Columns & OpinionsThe title of this column describes the high workload that we are experiencing at the office these weeks due to the introduction and sale of the Pride vignettes, the various production deadlines, as well as the collection and delivery of a large number of documents that are required by the City for all required exemptions. But I do not want to discuss that here.
by Lucien Spee
- 05 July 2019
|Pride: So much to Do|
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Because whatever the title of my column describes - what is much more fun to write about is the amount and variety of activities that are scheduled for this year, in addition to all well-known outdoor activities. The Pride committees have been working at full speed and have come to me with a large range of great ideas. I was able to make a lot of them (financially) possible.
To be able to attend some of these activities you will have to take the ferry to Amsterdam North and visit the A’dam Pride Tower. The tower is illuminated in the rainbow colors from July 27 to August 3, and daily activities are organized on the sixteenth and seventeenth floors by and for the different target groups of our community.
On Sunday, July 28, Trans Pride has the honor of opening the series of activities. Joshua Walter will be officially closing them a week later on Sunday, August 4, with Good Life. Amsterdam Pride will have various activities organized, from a brunch for our pink heroes at care homes, a glow-in-the-dark party for the ladies by Femmazing, activities for children, panel discussions with members of student’s union A.S.V.Gay, a corporate pride conference, a Boomerang benefit dinner, a QBPOC party, a “meet the criticasters-panel,” a pride sports café, pink terrorist talks, and much more. However, great activities will not only be taking place in the A’dam Pride Tower.
The Stadsschouwburg theatre will show the musical “Fun Home,” as well as the play “Small Town Boy.” Following these performances, we will organize four themed evenings at which actors and famous faces from the community join in, and Pride Ambassador Valentijn de Hingh will act as discussion leader.
Bianca del Rio is programmed for the fifth consecutive year in the Amsterdam Theatre, and because of its success, this edition even has two nights booked. If you are mad about the silver screen, you will most certainly not miss out during this Pride. In addition to our traditional open-air cinema on Wednesday and Thursday, Rialto and Cinecenter will offer special Pride programming, and IDFA goes Pride as well with a documentary at FC Hyena.
Even the Rijksmuseum is participating this year and is embracing the rainbow like never before. With a pink tour of the artwork, the museum will tell the history of homosexuality in the Netherlands as you walk through the ages, from Sodom and Gomorrah to the pink triangle. But also, activities in the museum garden are linked to our festival.
Speaking of gardens and tours, a tour of the gay animal kingdom in Artis Zoo is highly recommended. The arts and culture program is extended to more Amsterdam boroughs. In Amsterdam South-East, you can not only go to the Pink Sunday of the Kwakoe Festival, but at the Oscam, there are also loving portraits of transvestites, transsexuals, drag queens and female impersonators from the early 1990s to be enjoyed. At Podium Mozaïek in Bos en Lommer (Amsterdam West) there is a photo series on display about human sexuality, and in the Go-Gallery at Marnixstraat 30 (Centre), artists pay tribute to Frida Kahlo.
Queer talks take place at the Compagnietheater, by Raymi Sambo with the Stonewall riots as a theme, in the Oranje Kerk by Wellie Elhorst about GLBTI and religion, and in the Old Lutheran Church, international activists meet during the annual “Rights Out There.” In the Nieuwe Kerk on Dam Square you can experience your own Queen Maxima moment during the rainbow organ concerts.
Of course, the sports enthusiasts are not forgotten, and after the Pride kick-off, there will be various sports activities organized at the Vondelpark throughout the week. You can swim, and play tennis or basketball. There is even a mini triathlon organized.
We close Pride & Sports on Sunday, August 4, on Dam Square with an attempt to break the world record of dancing with same-sex couples.
Finally, we continue our successful and pleasant collaboration with Salto, and this year, Pride TV will report 24/7 (live) from the A’dam Pride Tower of everything there is to do in and around the city. If, after reading all the above, you’re too lazy to get out of your chair, then at least you will be able to follow everything and enjoy the many events of Pride Amsterdam.
Lucien Spee is managing director of the Amsterdam Pride Foundation , organizer of the yearly Amsterdam Pride, which will be take place from July 27 - August 4, 2019. See www.pride.amsterdam for more information on this event.
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