The Prague Pride Festival has been held annually in August since 2011. The festival aims to support LGBT+ people, mediate their voice in society, commemorate the history and culture of the movement for their equality and enlightenment, and educate against homophobia and transphobia in the Czech Republic.
"This year's Festival of Freedom and Tolerance is here with a lot of cultural and educational events that remind us that unless we want humanity to disappear from modern civilization, we need to look for ways that unite us, not divide us," says City Councillor for culture and tourism Hana Třeštíková.
Symbol of the heart
The heart motive, along with the slogan #heartmatters, became this year's theme for the festival, which aims to symbolically commemorate the eight billion hearts that beat around the world.
"At the same time, we want to draw attention to the situation in the world, especially in the Middle East and Africa, but also in other parts of the world where basic human rights and individual freedoms are still being suppressed, especially for LGBT+ people. Moreover, hate attacks continue to occur in Western countries too, with the recent attack on the LGBT+ community in Oslo, which left two dead and dozens injured, a sad example. For us, the heart is a symbol of humanity, mutual love and life. That's why we chose this unifying theme," explains Pride festival director Tom Bílý.
What to look forward to
This year's edition of the festival offers more than 150 events in the field of culture, entertainment and education, such as the Parade, musical performances, workshops, debates, theatre and many more, including English-friendly events all around the city. After two years in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme returns with popular venues, a Saturday parade through the historic city centre and Pride Park in the Letná neighbourhood.
Visitors can look forward to many events they are already familiar with from previous years, such as the Pride Voices talk show, where several prominent queer personalities will share their inspiring life stories with the audience, picnics in the Pride Village, a composed evening directed by HateFree Culture, and more. The organizers have also prepared several new events, for example, the Andaz Lounge aimed primarily at the supporters and allies of LGBT+ people, or the Pride Conference, a two-day human rights conference for professionals, which will focus mainly on the lives of LGBT+ people in the Central and Eastern Europe region.
The Rainbow Parade is also returning after three years, taking place on Saturday, August 13. To make the festival safer and more environmentally sustainable, the Parade has become car-free this year. Portable speakers on cargo bikes and marching bands will provide musical accompaniment. The Parade will start from Wenceslas Square at 1:00 PM and pass through the streets of the historical centre of Prague. A new feature this year for attendees with limited mobility is the accessible terrace of the Faculty of Law, where it will be possible to observe the Parade.
The full programme of the festival can be found here.