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Rotterdam Pride 2016

by Teun Botterweg

How it all started
The Rotterdam Pride emerged in 2014 through a cooperation of the successful ‘KeerWeerParade’ and the cultural plan of the event organiser Dora Borst. Both pitched on the contest opened by Korrie Louwens, at that time an alderman, who wanted to give Rotterdam an annually returning LGBT-event. After a hesitant beginning in 2014, the 2015 edition showed the potential of This event. Particularly Pride Walk and the Pride Square appeared to be Diamond Growth initiatives.

The power of Rotterdam Pride is evident: diversity of people. Not surprisingly the organisation selected the concept '(Un)labelled (yes, the English double 'l').  The emphasis is on the 'Un' between parenthesis: every individual person should be able to show his/her own personality. People wishing to live free of inhibitions must be able to do so, and for people not wishing to live like that, there also should be place.

Now, what can you expect this year during the days of the Rotterdam Pride, taking place from 22-25 September? Virtually a large array of diverse activities, parties, shows, and exhibitions, all containing new fresh ideas in the themes, formats and contents. Check for all activities the website of the Rotterdam Pride (only in Dutch unfortunately).

22-09-2016 | PRIDE TALK SHOW
In the talk show with the theme 'How to make Rotterdam an inclusive city' Rotterdam Pride together with IDEM Rotterdam will search for answers. This is done by to-date interviews and debates alternated with performances and a LGBTQI+ quiz. Would you like to join this talk show (Dutch language)? The ticket price is €5.00. Students pay €2.50. Participants of the conference Rotterdam (Un)labelled have free entrance. The talk show is chaired by Winfried Baijens, known from the NOS Journaal. The Pride Talk show will take place at Thursday 22 September, starting at 7:30 PM. The venue is the Arminius Debate Centre, 3. Museumpark, Rotterdam.

IDEM Rotterdam and Rotterdam Pride jointly organise an interactive conference in  order to involve Rotterdam professionals in the Rotterdam LGBTQI policy. The theme chosen this year for the conference is: The practice of sexual and gender diversity. Keynote speaker and top model Loiza Lamers will speak about her experiences as transsexual lady on the labour market. The programme contains several parts amongst which theater performances, plenary sessions with inspiring speakers, panel hosts, eight knowledge labs (workshops). Conference closure with a networking drink and an exposition. The conference take place from Thursday 22 September, from 1:00 to 7:30 PM. The venue is 'Het Nieuwe Instituut', 25. Museumpark, Rotterdam.

23-09-2016 | PRIDE WALK
The Pride Walk, one of the highlights of last years' Rotterdam Pride, will start this year on the 'Kop van Zuid' at the KPN-building. Every one, young, elderly, woman, man, inbetween, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, multi, culti and more may..... no - should walk along. Feel free, and show yourself! The Pride Walk crosses the Erasmus bridge, continues through the center of Rotterdam, finally to finish on the 'Schouwburgplein'. There the grand opening of the Rotterdam Pride 2016 will be celebrated with various colourful musical acts.

Day programme:
5:00 PM: Participants gather on the KPN Pride Square.
5:45 PM: Word of welcome to the Pride Walk by Tovik Dibi.
6:00 PM: Starting signal for the Pride Walk.
7:30 PM: Arrival on the Schouwburgplein and beginning of the opening Programme.

The Pride Walk will take place at 23 September 2016 from 5:00 PM onwards. 


'Welcome to my backyard!' Saturday 24 September the Schouwburgplein is the setting of CAMP PRIDE, a long-stay-camping with a varied programme. LGBTQI-organisations and supporters present themselves to the public, each in an own little backyard. Apart from terraces with food and drinks all day long activities will take place. Relax heavenly  during a yoga-workshop or get hysterical at the theater performance 'My Own Private Disaster' by Moeremans & Sons. Or be surprised by Rotterdam performers with in a closing event Mieke Fire & Her Amazing Tribute Band with a new set list 'Revival of the Queerest'.

Day Programme
1:00 PM: Yoga Pride
2:00 PM: Pride Bootcamp by Body Fit
3:15 PM: Vangelis Sopamena
4.00 PM: Reveiling of the expo (Un)Labelled by Djojo&Versteeg
4.15 PM: ShoQlat
5.00 PM: Moeremans & Sons - My Own Private Disaster
7.00 PM: Mieke Fire & her Amazing Tribute Band


The KeerWeer Parade is a famous annual event, taking place for a whole evening (starting at 6pm) on the Keerweer, in front of KeerWeer bar. Top Dutch artists, Luv and Gordon will be on stage. So a guarantee for an exuberant party! And, of course, Ester Hofman is there as host. This implies that each attendant of the party will run the risk to be addressed by her in her well known (feared...) devious manner. The KeerweerParade will take place on 23, 24, 25 September, starting 6 PM. Venue is the Keerweer 14, Rotterdam.

It is time for a kiss and bang in Rotterdam! During the Rotterdam Gay Pride 'de Unie' will be the setting for the very first edition of Kiss Bang Affair. A real Doll House with chambers full of entertainment. Trust in the capabilities of de Unie and you will not be disappointed! This party will take place at Friday 23 September, starting at 10 PM. Venue is The Unie, Mauritsweg 34-35, Rotterdam.

For the first time CIRCUIT visits the Netherlands. Especially for the Rotterdam Pride the large scale dance festival takes place in Club Annabel. Your hosts are Ramjan + Roderwijn, and the line-up is (among others) Taito Tikaro (ES) - Matinée Resident DJ, Flavio Zarza (ES) - Matinée Resident DJ, and Fraulein Z (NL). Matinée Crew / Codarts / Jet van Dijk will perform. Circuit meets Rotterdam Pride takes place on Saturday 24 September in Annabel in Rotterdam. Tickets (early birds €15, pre sale €20, at the door €25) are available via the website of Rotterdam Pride.

LOUD exposes Itself with a special Women Only Party during the Pride on 25 September 2016.  Line-up: DJanice, DJ Britt, DJ Miss T and miss Sunrise. The party starts at 7 PM. Location is Weena 701, Rotterdam.

House of boys is back in FERRY Rotterdam with Chapter V, the Pride Edition. And how...! House of boys starts already in the afternoon, and continues till 5am. The musical styles are manyfold: House/Techno/Italo/Disco. Just leave it to FERRY and go! The line-up (among others: KAIN, Aron Mutsaars (The Viking), Ravage! Ravage! and Orlando Haynes.
Entertainment will be provided by (among others): Fedonna, Gayro, Hostess Gulfidan, Brazilian Fly By and Glitter Mama • Budapest Lady & More. House of Boys Pride takes place on Saturday 24 September in club FERRY on the Westblaak. Entrance free of charge. Venue is Westblaak 127, Rotterdam.

WTF goes Pride! After the splattering party at the beach WTF now spreads her wings in de 'van Oldebarneveldtstraat (facing the Strano). Line-up (among others): Sharon Doorson, Barry Paf, Winston Post, Steff de la Funk, Diva Mayday, Inshane, Nathalie Saabeel, Candyboys, Acrobats & The Jester Duo. The street party starts at 3 pm and continues until 11 pm. Of course the entrance is free of charge. Location is the Van Oldebarneveldtstraat, Rotterdam.


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The third edition of the Rotterdam Pride is coming up. It is already certain that this event is here to stay. Each year it appears to get larger. An excellent development, now that ‘pink’ Rotterdam is maturing.

Please check for more information the website of the Rotterdam Pride.