- Three murals by artist Lothar Götz installed around the Wharf to celebrate Pride month
- Comic strips celebrating queer culture available at Estate’s Short Story Stations
- Pride Movie Nights taking place at Union Square, Wood Wharf, showcasing LGBTQ+ films
Three bold, colourful murals have been installed around Canary Wharf to celebrate Pride month. German-born artist Lothar Götz has transformed Crossrail Place, Reuters Plaza and the Riverside steps with his abstract, geometric artwork in Pride’s rainbow colours which will be in place until the end of June.
The murals are part of Canary Wharf’s month-long celebration of queer culture that will see a series of specially selected movies shown on the big screen at the new Union Square, located in Wood Wharf.
Moviegoers just need to bring a smartphone and a pair of headphones before grabbing a deckchair and a takeaway from nearby Mercato or Emilia’s Crafted Pasta. Films will be screening every Wednesday including Pride, Brokeback Mountain and The Birdcage.
The Estate’s Short Story Stations – vending machines that usually dispense pieces of writing that take a few minutes to read – are printing comic strips for the first time. Trans and queer creative Fox Fisher has teamed up with comedian and filmmaker Lewis Hancox to create the new strips to mark Pride month.
Illustrator Fox Fisher commented: “Lewis and I are thrilled to see our new comic strips being dispensed from the wharf’s Short Story Stations for the month. The print offs have never had pictures on them before, so we hope they take a few people by surprise, and prompt them to think about why we celebrate this important month.”
Artist Lothar Götz said: “It’s great to have my work be part of the month’s Pride celebrations, knowing so many people are going to see it brightening up the steps and walls around Canary Wharf.”
Pride Movie Nights – 7pm every Wednesday, in Union Square
- Wednesday 1 June, Pride (15) – Based on a true story, Pride depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike.
- Wednesday 8 June, The Birdcage (15) – A cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s right-wing parents.
- Wednesday 15 June, Carol (15) – An aspiring photographer develops a relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.
- Wednesday 22 June, Brokeback Mountain (15) – Ennis and Jack are two shepherds who develop an emotional relationship. It becomes complicated when both of them get married to their respective girlfriends.
- Wednesday 29 June, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (15) – Two drag queen performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Pride month is celebrated each year to honour the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The riots had a huge impact on gay rights around the world, and the ongoing celebrations are about acceptance, equality, honouring the work of LGBTQ+ people and raising awareness of issues affecting the community.
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For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166