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The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is a story that begins with the idyllic coastal town of Knysna. Knysna (a local Khoikhoi word that legend has it, means ‘ferns’), lies 1200km south of Johannesburg and east of Port Elizabeth. Once, one of the best-kept secrets in South Africa, the now much-loved town of Knysna is on the Garden Route and is surrounded by lush indigenous South African rainforests spilling out into a crystalline estuary; fed by the Knysna River. For the past sixteen years, at the end of April and the first week of May, Knysna has also become home to one of the freshest and most exciting LGBTQ+ celebrations around the world – the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival.

At its heart, the Pink Loerie is a festival and a celebration; so, dancing, fun and music also played an enormous part of the event, with daily shows being held at various locations throughout the town and club nights. This beautiful tradition of celebration, Pride and creative expression in a gorgeous setting has continued to glitter and thrive for over sixteen years

Events

Mr Gay World 2018 Knysna South Africa

20 – 27 May 2018

Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival

24 – 27 May 2018

Bear Colony Festival

24 – 27 May 2018

Wigstock Premium Drag Festival

24 – 27 May 2018

Mr & Miss Gay Mardi Gras Southern Africa

26 May 2018

#GayMay Fundraising Concert

26 May 2018

 

 

 

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Media Release: SA to host 10th Mr Gay World contest in Knysna

The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is proud to announce that it will make history by hosting the 10th edition of the Mr Gay World competition in Knysna in May 2018. This will be the third time that South Africa has presented the prestigious...

Pink Loerie 2018 Launch Reveals Meaning of S&M

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release Pink Loerie 2018 Launch Reveals Meaning of S&M After weeks of guessing, the theme of the 2018 Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival has been revealed in Knysna. At the launch of the 2018 Pink Loerie, held at the spectacular Villa...

Press Release | Pink Loerie starts preening feathers for 2018

Press Release For Immediate Release Pink Loerie starts preening feathers for 2018 The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival is fluffing out its tail feathers as it returns to Knysna in 2018 with a new committee and an expanded program. In the...

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