This year the “Baltic Pride” will be held in Vilnius for the fourth time. Various LGBT-themed events await the visitors on 4th-9th June, such as the International Human Rights Conference, theatrical show “Pride Voices Gala”, exhibition, concerts and community initiatives at “Pride House”, “Pride Park” street party, parties at “Soho” and “Kreivės” film screenings.
The “Baltic Pride” festival will reach its culmination during the march “For Equality!”, taking place at Gediminas avenue on 8th June.
4th-9th June: “Pride House”
“Baltic Pride” 2019 program will start on 4th June at 6mPM at “Paviljonas” with an official opening of LGBT community space “Pride House” where an exhibition “When the Invisible Becomes Visible” as well as a music show by Vitalijus Špokaitis will take place. “Pride House” together with the “Baltic Pride” info center will be open on 4th-9th June. Here the visitors will be able to get a free copy of the “Baltic Pride” magazine, get information about all festival events and purchase a souvenir.
6th June: International “Baltic Pride 2019” Human Rights Conference
The one-day International Human Rights Conference constitutes a vital and prestigious part of the Baltic Pride festival 2019. The aim of the event is to invite local and international speakers to discuss the event’s topics and for participants to explore different viewpoints, become aware of historical and current LGBTI contexts locally and abroad, and to develop a vision for the future of the LGBTI community.
The theme of the 2019 Conference is Towards a Future European Roadmap for LGBTI Equality which will be discussed in four panels exploring the theme through governmental, civil society and business lenses. The day’s theme will be addressed in four panel discussions.
7th June: “Pride Voices Gala”
The National LGBT rights organization LGL invites friends and sponsors of the “Baltic Pride 2019” to gather on the evening of 7th June and to celebrate diversity and equality in an exclusive “Pride Voices Gala” event held at the Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre.
This event will provide a unique opportunity to hear the stories of LGBT community members Lord Michael Cashman (United Kingdom), Jeanette Solstad Remø (Norway) and Alexander Bard (Sweden) as well as to witness a fascinating and sophisticated performance of divas who conquered the European drag stages La Diva Live (France), Sharonne (Spain) and Catherine d’Oex (Switzerland).
At the beginning of the evening, while the red carpet of the Russian Drama Theatre will be crowded with Lithuanian celebrities, a musician from Israel, DJ Daniel Mariuma, will welcome the guests of the evening with his set. His music is a unique mix of electronics, pop, RNB, disco and other genres.
Performers B & B, who danced at the “Pride Voices” event in 2016, try to provoke and reflect their surroundings as well as to start a unique dialogue with the participants. Starting at the red carpet and continuing to the stage B & B will become the guides of this evening.
Attendance by invitations only.
8th June: “Baltic Pride 2019” March “For Equality!” and “Pride Park” Street Party
Oftentimes called a Pride Parade, the March for Equality is both a celebration of who we are as well as a protest demanding equality for members of the LGBT community. This year the March for Equality will take place in Vilnius. Last year, more than 8,000 individuals participated in this event in Riga.
Baltic Pride only comes to Vilnius once every three years. This will be our fourth time here.
The march starts at 13:00 at the main entrance of the Bernardine Garden, proceeds down B. Radvilaites str. And Šventaragio str., and finally heads down Gediminas Avenue to Lukiškės Square. Be sure to arrive at 12:00 to line up before heading out.
After the march “For Equality!” everyone is invited to join the outdoor celebration in the park nearby the “Paviljonas”, rainbow crossing and LGL office to enjoy the great company and music.
The mood of the event will be created by DJ Daniel Mariuma (Israel), LGBT choir “Vikerlased” (Estonia), and other surprise performances.
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