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.
The next edition of Darklands will take place from Wednesday 4 May till Monday 9 May 2022. The venue will again be Waagnatie in Antwerp, in Belgium. The move to a May date is a one-off.
No, Darklands 2020 in Antwerp wasn’t completely carefree. There were already signs of the coronavirus, as COVID-19 was usually called back then. But still, it was the last dance. The last major gay event in Belgium. A few days later, on Friday 13 March 2020, the Government announced the first coronavirus countermeasures.
No Darklands in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organiser Jeroen Van Lievenoogen made the right call in October 2020. On Alphatribe, he now announces a change of venue is in the works.
At the end of October 2020, the Governments of Belgium – yes, plural – announced a second lockdown as a coronavirus countermeasure. To be fair, the lockdown is not a full confinement. But we were and are allowed to go outside. So even if the nature of measures change, the lockdown provides an excuse to…
Kink and fetish festival Darklands in Antwerp cancels its 2021 edition. It pins its hopes on a 2022 homecoming.
Darklands has announced postponing the 2021 edition to April 2021 or possibly even later. The exact date is not yet released and won’t be as long as there is no final “go’” That ‘go’ means approval from authorities after a vaccine or cure for COVID-19 is available.
In a a short message on Facebook, Darklands has cast doubts over the 2021 edition.
When the Darklands crew decided on ‘water‘ as the theme for 2021 and the video editor made the trailer, no-one imagined how disruptive coronavirus COVID-19 would be.
2020 will be remembered for the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis. Leather and fetish festival Darklands in Antwerp did take place – just before the lockdown was announced – but 22% of the presold tickets were not redeemed. Box office sales were very low.