From June 4th to 9th, during the Baltic Pride festival, the jazz bar “Paviljonas” will become a space for the LGBT community – Pride House. Throughout the week, various LGBT community events – lectures, discussions, workshops, concerts – will take place.
The lively Baltic Pride week started with the official Pride House opening on June 4th.
During the opening ceremony from 18h, there will be an opportunity to get a close look on the free events of the Baltic Pride, enjoy a glass of wine and win ‘’Baltic Pride’’ merchandise and invitations to the biggest events of the Pride week. Afterwards, Vitalijus Špokaitis – the alter ego of an actor and singer Dominykas Vaitiekūnas – surprised the audience with his energetic performance.
Vitalijus Špokaitis – a character who calls himself a “spiritual influencer”, performed a witty musical stand-up performance, during which by imitation of ‘’TEDx’’ monologues, musical performance was mixed with amusing tales about emotional LGBT experiences, shared by many in the 21st century.
During the Baltic Pride week, Pride House will be a home to various events which will be open not only for the members of the LGBT community, but also the allies of the community. Here, everyone who supports the LGBT community and equality is welcome.
Inspiring stories and experiences will be shared by the US diplomat Meghan Lucket, activists from the LGBT community center in Saint Petersburg, representatives from the Swedish police forces, who work with hate crime prevention and others. Besides that, many discussions and workshops will also take place during the Pride week: discussion about the LGBT employee rights, LGBT community health problems, LGBT terminology, experiences of transgender individuals after change of their legal documents, healthy and supportive relationships and queer creative workshop.
Throughout the whole week in the Pride House an exhibition “When the invisible becomes visible” by Viktorija O., Elena Vėgėlytė and Deimantė Rudžinskaitė will take place. In their exhibition, the artists will explore different and contrasting aspects of our identities and expressions.
On the eve of the March for Equality, in Pavilijonas, drag queens from Lithuania and Denmark – Regany Sparks, Vanda Saiko, Hime Umiko Saiko and Brynhildr the ViQueen – will put on a spectacular show. The performers will surprise the audience with their humorous skits, lipsync performances, vogue dance numbers, and of course, by their eye-catching looks. After an eventful Baltic Pride week, Pavilijonas be hosting Sunday brunch.
Pride House on Facebook.