World Pride 2017
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Thousands have taken to the streets of Madrid for the World Pride parade.
World Pride takes place in Madrid this week, with a parade this afternoon.
World Pride Madrid will include open-air concerts, artists across different performing stages, parties, art, culture and sport.
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Madrid city council flies the rainbow flag for WorldPride
Madrid Council raised a giant rainbow flag on Monday to show support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, as WorldPride 2017 takes place in the Spanish capital from June 23 to July 2.
Let Your Pride Begin Madrid…
World Pride Madrid 2017: Everything you need to know and where to stay
It’s 40 years since Spain hosted its first LGBT pride parade, and this year one of its biggest cities is playing host to World Pride.
From 23 June to 2 July the city will host the most important worldwide event for the LGBT community, featuring a broad programme of culture and leisure activities. Everyone is welcome.
Whoever you love, Madrid loves you. That’s the slogan that will welcome everybody that comes out this year to enjoy a celebration that marks the arrival of summer in our city. 2017 is a special year: Madrid Pride will become WorldPride, the most important worldwide event for the LGBT Community. It’s a major festival that coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first LGBT Pride protest in Spain. It’s also the 30th anniversary of the first celebrations held in the neighbourhood of Chueca, 20 years since the first floats were included in the march and a decade since Madrid last hosted EuroPride, the large pan-European festival which will once again take place in the Spanish capital this year.
Getting the party started
Madrid will thus host two major events between 23 June and 2 July, and it will do so in style, with an extensive programme of culture and leisure activities, music and performances at various venues around the city. The Chueca neighbourhood, with its legendary high-heeled race in Calle Pelayo, will be one of the event’s main hubs, but not the only one. You’ll also want to stay abreast of what’s going on in Plaza de Colón, Plaza de España, at the Puerta de Alcalá gate and in Puerta del Sol, which will host Mr. Gay Pride Spain on 30 June.
The WorldPride 2017 programme will kick off with the Opening Ceremony (23 June) and will end with the Closing Ceremony (2 July). A whole host of things will be happening in between, including the Madrid Summit, a Global Human Rights Conference that will take place on 26 and 28 June on the Cantoblanco Campus of UAM, the Autonomous University of Madrid. All of the topics covered in the summit, the first international forum organised based on absolute equality, will be approached from a cross-cutting perspective, considering the multiple dimensions and facets of the LGBT community with a sole objective: to explore and consider the areas of society and everyday life in which LGBTQI individuals experience discrimination and unequal treatment.
In addition, the World Pride Park will open for the first time in Madrid, next to Puente del Rey bridge in Madrid Río Park. It will remain open throughout the celebrations. Collectives and associations will also have a forum for information and cultural exchange that will be open to the public. There will be seminars, workshops, round tables, food trucks, crafts stands and a Chueca Kids & Family Parade, with an endless range of activities aimed at all families and, in particular, at young people and children. These will include concerts, technology workshops, architecture with LEGO pieces, face-painting and breakdancing.
Culture, sports and the Parade
The WorldPride cultural programme consists of three festivals. Once again, this year we’ll be able to enjoy the content of muestra•t, including the exhibition Of Silk and Sandpaper: Gayconography and Mobbing (De Seda y Lija: Gayconografía y Mobbing) by artist Fran Degonari, in the UGT trade union headquarters in Madrid; the latest art project by artist Alexis W in Plaza de Chueca; and a selection of music from Spain and from our neighbouring countries in Plaza del Rey. The other two festivals that you won’t want to miss are La Culta, a national point of encounter for theatre, music, dance and film, and La Oculta, which will feature, among other activities, poetry and music sessions as well as historical discussions on the first LGBT organisations.
On 25 June we wil hold the first Diversity Race in the world for a society proud of its diversity, reasserting Spain’s leading position in the homosexuality tolerance rankings and positioning Madrid as the gay-friendly capital city par excellence. The race will have two distances (5,000 and 10,000 metres), and both the start and the finish line will be in Plaza de Colón. Paseo de la Castellana, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and Plaza de Castilla are some of the points along the circuit.
Without a doubt, however, the main event during WorldPride will be the Pride Parade on 1 July, the huge Pride protest in which over two million people and associations from all over the world will march down the city’s main streets, from Atocha to Plaza de Colón, in an act celebrating and demanding equal rights which will –of course!– feature the traditional floats.
And what’s more…
Many institutions and cultural centres will offer activities relating to the LGBT community. Three exhibitions will be on display at CentroCentro Cibeles: Subversive (Subversivas) (15 June to 1 October), which focuses on four decades of movements demanding LGBT rights, Our Desire is a Revolution (Nuestro deseo es una revolución) (15 June to 1 October), an overview of LGBT audiovisual culture in Spain since the first demonstration by gay and lesbian individuals in 1977 in Barcelona, as well as an exhibition featuring art by Isabel Muñoz in which the artist, who won the National Photography Award in 2016, will offer a gallery of portraits of members of the LGBT community in contemporary Spain, complemented by a graphic file of different LGBT experiences of diversity.
Under the name Diverse Love (Amor Diverso), the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum will offer a tour of its collection focusing on the different possible forms of love. With the aid of an audio guide the general public can discover themes, iconography and figures associated with awareness and experiences of the LGBT community, which are present in art but have often gone unnoticed throughout history. For its part, from 23 June to 24 September the Museum of the Americas will present the exhibition Trans, a historic and artistic overview of various forms of expression relating to transgender persons.
From 19 to 23 June, Naves Matadero will host FiveFilmsForFreedom, a selection of short films screened at the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival 2016, created to promote equality and diversity. The short films scheduled to be screened during these dates are: Breathe by James Doherty, The Orchid by Ferran Navarro-Beltrán, Take Your Partners by Siri Rodnes, Xavier by Ricky Maestro and Chance by Jake Graf (every day, from 10am to 8pm, free admission).
NOTICE: Sol train station will close at 6:45pm every evening between 28 June and 1 July, coinciding with the WorldPride celebrations taking place in the capital, and Cercanías regional trains will not stop there.