An ambitious Malmö Pride Week 2016

From August 5 to August 11 the rainbow flags will be waving across Malmö when the annual Malmö Pride (formerly known as “regnbågsfestivalen” – the rainbow festival) celebrates the LGBTQ community.

An ambitious Malmö Pride Week 2016

Malmö Pride 2016 will be bigger and more ambitious than ever before. With an extensive and very diverse programme full of concerts, lectures, workshops, parties, drag shows and of course the impressive Pride Parade on August 6 there is no doubt that the pride festival in Sweden’s third-biggest city is aiming to expand and highlight Malmö on the Scandinavian rainbow map.

From August 5 to August 8 “Folkets Park” in Malmö will be transformed into Pride Park with concerts, pop-up stands and various activities, and from August 8 to August 11 the impressive Scandic Hotel on Triangeln will be hosting Malmö Pride House.

We have made a small selection of the more than 100 events that we believe you should not miss out on during Malmö Pride 2016.

Saturday the 6th of August is the big day of the parade in Malmö and this year organisers have made sure that the party continues in Pride Park throughout the afternoon and evening – after the arrival of the parade.

Opposite to previous years Malmö Pride Parade 2016 will not mark the end of the festival. In fact, this year the parade is taking place at the very beginning of the festival on Saturday 6th of August. Lat year around 8.000 people participated in the parade but organisers expect around 12.000 this year. Malmö Pride Parade will take off from Stortorget (just a 3-minute walk from Malmö Central Station) at 15:00 and meander through the city centre on its way to Folkets Park (Pride Park) where it is expected to arrive at approximately 17:00. The parade is open for everybody to attend and join in. All you will need to do is show up.

Malmö Pride has made sure this year that the end of the parade does not mean the end of celebrating. Immediately upon the arrival to Pride Park all the parade-goers will be met by a fantastic pride party live on stage and numerous pop-up stands and bars in all the colours of the rainbow.

To finish off this day in fabulous pride style a huge Pride Party with a maximum capacity of 2.000 people has been announced. This party will take place in Moriska Paviljongen (a building inside the park) and sounds highly recommendable with three different dance floors, go-go-dancers, confetti bombs and an impressive line-up of both DJ’s and live acts. Entrance for this parade afterparty is 150 SEK and doors will open at 23:00 and close at around 03:00.

Another (and possibly more queer) option to head for on Saturday night is the “G*RLS NIGHT” party held at Inkonst where women of all genders and identities are welcome for a night full of dancing and proud DJ’s. Entrance is 100 SEK.

Malmö Pride Parade
When: Saturday August 6 at 15:00
Where: Departs from STortorget (the big square)

Official Pride Afterparty
When: Saturday August 6 from 23:00 – 03:00
Where: Moriska Paviljongen in Folkets Park (Pride Park)

G*RLS Night
When: Saturday August 6 from 22:00 – 02:00
Where: Inkonst (Bergsgatan 29)

Hotel Scandic will fold out the enormous rainbow banners again this year while hosting Pride House which is the hotspot for debates, seminars and lectures during Malmö Pride 2016.

Traditionally Malmö Pride has always offered a very diverse selection of LGBT+ debates, talks and workshops during Pride Week. This year is no different and the programme is extensive and even more ambitious than previous years.

Breaking the Binary
Malmö Pride has invited the Irish gender expressing androgynous model Ivan Fahy to town and he will be hosting a discussion called “Love, lost?” in which the subject is whether gay men have forgotten about love and focus too much on sex. Ivan Fahy is also curating and organising a gender liberating fashion show in cooperation with local people and stores in order to challenge the gender binary.

Living on the margins
Yahia Saleh from Swedish Queer Initiative in a conversation with journalist Nadia Jebril about living in the crossfire of different identities. What is it like to be part of not only one minority group but several very different groups at the same time?

Man up!
Finnish-Canadian transgender comedian Jamie MacDonald is notorious for sharing hilarious details and very personal stories about everything from the etiquette of leaving your penis at someone else’s house to kinky parties in Finland. MacDonald is headlining the Stand-up Show during Malmö Pride Week which also includes Swedish transgender man Hannes Pettersson.

Closing Party
To finish off Malmö Pride Week 2016 a closing party with DJ’s and lots of surprises will be held on Saturday August 11 inside Pride House.

Living on the margins
When: August 9 from 20:00 – 20:50
Where: Pride House (Scandic Triangeln). 3rd floor.

Love, Lost?
When: August 10 from 19:00 – 19:50
Where: Pride House (Scandic Triangeln). 3rd floor.

Stand-up Show
When: August 10 from 20:00 – 21:30
Where: Pride House (Scandic Triangeln)

Breaking the Binary – A gender liberating fashion show
When: August 11 from 19:00 – 22:00
Where: Pride House (Scandic Triangeln). The Ballroom.

Closing Party
When: August 11 from 20:00 – 23:00
Where: Pride House (Scandic Triangeln).

The full programme can be found on www.malmö

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