On Saturday 4th September the 2010 Cardiff Wales Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Mardi Gras event will take place at Cooper’s Field, Cardiff. Over 40,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is staged in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government and aims to celebrate diversity and help to combat hate crime.

The main event will feature a full line-up of local and national performers on the main stage, as well as the Admiral Cabaret Garden, showcasing some of the best cabaret acts around, and the Gaydar Dance Arena. As usual there will be a market area, fairground, bars and catering while 2010 also sees the introduction of a Health and Wellbeing Zone sponsored by the Big Lottery Fund as well as a new Youth Zone and the Unite Family Play Area.

For the first time the event will take place in a fenced-off area, with no alcohol to be brought onto the site, for everyone’s safety and to ensure that the Mardi Gras remains open and accessible to all. It is free to attend the main event but donations are welcomed as they help to meet the costs of staging the event.

It has been revealed that the main stage line-up will include the South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus, The Chamelonz and The Good Things. Gareth David-Lloyd, known to many as Ianto from the television series Torchwood, will also be appearing with his band Blue Gillespie. Additional performers and special guests will be revealed nearer to the time.

David-Lloyd performed at the Cardiff Mardi Gras event in 2009 and commented, “Mardi Gras is not just about declaring to the world that the LGBT community exists. It’s about promoting and celebrating the diversity and richness of this community. I hope that we all take this opportunity to build friendships with and beyond our own sexual identities and drive the message that our cultural and sexual diversity is something that we should all be proud of. And have fun!”

In the run up to the main event on 4th September, Chapter Arts Centre will be hosting a series of festival events including a presentation by Deborah Withers of her recent book “Adventures in Kate Bush and Theory” and a performance by Gary Coyle of his solo performance “At Sea”.

Cardiff Wales Mardi Gras is organised solely by a volunteer committee. To find out more about the planned events, or to get involved, please visit www.cardiffmardigras.co.uk.

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