The organisers of Gothenburg and Stockholm’s most colourful festivals – West Pride and Stockholm Pride – have teamed up this year to host EuroPride.
This huge pan-European festival will take place in Sweden’s two biggest cities across two separate weeks, pulling in thousands of revellers from the LGBT community in Europe and beyond.
The Stockholm event will be first, taking place from 27th July– 5th August. Nine days later the party will roll into Gothenburg, where celebrations will continue until the 19th August.
Things will get going in Stockholm on the Friday night, with museums and nightclubs across the city getting involved in the big launch. In the following days, events, workshops and seminars will take place across the city, not least at Pride Park and Pride House.
There will also be a conference on human rights, followed by a massive parade on Saturday 4th August. Along with the other events taking place, the parade is expected to attract more than half a million spectators (no small number in a city of around a million people).
Gothenburg, not wanting to be outdone by its bigger cousin, will be putting on drag-filled galas, exhibitions of queer art, and – yes – a performance by the ‘girl’ band Bananarama at the Liseberg amusement park. The parade will take place along Kungsportsavenyn, the city’s main thoroughfare.