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Barnet Pride in the Park

Charli of Barnet Pride Committee on a groundbreaking event in Victoria Park in Finchley on August 20th

One of the participants in Barnet Pride in the Park
Credit – Chris Jepson

George Nicholls and James Phillips, the husband duo and founders of Inkluder, are delighted to announce Barnet’s first-ever Pride in the Park. This groundbreaking event marks a milestone for the local LGBTQIA+ community, and it’s all thanks to the inspiring work of community groups across other London boroughs.

George and James, both lifelong residents and members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Barnet, had long admired the achievements and spirit demonstrated by community groups in boroughs across London. They dreamed of bringing that same sense of unity, acceptance, and celebration to their own community. This dream is set to become a reality with Pride in the Park, an inclusive, vibrant event celebrating LGBTQIA+ diversity and culture in Barnet.

Scheduled for Sunday, 20th August 2023, from 12 noon to 4 pm in Victoria Park, Finchley (N3 2EB), Pride in the Park is the result of a fruitful partnership between Inkluder, Barnet Council, Barnet Refugees Welcome Board, and Middlesex University. 

“Hosting Pride in the Park in Barnet has been a dream come true,” shared George Nicholls. “We were inspired by the wonderful work of community groups in other boroughs. It’s time for Barnet to celebrate its LGBTQIA+ community publicly and vibrantly.”

A broad array of activities awaits attendees, ranging from drag bingo and performances to trans poetry readings and community dancing. Local food stalls will offer a selection of tasty treats, with attendees also welcome to bring their own picnics. In a tribute to Barnet’s historical identity as the ‘Ink Capital of the UK,’ residents are invited to contribute ink drawings that express their individuality.

James Phillips added, “We’re committed to making Pride in the Park an accessible, welcoming space for everyone, mirroring the inclusiveness we’ve admired in other communities.”

The collaboration with estate agents and local businesses has also been vital in bringing this event to life. Their support underlines the community spirit that Inkluder aims to foster throughout Barnet.

With Pride in the Park, George and James hope to spark a continuous wave of community, inclusiveness, and acceptance that extends beyond this single event.

For more information about Pride in the Park and how to get involved, please visit www.inkluder.org/prideinthepark


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