Behind the Sparkle : Aug 2015

Behind the Sparkle : Aug 2015

LGBTv cameras were at the Sparkle 2015 National Transgender Celebration. They followed Ashleigh Talbot as she got ready for the event and discussed some of the issues facing trans people today. Along the way they talk to Bethany Black (Helen in Russell T Davis’ ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’), Ruth Hunt from Stonewall, and Kellie Maloney. They look back at Sparkle from the last two years and look forward with Ashleigh as she receives some exciting news. (more…)

Nearly time for Sparkle 2015

Nearly time for Sparkle 2015

Just a reminder that it’s nearly time for the Sparkle weekend 2015! Sparkle runs from 10-12th July in Manchester. Sparkle is about celebrating being trans and all that goes with it. If you’re just starting out on the journey as a trans person or ally, or if you’ve been out as trans for a while – Sparkle is the place to share and celebrate it.


Sparkle Promotional Poster Competition

Calling all talented TG designers and artists, willing to donate a little time and creativity to support Sparkle 2012.

We are wanting to produce a promotional poster to be displayed in the bars and clubs of the Manchester Village  and at other TG venues across the UK to promote the next Sparkle weekend.

Sparkle is a registered charity with limited budget, so  there is no fab cash prize – simply the chance to support a unique event  and have your artwork displayed to thousands of people in the run-up to the Sparkle weekend. The poster will include the designers name and  contact email or website and will be a great addition to your portfolio if you design for business and a great way to have your work showcased
if it’s just a hobby.

The poster needs to be A3 (portrait) size and promote the  Sparkle weekend to both TG people who could be considering attending and the wider community who may just wonder what it’s all about.

The closing date is Friday 28th October so if you are interested in helping us out then please check out the following details:

Poster size A3 (with 3mm bleed) 303mm x 426mm

File type – preferably PDF saved with layers. Otherwise a hi-res jpeg. Colour profile CMYK and resolution 300 dpi at least.

Poster must include the following:

The Sparkle logo (which can be modified if you wish)

The dates: Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July 2012

The location: The Gay Village, Manchester


Your credit: Poster designed by ‘your name and website or email address’.

The Sparkle logo can be downloaded as an Adobe Illustrator or .eps file.

Thousands of Sparkle photos can be found on Flickr  some may be hi-resolution, but if you explain to the photographer of a  particular image why you want it many will be able to send you a better  quality version, images can be used from any previous Sparkle event, not  just the most recent. Although images don’t have to be from Sparkle.

You can also mention any of the following that you wish  (optional) Sparkle in the Park, talks and workshops (venue not yet confirmed), meals and parties, a celebration of all things transgender,  the Sparkle festival weekend.

The finished poster can be emailed (if less than 10mb in size) or sent on a cd to the Sparkle address given on the website contacts page.

More info:

National transgender festival Sparkle 2011 kicks off

(Pink News) The national transgender festival, Sparkle, has begun in Manchester.

The festival, now in its seventh year, is the biggest event on the trans calendar and is billed as a “celebration of gender diversity”.

The launch night schedule includes a launch party at AXM, a banquet meal and a comedy evening.

The main event, to be held in Sackville Gardens tomorrow, will be ‘Sparkle in the Park’, with stalls and performances.

Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone will open the event with a speech at 1pm.

On Sunday, visitors can enjoy a lunch, church service, closing meal and a workshop on the government’s Transgender Action Plan.

For more information, see here.

Sparkle 2010 Events

Talks and Workshops – Sparkle @ The Mechanics Institute: 10am – 4.30pm

The venue this year is The Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, M1 6DD. Which is easily accessible just behind New York, New York and AXM Bar – just two minutes walk from Canal Street

As in previous years we have invited a number of speakers each to give a talk and answer questions in sessions lasting about an hour each. They are all experts in their respective fields and are ready to share knowledge and experience which will be of interest to many. There is also an art display and your chance to help create an artwork for auction!

Directions To the Mechanic’s Institute:

From Sackville Gardens walk along Canal Street, past “Villaggio” and turning right at “Spirit” into Abingdon Street. Continue straight on crossing Richmond Street, Bloom Street and Hart Street. The entrance to the Mechanic’s Institute is in Major Street, opposite the entrance to Cruz 101.
The route from Sackville Gardens will be signed on the day.

There is good disabled access and a lift and stairs to the second floor. The bar will be open at lunchtime and will stay open “as long as it is being used”. No food is available in the Mechanic’s Institute but visitors are welcome to bring sandwiches (no hot food please) and please take away any rubbish with you.

The days events at the Mechanic’s Institute have largely been funded by a grant from the Manchester Pride Community Fund 2009.

10.30am to 11.30am – Professor Stephen Whittle OBE, Press For Change

12.00pm to 1.00pm – Vicky Lee, Wayout Club
Feminism, Its Relationship To Transgender And What Happened To It

2.00pm to 3.00pm – Natacha Kennedy
Transgender Children: Extreme Social Exclusion

3.30pm to 4.30pm – Denise Anderson
Domestic Abuse and Trans People

Lee Middlehurst in The Dean Room 10.00am – 4.30pm

For Sparkle, Lee, as well as displaying previous work, will be inviting visitors to help create a new work – A picture of Audrey Hepburn – by adding their own CD/DVD fragment to the picture. This will be completed on the day and kindly donated by Lee and auctioned at the Sparkle Ball on Saturday night for Sparkle funds.

Full information is here:

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