“Together We Pride“. Here’s the overarching theme of Antwerp Pride‘s thirteenth edition which will take place from Wednesday 5 through Sunday 9 August. This year’s theme shows that Antwerp Pride is a celebration for the LGBTQI community, but also for the entire city of Antwerp and far beyond.
The theme was unveiled tonight at Antwerp Pride’s New Year’s reception.
“Antwerp Pride has built many bridges over the years in our city”, says chairman Bart Abeel.
“Within the traditional LGBTQI community, for sure, but also with the city of Antwerp, the industry, the cultural scene,…We are happy to celebrate today with certain groups in society who might not have been ready to join in thirteen years ago. I am thinking of the sporting world, but also newcomers, and the world of education, for instance. All these connections show how diverse our city has become and how this diversity is embraced in a festive way. Antwerp Pride has connected so many people, cultures, organisations, streets and neighbourhoods and has allowed them to discover and mingle. This years’ message of togetherness wants to underline this.”
This year’s slogan ‘Together we Pride’ will take many forms, because “Together we care! Together we share! Together we unite! Together we fight! Together we celebrate! Together we Pride!”
There are obviously endless variations to the theme. From ‘Together we sport!’ To ‘Together we parade!’. The possibilities are as colourful and diverse as our community and city.
Same route and locations
Antwerp Pride kicks off on Wednesday 5 August and has its fixed ingredients. The Antwerp Pride Parade and Love United Festival will take place on Saturday 8 August, the Closing festival on Sunday 9 August.
Both festivals will take place at the Gedempte Zuiderdokken. Just like last year, the Parade will depart from the Paardenmarkt, with a kick off at the Sint-Jansplein. After last year’s success, the kick-off event will be expanded.
Antwerp Pride has incorporated feedback from the public. Drink tokens can be bought online (presale) and the number of ticket booths will increase considerably in order to shorten the queues at both ticket booths and toilets.
The exact programme is obviously work in progress. The full programme – and a couple of surprises – will be revealed in due time.
Source: Antwerp Pride