Saucy and sequined local performers come together for one-night-only concert in support of LGBTI scholars through UN program

Soulful Productions presents a sizzling celebration of soul, Motown, funk, show tunes and drag with Sweet Bubbling Nights on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 8pm at the Vancouver Playhouse. The performance will bring together 23 of the city’s most iconic musical talents, female impersonators and dancers in support of the LGBTI Pulse Memorial Scholarship®.

The scholarship is the first of its kind in the United Nations system presented by International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, and is awarded to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (and Queer) youth worldwide who are in pursuit of a university or college degree.

I am honoured to team with this dynamic lineup of artists for a rousing evening of entertainment to raise the profile of the LGBTI global community, and in particular, support LGBTI youth around the world. Two of IOM’s core tenets are to encourage socio-economic development through migration and uphold the human dignity of migrants, which includes asylum seekers and refugees — for many, education is a way out of a tough situation. With this scholarship, we are just beginning to reach a segment of our constituents who view IOM as an advocate for their rights. During Sweet Bubbling Nights, audience members will be treated to a lively and fun-filled evening of performances by top-notch entertainers, and at the same time, have the chance to support the LGBTI community in a meaningful way. — Daniel Szabo, producer of Soulful Productions and humanitarian at IOM, the leading international humanitarian organization in the field of migration

The LGBTI Pulse Memorial Scholarship was established in 2016 following the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and provides financial support to LGBTI youth around the globe who are in pursuit of a university or college degree. In 2017, there were 34 applicants from 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Kenya, and Vietnam. This performance evening will include a silent auction, with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the LGBTI Pulse Memorial Scholarship, which opens its 2018 application process on June 30, 2018.

Audience members will have the opportunity to bid on lavish prizes such as tickets to Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada; Mardi Gras 2019 After Party tickets taking place in Sydney, Australia; gift certificates from some of Vancouver’s leading hotels and restaurants, plus products and services from local and national businesses.

Tickets for Sweet Bubbling Nights are now on sale at: ticketstonight.can

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