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.
Monday – 17 May – is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). For many years now, the ‘official’ LGBTQI movement has organised a visibility action by asking cities, communes, municipalities and districts in Flanders to fly the rainbow flag.
It is no surprise there will not be a physical pride parade again this year in Brussels. COVID-19 and coronavirus countermeasures are spoiling that party. The Belgian Pride will instead hold a livestream broadcasted from the Grande Place / Grote Markt.
What about the Belgian Pride in Brussels in May 2021? Organizer The Belgian Pride (with article) remains tight-lipped on the subject. But it is mobilising businesses, corporations, non-governmental organisations, institutions et al. to fly the rainbow flag in May. That project is called RainbowCity.Brussels.
Today, 23 May, the Belgian Pride parade should have been held in Brussels. For obvious viral reasons that was impossible.
Safety first. After postponement from May to August, The Belgian Pride has now decided to cancel the parade. Coronavirus countermeasures make it impossible. “There are just too many uncertainties.”
The Belgian Pride 2020 in Brussels will take place on Saturday the 29th of August. Its 23rd of May date was unsustainable due to coronavirus COVID-19.
With the baseline ‘We Care’, this year Belgian Pride is drawing attention to the mental and physical health of LGBTI+ people. The theme will be discussed during more than 70 (partner) events during the pride festival from 8 to 24 May.
While 2019 commemorated, celebrated and misused the Stonewall Inn Riots of 1969, 2020 actually marks the 50th anniversary of (gay) pride.
Brussels is already gearing up for Belgian Pride 2020. Although the theme hasn’t been divulged yet, dates have.