From 22-29 September, the streets of Rotterdam will once again shine bright with all the colors of the rainbow to celebrate the freedom of sexual, gender and cultural diversity.
With a diverse and colorful range of programmes in art and culture, youth and family, talk shows and debates, entertainment and of course the parties, there is something for everyone with around one hundred events.
The theme of this sixth edition is: House of Colours. House of Colours is a symbol of our colorful and diverse city: our House that we are building together - an inclusive society. At the House of Colours, the doors are wide open to everyone, whoever you are. A safe space for everyone. Be Yourself, Express Yourself.
A real House of Colours!
Spread over two floors and full of vibrant hues, Rotterdam’s House of Colours is guaranteed to stimulate your senses and surprise you with eye-candy. Through a gripping art installation, visitors are invited to discover how Gilbert Baker created the most sustainable symbol of the GLBTQIA+ rights movement. What makes this installation extra special is its interactive nature, in which everyone can help design the first crowd-sourced rainbow flag in the world.
Kruisplein Rotterdam, September 22-29.
Pride Walk: Parade of Love
On Saturday, September 28, all the colors of the rainbow shine bright in the streets of Rotterdam: Show your Love and walk along through the centre of Rotterdam with the Pride Walk! Bring your bells and whistles, flags, extravagant outfits, glitter... Most of all, just come as you, show yourself and feel free!
Leuvehoofdpark, September 28, 11:00–13:00.
Join the party! Be Yourself, Express Yourself. After an exuberant welcoming of all participants of the Pride Walk, you can really go wild on the music of various DJs and surprising performances by, among others, Darling Peter, D’allessandro (IT), MayDay, Ceciel Moyano, Vieze Poezendek (Milkshake Festival), Nina, Femmetastic, Sug La Sheedah, Lucien Foort, Kyara (LIVE), House of Holographic Hoes, and House of Vineyard. Let’s make Rotterdam Pride unforgettable! The admission is free of charge, and everyone is welcome.
Schouwburgplein, September 28, 13:00-22:30.
WTF @ Strano
Ready to paint the town red? Save the date for this sizzling party thrown by WTF at Café Strano. Tickets: Free.
Strano, Van Oldenbarneveltstraat, September 28, 16:00-23:00.
The Keerweer Parade 2019
Again this year, the Keerweer Parade promises three days of partying with the best artists, such as Trijntje Oosterhuis and the Spanish ladies of Baccara.
Café Keerweer, September 27-29, 17:00-23:00.
Cocktail Fest - The Fourth Dimension
Rotterdam’s most open-minded “Fest” returns to all those interested at the coolest venue, Maassilo Rotterdam. Get yourselves all geared up for one massive R’dam Pride Xtravaganza! Be Yourself! Experience Everyone! Tickets: 24.50 euros.
Maassillo Rotterdam, September 28, 22:00-06:00.
Milkshake Festival 2019
The most famous open-minded party in the Netherlands comes to Rotterdam. For the first time ever, it will be an indoor event. Party with us at the official after-party of Rotterdam Pride. Experience: Supertoys, Vieze Poezendek, and more areas T.B.A.
Now & Wow club, September 28, 23:00-6:00.
Pride Family Festival: Unicorns & Zebras
Step into the world of Unicorns & Zebras. The only Pride Family Festival in the Netherlands especially for children, families, young people, grandfathers and grandmothers. Everyone from 0 to 100 and above is welcome at the Unicorns & Zebras playing field, with music from, among others, Annemoon, Rochelle, Rafaela Brown and Maan. Additionally, there are various workshops and make-up is available. Free entry!
Schouwburgplein, September 29, 11:00-18:00.
has been an ambassador of Rotterdam Pride since 2018 and works almost daily for GLBTQI+ emancipation, especially in the workplace, but also for Rotterdam Pride. “I’m proud of Rotterdam and I think it is important that we continue to promote diversity and inclusiveness in our city!”
Dennis Bijleveld a.k.a. Ma’MaQueen
is a twenty-nine-year-old non-binary queer-identifying multidisciplinary visual artist. After graduating from the Willem de Kooning Art Academy in Rotterdam, Dennis started his own company By Level D and works as a performer, drag queen, fashion designer, model, stylist and make-up artist. “We’re all born naked and the rest is drag.”
Kamilia Koutet is a singer – songwriter and known for the song “Samen zijn” (Being Together). It’s about being able to be with the person you love. “Everyone should just look in the mirror and say to themselves, ‘You rock!’”
Ceciel Moyano (Cecilia)
is a drummer, percussionist and songwriter, and plays in bands as well as with DJs. From the start of Rotterdam Pride, Ceciel can be found at Rotterdam Pride each and every year. “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others” – Marianne Williamson.
propagates through his own language, dance, singing, film, fashion and visual arts, his progressive vision in the field of GLBTIA+ emancipation. “The elusive area between the masculine and feminine.”
Naomi Isabel Vasquez
brings with her enthusiasm, love, and commitment to the community people further in life, and knows how to push boundaries within our society. “My best memory really is the moment that when everyone was gathering for the Pride Walk last year, I grabbed my chance to climb the monument ‘De Boeg,’ armed with my rainbow flag, and stood there to raise my flag in the air.”
is the youngest Rotterdam Pride ambassador, who came out publicly via social media at the age of thirteen. “Everyone was so sweet. Teachers thought it was admirable, friends said I was an example to them, and my grandmother said she loves me very much. I hope that never changes.”
is modern dancer. He was born in Italy, but has been living in Rotterdam for seven years now. He introduces gender related topics through dance and performances. “Uniqueness is my motto.”
Kiki House of Angels with Guilliano Pinas,
Overall Founding Father Typhoon Angels, Jeffry Mattias de Jesus, Roberto Angels and Orlando Haynes, Seven Angels Family. “We started on a new journey. Three years ago, the Kiki House of Angels was born. Never thought that this Kiki House would go international and even outside of Europe. Kiki House of Angels is a family, and we function as a family. I am proud of my family.”
Rotterdam Pride, 22- 29 september 2019. www.rotterdam-pride.com