EuroPride Vienna 2019
Vienna is getting ready to host EuroPride for the second time. The Austrian capital will be the center of LGBT life in Europe from June 1-16, 2019.
Information events, panel discussions and cultural highlights, as well as parties celebrating equal rights and tolerance while sending out a strong signal against homophobia and marginalization will play out in Vienna this June at EuroPride 2019. Many program highlights have already been confirmed, including a EuroPride Run, a Pride Beach, a Pride Day at the Zoo, Pride tours of Viennese Museums, film evenings and a EuroPride Pool Day at the Schönbrunnerbad swimming pool.
The Pride Village on Rathausplatz will be at the center of proceedings for the EuroPride community. A special Pride Park refuge planned for Sigmund-Freud-Park in front of the Votive Church is intended to offer a lower-octane alternative for anyone looking to take a break from the non-stop carnival atmosphere on Rathausplatz, particularly during the last three days of the Europride festival. Overall, more than a million visitors are expected to flock to Vienna for EuroPride 2019.
The undisputed highlight of the festivities comes in the shape of the loud and proud Rainbow Parade on Vienna’s genteel Ringstrasse boulevard on June 15, 2019. Featuring inspiring speeches and a host of top international acts, the closing rally lights the touchpaper for a serious night of partying.
2019 is a special year for the LGBT community: 50 years ago – on 28 June 1969 – a raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York triggered a series of protests sending out shockwaves that continue to make themselves felt to this day. They sparked the ongoing fight for equal rights for the LGBT community, which is marked all over the world in June each year with numerous pride events.
EuroPride is Europe’s biggest annual event dedicated to LGBTIQ acceptance and pride, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from across Europe for a wide range of entertainment, cultural, political and community events. More than a million people are estimated to come to Vienna for EuroPride in 2019.
“We are so excited that Vienna has been selected to host EuroPride for the first time since 2001, and to showcase the joy and diversity of Austria’s LGBTIQ community. EuroPride is a chance for all LGBTIQ Austrians to come together, celebrate pride in ourselves and in our community, and to advocate for a more equal and just future,” said Lui Fidelsberger, (female) president of Homosexuellen Initiative (HOSI) Wien, Austria’s oldest and most significant LGBTIQ organisation.
“The theme for EuroPride 2019 is ‘Visions of Pride’, which recognises that while every LGBTIQ person is different, we also share a common vision of dignity and equality,” added Ian Goudie, managing director of Stonewall Ltd., a company founded by HOSI Wien to carry out all its EuroPride activities and to organise other LGBTIQ events. “We look forward to showing visitors that Vienna is the beating heart of LGBTIQ Europe, and to advocate for the equal treatment of all European citizens, no matter who they are or who they choose to love.”
EuroPride 2019 will be launched at the Rainbow Ball on 28 January 2017, with special appearances by the official EuroPride Ambassador, an internationally known Austrian artist, whose name will be revealed on that occasion, and other international guests. The event will also see the unveiling of the official EuroPride 2019 website and logo and the “Creating Equality” poster campaign.*