The Belgian Pride Festival, which will be held from 3 to 20 May, will this year address the theme “Your local power”. A wide range of activities, evenings, workshops, guided tours and events on this subject will be on offer during these two weeks.
Like every year, the various Pride Festival events will take place in the month of May. It is a key moment in the life of the LGBTI+ communities in Brussels. That’s because, apart from being a festive event, Belgian Pride is the ideal time for putting forward the community appeals and suggesting new lines of political thought.
The theme chosen for this year is “Your local power”. The chance for the three main Belgian LGBTI+ associations – Rainbow House Brussels, Arc-en-ciel Wallonie et çavaria – to call out their future elected representatives on questions of respect for diversity in everyday life, as the communal elections approach.
People’s lives are lived first and foremost in their street, district, municipality or city, where they live or through which they pass. Local politics, therefore, have a huge impact on the daily life of every citizen, including that of these LGBTI+ residents. This is why in 2018, Belgian Pride is putting municipalities and cities under the rainbow banner. On Friday 18 May, it will be the Rainbow Village’s turn to kick off the Belgian Pride weekend festivities. The bars in Saint-Jean district will host DJ sets and other performances put on for the occasion. On Saturday 19 May, the unmissable Belgian Pride procession, the grand finale of the festival fortnight, will fill the centre of the capital with life.