The Local’s Guide to Stockholm Pride 2012

As Scandinavia’s biggest Pride festival kicks off in Stockholm, contributor Salomon Rogberg takes a look at some of the highlights of the week-long celebration.

The Local’s Guide to Stockholm Pride 2012

“This will be the best festival ever and finally it begins,” said festival manager Alf Kjeller in a statement on Tuesday.

This year, Stockholm Pride 2012 will be running between July 31th and August 4th.

Pride is the largest festival in the nordic countries highlighting LGBTQ issues. Each year the parade itself – which will take place on Saturday – attracts around 500,000 people to the streets of Stockholm.

This year’s theme – together– is meant to acknowledge what people can do together; stand up against injustices, change society and create love.

Apart from joining the parade or simply enjoying a nice day out watching it, the festival is also – as always – jam packed with things to do.

There are many seminars and debates to go to, theatre acts to watch, burlesque tea parties to attend, or even pornographic films to watch.

For The Local’s guide to the ten top venues and events to visit during Stockholm Pride click HERE.

The festival is not an event exclusively for those who are queer, gay, bisexual or transgender, say organizers, but also a “time and place for considering everyone’s equal value as well as for celebration and joy,”.

“Let the biggest love-fest begin,” the Pride organizers say on the site.

Salomon Rogberg

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).