Sparkle will be back in 2015 ... Friday 10th July to Sunday 12th July ... see you there!
Welcome to Sparkle the National Transgender Celebration - a weekend festival held every July, in the Village area of Manchester. Sparkle is open to everyone who sees themselves as Transgender (and their friends and families) no matter if they be living full-time or just ‘dressing up’ for an occasional Saturday night out. We accept the differing aspirations and needs of the various people within our community, but invite all to come together and share our celebration. Every Trans person has a place at Sparkle and a warm welcome is on offer to all!
Sparkle does also cater for our female to male and drag king friends and we make a special effort to be more inclusive by trying to ensure that this side of the trans community is represented in the Sparkle in the Park stage show and at the Talks and Workshops.
2014 was very special as we were celebrating 10 years of Sparkle. To mark this amazing anniversary Sparkle in the Park took place on the Saturday and Sunday for the first time. We were very lucky with the weather and attracted large crowds to Manchester for the weekend, with many favourite hotels being fully booked. From the online feedback and comments right across the web it was certainly one of the biggest and best Sparkle festivals to date. So many people joined in the celebrations as together we shared pride in our trans-identity and celebrated this land-mark anniversary!
Many congratulations to Miss Sparkle 2014, Miss Lexa d'Moore and Miss Golden Sparkle 2014, Martina, plus of course all the others who took part in the pageant. And BIG thanks to everyone who helped entertain us with fabulous live performances in Sparkle park across the two days this year, plus all the volunteers, stewards and event organisers - you all helped make Sparkle 10 very special indeed!
See the links to our official Sparkle 10 videos below. Photos are on Facebook and Flickr and the images on the website are now from Sparkle10 too.
You can see Lisa Heart interviewing the Miss Sparkle contestants here:http://youtu.be/Pnqo1tv5yy8
And an interview with the fabulous Coleen Nolan here: http://youtu.be/SbMnXVrxIz0
More photos can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_jones/with/14738740744/