The culmination of The Manchester Pride Festival is The Candlelit Vigil, where Sackville Gardens is turned into a sea of flickering candles as we take a minute to remember those we’ve lost to the HIV virus and join together to fight the epidemic worldwide and the stigma that still exists.

The Candlelit Vigil also provides a space to remember those who may no longer be with us, those who are suffering and those who are persecuted and presents an opportunity to stand together in a united front as we recognise the many challenges that are still faced by LGBT+ communities, both here in the UK and around the world. 

The Candlelit Vigil is the spiritual heart of The Manchester Pride Festival and there is a truly magical and moving atmosphere of quiet reflection and remembrance in the gardens.

The Candlelit Vigil is delivered in collaboration with our charity partner George House Trust.