Friday, April 5, 2019

Five cities could host EuroPride 2022

For the first time in the history of EuroPride, five different Prides are competing to host the event in 2022. The bidding organisations are Barcelona Pride, Belgrade Pride, Dublin Pride, Variações & ILGA Portugal, and Winter Pride Maspalomas.

Whichever wins will follow in the footsteps of recent hosts Riga, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Stockholm and Gothenburg. Significantly, 2022 will also mark the thirtieth anniversary of EuroPride, established in 1992.

Austrian capital will host this year’s EuroPride in June. After Vienna, it will be Thessaloniki’s turn in 2020 and Copenhagen’s in 2021.

Organizations will present each of the bids at the annual general meeting of the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA). The meeting will take place in Bilbao, Spain, in September 2019. Every member organisation has one vote.

Kristine Garina, President of the European Pride Organisers Association, said: "I know that all the bids for EuroPride 2022 will have human rights, LGBT equality and political campaigns at their heart. Pride is a movement for fairness and equality, and I am excited to see the bids and to find out who will host Europe’s most important LGBT event in 2022."

Belgrade is among the cities bidding to host EuroPride in 2022. Goran Miletić, of Belgrade Pride, told: "Serbia is still fighting institutionalised homophobia and transphobia as well as lack of acceptance in the general public. Although the status quo is not yet favorable towards sexual and gender minorities, we have made substantial progress, making Belgrade Pride the biggest in all non-EU countries in the region".

The bids will be published on 29 July, while the result will be announced on the afternoon of 21 September.

Good luck for all of them!

Viena will host the EuroPride in 2019

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