This year’s Pride Month celebration in Luxembourg offers a wide variety of exciting activities and events for the LGBTQ+ community and allies alike.
Most of the festivities were and are set to happen in Esch-sur-Alzette between the 1st and the 10th of July. We're nearing the end of that period now, but there's still excellent opportunities to head out there and join in.
First of all, let’s start with the central point of the celebration: the Equality March! It will be on Saturday, 9th of July at 12.30pm and will take place at the Parking Aloyese Meyer in Esch-sur-Alzette. It aims to put people together and reinforce solidarity and tolerance, as well as to reject violence, ignorance and discimination. You can find more details here.
However, street celebrations are not exclusive to the march itself. The Street Fest will last two days, on the weekend of 9-10 July, filled with music, dance, fireworks and drag queens. On Saturday, we will be blessed by the performance of none other than Boy George & Culture Club, while other artists include George Philippart, DJ Pippa and some local headliners like CHAiLD and Edsun. On Sunday, things will be less about partying and more about chilling, kicking the day off with a big Rainbow Breakfast, but don’t worry - it won’t be boring! You can expect shows until the very end of the festival. You can find more information on the lineup and particular events here.
But there is more to this year’s celebration than The Street Fest! The Pride Headquarters, located in Bâtiment4, an old industrial ARBED administration building, 500m away from the town hall in Esch. It is the main venue of the Luxembourg Pride Street Fest and hosts daily activities throughout the whole festival, including after-work meet-ups, karaoke and exhibitions. So if you want to participate in a discussion or mingle with your fellow queers, find out more details on date, time and location of specific events here.
In addition, there will be an international conference on LGBTQ+ activism around Europe on the 7th July at the Maison du Savoir, Belval/Esch-sur-Alzette. It was organised in cooperation with the European Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Europe Direct Department of Uni.lu and includes numerous lectures, interviews and ends with a panel discussion. In the evening, the art project “Amsterdam Rainbow Dress” and a short documentary film will also be presented. Find out more here.
Last but not least, PINK LADIES - a cross-border group of queer women - hosts a special meet-up on the 8th of July from 20.00 to 23.00 at Escher Kafé (55 Rue du Clair-Chêne, 4061 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg). The meet-ups take place twice a month throughout the year but this one is extra celebratory for obvious reasons. Trans and cis women of all ages identifying as queer, lesbian, bisexual, asexual or questioning are welcome to come and exchange their opinions and experiences in a safe and friendly environemnt. Reservations aren’t needed so don’t be a drag, just be a queen and head to www.pinkladies.lu/ for more information on this particular event, as well as the Pink Ladies collective!