ways that people of all generations can work together and support each other, without being dismissive or patronising or insulting, and while accepting we might have different experiences and lifestyles and attitudes.
1300 to 1500 Members of the LGBTI+ sub-group of the Highland Council’s Care and Learning Equalities Improvement Group will also be leading a workshop to share their work in LGBTI+ education and inclusion. This will include young people from Highland schools and local partners hosting conversations on different aspects of LGBTI+ inclusion and education, a reading from Highland teacher and author, and a session led by the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign who are promoting LGBTI+ inclusion in education establishments across Scotland.
1500 to 1600 James Mackenzie-Blackman, CEO of Eden Court:  LGBT+ families.
1600 to 1700 Scott from Equality Network:  This talk will be on LGBTI Equality in Scotland, what’s happened and what do we still have to do.

Vic from Scottish Trans Alliance:  This talk will be about their Equal Recognition Campaign, where you can find out why changing the law matters for trans people and how you can help.

 

The live entertainment is:

Maclean Room
Time Who
1130 to 1230 Christian Gamauf and Caitlin McNeill
Traditional Scottish and Gaelic music and songs
1330 to 1430 Tweed Ceilidh band – with funk, rock and ska influences
1530 to 1630 Gordon James and the Power – acoustic rock group

 

There will then be an after party from 1900 to be held at the Mecure Hotel. Tickets for the after party are available now. Tickets are free and are available here.  No ticket = No Entry.