The capital city is preparing to host one of the most important celebrations of the global LGTBI community, because this year MADO (Madrid Pride) is transformed into WorldPride Madrid 2017 to be home the celebration of Worldwide Pride. From 23rd June to 2nd July, enjoy with the concerts, parties, sports, art and culture festivals and much more that will invade large part of the city. Are you ready?
One more year, the popular neighbourhood of Chueca warms up engines to receive the long awaited Gay Pride festivities that this year as we advanced you turn into WorldPride 2017 Madrid. It also coincides with a double celebration because on the one hand marks the 40th anniversary of the first manifestation of LGBT pride of Spain, that took place in Barcelona in 1977; and on the other the 10 years of the Europride celebration, one of the highlights moments of our history since it represents the definitive international positioning of the Pride of Madrid, being recognized as the 'Best Gay Event in the World' (Tripout Gay Travel Awards) in 2009 and 2010.
Under the motto 'Viva la vida', from 23rd June to 2nd July, the celebration will try to pass the values of Madrid as a diverse, plural, inclusive and committed city, while reinforcing the role of Spain around the world as a reference country in freedom and the defense of the rights of LGBTI people.
After the inauguration at the Teatro Calderón, you can participate on 25th June in the 'Carrera de la Diversidad', the first official race of the World Pride, by a society Proud of its Sexual Diversity. Although the starting signal of the sports agenda, will take place a few days earlier with the '1ª Carrera LGTBI 5Km de Color' in Móstoles, as it will be the first of the sports competitions 'WorldPride Sports' that will be developed throughout the year. Don't miss its fun 'Carrera de Tacones' on 29th June at Pelayo Street, now on a classic of these festivities.
Within the programming, highlights 'Madrid Summit, International Human Rights Conference' that will host the Cantoblanco campus of the UAM. Recognized activists and experts in LGBT struggle and in human rights from around the world, will review from 26th to 28th June all areas of society and daily life in which LGBTI people experience discrimination and unequal treatment, addressing the issue from a transversal perspective taking into account the multiple dimensions and facets of this community.
Another novelty this year will be the new location 'World Pride Park' in Madrid Río. This 'Pride Village' will be the place where groups, LGBT and Human Rights associations from all over the world will access to an information and cultural exchange space open to the public. It will also host a complete program of children's activities and for families, neighbours and visitors.
For its part, the International Cultural Festival will be made up of: Muestra•t "Cultural Pride", which will surprise us one more year with theatre, cinema, literature and art for all ages; La Culta with its 'V Festival de Arte social de FELGTB'; and La oCulta that encompasses all the artistic and cultural programming developed by the collective COGAM throughout the year.
Further cultural offerings include other activities that will be offered by some institutions and cultural centres such as 'Subversivas. 40 years of LGBT activism in Spain' that will take place between 15th June and 1st October in CentroCentro or 'Trans. Diversidad de Identidades y Roles de Genero' in the Museum of America from 22nd June to 24th September; the themed tour 'Amor diverso' of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum; the sample of short films 'FiveFilmsForFreedom' to promote equality and diversity in the Naves Matadero from 19th to 23rd June; or the special edition of the Madrid Fashion Film Festival (MFFF) that from 28th to 30th June will take place in the space El Paracaidista de Malasaña.
There will also be music in different outdoor venues with well-known DJ's, or cabaret shows. One more year, the Coro de Hombres Gays de Madrid-CHGM (Gay Men's Choir of Madrid) will surprise us with its new show 'Mundo', which will remember the historical facts that marked advances in the rights of the LGTBI community in the world. The date will take place at the Cofidis Alcázar Theatre on 26th June 26 at 8pm.
But if there is an important appointment during these dates that is the 'Pride Parade'. On Saturday, 1st July at 6:30pm, will take place the world's largest LGTB pride that will tour one of the main arteries of Madrid, from Atocha to Colón with its traditional floats.
The next day, in the stage of Puerta de Alcalá, will take place the closing party 'WorldPride 2017' and we will deliver the WorldPride witness to New York City where the world LGBTI community will commemorate in 2019 the 50th anniversary of Stonewall's events that marked the beginning of the movement's LGTBI demands.
Don't miss it out!
More info: WorldPride 2017 Madrid