EuroPride Arrives in Oslo

At the end of June every year, Oslo hoists the rainbow flag in honour of Skeive Dager, the LGBT Pride festival. This year there's a twist, as the travelling brand that is EuroPride takes over, making the festival bigger than ever before. To give you a flavour of what to expect, here is a selection of photos from Skeive Dager 2011:

Oslo LGBT Pride

Skeive Dager

Oslo Pride Park

For me, Pride events are always a bit confusing: are they are a party, or are they political? In the UK, most Pride events are almost exclusively geared towards party these days. Here in Norway there are political rallies and debates, but the party still seems to dominate.

Although I won't be going myself this year (too busy here in T-Town right now!), here is what you've got to look forward to down in Oslo:

Pride Park

The centre of the festival right in front of City Hall. Expect concerts, shows, exhibitions, rallies, community stalls, music, dancing, a ladies corner, and of course, lashings of coffee and beer! The busiest day at Pride Park will be Saturday, straight after the Pride Parade. Which brings me nicely on to…

Pride Parade

The highlight for many festival goers is the main parade through the streets of Oslo. This year it will be held this Saturday, 28 June from 1pm. Expect colour, camp and a whole load of laughs as the parade travels from Grønland into the city centre along Grensen, turning down onto Karl Johans gate, passing directly in front of Stortinget (the Norwegian Parliament) before arriving at the Pride Park area.

Pride House

The arena for political debates at the Museum of Cultural History on Frederiks gate. Most of these have already taken place as attention now shifts from the serious part of the festival into the fun, but some events remain scheduled for tomorrow.

A whole bunch of other events are taking place all over the city, including a celebration of EuroPride at the Nobel Peace Centre next to the Pride Park. For the full programme, click here.

Supporting LGBT Rights

Fair play to the American and British Embassies in Oslo, who are showing their support this week in very visible ways!

British Embassy Oslo

US Embassy Oslo

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About the Author: David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

1 Comment

  1. Interesting that there is a stronger political tangent in Norwegian pride events than the UK events.

    I always thought that the political side dominates when inequality prevails. But the granting of equality rights calms the political pressures, leaving a void of purpose for the Pride events. This is filled by party, music and fun.

    I remember when equal age of consent and the repeal of section 28 were the key focus points for many years in the UK. After these were achieved, the spirits calmed and focus moved to partnership and marriage. Now the focus is mostly on party.

    But Norway had always been ahead of the UK on LGBT issues so I am curious to discover what is the political focus. Perhaps international discrimination?

    My move from the UK to Trondheim is coming up soon, so maybe next year I will be able to answer this myself.

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