The annual PrideFestival was previously postponed due to the corona pandemic, but the 16th edition of the LGBTQI + festival will take place from Saturday 12 to Saturday 26 September. Under the heading #WeCare, the organizers highlight the challenges surrounding health in all its forms.
The PrideFestival should take place between 5 and 24 May and normally guarantees a party, with the Belgian Pride as the big finale. This is not taking place due to the current health crisis, and the other events were limited in size. Yet this year the participating LGBTQI + associations (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex) again present a well-filled program with 26 sociocultural events, including four documentary films, two plays and a range of conferences and other artistic performances. In this way, the PrideFestival still retains its festive and queer character.
The common thread throughout the two-week festival is #WeCare, the message with which the LGBTQI community pushes forward the theme of health. The challenges in terms of supporting people with HIV, access to healthcare and the psychosocial aspects remain great. The organization anticipates the first national day for HIV positive health on September 26. World AIDS Day takes place on December 1.
In addition to, among other things, a broadcast of the film Girl there are also evenings of debates on spaces reserved for lesbians and a conference on hate speech against LGBT people. To conclude, there will be a karaoke night on September 25 and a ‘closing party’ on September 26.
The full program can be found on www.rainbowhouse.be.