First ‘Wynwood Pride’ Looks to Mix Fun, Art and Nonprofit Awareness

Wynwood Pride logo, courtesy SWARM

The organizers of the first “Wynwood Pride Music Festival” said attendees can expect to be treated to a mix of performers, talented artists and more than 20 nonprofit groups.

The event is set to take place June 21 through June 23 at the Wynwood Marketplace, located at 2250 NW 2nd Ave. in Miami. General admission to the event is free, although there are other access levels ranging from $25 to $75. 

The event coincides with LGBT Pride Month in June – chosen to commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 1969.

While South Florida hosts many other Pride events throughout the year, including in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Key West and Hialeah, organizers said Wynwood Pride will be the first for the city of Miami.

The three-day festival will host panels on gay issues, film screenings, and mural installations.

The “community village” is where the nonprofits will be located – representing groups focused on LGBT, youth justice and health issues. The village is expected to offer HIV testing, counseling information, clothing donations and more.

“The overall goal of Wynwood Pride is to serve as a catalyst for communication, education, empowerment and unification of the LGBTQ community through many different mediums,” organizers said in a statement.

Wynwood Pride organizers said three nonprofits will benefit from money raised at the event. The nonprofits are Pridelines, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Survivors' Pathway.

Pridelines provides services and support to South Florida LGBT youth, such as emergency housing, transportation/relocations assistance, and other help for queer youth experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. 

Astraea raises and distributes funds to programs and initiatives led by lesbians and queer women, transgender, non-conforming people, intersex people and people of color. It has granted more than $40 million to 1,700 partners since 1980.

Survivors' Pathway provides services that focus on mental health. It runs a center in Miami-Dade County that serves Latino and LGBTQI victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and hate crimes.

Entertainment, art

Expect local and international LGBT talent during the three-day run, organizers said. Scheduled to appear so far are Pabllo Vittar, Aja, Dorian Electra, DJ Citizen Jane and Carmen Carrera. 

There will be drag shows, lip-synching battles, late-night DJs, large-scale art installations, voguing competitions and more. 

And since it’s Wynwood, of course there will be art.

In conjunction with event organizers, the AXS Art’s Pride LGBTQ exhibit, an initiative of the AXS Law Group, will be on display by appointment from June 1 until August 31. An opening art reception takes place June 6 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit is located at 2121 NW 2nd Ave. Suite 201 in Wynwood

The installation features seven award-winning LGBT artists who “have been influenced by their cultural roots and whose craft uniquely illustrates South Florida’s diverse community,” AXS Law Group said in a statement.

Artists in the exhibit include Lazaro Amaral, Rolando Barrero, Marco Caridad, Paul Cormack, Jennifer Maria, Gigi Motley and Marcel Saleta. 

To see the exhibit, contact AXS Law Group by phone at (305-297-1878 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Wynwood Pride is produced by event agency SWARM, in partnership with the Wynwood BID (business improvement district).

For more information, including ticket options, go to WynwoodPride.com. 

 

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