Tom Bílý

Tom Bílý

festival director

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.

Happy Pride!
The Pride Parade was cancelled this year because of covid, but there will be over 100 other rainbow events during the Prague Pride festival from 2nd to 8th of August. Check out the programme.