“United” – We are going to Baltic Pride 2017 in Tallinn | Estonia
A Gay Couple Baltic Pride 2017 Tallinn Estonia – We are happy to announce that we will attend this year’s Baltic Pride 2017! The LGBTQ+ event that aims to “increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ people” joins forces with Tallinn Pride. The rainbow colored Gay Pride Festival will take place from July 6th to July 9th. Therefore, the Estonian capital is planning to organize a long list of events throughout the pride week starting with art exhibitions, LGBTQ+ film screenings to the colorful gay pride parade through the capital of Estonia.
Together with supporters from the Baltic States, across Europe and from all over the world, we will celebrate the 9th edition of Baltic Pride, that rotates between the three Baltic capitals Vilnius, Tallinn and Riga. This year, it is Tallinn’s turn to host the gay pride week. But we will have more to explore in the beautiful city of Tallinn. As one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we cannot wait to spend the first week in July in Estonia. Join us on our gay travels to Estonia and see the Baltic Pride 2017 in Tallinn with this year’s festival theme “United” through a couple of men’s eyes.
>>Read here all about our Baltic Pride 2017 experience and find our video plus 36 powerful photos of Tallinn Pride 2017 <<
Our Baltic Pride Program Highlights
After 2011 and 2014, Tallinn will be the host of its 3rd Baltic Pride together with Tallinn Pride. During the whole Gay Pride Week starting July 3rd the Baltic Pride Organizers planned a full itinerary of events. For your better orientation, we collected all main events in this overview.
July 3rd to 5th – Tallinn Pride House
Before the Baltic Pride celebrations will start July 6th, the Tallinn Pride House is the place to go to. Here you will find everything you need to make the most of your festival experience. Get yourself a copy of the official festival booklet, most important flyers, and get to know the Estonian LGBT+ Association and the team of the Baltic Pride. The Pride House will open during the whole Pride Week.
Opening hours: 12:00 to 19:00 hours
July 6th – 9th | Exhibition ‘Who is this Wo/Man’
Additional to that, the exhibition ‘Who is this Wo/Man’ will be showing LGBTQ+ art looking at the world of transgender people, revealing the delicate boundary of gender and showing the beautiful inner world of the people around us, judgemental free. With their exhibition, the creators wish to break stereotypes surrounding gender identity and to show gender diversity in a positive light.
Opening hours of the exhibition: July 6th to 9th at 10-21
July 6th | Opening of the 9th LGBT+ culture festival
In cinema Artis, the 9th LGBT+ culture festival Baltic Pride will commence – taking place in Tallinn for the third time! We are excited to join the welcome speeches, the opening of the exhibition ‘Who is this Wo/Man’, and the screening of ‘Becoming Ann-Christine’, a movie about a transgender woman. Come celebrate with us!
Starting: at 18:30 – 21:00 hours
July 6th | Screening “Becoming Ann-Christine”
The documentary was directed by Helena Isaksson Baeck from Sweden. Åke was working as a priest within the Church of Sweden, living a seemingly normal life with wife and children. But deep down inside he knew that he was somebody completely different. This film is a personal story about coming out as a woman at the workplace, in the family, and in society. It is about sexual identity, prejudice and the longing to be who you really are. The film premiered in 2015. English subtitles.
Screening starts at 19:00–21:00 hours with following panel discussion.
July 7th | Conference LGBT+ community
The theme of this year’s festival is “United – together in the past, present and future”. This is not only as a reference to the cohabitation law. “United” signifies living together and acting together, but also growing together and growing older together. The conference will cover the past as well as the future of Pride Celebrations, the collaboration between LGBT+ communities and straight allies, the current legal framework, the thoughts and concerns of the younger and older LGBT+ generation, and much more. In addition to participants from Estonia, there will also be guests from Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Iceland, among others. Panel discussions will have a translation to Estonian, Russian, English, and Estonian sign language unless the language is marked in the program.
July 7th | Screening of “Listen to me: Untold Stories Beyond Hatred”
The documentary was directed by Gagik Ghazareh (Armenia) taking a look at the LGBT+ community in Armenia. In 2012 a bomb was thrown at the LGBT+ friendly bar in Yerevan, and participants of the diversity march were attacked thereafter. These events brought the extreme homophobia of the local community to a disturbing limelight. Ten Armenian LGBT+ people describe their experience of living, growing and discovering themselves in that country. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Mamikon Hovsepyan, (PINK-Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia), Sergey Gabrielyan (Yerevan, Armenia) and Paata Sabelashvili (ECOM, Tallinn, Estonia / Tbilisi, Georgia).
The screening starts at 19:00to 21:00 hours.
July 7th | Baltic Pride Warm up Party
Let’s get in the right mood the night before the Baltic Gay Pride Parade and dance the night away. Location it the famous X-Bar hosted by Carl Jiani. Minimum age is 18 years. The dress code is smart casual and the Tickets will cost 8 Euro.
The Party will start at 23:00 to 5:00 hours.
July 8th | Tallinn Pride Parade 2017
Join us on July 8th when we will walk through the streets of Tallinn witnessing all colors of Pride! Therefore, Tallinn Pride is inviting everyone who supports a fair, equal, and inclusive society to walk in the Pride parade for the first time in 10 years. The event aims to bring people together in a joyous occasion, while also giving a voice to the community that often struggles to be heard in our society. The parade is taking place as part of the 9th Baltic Pride festival, which is being hosted by Tallinn for the third time since 2011. After the parade, there will be an open air concert at the square in front of cinema Sõprus. This open air concert is meant for all of us, our families and parents, friends, loved ones and allies! By joining the concert, you will be supporting a caring Estonian society where all people, regardless of their differences, are valued. In addition, local and foreign LGBT+ organizations and nonprofits will be sharing information about their work and advocacy.
The Parade starts at 13:00 to 15:00 hours at Viru Street. The open air concert will be free of charge!
July 8th | Afterparty of Baltic Pride
And of course, there will be the afterparty of Baltic Pride. The exact time and location still need to be announced.
July 9th | City Tour Tallinn
We will explore the City of Tallinn out of the perspective of the local LGBTQ+ History. We are already very excited about seeing the beauty of the capital of Estonia through a gay men’s eyes.
We cannot wait to see Tallinn, to meet locals and LGBTQ+ community members, and to get to know the real history of the host of the 9th edition of Baltic Pride. If you wanna show us around, have some special tips and tricks or just want to grab a drink or have a dance, feel free to comment below or drop us a line on our social media channels.
Websites for Tallinn Pride:
– Facebook: facebook.com/balticpride
– Official Website: www.lgbt.ee
– Instagram Hashtag: #balticpride
– Instagram LGBT Estonia: Instagram.com/lgbt.ee
– Instagram Tallinn Pride: Instagram.com/tallinnpride
Good to know
Although the Baltic States are members of the European Union, LGBTQ+ people are not treated equally by law, yet. Also, gay pride demonstrators are expecting counter-demonstrators against equal gay rights. One more reason to attend the Baltic Pride in Tallinn. Unfortunately, Daan won’t be able to be in Tallinn because of work reasons. But Karl will travel together with his best friend Sven to stand up for the gay, lesbian plus community.