A word from the director of the Prague Pride festival
This year the Prague Pride festival celebrates its 11th birthday - and our theme this summer is COMING OUT. Preparations are in full colourful swing - you can look forward to dozens of rainbow events covering culture, education, entertainment, and education. And why - you might ask - are we holding a festival at this most testing of times? Well probably because the festival is more important right now than ever before. Why? Because during the over year-long pandemic, many moments have portrayed LGBT+ people as second-class citizens. For example, the unequal measures concerning marriage/registered partnerships. As rainbow families often remain outside the regulatory system, their daily situation has become even more precarious. Young LGBT+ people - who may not be "out" yet - have suddenly been confined to their homes for months without their regular reassuring support network of friends. So for such individuals - as well as all others - we want to enjoy a week where we can truly be ourselves in a safe environment. And we’ll obviously do everything to ensure the festival meets all current health and safety requirements.