Malmö Pride is on!

Malmö Pride is once again ready to serve you Sweden’s third-biggest Pride festival from August 4 – 10 with the parade marching through town on Sunday August 6.

Malmö Pride is on!

This year Malmö Pride has put even more emphasis on representation and diversity in order to make sure that every part of the LGBTQIA family is truely included and feels safe.

Visitors can take part in inspiring and informative workshops, keynotes, debates and seminars in Pride House, enjoy the quirky and fun activities in Pride Park (Folkets Park) and of course join the colourful parade which takes place on Sunday August 6.

We have selected some of the highlights during Malmö Pride 2017.

OPENING OF PRIDE PARK / 4. AUGUST 2017
The opening of Pride Park is also the opening of Malmö Pride, and again this year you will find exhibition tents, stalls and stages full of activities in Folkets Park (People’s Park). Friday night is also Girls’ Night at Inkonst and in Pride Park there will be live music on stage.

Malmö’s proudest park
The centrally located Folkets Park (People’s Park) will open up as Pride Park on Friday August 4 at 12:00 and just like last year both organisations and companies will be present to meet and greet all the rainbow guests with fun activities, information and proud giveaways.

Pride Park is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00 and this year you can have a chat with football supporters against homophobia, do some rainbow gadget shopping, learn more about HaBiTat Q – the local LGBTQIA network for young people between 13-19 years – or simply drop in for a friendly beer or a bite to eat in Malmö Pride’s food tent.

The opening ceremony also happens in Pride Park on Friday night from 19:00 – 21:30, and on stage you will find names such as Death Team, Iris Gold, Rhys, Basic Element and Martin Rolinski. The opening ceremony will be hosted by Swedish radio celebrity Farah Abadi.

Girls of all genders and identities
Also on Friday night you can attend the annual Girls’ Night party taking place at Inkonst from 23:00 – 03:00. Lineup includes DJ´s NeyNey and Matilda Lind as well as the sword-swallower Anna Mariann, and entrance is 120 SEK at the door.

Girls’ Night is for girls of all genders and identities whether you define yourself as queer, femme, intergender, trans, butch, intersex or female.

DRAG SHOW & OFFICIAL PRIDE PARTY / SATURDAY 5. AUGUST
Saturday night in Malmö is going to be anything but calm and quiet. Expect wigs, feathers, glitter, burlesque, acrobats and rainbow partying at full speed when Malmö Pride presents both a big drag show and the official pride party on the very same evening.

Drags from the Danish side
On stage in Pride Park from 19:00 – 21:00 you will find a really ambitious lineup of some of the best and most popular drag queens from Denmark hosted by Malmö Pride’s very own Albin Ganovic who has been given the task of trying to keep the Danish queens under some sort of control.

The lineup for the Drag Show includes Megan Moore, Tinus, Di Di Cancerella, Jaxie, Jezebelle May Daniels, The Manson Sisters, Denise Delight and Disturbing Business. Entrance is free.

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Disturbing Business will perform at the Malmö Pride Drag Show.

Photo by Jonas Bjørn Worup. Disturbing Business will perform during Drag Night on stage in Pride Park.

The official Pride Party
This year’s Malmö Pride Party goes down in Moriska Paviljongen – often just referred to as Moriskan (the beautiful oriental-style pavilion inside Folkets Park) – on Saturday night from 23:00 – 03:00. Tickets are 100 SEK in presale via malmopride.com/fest or 120 SEK at the door. Expect more drag queens, great DJ’s and solid amounts of pride hits, dancers and even acrobats. If you attend only one pride party during Malmö Pride 2017 – this should be it.

MALMÖ PRIDE PARADE / SUNDAY 6. AUGUST
Forget all about your hangover from last night. Sunday at 13:00 Malmö Pride Parade 2017 will depart from Stortorget (The Big Square) – just a 3-minute walk from Malmö Central Station. Around 15.000 paradegoers are anticipated to march this year.

Great expectations
Although summer weather has been quite conspicuous by its absence so far, and we do know that weather plays quite an important role for outdoor festivals in Scandinavia, Malmö Pride are still hoping to break a new record with close to 15.000 participants expected to march in Malmö Pride Parade 2017.

The paradegoers will gather at Stortorget (The Big Square) at 12:00 where there will be music and warm-up in every colour of the rainbow up until the parade departs at 13:00.

The parade is expected to go via Stortorget, Djäknegatan, Gustav Adolfs Torg, Drottninggatan, Södra Förstadsgatan, Bergsgatan and Admiralsgatan to Pride Park (Folkets Park) where the fabulous Gabriel Fontana will be waiting on stage in his notorious high heels to welcome everyone with the after parade show.

Proud sing-along in the park
On Sunday from 17:00 – 19:00 you get the perfect opportunity to sit back or lay down and let yourself be entertained with a true Swedish summer tradition: Allsång.

“Allsång” is a sing-along concept where singers and entertainers on stage invite the audience to take part and sing along to golden oldies and schlager music. This pride edition of Allsång is hosted by Jonas Hedqvist who will be joined on stage by Swedish household names such as Rikard Wolf, Louou Lamotte and Linda Holberg.

PRIDE HOUSE / MONDAY 7. AUGUST – THURSDAY 10. AUGUST
Following an opening weekend full of parties, shows and parade-walking the time has come for Pride House to open up the rainbow-colored doors for 4 days full of debates, talks, workshops and exhibitions.

Scandic Triangeln becomes Pride House
Once again hotel Scandic Triangeln is hosting Malmö Pride House from Monday 7/8 to Thursday 10/8. Here you will find a truely diverse program that includes activities and events for every letter in the LGBTQIA+ community. Below we have selected a few of the many activities in Pride House that you should be able to safely attend without knowing Swedish.

MONDAY 7. AUGUST
Photos by Freja Lindberg

Freja Lindberg is not only a talented photographer but at the same time a queer & trans activist as well as an intersectional feminist. Drop by and see their photo exhibition on the occasion of Malmö Pride.
15:00 – 20:00 (Pride House)

Crash course on asexuality
The Copenhagen-based community for asexual people invites you to a crash course on asexuality. What are our challenges?
15:00 – 16:00 (Pride House)

LGBT rights in Uganda
Samuel Opio from Queer Youth Uganda is in Malmö to talk about LGBT rights in
Uganda.
19:30 – 20:30

TUESDAY 8. AUGUST
SFQ presents their intersectional project, Making Space!
How can organizations and lbtqia+ be more inclusive? How is homophobia, transphobia and racism experienced for people with non-normative backgrounds?
15:00 – 16:15 (Pride House)

Trans, Brown and Islam
Sabah Choudrey from UK is in town to talk about her identity as a muslim, queer & transgender – navigating a white heteronormative world with a gender non-conforming body with brown skin.
19:15 – 20:15 (Pride House)

Queer culture in Romania
”The local and the lived”: a short introduction to queer culture in Romania by Simona Dumitriu & Ramona Dima.
18:00 – 20:00

WEDNESDAY 9. AUGUST
Photo exhibition: Queer
A photo exhibition by artists Ulrika Bernhardsson and Marina Vilhelmsson with the title: Queer.
14:00 – 21:30 (Palladium, Södergatan 15, Malmö)

Burlesque Workshop
Ravishing Byrds Burlesque are inviting you in for a burlesque workshop. Bring heels (if you feel like it).
18:00 – 20:00 (Pride House)

See the full program here (only in Swedish)

Photo by Andreas Paulsson

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