The internationally renowned Amsterdam Pride returns to the Dutch capital for nine days of parties, films, exhibitions, debates and other activities.
This year the famous Canal Parade is cancelled, but there is a televised programme taking place and more! Let's hope the Dutch weather stays fine for the outdoor part of the event because it's one of the most famous festivals on the Amsterdam events calendar!
Celebrating diversity and acceptance
What began as a small, one-day event in Amsterdam in 1996 has expanded to a multi-day festival, attracting more than 500.000 visitors from the Netherlands and abroad. The city's bars and clubs are typically brimming with energy and vitality for this one-of-a-kind celebration. Initially founded as a way to provide visibility, Pride has become increasingly inclusive, addressing various issues within the LGBTQI community.
Issues that the event focuses on include identity, acceptance, emancipation and equality. Achieving visibility and diversity is one of the main aims of the organisation, and this is achieved by organising events in public spaces.
Pride Amsterdam - The Corona Edition
Due to coronavirus measures, the main event, the Canal Parade, had to be cancelled. Being invisible for the year 2020 was not an option, so the organisation came up with a rich alternative programme, including PrideTV, the Flags of Shame exhibition and other events. Here's an overview:
Amsterdam Pride, in association with the media company SALTO, have created PrideTV that will be filmed at the theatre in Amsterdam Public Library and broadcast daily from 12 pm - 7 pm.
Find All Flags Tour
This walking tour can be undertaken at any time during Pride week, which stretches from the famous "Homomonument" to Westerkerk. The flags along the way are complete with QR codes that lead to explanations.
Flags of Shame exhibition
Flags of Shame exhibition is an outdoor exhibition on Dam square, showing the flags of the 73 countries that still have laws against homosexuality.
Pride is Protest
On August 1, there will be a peaceful demonstration on Dam square from 10 am - 2 pm against homophobia and transphobia.
Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade
On an ordinary year, Pride presents its biggest highlight, the Amsterdam Canal Parade. This year, however, Amsterdam Canal parade has been cancelled to help prevent further spread of coronavirus. Usually, more than 80 decorated boats would sail along the canals carrying costumed dancers, LGBTQ-supportive organisation representatives and statement-making, humorous decorations. The Parade attracts thousands of cheering viewers every year.
Participating boats typically have various messages, such as promoting the peaceful coexistence of different religions, working for international freedom and celebrating all sexual orientations and genders. Let's look forward to Canal Parades of the near future!
Check out the Pride Amsterdam website
This year's Pride celebration will be one of a kind. The special "Corona Edition" has a very varied and exciting programme in Amsterdam and online. Check out the Amsterdam Pride website for more details.