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Middlesbrough venues celebrate Pride

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Middlesbrough is celebrating Pride with a series of events planned at the Dorman Museum and Middlesbrough Town Hall.

As part of the Dorman Museum's ‘Curious' series of events, the museum will have on display a collection of costumes on loan from Cherry Valentine.

Cherry, originally from Darlington, competed last year on Ru Paul's Drag Race UK and has since released two music tracks, appeared at various Pride events around the UK and is about to embark on a countrywide Halloween tour with some of the most well-known and outrageous UK queens.

The collection will be at the Dorman Museum until Monday, November 1.

Curious Arts, a North East-based LGBTQIA+ organisation, are working with Middlesbrough Council on a series of exciting events for both the LGBTQIA+ and wider Teesside communities. 

They will be taking over the Dorman Museum on the evening of Friday, October 22 for A Curious Night at the Museum, with the help of a super group of LGBTQIA+ artists and performers.

Visitors can join Richard Bliss on his quest for the perfect shirt, strike a pose at a pop-up Voguing workshop and performance, and perform hits by their favourite queer icons on the ‘Drag-eoke'.

Workshops to create protest posters and tote bags are also on offer, as well as a queer retelling of Middlesbrough's histories through the museum's collection.

The Dorman Museum will also play host to a Mini Pride celebration on Tuesday, October 26.

Families from all backgrounds are invited to celebrate everything that's unique and wonderful about families with fun, creative activities from colourful arts and crafts to story time with an extra special guest.

Mini Pride is suitable for ages 3-7 and their families.

Closing the show on pride celebrations is the fantastic BonBons Cabaret, at Middlesbrough Town Hall for one night only, Sunday, November 7.

The show promises a glitter-fuelled, foot stomping, pant-wetting cabaret riot!

Bonnie and The Bonnettes are a theatre company and drag/cabaret trio based in the North East, founded in 2016 by Cameron Sharp, Rebecca Glendenning and Hattie Eason.

Entry to view the Cherry Valentine collection and to Mini Pride at the Dorman Museum is free.

A Curious Night at the Museum is for ages 18+ only. Tickets cost £5.98 including admin fee and can be bought on Eventbrite.

The BonBons Cabaret is for ages 16+ only. Tickets cost £14.50 including booking fee and can be bought on the Middlesbrough Town Hall website.

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