A total of 117 cultural, social, sport and other Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender themed events will make the 4thAnnual Prague Pride Festival taking place 11 - 17th August, 2014. The main agenda of this year's Prague Pride is the support of LGBT communities of eastern countries where gay prides or similar public events are prohibited.
This year the organizers of Prague Pride have decided to invite gays and lesbians from eastern countries where the local regime and conservatism doesn't respect their rights. People from the East can go to www.LGBTavatars.eu to find an Avatar to represent them at the Parade. Through a mobile app, the Avatar will live stream pictures, videos and messages right to them. "In Moscow, gay prides have been prohibited till 2112, while Kiev Pride could not take place last year. The Budapest Pride parade can only be held at closed streets due to riots and attacks," Czeslaw Walek the head of Prague Pride reminds us.
According to surveys, Czech Republic shows to be the most LGBT tolerant post-communist country. Yet regardless, a quarter of the Czech citizens still stand against registered partnership of same sex couples. 48% are against the right for gays and lesbians to get married and the same percentage are against adoption of orphan kids. (Survey by Center for Public Opinion Research, Sociology institute, AV CR, July 2014.)
Stars of Prague Pride
Undeniably, the biggest side event of this year's festival is the performance of Pet Shop Boys, on August 13th at Forum Karlin.
The Prague Pride opening ceremony at Containall will be kicked off by the New York band Betty, known from the legendary TV series about lesbians "L Word". Czech viewers had a chance to watch it recently on private channel Prima TV.
Prague will welcome many international political and cultural personalities at the Pride Voices evening event. You can look forward to Boris Dittrich, the Dutch member of parliament that passed through the marriage equality law, or to Olga Kurachyova a Moscow journalist and LGBT activist, London journalist Benjamin Cohen, Zoryan Kiss, a coordinator of the Ukranian Amnesty International campaign, Maika Elan, most famous Vietnamese photographer, Chalie Rounds, an American businessman and LGBT activist, and the Polish artist, Karol Radziszewski.
The U.S. Ambassador is staying for Prague Pride
The American Embassy in Prague will once again support Prague Pride this year by lighting up its Glorietta pavilion in rainbow colors. The Ambassador Norman L. Eisen whose term is ending this August is prolonging his stay to attend the opening ceremony.
The festival program is pieced together by dozens of LGBT organizations, bars, cafes, cultural institutes embassies and other supporters. The theme of Prague Pride 2014 is "East meets West", which is the main reason for the Prague Voices evening with international and local speakers. Through their individual stories from their countries they will inform the public about the LGBT situations in their area on Wednesday, August 13th, 7PM at the French Institute.
The exhibition of large format photos, by renowned Vietnamese photographer Maika Elan, titled the Pink Choice, will introduce 15 gay and lesbian couples from Hanoi and other Vietnamese cities. This series won the first prize at the World Press Photo 2013 in the current issues category. A part of the exhibition will also present maps and graphs that show a clear overview of the LGBT legislature around the world. The author will be present at the opening of her exhibition on August 12th, 6PM under the horse statue on Wenceslas Square.
This year's Prague Pride Village will be at Containall at Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana). The Village will host concerts, workshops, debates and even movies Monday all week long. Every day will be closed by a screening of one of the movies from the LGBTQ festival Mezipatra.
Attendees of Prague Pride are again this year invited to the Piazzeta of the National Theater and enjoy the dance performance Abel/Hevel by a well-known Israel choreographer Rachel Erdos. Rachel graduated from the prestigious Laban Center in London and has since presented her work at venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Royal Opera in London. After this great six men performance you can put on your headphones and quietly dance to your favorite dance music at our Silent Disco.
The rainbow colored Parade through the historical center of Prague is again the highlight of Prague Pride. Participants will gather at noon on Saturday, August 16th right under the statue of St. Wenceslas at the top of Wenceslas Square. At 1PM the march will start its route through Prikopy and Revolucni street, via Rasnovka to Dvorakovo nabrezi where across Cechuv Bridge all will take the steps up to Letna Park. Just as last year, the organizers of the Parade are expecting over 20,000 participants.
Letna Park will once again offer a musical afternoon and evening. The center will be two DJ stages and a chill-out tent hosted by Qcafe. The Clearstream stage will introduce for example the Turkish-German DJ Ipek and DJ Tvyks. The second stage will be organized by club Mecca. You can also enjoy the JarmarQ, an information market that will introduce its activities of this nonprofit LGBT organization. Want to get married for 24 hours, buy a rainbow flag or get a free HIV test? Here you will be able to do it all and more.
For a complete Prague Pride program of events go to www.praguepride.com