This year, more than 100,000 people have taken part in the Belgian Pride Parade. The capital’s streets have been filled with rainbow colours. It’s the paraders’ chance to share their message and put forward their demands, in a joyful and relaxed way.
For several days, life in the centre of this European capital has not only been flowing with numerous socio-cultural activities, but also the Belgian Pride Festival’s celebratory and militant events. Theatre, cinema, literature, workshops, performances, exhibitions, conferences…the creativity and militancy of the LGBTI+ communities have taken over Brussels and brought a buzz to all these venues. This year the Pride Festival’s slogan is #AllforOne, a reminder that it is a unified and intersectional battle.
Belgian Pride also gives intellectual, militant and civic initiatives an opportunity to assert the community’s demands and revive avenues for political reflection. This year’s theme is “intersectionality”. It’s the chance for the three regional organisations of the Belgian LBGTI+ associations – RainbowHouse Brussels, Arc-en-Ciel Wallonia and çavaria – to engage political candidates on the issue of respecting diversity every day, in the run-up to the elections.
But the festivities aren’t coming to an end just yet. In several parts of town, they’ll go on until the early hours of tomorrow. From the Pride Village on Mont des Arts, to the street parties and performances in the Rainbow Village, via numerous parties in honour of the diverse LGBTI+ scene, it’s impossible to miss Belgian Pride Brussels 2019.
Brussels is delighted to welcome Belgian Pride for the 24th consecutive year. visit.brussels has supported the event since 2012; not only do they give the event logistical support, but they also guarantee the safety of its participants. visit.brussels is showing its support for this now unmissable event which kicks off the European Pride season. During Belgian Pride 2018, no fewer than 55,000 people stayed in the capital.