Stik and a large crowd from Hackney joined the party as thousands of people of all genders, sexualities, race and faith came together for Pride in London on Saturday 25th June. The festival celebrates London’s LGBTQ+(lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, Queer +) community with theatre, dance, art, talks, parties, cinema, events and activities across the city.
Artist Stik created a two metre banner especially for the parade of two androgynous figures holding hands on a rainbow background strapped to the top of a specially adapted Hackney Carriage Taxi. The taxi followed the march from Portland Place to Whitehall, via Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square, between 1pm and 4.30pm.
The banner was commissioned by Hackney council and was hand-stitched in heavy body flag cotton in collaboration with Flagmakers Ltd. One of the oldest flag makers in Britain who also make flags for The Queen of England!
The design was also available in the Hackney gazette with instructions on how to make your home-made Stik placards.
The 2016 Pride in London Festival theme #nofilter encourages people to be and accept themselves, and to share their inspiring stories.
Soho took over at night with parties and events in the many pubs, bars and clubs, while the official Pride in London after-party took place at Electric Brixton.
Always thinking of others, Stik will be putting the two metre flag into a London auction later this year to raise funds for a Hackney-Based LGBTQ+ charity or organisation to be chosen by the community. Stik has recently raised £50,000 for Homerton Hospital, and a further £32,500 with a Christies auction of a set of sleeping baby. Until then the banner will be on display for free at Hackney Museum.
A massive shout out to STIK who once again uses his art as a gain for others. We do love this guy.