ShanghaiPRIDE 2016

17 June - 26 June

Curtains Up on the 2016 ShanghaiPRIDE Theatre Festival


Shanghai, May 3rd, 2016 – ShanghaiPRIDE Theatre Festival (ShPTF) will have one of its signature events, dedicated to exploring the reality of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Community through artistic expression. The event will assemble Shanghai’s most talented Chinese and English-speaking theatre groups to provide audiences with a rich variety of artistic performances. Starting this May, ShanghaiPRIDE Theatre Festival will be working hand-in-hand with LGBTQ-friendly theatre troupes, both long term partners and new arrivals, to humbly present a rich and abundant performance centering on the theme of “生为平常 I Am Me”.MORE…    



“We can keep from a child all knowledge of earlier myths, but we cannot take from him/her the need for mythology” – Carl Jung

For the 10th edition of CINEMQ, we delve into MYTH; stories of the ancient’s with a queer thread to here and now. Like Ariadne, we seek the beast, twisting lost through the labirynth. We are inflected by the fear of being stripped off a myth, and a lifetime outside of it.

From contemporary reimagination of the classical Greek myth of Endymion, 70s psychedelic erotica, Oscar Wilde’s short stories, to pop music videos that opt for liberating alternatives, CINEMQ is back at Shelter for a night of private myths and public dreams, a collective yearning for our own history and futurity.MORE…    

ShanghaiPRIDE Theatre Festival – Muju Group Audition


Muju Group, a professional female production theatre, will present on 2016 ShanghaiPRIDE Theatre Festival.

Casting actor/singer for all women show:
1. Tomboy with long hair
2. Pure beauty with medium and long hair
3. Singer with short hair

Language: Chinese.

Application includes:
Cast type, name, photo, resume, contact email & number.
Please send height, weight, face without and with makeup, previous performance videos or links if you have.
Performance desire, sing and line are the must.
Please send application to
All application will be treated confidentially.MORE…    

ShanghaiPRIDE Rainbow Bike Ride

In conjunction with International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia, this year’s Rainbow Bike Ride will be held on Saturday evening, May 21st, and will also serve to hype the coming ShanghaiPRIDE in June. Six teams of cyclists will represent the six colours of the Rainbow Flag, starting out from every corner of Shanghai to meet at Brownstone, Yongjia Court for an after party. Riding time varies from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the route. We will equip each team of cyclists with lights of their representative colour and be there to record the moment all six teams flow together to form the Six-Coloured Rainbow.MORE…    

Women Up! – Entrepreneurship

Women Up Flyer Horizontal 12Apr2016

Professional Women’s Networking Forum

Women Up! is a professional women’s networking event which aims to empower women of all orientation and identities to have greater confidence in pursuing a career or owning a business. This month, hear from four entrepreneurs their experiences and challenges building their businesses. These female leaders will share their struggles and secrets to success as well as critical skills such as interview skills, networking skills, and analytical skills that are pertinent across multiple industries and professional levels. Bring your business cards!

You are cordially invited to attend the networking forum on 26April from 19:00 to 22:00 at XTD elevated – The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi.


Event Recap: Strange Fruits and Fairies – CINEMQ9: /FLOWERS/


Spring is here and there’s something sweet on the warm breeze which awakens us to thoughts of transformation and lust. CINEMQ blew through last night with their 9th edition. FLORA was a celebration of discovery and becoming, of wandering down to the bottom of the garden, of tasting the strange spring flowers which bloom there. This months short films were programmed by Tingting Shi, a crop of lady fruits and luscious creatures which crossed boundaries of gender, age and self. Juiced-up afterparty tunes were provided by CINEMQ favourite Michael Cignarale (Co:Motion)

CINEMQ returns next month for MYTH. Follow us at for details, or subscribe to Shanghai-PRIDE on we chat.



Asia LGBT Milestone Awards & Forum (“ALMA Awards & Forum” in short) is the region’s premier LGBT event aimed at celebrating key occasions, programs, activities, and initiatives deemed to be a key milestone moment. And by which we showed our great efforts in drawing greater social awareness, debate and progress. It’s the region’s only cross-border event platform that draws a significant number of key interest stakeholders from the community NGOs, public figures, journalists, entrepreneurs and business leaders in advocating social diversity.

ALMA Awards & Forum is the birth-child of well-known Singapore’s gay magazine ELEMENT. Born in the beginning of 2014, ALMA Awards has quickly gained its strong influence over the region by being the one and only LGBT Awards that comes with both an awards ceremony and as well as a business diversity leadership forum, sponsored by IBM, BP and other large corporations.

ALMA Awards & Forum is usually held in March or April, touring around Asia in different cities. This year, ELEMENT Magazine announced that it will collaborate with ShanghaiPRIDE to bring the event to Shanghai, China for the first time in its history, and to be held on the very last day of ShanghaiPRIDE as a part of the Festival. Hiro Mizuhara, founder of ALMA Awards & Forum and Vice President of Singapore’s EPIC Media (ELEMENT Magazine’s holding company), made a recent announcement that an organizing committees board is to be established to put together the 3rd ALMA Awards & Forum, it is a symbol too, that the initiative has become a “milestone” moment itself.MORE…    


color pub crawl

GOLD is at the end of the rainbow, but along the way… 6 colorful bars! Celebrate diversity of colors, diversity of drinks, diversity of bars, and the diversity of humanity as Shanghai PRIDE hosts its second annual Spring Pub Crawl Fundraiser with this year’s theme, COLORS. On April 23, we will take you to 6 friendly venues in Jing’an and Jiaotong University area.

Ticket includes free entrance and drink deals at all participating bars, games on the bus, free shots between bars, and a kaleidoscope of fun!MORE…    

Queer Talks – LGTBQIA & Entertainment


Queer Talks

LGTBQIA & Entertainment

Sunday APRIL 10


LOCATION: Cambio Coffee, 280 Aomen Road, near Changhua Road

Elton John. Conchita Wurst. Jin Xin and Ruby Rose. The presence of these individuals in our media indicates increasing LGBTQIA acknowledgment, representation, and discussion. To what extent do they represent us- both as individuals and as a community? Is their exposure a boon to LGBTQIA individuals or a liability? Join QT on Sunday April 10th as we discuss the glories of big screen representation and the hazards of exploitation.MORE…    



Spring rain falls in sweet showers. Sink your fingers deep into fruit and taste the sweet nectar. Feel the invisible worm when night falls, desire twists round your becoming. With sunlight kisses on mornings with white dew, your flower blooms.

CINEMQ is spreading queer seeds with a sensual feast of short films at Craft. Enter our wild garden and let yourself blossom.

Afterparty by Michael Cignarale

CINEMQ is a queer short film screening + party series. Walls are our screens. Rooftops and basements are our cinemas. Queer is our purpose.

Thursday 7th April
Craft, 7 Donghu Lu, above Cinderella KTV
Doors: 8.30pm, Films start: 9pm

Afterparty: 10pm

Free Entry


Queer Talks – Pinkwashing


Queer Talks


Sunday MARCH 27


LOCATION: Cambio Coffee, 280 Aomen Road, near Changhua Road

In the scope of popular culture, LGBTQIA+ individuals are becoming more visible and more accepted by the mainstream. However, within this larger acceptance comes ‘pinkwashing,’ or an appeal to queer-friendliness as a means of pushing commercial or political agendas.

This week, Queer Talks dissects its many implications for queer individuals the world over. How does the exploitation of queer culture by capitalist organizations, politicians, and media harm our community? Are there international consequences of pinkwashing that affect LGBTQIA+ individuals in our increasingly global society? Please feel free to come and take part of our discussion.MORE…    

Only 10 Days Left!Let us wear your design!


Calling all artists!

We’re now accepting design submissions for the ShanghaiPRIDE 2016 t-shirt. The winner will have their design printed on the Pride8 official shirt and will receive a VIP card for free access to Pride events.

Details on the submissions:

  1. Submission deadline extends to Mar 31th.
  2. T-shirt designs must have small Pride logo, ShPRIDE, or ShanghaiPRIDE on sleeve, at bottom, or at back of collar. For Pride logo, please refer to
  3. T-shirt designs must include the 6 colors of the rainbow flag.
  4. The potential slogan “生为平常 I am me” can be included.
  5. The background color of the T-shirt should be white

To submit your design or look for more information please email shanghaipride@gmail.comMORE…    

ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival announces short film competition judges, extends submissions deadline

ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival returns for its second year, 17-26th June 2016. The 10 day festival is a unique platform in Shanghai, showcasing new and emerging Chinese filmmaking talent, alongside some of the most talked about and compelling movies from around the world.

In 2016, ShPFF is celebrating GENDER in all its forms, with films on transgender, non-binary and agender people. The festival teaser trailer, released today, features different gender presentations by members of the Shanghai community.MORE…    

Event Recap: Show your talent and we are proud of you!

Pride’s Got Talent, one of the most gorgeous events in the ShanghaiPRIDE calendar, returned last weekend for its second year. The show brought together 18 queer performance acts from around the city for one night of music, dance, glitter and glamour. It was a full house, with lesbians, gays, boys, girls and all in between packing the rafters of the infamous host venue, The Pearl.

The festivities were kicked off by drag circuit legend Miss Jade, our hostess for the night with a tongue so sharp she could cause permanent damage. Guest performers, including PGT organizer Ennis FW, tore up the night with drag and comedy performances, but the real stars were the 18 competition acts. From original songs to screaming tributes, fire dancers to pole dancers, the audience went crazy for it. Some performers brought their mums, others brought a bus load of fans, and the love ran high all night. Hailing from China and across the world, they represented the cultural diversity of Shanghai’s queer community.MORE…    

Queer Talks – Social Privilege


Queer Talks

Social Privilege

Sunday MARCH 13


LOCATION: Lucca Café & Lounge, 390 Panyu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu

What exactly makes the Alphas, the Queen Bees? And for that matter, how did they get their thrones? Hierarchies extend into virtually all social contexts, even within marginalized communities. But, what makes these positions so desirable? Identifiable? Unattainable? Do race, nationality, class, gender and/or age play a role? This week @ QT: can we debunk social myths and find out if we are motivated or held back by these cultural powers? Find out Sunday!MORE…    

Event Recap: CINEMQ8: /RABBIT/

Mar 3nd, 2016 – CINEMQ was huge! The monthly queer cinema party, organized by ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival, returned for its 8th edition. 80 people joined for a free screening of short films from around the world.

This month’s theme was RABBIT, a dreamy tumble down into wonderland and a world of queer possibilities. And what better venue than labyrinthine Shelter? It was the series’ debut at Shanghai’s infamous underground club, with an afterparty dj set by Mau Mau (Co:Motion)

CINEMQ has become a cult favorite since its inception last year. TimeOut Shanghai recently picked it as one of the best queer parties in the city.

CINEMQ will be back next month, follow ShanghaiPRIDE wechat or for details.MORE…    

ShanghaiPRIDE Returns for Eighth Year on June 17-26

March 7, 2016

ShanghaiPRIDE Returns for Eighth Year on June 17-26

Shanghai, March 7, 2016—Following seven successful years serving as mainland China’s only Pride festival, ShanghaiPRIDE is back with an inspiring new theme and exciting events lineup. Scheduled for June 17-26, Pride8 features the theme “生为平常 I Am Me,” referring to the LGBTQ struggle for the right to live a “normal” life, being fully oneself with nothing to hide.MORE…