Share article:
Share article:

16th PrideFestival to start in Brussels on Saturday

Credit: Belga

The 16th PrideFestival will have the theme #WeCare and will run from 12 to 26 September, RainbowHouse Brussels announced on Tuesday.

Originally scheduled from 5 to 24 May, the festival was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

This edition will offer 26 events including 4 documentaries, 2 plays and other shows, conferences and artistic performances.

The programme has been halved and the mass and festive events as well as the marches have been cancelled.

This is the case of the mini Pride at the opening and the Belgian Pride usually organised at the end of the festival by the 3 LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex and Others) umbrella organisations of the country, including the RainbowHouse which focuses on the political content of the event.

Health regulations to limit the spread of Covid-19 will apply. The events will be accessible by reservation and volunteers will ensure the correct wearing of masks and hand disinfection.

To compensate for seating limitations, events will be broadcast online, potentially extending the audience to people who do not normally attend these types of events.

Related Articles

 

Oumayma Hammadi, spokesperson for RainbowHouse Brussels, emphasised that “PrideFestival is not just an entertainment festival. It is first and foremost a political event about the rights of LGBTQI+ people.”

“The #WeCare, the theme of health, was chosen before the pandemic was announced, but during the crisis we saw how religious, extremists and certain politicians used the issue to hit the LGBT community,” she said.

“For this 16th edition, we want to underline that the health of LGBT people is often minimised: mental health problems caused by homophobia and transphobia, access to healthcare and the demand for free transition care for trans people,” she gave as an example.

They also want to underline “the lack of information on lesbian sexuality and their exposure to sexually transmitted diseases among health professionals, the demand to abolish the waiting period of 3 to 5 years to be recognised as chronically ill with AIDS and to benefit from the third party payment, and other very specific demands.”

The festival will open with the exhibition Backstages by the artist Deborah Gigliotti, which reveals the backstage of Brussels’ burlesque, transformist and drag cabarets.

Marc Martin will also be exhibiting male encounters around public toilets and a conference will explore lesbian spaces. The closing party will be replaced by a cabaret evening at the Espace LaVallée.

The organisers are still working on setting up a so-called Rainbow Caravan by the end of September to engage in dialogue with the people of Brussels in the various municipalities of the Region.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

Tram line and cycle path to connect Brussels’ outskirts to airport
Works on a tram line connecting Brussels, the NATO headquarters and Brussels Airport in Zaventem, which could attract up to 10,000 passengers a day, ...
SKYFALL: European police complete counter-drone training in Antwerp
In a joint project between Belgium’s federal police and the Brussels Capital Ixelles Policing Area, 15 European police officers visited Antwerp to ...
Offshore wind farms could help reach climate neutrality by 2050
A study carried out by the Bureau fédérale du Plan (BFP) – an independent Belgian organisation that investigates questions of environmental and ...
STIB launches free transport for Museum Night Fever this weekend
STIB buses will run between Brussels museums for free on Saturday night as part of the Museum Night Fever celebrations taking over the capital.  ...
Heirs of Michael Jackson demand that Belgian radio show ‘King of Pop’ changes name
The heirs of American pop singer Michael Jackson have demanded that a Belgian radio programme, called "King of Pop" changes its name, their lawyers ...
More than one billion coronavirus vaccines exported by EU
The European Union (EU) has exported more than one billion coronavirus vaccines globally over the past ten months, of which just under one-tenth was ...
SNCB brings free little libraries to stations
The Belgian railway company SNCB is adding free little libraries to its stations. The “book boxes,” as they’re called, allow passengers to grab a ...
Belgium in Brief: What Is Bouncing Back?
What do you think of when you think of a country "bouncing back" after a crisis?  Cambridge Dictionary says it is "to start to be successful again ...
Will Brussels bounce back?
The lockdowns have tested the city and forced it to confront key questions about its future. Derek Blyth looks back at an extraordinary moment in our ...
Café patron stabs manager after being asked to see proof of vaccination
A customer stabbed a café manager in Brussels on Saturday after being asked to show his Covid Safe Ticket (CST), according to Bruzz. Asking to see ...
Belgium to simplify administrative processes with ‘digital wallet’
The federal government wants to create an online "wallet" for all people living in Belgium which would bundle all official documents, from visas to ...
‘Start of infection wave’: Flanders to turn red on European map again
Flanders will turn red on the map of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) again this week, as the daily average of new ...