It’s Berlin Gay Pride Time! And we have the round up of all the relevant and fun festivals, events and parties that surround it this year. Enjoy the “Berlin Gay Pride (CSD) and guide to the best parties”!
There is no question that Berlin is one of the friendliest LGBTQ+ cities in Europe. And this year, the Berlin Gay Pride celebrations will be even more especial! The same-sex marriage law has just been approved this past June, around the date of the historical Stonewall riots in New York.
The celebrations start one weekend before the official Pride date. On the 15th and 16th of July, the 25th edition of the Lebisch und Schwulles Stadtfest, also known as Motzfest, takes the area around Nollendorfplatz. It is a big festival with food/drink stalls, handicraft souvenirs, NGO’s, political parties and – of course – DJs and musical acts.
Also on Saturday, July 15th, the Pride Parade Berlin takes the streets of Neukölln and Kreuzberg. Starting at Hermannplatz and going until Mariannenplatz. The march starts at 15h00. Not to be confused with the main Berlin Gay Pride Parade, which happens the following weekend.
In the middle of the week, on Wednesday (July 19th), The Gay Night at the Zoo, will take over the Zoological Gardens. Expect live bands and DJs, creating a special atmosphere. A perfect opportunity to enjoy the company of our beloved “deers, koalas, bears, gorillas, otters” and many others. We wonder if the new “pandas” will be invited to the party! ; )
We are excited about Thursday, July 20th. The Schwules Museum will open their new exhibition “Odarodle: an imaginary their_story of naturepeoples, 1535-2017” . A manifestation/parade called “Keep On Dancing Till The World Ends” will preceed the main event and participants will walk from Motzstrasse 24 until the Gay Museum, on Lützowstrasse, 73.
The Dyke March Berlin takes center stage on July 21st! The girls and friends will start marching at 18:30 at Platz der Luftbrücke (Tempelhof/Kreuzberg) and will end around 20:30 at Südblock (Kottbusser Tor area). This year, the march will have the always powerful presence of Dykes on Bikes and promises to be the biggest Dyke March Berlin yet!
On the 22nd, the Berlin Gay Pride, also called CSD (Christopher Street Day), is the biggest annual gay event in Berlin. It gathers hundreds of thousands of people during the whole day. The Berlin Pride is actually composed of two parts: the Pride march (CSD Demo) and a big final rally (CSD Finale), both on Saturday.
The demonstration/march starts at 12h00, on the corner of Kurfürstendamm and Joachimsthaler Strasse and goes in the direction of Nollendorfplatz. It then passes by the Siegessäule (Victory Column), continues along the Strasse der 17. Juni and finishes at the Brandenburg Gate. The access to the march is open, making it possible to join in at any point.
Open from 14h00 until midnight, the final rally takes place in front of the Brandenburg Gate. There will be bands, acts and DJs performing on the main stage and also DJs playing on the sound cars along the Strasse der 17. Juni.
As a counter-demonstration of the mainstream Berin Gay Pride Parade, the Queer Liberation March will happen just after the official march. It starts at Friedrich-Hollaender Platz, passes by Lietzenburger Strasse and by the “gay core” on Fuggestrasse and Motzstrasse, and ends at Nollendorfplatz. They refer to their big sister parade as “a display in pinkwashing of corporate and state entities, whose presence in the march only serves to further their profits and power, as their policies exist only to further our oppression”. Expect a lot of political acts along their march!
Also as a “CSD Alternative”, a queer picnic takes place at Volkspark Hasenheide to “celebrate all identities with style, good food, drinks, music and sunshine”. There will be halal/kosher/vegan food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Profits will be used to the support a counseling organization called Schwulenberatung Berlin.
On to the Berlin Gay Pride parties!
For those who are just interested in parties (nothing wrong with that), there will be options to please us all. The opening party, on Friday 21st, is REVOLVER, on its Pride Heroes edition. The party will take place at KitKatClub, offering techno music in two dance floors. There is no dress code and the coatcheck is free. So, undress to impress!
On Saturday 22nd, Unity Pride will be the official party, a joint-venture among some of the most known gay parties in Berlin, including B:EAST, REVOLVER, GMF, Pornceptual and MELT. They promise to create a “mammoth event”, expecting more than 4,000 guests at Funkhaus Berlin, the former headquarters of the East German radio broadcasting center. With three dance floors and an open air area, 14 DJs will provide a variety of music styles, like house, electro, techno, pop and hip hop, that will certainly please (almost) every taste.
SchwuZ is also throwing a Berlin Gay Pride (CSD) Party, reuniting their best DJs from parties like Popkicker, Madonnamania, bump! and Kiezdisko, plus special guest DJs and drag shows.
A marathon party has been prepared by Buttons on its CSD 46 Hour Edition (!), from Friday night until Sunday, with house and techno on the dance floor and on the garden of ://about party, including a daytime darkroom and the return of the mud wrestling contest.
For the “Proll aesthetics” lovers, Hunters 4 – NEON Wonderland – Pride Edition 2017, will take place at Untertage, where a foam dance floor will certainly ensure a lot of fun. On Friday, at Reizbar, Sneakfreaxx will promote a CSD Special edition, promising hot guys with the biggest feet in town!
The party collective Exquisite Berlin will seize the opportunity to celebrate their 11th anniversary at Suicide Circus, with an open air area, an indoor floor and a dark room. And not far from there, Berghain, obviously, will also do a special CSD edition of their “hors-concours” Klubnacht.
Closing the weekend, on Sunday 23rd, GMF will happen at its venue next to Alexanderplatz. The party will start at 21h00 on the rooftop, one of the best spots to enjoy a sunset view in Berlin.
Happy Pride everyone!
This article was proudly written by Domingos Lepores and proudly edited by Tulio Edreira.