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Friday 19 January 2018

Dublin Pride 2016 festival theme gives a nod to David Bowie and the 1916 Rising rebels

Dublin 2015 Pride celebrations
Dublin 2015 Pride celebrations

Sasha Brady

Organisers of this year's LGBTQ Pride festival have announced the 2016 theme.

REBEL REBEL has been chosen as the 2016 theme which will see thousands of revellers flock to the capital to celebrate Dublin's diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.

The theme gives a nod to Ireland's 1916 Centenary rebels, as well as glam rock icon David Bowie, who revolutionised attitudes towards sexuality in his six-decade career before he passed away in February of this year.

The poster features Constance Markievicz and Patrick Pearse sporting Bowie's iconic make-up.

Jed Dowling, Festival Director for Dublin LGBTQ Pride, said: "As we reflect on years gone by in Dublin and Ireland, we recognise many stories, movements, occasions and people, that have allowed us to reach the level of freedom that our LGBTQ community has today. 

"REBEL REBEL allows us to look back and reflect upon what it means to be Irish and LGBTQ.  We have a lot to celebrate and we want to see everyone’s rebellious side this June!’

Last year's Pride brought colour to the capital with rainbow flags and lively celebrations following the resounding referendum victory for gay marriage rights campaigners.

A record-breaking 60,000 people took part.

2016's festival will take place between June 22 and 26.

The Pride parade will take place on Saturday, June 25, beginning at Dublin's Garden of Remembrance and will journey towards Merrion Square - where there will be music, festivities, speeches and celebrations for all ages.

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