EuroPride House 2018 started last Fridat with an opening ceremony with speeches by Gunilla Söderström from Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, as well as the President and Vice President of Stockholm Pride, Britta Davidsohn and Emilia Wikström Melin.
During the week EuroPride House will be filled seminars and talks. During the day, the Swedish Sports Federation will arrange a panel on norms within the world of sports, the QueerNerds discuss why the LGBT+ world should be nerdier, and Radiokorrespondenterna at the public radio broadcaster Sveriges Radio broadcasts live talks about the situation for LGBT+ people in the Middle East.
EuroPride House is open from Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August, between 12 noon and 6 pm. EuroPride Ung has several activities for younger visitors all the days, and Folkets juristbyrå offers legal advice.
On Tuesday, the Swedish chamber of commerce will arrange a talk about government reimbursement to trans people who were forced to be sterilized as a requirement for their procedure.
RFSL hosts a panel that looks into what similarities there are between Sami fight for rights and the fight for LGBT+ rights.
On Thursday, Swedavia Airports (Swedish Airport Authority) will shine a light on the problems that arise from the fact that two-thirds of the LGBT+ community choose to move and study in cities where they believe they will be accepted.
Friday will see the Human Rights Conference in EuroPride House, with organisations and political parties organising seminars and talks from a European LGBT+ perspective.
EuroPride Park opens on Wednesday, 1 August, with the opening ceremony, led by actress and activist Saga Becker.
With her on stage will be athletes and opening speakers Anja Pärson and Pia Sundhage, Markus Krunegård who performs The Rainbow Song and The Choir by ABBA The Museum.
On Thursday in EuroPride Park, visitors can enjoy the P2 Opera sing along on the grand stage, before the Schlager Night, which begins at 8 pm.
Medborgarbandet will perform on Friday, followed by DJKornél Kovács, and WIGStockholm. After EuroPride Parade on Saturday, the Park closes with among others Conchita, Arrhult, Ionnalee, and Niello. Alcazar will also give a unique concert during the closing night.
Every day in EuroPride Park will also see activities in the Kinky Quarter and Rainbow Scene. Many of the restaurants in the park have their own DJ’s, and the exhibitors will fill their tents with talks and activities.
On Saturday, 4 August, the EuroPride Parade will transform the city to an exhibition of love on its way from the city hall on Kungsholmen, to EuroPride Park at Östermalms IP.
The pride parade in Stockholm is the largest in Scandinavia and is expected to be even bigger this year.
As previous years, the spectators will be able to vote for their favourite among the 250 parade floats.
For more information on EuroPride, see europride2018.com/
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