At the start of August, Stockholm will once again celebrate Pride. All over the city there will be music, parties and workshops as restaurants, museums and clubs join in the celebrations. Want to know exactly where in the city you need to be to join in the Stockholm Pride festival? Keep reading for our guide to the best Stockholm Pride locations.
This year’s theme for Stockholm Pride is Time to profess colour. With this theme the organisation hopes to form a united LGBTQ movement, with lots of allies, for everyone’s right to love, be their true self, and to live the life they want. Everyone is called upon to profess their colour, their support, in their day to day lives, at work and sport associations, and while attending activities during the week long Stockholm Pride from 1 to 7 August.
The main Pride festival area in Stockholm is Pride Park, which arises in Östermalm’s IP. Pride Park is in many ways the heart of the festival, where festival-goers, exhibitors, performers and volunteers come together to create Stockholm's biggest festival! From Wednesday 3 August to Saturday 6 August, every night at Pride Park features fantastic artists, stands, restaurants and bars for music and parties.
The main stage is set up in the middle of Pride Park and sees both the opening and closing ceremonies of Stockholm Pride, as well as the opera sing-a-long, drag and burlesque shows and the ever popular Schlager party which will be full of surprises. Throughout Pride Park there will be restaurant tents with classic festival food, though focussed on quality and green options, and a range of food trucks with influences and flavours from around the world.
Part of Pride Park is set aside for the Kinky Quarter, which is entirely dedicated to fetish, leather and BDSM. The area will be a safe place for play, exploration and curiosity, and is only open to those 18 and older. The most popular part of Kinky Quarter is the try-on corner, where visitors can experience rope-work, spanking and whipping with the help of experienced BDSM practitioners.
On Saturday 6 August the Pride Parade will make its way through the city centre from City Hall to Pride Park, along a 4.5 km long route. The Pride Parade in Stockholm is Scandinavia’s largest Pride with around 50.000 participants and 500.000 spectators in the crowd. The parade is a joyful and colourful manifestation of love for human rights and a demonstration for everyone’s right to love and be who they are.
This year, the Clarion Hotel Stockholm is home to Pride House. This is where democratic discourse and important meetings take place during Stockholm Pride. The doors of Pride House are open every day from Monday 1 to Friday 5 August from noon to 6 pm.
Here organisations, associations, companies, political parties and individuals can meet and exchange experiences and talk about issues and challenges for the LGBTQ community. And you can also join in workshops, author talks, debates and visit an art gallery at Pride House.
On the fourth floor of the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, at Lava is the home of the Pride Young programme. Here those between 14 – 25 years can visit to do crafts, arrange placards or costumes for the parade, fix pronoun pins and much, much more. There are also visits from, among others, Popkollo, RFSL Ung, Lesbisk makt (with LM BIPOC-Q), and Aro/Ace. The doors of Lava are open every day of the week, and there is always someone there to help you create your vision.
You can read about all the different Pride events at the different locations in Stockholm on the Stockholm Pride website. There are around 500 activities during Stockholm Pride, so there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy in the Swedish capital.