No, there won’t be a parade for Antwerp Pride this year. Even with COVID-19 statistics improving, it’s just not realistic to organise a parade. Too crowded, too expensive and too unrealistic at this point.
But there is a programme.
‘Trail of Stories’, 1 to 31 August
There will be again a ‘Trail of Stories‘. “Mark your calendars on August 1st. Just like last year, you can walk our ‘Trail Of Stories’ and discover some captivating stories by inspiring people, all while walking through the city of Antwerp.”
Information centre at Stadsfeestzaal, 7 to 14 August
“Just like every year, you can find us at the Stadsfeestzaal between Saturday, August 7 and Saturday, August 14, from 10AM until 6PM. Our volunteers will answer all your questions about the Antwerp Pride 2021 theme and programmation, you can gather information about our partner organizations and you can support us by buying some of our brand new gadgets.”
Antwerp Pride Opening Night, OLT Rivierenhof, 11 August
The Opening Night will be a concert at OLT Rieverenhof in Deurne. Featuring Kids With Buns, Serine Ayari, LaDiva Live, Inteam Producties and Gregory Frateur. Places will be limited.
Human Rights Friday, 14 August
“Celebrating pride is also about reflecting on our theme for this year which we do on Human Rights Friday. Join us on Friday 13th together with captivating guests to delve deeper into our topic Not Just Words with panel discussions, keynotes and workshops. This year Human Rights Friday takes place in De Studio, the Permeke Library and Stadspark.”
More details soon.
Pride Village, Operaplein, 14-15 August
“On the 14th and 15th of August, you’ll find our brand new Pride Village, the heart of Antwerp Pride 2021, located at Operaplein. Come and relax to some sunny beats, rent a pair of rollerskates, join our Pride Dates or get to know our partner organisations a bit more. Never a dull moment at Pride Village.”
Entry is free and everybody’s invited. You can find more information on the Antwerp Pride website.
Rainbow Roller Skate, Operaplein, 14-15 August
“On Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of August, everyone’s invited to visit our Pride Village at Operaplein. Here you can rollerskate like no one is watching, our Rainbow Roller Skate parcours in collaboration with Artistic Wheels Antwerp is waiting for you.
Pride Dates, Operaplein, 14 August
“Looking for a fun friend, your dream partner or you just want to meet some new cool people? Antwerp Pride and Dare to Date have got your back: you can now register for the Pride Dates. It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone’s welcome. Good to know: our first 200 dates receive an exclusive ring, specially designed for Antwerp Pride by Nico Taeymans.”
Antwerp Pride Roller 3 Miles, 14 August
“On Saturday the 14 of August, we’re on the right track for sure! The Antwerp Pride Roller 3 Miles invites you to put on your rollerskates. Together we’ll skate through Antwerp, passing the De Keyserlei and the Meirbrug. Show up in your most colourful outfits and get ready to dance and twirl on an animated parcours. Don’t own any rollerskates? That day, you can rent a pair from us.”
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