First Prague gay pride to take place in August

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Prague’s first Pride festival will take place this summer. The organisers are confident they will put Prague on the map as Central and Eastern Europe’s capital of diversity, even though Prague is the last capital in the European Union to host such a festival.

The Pride team are currently preparing a programme covering five days of events from 10-14 August. They are hoping  to attract a diverse crowd. A spokesperson said: “We want to show the general public and of course visitors from abroad [that], Prague can host a complete pride festival.

“Prague is one of Europe’s main LGBT travel destinations and we are organising a festival the city can be proud of. By now we already know there will be a wide variety of events organised by our many partners.”

The festival will include everything from corporate workshops on diversity to a sports event, theatre performances, exhibitions, cinema, an event for children, guided city tours and discos and circuit parties.

“It is really great to see organisations and venues from the community, as well as mainstream bars and clubs, [that] really want to make it work. They all plan to organise something interesting to add to the programme,” the festival director said.

The highlights of the festival are the parade and concert on Saturday 13 August. There will be a parade through the city centre in the early afternoon. Individuals, companies and organisations will all join the celebration. The route will take the participants to Střelekcy Island where many local and international stars will perform. The line-up is a secret at present but the organisers promise it’s impressive.

The director said: “The parade is new for Prague and we expect about 1,500 people to walk with us. Many more people will be interested in the concert and festival venue, where we hope to receive thousands of guests.”

Their website offers a preliminary overview of the programme, plus more information on the concert line-up, as and when it becomes available.