With its relaxed and tolerant attitude, Amsterdam is as gay-friendly as a city gets!
Amsterdam is the official European Pride City this year so the celebrations are set to be bigger and better than ever! Amsterdam Pride is running from 23rd July until the 7th August so we’ve rounded up the best things to get involved with during your stay.
To celebrate all things Pride in Amsterdam this August we’re throwing a big, gay, rainbow party at ClinkNOORD! Join us in ZincBAR from 4pm where we’ll be kicking things off with rainbow shots for the first 40 guests to arrive. DJ Funky Frank will be spinning camp hits and disco classics to get you in the pride-party mood. Grab your heels, wear the rainbow, come shake yo’ thing and show some pride!
If you haven’t booked a place to stay yet, there’s a few beds left at ClinkNOORD. Check availability and book here. With a great, central location you’ll be close to all the fabulous events happening in the city.
Unless you’re hiding in a hole somewhere it would be pretty hard to come to Amsterdam pride and miss the epic and much anticipated Canal Parade. A host of extravagantly decorated barges cruise along the canals putting on a real show for happy spectators, spreading the message of equality and having a hell of a lot of fun along the way. Crowds spill out into the streets to soak up the good vibes. Expect pumping tunes, wacky themes and a big, gay day out that’s hard to beat. Check out the official site to see the parade route.
Milkshake is a big dance festival for absolutely everyone! With 20 jumping stages right in the centre of the city, the festival celebrates the diversity of skin colours, religions and sexual preferences and more. Whether you’re big, small, gay straight, trans, black or white you are all most welcome to come shake your thing at Milkshake! It’s the perfect opportunity to wear something a bit crazy too, because you can rest assured there’ll be someone else wearing something crazier than you … The after-party at famous club NYX is always a real cracker. Day tickets and after-party tickets still left at the moment, grab them whilst their HOT.
30th – 31st July 2016
4. Indoor and Outdoor Film Screenings
If the gay party scene isn’t for you then don’t fear! There’s plenty of more low-key entertainment scheduled to be discovered during the festival period. We’re heading to the screening of ‘Jongens’, a coming of age film directed by Mischa Kamp. It tells the story of a sporty but closed boy who discovers love during the summer holidays. Also screening outside at Nieuwmarkt is Tom Hooper’s ‘The Danish Girl,’ which chronicles artist Einar Wegener’s journey as he prepares to undergo one of the first ever sex-change operations.
Jongens: 27th July, 2pm, Ferdinand Bolstraat 321, 1072 MA
The Danish Girl: 3rd August, 9pm, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR
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Where comedy and the erotic meet in an extravagant display of vaudeville. Experience the glitz, glamour and fetish heavy side of this colourful celebration. The night is hosted by Olifanttakeover Pornoclowns and guests, of course! Dj and Vj Alex Kaseta will keep the evening swinging along nicely.
28th July, 8pm, Kerkstraat 52, 1017 GM Amsterdam, Nederland
Legendary grand Diva Marlene Dietrich is, for many of the LGBT community, a model of liberation and subversion, beauty, perfection and sensuality. This Gala tribute as part of EuroPride 2016 celebrates Dietrich’s magic, repetoire, photos and films. Her life story is told in biographies and documentaries, inspired by performers and artists all over the world. Her spirit will be brought to life on the big screen and persented on stage with a host of international artists.
29th – 30th July, 9pm, Reguliersbreestraat 26, 1017 CN
7. Party at Reguliersdwarsstraat
You’d be hard pressed to find a corner of Amsterdam that isn’t gay friendly. But Reguliersdwarsstraat is the place to head for the full gay experience. As Amsterdam’s most famous and trendy gay street, head here to find an eclectic mixture of super gay friendly coffeeshops, lifestyle shops, hairdressers, restaurants, bars and clubs – it’s got it all! The area has a real village-like character, right in the centre of the city. Of course, this is the main area to party during Pride!
8. Artsy days
If the sun isn’t on your side then why not head to one of Amsterdam’s many museums to take in some cultural sights? There’s lots of exhibitions running specifically as part of the Pride celebrations, exploring themes such as identity, gender and LGBT rights. We’re particularly excited about the collection of vintage self-portraits by Peter Berlin at Go Gallery. ‘Gender Free Zone‘ at beeldendgesproken also sounds like an interesting bet. With portraits of people with both male and female characteristics, it supports van Velzen’s opinion that sex is not binary, but a continuum with infinite variations.
As the official European Pride City 2016, the year’s celebrations are bound to end in a big way! There’ll be a massive stage at Rembrandtplein where a whole host of Dutch artists and DJs will put on a non-stop 9 hour show to celebrate the end of Pride.