Latvia’s capital will be bursting with joy next weekend as gay pride is celebrated in Riga. Across 3 days, the Baltic LGBT+ community will be exploring the issues facing the community this year and beyond and celebrating the ongoing strength and diversity shared by them throughout the years.
The Baltic Pride Festival will kick off on Thursday 7th June with the inaugural Think Diversity! the Baltic Diversity Business Forum. The forum will focus on diversity in the workplace and the challenges, best practices and innovations that relate to that. The forum will be followed on Friday 8th June by the conference Freedom of Speech and Assembly: Challenges of Today. Welcoming an international delegation of activists, diplomats, policy makers and experts from creative arts and cultural industries, the conference will discuss the opportunities and outcomes for cross country collaborations, specifically in countries where human rights violations are all too common.
Once all the business is done, the flags will be unfurled and the giant tubs of glitter unpacked ready for the Baltic Pride Parade through Riga, from midday on Saturday 9thJune. The parade will start at Vērmanes dārzs and groups interested in being a part of the parade can register here. Individuals are also welcome and do not need to register.
Following the parade there will of course be a closing party, with DJs bringing all the colour, light and sound imaginable to the Riga Palladium. DJ Belinda will bring the vibes, as will Latvian electronic sound and voice artist MNTHA. No pride event is complete without a glamazonian drag queen and Berlin’s Gloria Viagra will work the crowd into a frenzy before one of Latvia’s hottest live acts, and electropop project Podruga closes the show.
Baltic pride will be held from Thursday 7th June to Saturday 9th June at various venues in Riga, Latvia. For more information see the Baltic Pride website.
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