2016 Prague Pride highlights the right to love
The sixth annual Prague Pride festival celebrating sexual minorities kicks off in the Czech capital on Monday with a concert on Střelecký Island. The week-long festival offers more than 130 events, including debates, film screenings and exhibitions, and will culminate with a colourful parade through the city centre on Saturday. I asked Prague Pride spokesperson Bohdana Rambousková about the main topic of this year’s festival and the events taking place.
Who are some of the VIP guests and supporters this year?
“We will welcome over 30 VIP guests both from the Czech Republic and abroad and the biggest star – if I can put it that way –is Omar Sharif Jr., the grandson of the famous actor. He is the first person to “come out” in the Arab world. He was born in Egypt and of course after coming out he had to leave the country. Currently he lives in Canada and he is coming to the Czech Republic to share his story, his ideas and his LBGT activism.”
The event is traditionally supported by the US Embassy and Prague City Hall, is it not?
The week-long festival traditionally culminates with a parade – how many people are you expecting?
“The parade will traditionally take place on Saturday and last year we had over 30,000 people taking part. We were very lucky because we had very nice weather and we hope that this year it will be the same and at least the same number of people will join us –either for the parade or for the music festival that follows at Letná Park.”
Does the festival attract a lot of foreign visitors?
Has the festival changed in any way over the years?