World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

Various events, Sat 1 Dec


Now in its 20th year, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic and related issues. The event, which takes place annually on 1 December, is the culmination of a year-round programme run by the World AIDS Campaign. The WAC’s theme this year is, ‘Leadership’.

Across Scotland there will be various fundraising events and community gatherings reflecting on the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS, including a Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland-organised event at St Mary’s Cathedral, Great Western Road, Glasgow and HIV and Hepatitis C charity Waverley Care’s World AIDS Day Service at St John’s Church on Princes Street.

The central belt will also play host to a number of fun, gay-friendly events to mark the occasion. Glasgow-based writer, director and performance artist Diane Torr presents Brother For a Day in aid of Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland at the city’s Carnival Arts Centre, which features a roll call of performing talent, including comedian Viv Gee on MC duties, burlesque troupe Vixens in Silk, a manic Dusty Springfield act courtesy of Violet Tweets, and appearances from performance artist Adrian Howells and Death Disco DJ king DJ Hush Puppy. Also in Glasgow, the Waterloo’s festive fundraiser features the delicious Cheri Treiffel (pictured), whipping the crowd into a fruity frenzy in aid of Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland.

Meanwhile, the capital welcomes Champagne and Chocolat, a fundraising ball with all profits going to Waverley Care. A ticket, priced £100, includes a champagne reception, three-course meal and entertainment from jazz vocalist Jess Abrams as well as entertainment group Graffiti Classics and ceilidh band Callanish. Surely a more worthwhile use of your cash than another round of mince pies and selection boxes.

For details and prices please see listings.

Glasgow World AIDS Day Service

A community gathering to reflect upon and celebrate the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS.

World AIDS Day Service

Join a service of music and readings to mark World AIDS Day at St Andrew's Cathedral in Inverness, organised by Waverley Care Highland.

HIV and AIDS: Young People and Equality

A special conference on World AIDS Day presented by Oxfam, the Scottish Youth Parliament and the Roars Not Whispers project. The conference will look at the role of young people in addressing HIV and AIDS, covering both local and global issues through workshops, quizzes and presentations with guest speakers.

The Normal Heart

BA Acting present present Larry Kramer's play, 'The Normal Heart', which follows one man's struggle to break through the conspiracy of silence surrounding AIDS. An indictment of the government, the media and the public's refusal to deal with the disease.

World AIDS Day Flashmob and Balloon Race

Come along wearing red for a human ribbon photo stunt. Balloons for the race will be available at the StopAIDS stall in Potterrow every day from 26 Nov between 11am-3pm.

World AIDS Day Fundraiser

An all-day fundraiser for HIV/AIDS charity the Terrance Higgins Trust Scotland, hosted by the delicious Cheri Treiffel with prizes, surprises and a tree to be trimmed!

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