It is time again for Leather Pride Amsterdam in the weekend of October 24-27! It will be a long weekend with various leather and fetish events, such as parties, elections, socials, a leather dinner, leather/fetish runway, as well as the annual leather boat tour.
The Leather Pride Amsterdam weekend will be all about fraternization and cooperation. The weekend’s program has been organized in such a way that the events will not compete with each other, but are transitional, working alongside each other.
This year, three elections are taking place: Thursday the Ms. Leather Netherlands 2020 election at Club Church, on Friday the Mister Leather Netherlands 2020 election at Club Aknaton, and on Saturday, the Mister Puppy 2020 contest, which also takes place at Club Church.
The biggest change in the Leather Pride Amsterdam program will be the day and place of the Mister Leather Netherlands election. This year’s edition, the election, again organized by André Donker in collaboration with Raymond Timmer and the MSA, will take place on Friday, October 25th at Club Aknaton Amsterdam.
So no longer on Saturday as a “supporting act” for the main party “Invasion,” but as part of a new event called “Shades of Black,” presented by The Cuckoo’s Nest. André and Raymond are convinced that, for the election, this was a good choice. It is in the centre of Amsterdam and more intimate and small-scale, which will only be to the benefit of the contest.
On October 25, Mister Leather Netherlands 2019 Axe Leito will hand over his sash to the newly elected winner. Perhaps at that time, Axe will bear the title Mister Leather Europe 2020, for which he will compete in Rome on October 12.
Axe has had a good year. A year in which he had to match his strong predecessors, Evert and Raymond, with his enormous positive attitude and charisma. In addition to what he has done for the Dutch leather and fetish scene, he has become a great example and inspiration for the gay community and perhaps the entire community on Curaçao.
Something that he and all of us can be proud of. Additionally, he has worked towards and helped set up the Ms. Leather Netherlands contest, and with success.
We had great figureheads for the Dutch leather scene in 2019: Axe as Mister Leather Netherlands 2019, Evert as Mister Leather Europe 2019 and Suzanne van de Laar as Ms. Leather Netherlands 2019. All three proud leather wearers and, in their own way, of great influence on the image of the leather and fetish scene. And perhaps also for the newly elected Mister Leather Netherlands 2020, who is partly chosen by an international jury and partly by the public present at the election. Thus, the more audience there is, the more surprising the result can be.
André and Raymond, but also the community at large, are looking for a real leather/fetish man in the new Mister Leather Netherlands 2020 who knows where, what and who the scene is all about, knows its history, and is a positive and powerful personality, as well as being people-minded and involved. It is also important that he has a clear vision of what he wants to achieve with the title, and that he has the time and resources to commit himself to this task for an entire year.
Wearing the Mister Leather Netherlands title means something, and just being present at parties and having nice photographs taken will not get you there. There is a real task that comes with it, and the organization expects, or at least hopes, that he will be successful in his own way. He does not have to do this alone. André, Raymond, Axe and also the MSA will assist him in this.
One of the things the organization has in mind is fraternization and cooperation, and not only within the scene, but certainly also outside it. Certainly, this means that a great task lies ahead for the new Mister Leather Netherlands 2020.
The Mister Leather Netherlands 2020 election will be presented by Raymond Timmer and Rachèl BeauJolie, who will also provide some comical notes. The candidates will have to surprise the audience with their personality, answers and of course their acts, which they will devise and perform themselves. It most certainly will be a special contest, one that is not to be missed. Visit the election and decide who Mister Leather Netherlands 2020 will be.
Curious about this year’s candidates? Check the Facebook page of Mister Leather Netherlands.