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Ten of the most exciting events to check out at EuroPride

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Ten of the most exciting events to check out at EuroPride
A previous Pride march makes its way through Stockholm. Photo: Erik Simander / TT
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EuroPride is being hosted by Stockholm and Gothenburg this summer, with hundreds of events from talks and seminars to culture and club nights. There will be museum collections and tours of the city dedicated to LGBT perspectives, as well as a wide range of film, musical and theatre performances. We've picked out ten highlights from this year's programme.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Throughout EuroPride, Stockholm's Zita cinema will be showing films with LGBT themes and the annual showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show are sure to have an electrifying atmosphere, with costumes and audience participation highly encouraged. Tickets are 120 kronor, with a 25 kronor discount if you have a EuroPride ticket, as well as for students and the unemployed.

When: July 27th-August 3rd (not on Sundays), 10pm-11.30

Where: Zita Folkets Bio, Stockholm

Photo exhibition: Then and now

This is a rare chance to see photographs taken by members of the military in the 19th century, which have been donated by private individuals. The goal of the exhibition is to inspire discussions about norms in the army and wider society back then and today, and how things have changed. Free entry.

When: July 31st-August 5th, 10-5pm

Where: Armémuséum, Stockholm



Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

Hidden History tours

This 75-minute tour will teach you about Stockholm's gay and queer history, from the Viking Ages to the city's current status as a world leader in sexual and gender equality. A great way to learn about the Swedish capital's past from a perspective you might not have heard before. The tour is run by Flaming Viking and tickets cost 200 kronor.

When: July 27th-August 3rd, various times

Where: Gamla Stan, Stockholm

Cinema Queer Pride Beach Party

Summer 2018 has provided plenty of beach weather, and this party is a great chance to celebrate EuroPride with food and drinks by the water. It's also the open air Swedish premiere of comedy film Hurricane Bianca 2: From Russia with Hate. Entry is free.

When: August 2nd, from 9pm

Where: Smedsuddsbadet, Kungsholmen, Stockholm

EuroPride parade, Stockholm

With almost 50,000 participants and a hundred times as many spectators, Stockholm's pride parade is the largest in the Nordics every year so this event is bound to be something special. Follow the colourful parade through the city, a journey that should take around two hours to reach the Pride Park at Östermalms IP.

When: August 4th, 1pm

Where: Starts by Stockholm's City hall in Kungsholmen



A pride parade setting off from the City Hall. Photo: Erik Simander / TT

Drop-in weddings

Whichever city you're celebrating EuroPride in, there's the chance for a drop-in wedding for couples, with Swedish and English language ceremonies possible. All you need to do in advance is get the required permission from the Tax Agency.

When: August 1st-3rd, 4-8pm (Stockholm), and August 14th-19th, 1-6pm (Gothenburg)

Where: The EuroPride Park in each city

Queer merengue workshop

Run by Gothenburg dance company Queer Salsa, this is a chance to meet new people and learn a new dance in a welcoming environment -- no need to bring a partner. There's a second workshop from 4pm the same day which is exclusively for men, so choose whichever is right for you.

When: August 14th, 2.30pm-3.15

Where: Artisten - Österlingsalen (D504), Gothenburg

Bananarama concert

They're one of the biggest bands of the '80s and this one-off event could well be the last chance to see Bananarama in Sweden. It should be one of EuroPride's musical highlights and an all round great night out.

When: August 14th, 7pm-8.30

Where: Liseberg, Gothenburg


Bananarama. Photo: Grant Pollard/Invision/AP

Silent Disco VR

Virtual reality technology, music and design will meet in this event, a first in the Nordics according to organizers. 

When: August 14th-19th, from 12

Where: Brewhouse, Kungstorget, Gothenburg

Yoga

Whether or not you regularly practise yoga, this session is aimed at building up self-confidence and "inner pride". The class will take place in both Swedish and English.

When: August 17th, 12.45-1.30

Where: EuroPride Park Stage

You can find the full programme for each city at EuroPride's website.

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