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Brussels Hosts Its Twenty-Third Pride Festival in May!

by our Editors in Events & Agenda , 20 april 2018

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Courtesy of its humanist culture and modern legislation, Brussels, the gay friendly capital of 500 million Europeans, stands out even more in the European landscape. Fourteen years ago, Belgium signed the law legalizing same-sex marriage, thereby becoming, after the Netherlands, the second country in the world to acknowledge equal rights for the gay and lesbian community.


Gay-Friendly Capital


Much more than just the capital of Europe, Brussels is above all known by its residents and the many visitors as the capital of diversity. The Belgian non-discriminatory legislation upholds the spirit of freedom that prevails in the city. Brussels has indeed a lot going for it. It’s a city where you can enjoy a wide range of activities in terms of night life, fine dining, shopping and culture.

Brussels never sleeps and the Saint-Jacques neighborhood near Grand-Place is the perfect example of that. The gay heart of the capital beats in the lively Saint-Jacques district and its scene is true to the city’s image: discreet, varied, warm and friendly. Every week numerous bars and night clubs welcome you to party the night away.

Just a stone’s throw away from the gay district, discover Rue Dansaert and its adjacent alleyways. A focal point for fashion and design, the Dansaert neighborhood is a must for an inspiring tour of the many facets of Belgium’s rich and original artistic talent.

Uptown Brussels and its well-heeled streets and lanes make visitors feel equally welcome. Avenue Louise and Place du Châtelain spoil you with the very best Brussels has to offer. In the prestigious setting of the Ixelles Ponds, the bohemian Flagey neighborhood is a hotbed of diversity that resonates with the tempo of a location brimming with life.

Trendy restaurants and bars offer relaxation, bonhomie and global gourmet cuisine, all within a remarkable architectural setting.

A short distance away, in the European Quarter, place du Luxembourg, a favorite after-hours haunt for young expats, is calling. Thursday night sees the square rammed with a cosmopolitan, cheerful and chattering crowd.

Brussels takes pride in being one of the most gay-friendly capitals of Europe which makes it a wonderful and attractive place!



The Pride

Every year, Brussels hosts The Pride. Bringing together more than 80,000 visitors in the very heart of Brussels in 2013, it has slowly but surely become a major event in the Belgian calendar. The latest edition did even better and welcomed 100,000 people. The 2018 edition will take place from May 17 to May 20.

The Pride parade through the streets of Brussels marks the end of the Brussels Pride Festival and comes after a full week of events, debates, themed evenings, literary cafes and other festive events.

Beyond the festive aspect of this celebration, it is also an event that carries a more specific message of solidarity and equality.

The Pride offers a highly varied program. All the ingredients for a perfect festive day are present: from the traditional parade, that goes across the city centre in a colorful atmosphere, to the Pride Village, where information mingles happily with entertainment.

From May 4 to May 20, the Brussels Pride Festival is two weeks full of socio-cultural activities, activism and revelling, with a superb closing ceremony: The Pride! Theatre, film, dance, literature, workshops, performances, exhibitions, conferences... The creativity and activism of the GLTBQI+ communities flood Brussels and make the city’s cultural heritage vibrate.

The main Pride weekend will take place from May 17 to May 20, 2018, turning the public space into a safe space for anyone who wants to express themselves as they are, with all their individualities.

On Friday, May 18, the warm and welcoming Brussel’s Rainbow Village in the Grand-Place neighborhood, will kick off a weekend of celebrations in the early evening with special drag shows and a concert by the Brussels Gay Sports choir, to welcome visitors and locals in the best possible way. The Rainbow Village will be located on Rue du Marché au Charbon and Rue des Pierres, and will offer a great diversity of bars where you can have a drink and enjoy great quality music until late in the evening.

On Saturday, May 19, the Rainbow Village will take over the very heart of the capital city and set up its headquarters at Mont des Arts, close to Brussels’ Central Station and the Grand-Place. Stands offer information, drinks and food, and provide countless animations.

At the beginning of the afternoon, the opening speech will be delivered on the main stage in front of the Bourse. The Parade flag will then be unfolded and handed over to the crowd. Afterwards, the main stage will host various DJ sets and singers.

Take part in the fabulous and colorful Parade through the streets of Brussels and spread the message with a lot of love and enthusiasm.

When The Pride is in full swing, the party never stops! A multitude of Pride parties invite everyone to continue festivities all over the city. Last but not least, the party will start in the Rainbow Village at noon with various DJs from the local scene!


La Demence Celebrates With Three Nights of Fun

La Demence is a massive, hugely popular and international monthly circuit party, which generally takes place on Fridays or the day before a public holiday. Once an insider’s tip, La Demence has become one of the biggest and best gay parties in Europe. Besides the locals there are party people from many European countries and also the United States.

What makes La Demence stand out from other gay parties is its international crowd and the variety of styles and ages. Packed with an eclectic mix of leather boys, fashionistas, muscle bears, grungy students and transvestites, La Demence is a microcosm of the best of European gay life and its success has been going on unabated for twenty-eight years now. No dress code here. Come as you are and be yourself!

For Pride weekend, La Demence will offer three nights of fun: Friday, May 18, at Fuse, Saturday, May 19, at PALAIS 12 (main party) and Sunday, May 20, at Fuse. According to La Demence owner Thierry Coppens, the main party promises to be amazing, with as many as fifty dancers, go-go’s and artists on stage. It will take place in a superb venue: PALAIS 12, and no effort has been spared to guarantee participants the best time ever. More on La Demence and tickets at www.lademence.com.

Don’t feel like partying every night at La Demence? Don’t worry! Brussels is jam-packed with gay bars where all are more than welcome.

www.pride.be
www.visit.brussels/gay



 







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