Sparkle Manchester is an annual festival that celebrates gender diversity and trans rights. It takes place in Manchester, England and is one of the largest events of its kind in the UK.

The festival began in 2005 and has since grown to attract thousands of visitors from around the world. It includes a variety of events such as workshops, film screenings, music performances, and a parade through the city center. The festival aims to raise awarenness of the issues faced by trans and gender diverse communities, and to promote equality and acceptance.

In addition to the main festival events, Sparkle Manchester also hosts a range of activities throughout the year. These include support groups, social events, and educational workshops.  The festival is run by a team of volunteers who work hard to make it a safe and welcoming space for all attendees.

Sparkle Manchester has received widespread support from the local community and beyond, with many businesses and organizations sponsoring and participating in the festival. It has also been recognized for its contribution to the wider LGBT+ community, winning the Community Group of the Year award at the 2019 Manchester Pride awards.

The Sparkle Weekend is a festival-style family event, featuring live music and entertainment, talks and workshops, and an opportunity for our corporate sponsors, grassroots charities, and trans-run businesses to engage with our visitors. 

We also work with local and national charities who support young trans and gender questioning people and their families so that all age groups feel included.
One of the charity’s core values is that the event remains free-to-attend in order to be accessible to everyone, regardless of gender identity, race, religion, or physical ability.
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  1. Be prepared for the crowds: Sparkle Manchester is one of the largest transgender festivals in the UK and attracts thousands of visitors every year.  Make sure you plan ahead and arrive early to avoid the busiest times.

  2. Embrace the theme: The festival is all about celebrating diversity and gender identity, so don't be afraid to get into the spirit and dress up in your most fabulous outfit!

  3. Check out the performances: Sparkle Manchester has a packed schedule of live music, cabaret, and drag acts. Make sure you check the schedule and catch some of the amazing performances.

  4. Explore the stalls: The festival is also home to a huge range of stalls selling everything from jewelry and clothing to makeup and accessories. Take some time to wander around and discover some unique items to take home.

  5. Stay safe: As with any large event, it's important to stay safe and be aware of your suroundings. Stick to well-lit areas and travel in groups if possible.

  6. Check out the local scene: Manchester has a thriving LGBTQ+ scene, so take some time to explore the city's many bars and clubs. Canal Street is a popular destination for party-goers.

  7. Plan your accommodation early: Hotels in the city can book up quickly during the festival, so make sure you book your accommodation well in advance.

  8. Try the local food: Manchester is known for its fantastic food scene, so take some time to sample some of the local specialties. The Curry Mile is a popular destination for foodies.

  9. Take in the sights: Manchester is a vibrant and historic city, with plenty of sights to see. Make sure you check out landmarks like the Manchester Cahtedral and the Town Hall.

  10. Be respectful: Finally, it's important to be respectful of everyone at the festival and in the local community. Sparkle Manchester is all about celebrating diversity and inclusivity, so be mindful of your behavior and treat others with kindness and respect.

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