This year’s Ljubljana’s Pride Parade took place on Saturday, 22nd of June and art.1 had the pleasure to be a part of it.
The parade happened on the last day of the Festival Parada Ponosa, which lasted for 12 days and included several cultural, performative, political, conversational and educational activities.
This year’s message focused on drawing attention to the culture of hate which targets LGBTIQ+ community and other marginalized groups.
On the morning before the parade, a bazaar took place in the streets of Ljubljana, as well as a Living Library, organized by Stichting art.1’s partner, Legebitra. The Living Library is a project which aims to encourage active dialogue as a way to tackle stereotypes and prejudices. In the library, the books are real people who are willing to share their real stories with whoever wishes to “read” them. This year’s topic was “Intersectionality” and it brought together 18 queer people who also belonged to or were somehow related to other minorities.
In the afternoon, the streets of Ljubljana were flooded with colors as 2500 people walked by, danced or even cycled along. Towards the end, the crowd gathered in one of the main squares to listen to the political speeches and to watch a supersized rainbow flag being released from the top of the city castle.
The evening went on with different artistic performances just before the party in Metelkova, which made possible for everyone to wrap up this very important day with lots of fun and dancing.