The Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS) or Museum At the Stream in Antwerp is turning ten. On May 17, 2011, the MAS opened its doors.
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.
Antwerp Queer Arts Festival (AQAF) has announced dates for the 2021 edition. The festival will start on Saturday the 7th of August and end on Sunday the 29th. With the emphasis on on the first week: 7 to 15 of August.
On 11 March 2021, the European Parliament passed a resolution declaring the European Union a ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone‘. This resolution was a reaction to self-declared LGBT-free and ‘LGBT-ideology’ free zones in Poland and Hungary. But ILGA-Europe made a state of the European Union regarding the real-life situation of queer people in the EU.
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.
Nico made me aware of the new airline Aero K from South Korea. At its launch, this low cost carrier present gender neutral uniforms for its employees. It also collaborates with LAKA, a gender neutral make-up brand.
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.
In response to the backsliding of LGBTIQ rights in member states of the European Union, notably Poland and Hungary, MEPs declared the EU an ‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone‘ on Thursday 11 March.
The Zurenborg neighbourhood in Antwerp is more than the Cogels-Osylei. It’s street with names of cinstellations (e.g. Stierstraat – Taurus Street and Tweelingenstraat – Gemini Street).
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.