The Pride week in Amsterdam

The Pride week in Amsterdam has started again and lasts until Sunday August 4. It is one of the largest pride events in the world and the only one with a parade on the water.

The Pride Amsterdam originated as a memory of the Stonewall riots of 50 years ago. For 5 days in June 1969, New York was under the spell of the riots in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood when police closed the gay bar The Stonewall Inn. At the time, the police were known to often harass gay and minority groups and often didn't hesitate to use violence against them. Eventually people from the neighbourhood decided to revolt and this led to a major turnaround in the history of LGBT. It was the start for demonstrations all over the world.

7 years after the Stonewall riots, the first major demonstrations took place in the Netherlands, which eventually became an annual event called Pink Saturday (and still exists) since 1979. Unlike the Amsterdam Pride, 'Roze Zaterdag' has a demonstrative character

From 1996 the Amsterdam Pride was conceived as an open party for everyone, without this having to have a political or emancipating goal. The characteristic feature of Amsterdam Pride is the impressive Canal Pride at the end of the Pride Week. In total 80 different boats sail from the east to west of Amsterdam. An impressive spectacle that attracts many visitors from all over the world.

A selection from this year's Pride Week agenda.

1) Canal Pride

The boats will start at the Scheepvaart museum at the eastern part of the city center moving towards the Amstel river. The floats will continue from there taking the Prinsengracht towards the Westerdok.

The Canal Parade starts around 12.30 pm and will take all afternoon. Enjoy the parade from one of the (busy) bridges or rom the canal quays. After the parade, bisit one of the street parties to party on.

When? Saturday from 12:30 until 17:00

Route? Oosterdok – Nieuwe Herengracht – Amstel – Prinsengracht – Westerdok

2) Pink Tour at the Rijksmuseum

Pink at the Rijksmuseum: This special tour uses works of art in the Rijksmuseum to portray the history of homosexuality in the Netherlands: from the 16th until the 20th century, from Sodom and Gomorra to the pink triangle.

When? Every day between 28th of July – 4th of August 2019 at 11 AM in Dutch and 2 PM in English. The tour lasts for one hour.

Where? Rijksmuseum

3) Tour Homosexuality in the animal kingdom

During Pride Amsterdam, homosexual behaviour in the animal kingdom will be in the spotlight in ARTIS. Homosexual behaviour in the animal kingdom has already been observed among 1500 bird species and mammals. Both males and females sniff, jump and touch each other. You can join this tour for free when you have a ticket to ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo.

When? Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 until 15:30.

Where? Artis ZOO Amsterdam

4) Play 'Small Town Boy'

Small Town Boy, a reference to Bronski Beat’s hit, tells the story of a boy from the countryside who cannot identify with the world imposed upon him as he grows up. Fleeing repression and lack of recognition, he moves to the big city where he can rediscover himself, find space to experiment and to define identity through resistance. There is much to enjoy in this big, new world: but a life full of personal, political and sexual freedom brings its own complexities. Is it possible to become a different person?

When? Every day during the Pride from 20:00 until 22:15

Where? International Theater Amsterdam

5) Exhibition 'Never again in the closet!'

The exhibition ‘Never again in the closet!’ aims to increase the visibility of elderly pink people by giving a glimpse into the lives of older gay women and men. With photos and stories of ordinary and unusual lives of people in which homosexuality is an important but not the only aspect. Elements will also be recognized for people who are not homosexual. Free entrance.

When? Every day during the Pride Week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Waar? Osdorperhof

Interested in which other events will be organized during the Pride Week?

Here you can find the agenda!