From 18 to 26 September 18 to 26, the new multidisciplinary arts festival Q.ARTz in Brussels puts LGBTQI+ artists in the spotlight. With accessible exhibitions, workshops and performances, the festival aims to support culture, diversity and the local economy.
Antwerp Pride 2021 drew to a close on Sunday with the second of the Pride Village at Operaplein and of course many parties organised by the gay catering sector in Antwerp. According to chairman Bart Abeel, some 15,000 people attended official Antwerp Pride activities. In COVID-19 times, this is a pretty number.
Pride is more than party. Pride is protest. But pride is also a celebration and is also a party. That was – and as I’m writing this still is – unsurprisingly the reigning vibe this Antwerp Pride Saturday.
No pride parade for Antwerp Pride for the second year in a row, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Pride Village at Operaplein offers a – hopefully – covid safe alternative.
Antwerp Pride has announced it will enforce a COVID-19 safe access to the Pride Village at Operaplein. You’ll need to prove you’re vaccinated, tested or you recently had COVID-19. Bring an official identity document.
Officially, Antwerp Pride‘s ‘Trail of Stories‘ starts on 1 August. But as that is a Sunday, the city services installed the photos and so-called Bruegel cases two days earlier. I walked the long trail on Friday.
No parade for Antwerp Pride 2021. The ‘Empire of Freedom’ – or ‘Rijk der Vrijheid‘ in Dutch – comes a little too late, says the organising committee. But there are several main events. Bars and restaurants also plan their pride events.
Antwerp Pride has revealed the route and the featured portraits of this year’s ‘Trail of Stories‘. The trail will be visible in Antwerp from 1 tot 31 August. The trail is an alternative to the pride parade, which just not a good idea during the pandemic.
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.
As in 2020, there will be no pride parade for Antwerp Pride in 2021. Even if COVID-19 statistics are getting lower and thus better at the moment, holding a pride parade is just not realistic.