For the thirteenth time we celebrate Gay Pride in Reykjavík. Our cosy little pride, originally visited by some fifteen hundred onlookers, has blossomed and evolved into a colourful four-day celebration that attracts well over 80 thousand guests from all over the world. Reykjavík Gay Pride is, in fact, one of the biggest small Prides in the world.
Gay Pride is an unquestionably important event for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Iceland. The festival promotes visibility and courage and provides us with a platform to manifest our pride before our fellow citizens. The celebrations not only mark a successful stage in our struggle, but they are also one of the most vibrant and popular events on Reykjavík’s cultural calendar. By participating in the event in such large numbers, the Icelandic people have shown us valuable support, recognition and respect.
This year, we have organised a programme that runs from August 4 to 7, combining a colourful array of Icelandic artists and varied events. Even though our nation’s economy has seen brighter days, the Reykjavík Gay Pride aims to promote joy, solidarity and support for one another during times of hardship.
I welcome you all to the thirteenth annual Reykjavík Gay Pride and wish you a wonderful time!
Þorvaldur Kristinsson, President of Reykjavík Gay Pride
GAY PRIDE 2011 PROGRAMME
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4
09:00 The Official Pride Club Trúnó opens
16:00 Press Meeting in English at the Queer Center, Laugavegur 3, 4th floor.
20:00 Opening Ceremony at Háskólabíó Movie Theater, Hagatorg, 107 Reykjavík.
Hafsteinn Þórólfsson, Never the Bride, Hnotubrjótarnir, Bloodgroup, and MaryJet will perform, followed by a Pride Party with free beverages. Admission 1800 ISK. VIP Cards valid.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
09:00 Pride Club Trúnó opens
20:00 Classic Pride at Harpa Concert Hall – Northern Lights Auditorium. The concert features eleven Icelandic classical musicians. Free admission.
21:30 Queer Cruise from the Reykjavík Old Harbour, Ægisgarður. Admission 2000 ISK. VIP Platinum valid.
23:00 Boys Dance at Club Barbara. Admission 1500 ISK. VIP Cards valid.
23:00 Queer Cruise Party at Club Trúnó. Free admission.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
09:00 Pride Club Trúnó opens for the parade warm-up
12:00 Pride Parade line-up at Vatnsmýrarvegur (close to the BSI Bus Terminal)
14:00 Gay Pride Parade starts down Sóleyjargata, Fríkirkjuvegur and Lækjargata to Arnarhóll.
15:30 Outdoor Concert at Árnarhóll, a grassy hill between Kalkofnsvegur, Hverfisgata, Ingólfsstræti and the Central Bank of Iceland. Performers include Paul Oscar, Lay Low, The Esoteric Gender, Never the Bride, Gunni & Felix, MaryJet, Bloodgroup, and Hera Björk
00:00 Girls Dance with DJ Kolla at Club SQUARE on Lækjartorg. 1500 ISK. VIP Cards valid.
00:00 Pride Dance at Club Barbara. VIP Cards valid.
00:00 Pride Dance with DJ Paul Oscar at NASA. VIP Cards valid.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
09:00 Pride Club Trúnó opens
14:30 Rainbow Family Festival on Viðey Island with entertainment and games. Boats start sailing at 11:15
17:00 Elín Ey and other entertainers at Trúnó
20:00 Lab Loki Theater Company presents The Traitor at Tjarnarbíó Theater. An actor takes on a journey into Jean Genet’s world. Performed in Icelandic. Admission 1000 ISK.
Queer films shown at the movie theater Bío Paradís at Hverfisgata 54 throughout the festival week. More information: www.bioparadis.is