Thursday, June 28, coinciding with the International LGTBI Pride Day, kicks off the program of celebrations and protest acts of Pride Barcelona 2018 with the proclamation of the Pride at 7 p.m. at Plaça Universitat. This year La Terremoto de Alcorcón, Sharonne and Merche Mar will start the celebrations of the biggest pride in Barcelona.
A Pride Barcelona that opens a new image and that launches a message of love to all citizens and tourists under the slogan #allmyloving, with the aim of recovering the Pride of the Pride of Barcelona that, during the last decade, has managed to position itself as the greatest Mediterranean event with more than 260,000 attendees in the last edition. In the words of Eloi Morte, Director of Pride, “We expect more than 350,000 attendees this year and increased the economic impact of the event in the city to 64 million euros, 60% more than the previous year.”
Also on June 28, after the proclamation at 9 p.m., emblematic buildings of the city will illuminate with the colors of the rainbow flag. This art installation can be seen at Casa Batlló, Hotel W, Torre Glories, Las Arenas shopping center or El Molino which support the LGTBI rights.
One of the biggest renovations is that PRIDE Barcelona returns to Avenida María Cristina. The legendary avenue will become the heart of PRIDE BCN on June 29 and 30 and will have three main spaces: PRIDE VILLAGE with LGTBI associations, talks, activities and of course a large restaurant area with food trucks, and much more; PRIDE KIDS with activities and children’s elements where families are the protagonists; MAIN STAGE with music, Drag Queens exhibition, Djs and the performances of artists from the national and international scene.
On Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m., the traditional “Heels Race” will take place on Avenida María Cristina, for which no prior registration is required. At 7.15 p.m., the PRIDE DRAG EXHIBITION will begin, the show in which the best Drags from Barcelona will participate with music, humor, impossible looks and a lot of talent on stage. Starting at 9 p.m., performances will begin with Conchita (Winner of Eurovision 2014), Ms. Nina and King Jedet, Camela and Loreen (Winner of Eurovision 2012).
The implementation of the sport is one of the novelties of this edition with an important event on Saturday June 30 from 11 a.m. until noon with the Masterclass by Magali Dalix, athlete and creator of the well-known high-performance training method Magali Train Better, whose goal is to beat an attendance sports record.
On Saturday 30 at 5 p.m., the Manifestation will begin with the theme “For LGTBI Refugees”. The march will start from the Parc de les Tres Xemeneies, will go through Paral.lel Avenue and will arrive at María Cristina at 7 p.m., where the Manifesto of this edition “Pride is welcoming” will be read. The events on Saturday will take place under the attendance of Ada Colau, Alcaldessa de Barcelona, Roger Torrent, President of the Parliament of Catalonia and Alba Vergés, Councilor of Health, among other authorities and political representatives.
Furthermore, Casa Batlló, Antoni Gaudí’s architectural jewel, will offer an innovative show at the Pride Barcelona float parade, together with the musical company ‘Music has no limits’. Casa Batlló, under the motto ‘Let’s love’ aims to support the rights of LGTBI refugees with a message of love, freedom and authenticity. In turn, a cast of 60 dancers of modern, contemporary dance and acrobats, along with the master of ceremonies Javier Enguix will configure a unique event for all audiences. Starting at 7pm, ‘Music has no limits’ will perform on the main stage and perform master pieces of music before the Manifesto.
The fulminant finish of this years Pride Barcelona will start at 8 p.m.. La Prohibida, Papa Topo, Natalia, Eleni Foureira (second placed in the Eurovision 2018), Gala and Rebeka Brown will perform during the closing ceremony.
More information: pridebarcelona.org.