ANTWERP PRIDE 2022 | Café Den Draak’s Midsummer Party at Draakplaats on Thursday 10 August

It’s that time of the year again: Antwerp Pride and Antwerp Queer Arts Festival. Pride focuses on the second weekend of August: from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14. AQAF runs from 5 to 28 August. In 2022, Antwerp Pride turns 15 and looks 15 years into the future under the banner of ‘Queertopia‘. AQAF hasn’t communicated a specific theme.

Yes, there’s the official Antwerp Pride Opening Night at OLT Rivierenhof in Deurne. But as popular, if not more popular, is the Midsummer Party organised by Café Den Draak

Café Den Draak is the very straight-friendly LGBTQIA+ bar in Het Roze Huis (The Pink House). For years now, it hosts the Midsummer Party on the Thursday of the Antwerp Pride weekend.

This year, that is Thursday 10 August. The location. Under the railwaybridge of the Draakplaats in the Zurenborg neighbourhood. 

“Your favourite summer party is back where it all started. This year’s Midsummer Party we dance once again under the bridges in front of Café den Draak. Be there.”

Under the bridge

Parties under that bridge are popular. Nowadays, Het Roze Huis has moved its New Year’s Drink to De Roma, but it used to be a main social event of Queer Antwerp. An event where all types and groups within the rainbow came together. Midsummer has a similar effect. 

Railway bridge at Draakplaats.

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