All our events will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania
When: 7.00 PM – 9.00 PM
On Thursday 16 June Pride Voices will take place in the Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre, inviting internationally distinguished LGBT* people and allies to share their personal testimonies within the broader struggle for LGBT* equality. The list of speakers includes Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (the former Prime Minister of Iceland) and her wife, Jónína Leósdóttir (journalist and writer), Ulrike Lunacek (Vice President of the European Parliament), Judy Shepard and Dennis Shepard (parents of Matthew Shepard) and Wamala Dennis Mawejje (LGBT* activist from Uganda).
Pride Voices event on Facebook.
International Baltic Pride 2016 Human Rights Conference “Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Emerging International Consensus and Local Opportunities”
When: 8.30 AM – 3.30 PM
The National LGBT* Rights Organization LGL cordially invites you to the one-day international human rights conference “Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Emerging International Consensus and Local Opportunities”, which will be organized within the framework of Baltic Pride 2016 events, on June 17th. It is organized with the view of discussing the international and European movement towards legal recognition of same-sex relationships and exploring legal, social and cultural implications of this phenomenon. The conference aims at raising legal awareness among the general public and policy makers regarding the non-existent possibility for legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Lithuania. At the moment only six (6) member states of the European Union do not provide for any possibility for legal recognition of same-sex relationships. With the view of ensuring the effective implementation of the right to respect for private and family life within the European legal space, it is necessary to further stimulate public discourse on legal protection of rainbow families not only in Lithuania, but also in the broader region.
The conference event is also on Facebook.
When: 7.00 PM – 10.00 PM
Support Baltic Pride 2016 by taking part in this exceptional event! The Baltic Pride Fundraising Pride Gala offers you a delicious three-course menu alongside with a selected program. Moderator and performer Paulius Ambrazevičius will lead you through the evening with two extraordinary performances by internationally known celebrities, an encouraging speech, and a raffle with exclusive prices. You will meet leading personalities from all across Europe in a pleasant ambient, and have the opportunity to exchange your efforts as a member or ally of the LGBT* community. The full profit of the Fundraising Pride Gala goes into covering the direct costs of the Baltic Pride 2016 events. Lean back, relish, and enjoy!
The Pride Gala tickets can be purchased here.
Pride Gala event on Facebook.
When: 12.00 PM – 2.30 PM
We cannot believe it but the Baltic Pride March for Equality is coming back to the streets of Vilnius for the third time in the history of Lithuania. This time it is even more courageous, even more joyful, even more colorful – “WE ARE PEOPLE, NOT PROPAGANDA!” YOU can be a part of the LGBT* movement in Lithuania as well! Already on June 18th a colorful crowd will flood the streets of Vilnius with a very simple message – equality and diversity is of a benefit and not of a detriment for our society. Join us and show them all, how courageous, diverse and open-minded our city is!
On June 18th (Saturday) we will be gathering on Gediminas Avenue alongside the Lukiškės Square (between the streets of J. Tumo-Vaižganto and Vasario 16-osios) at noon. The crowd will start marching on Gediminas Avenue towards the Cathedral at 1 PM. Upon reaching the Cathedral, we will proceed alongside the Šventaragio street towards the Bernardine Garden. We will enter the Bernardine Garden through the main gates on Barboros Radvilaitės street. In the Bernardine Garden next to the “music fountain” we will find a little stage, where the closing speeches will be delivered. We are supposed to arrive to the Bernardine Garden by 3 PM, while the event will be wrapped up by 4 PM.
Please note, that there is NO PRIOR REGISTRATION REQUIRED with the view of participating in the Baltic Pride March for Equality. Just take your good energy, your lovely friends and join us on June 18th between noon and 1 PM by the Lukiškės Square. In case you are planning on marching with a group of more than ten (10) individuals, feel free to fill in this informational form.
The #BP16 March for Equality is also on Facebook.
When: 2.30 PM – 4.00 PM
Where: Bernardine Garden, Vilnius
The March for Equality will culminate by gathering the LGBT* community and their allies in the public park of the Bernardine Garden, located in the historic Old Town of the city. Get ready for some inspiring speeches and some enjoyable time under the sunshine in one of the most beautiful public spaces of our lovely city Vilnius, before our Pride Park Concert starts! A free bus will take you at 3:00 PM, at 3:40 PM and at 4:20 to the location of the final celebration of the festival, where various national and international artists will receive you and cheer up your evening!
When: 4.30 PM – 10.00 PM
After the Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality, which will take place on Gediminas Avenue on June 18th, all the LGBT* community members and friends are invited to the art factory LOFTAS for a delightful Baltic Pride Park Concert.
Baltic Pride Park Concert will feature the legendary winner of the Eurovision Song Contest Dana International, who is well known for her world-famous hits “Diva” and “Ding Dong”. She will be joined by the Lithuanian representative to this year’s Eurovision Donny Montell, whose charm and talent impress not only the girls’ hearts. The outline of the concert will culminate with the iconic DJ Leomeo from France, who spins his thrilling sets of music on the dance floors across the globe. BALTIC PRIDE PARK concert will also feature the performer from Ukraine Maria Katseva, the drag queen from France LaDiva Live, Lithuanian singer Sasha Song and the winner of the Lithuanian Music Academy Ruslanas Kirilkinas.
Baltic Pride Park Concert is not only an entertainment event, but also a cultural space. During the event you will be invited to participate in the design fair of the most talented Lithuanian designers, craftsmen and architects of style and other pretty stuff, to purchase goods from the official #BalticPride store, check your status in the tent of the association “Demetra” and to taste some fabulous snacks from food vending trucks. And the most important thing is that loads of smiley faces will be waiting for you in the Baltic Pride Park Cooncert! BALTIC PRIDE IS OUR PRIDE!
The Baltic Pride Park Concert will be ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE. There also will be buses transporting people from the Bernardine Garden to LOFTAS free of charge after the Baltic Pride 2016 March for Equality, as previously mentioned.
Stay tuned by attending the Baltic Pride Park Concert Facebook event!
Official Baltic Pride 2016 Closing Party
When: 10.00 PM
The legendary LGBT* space SOHO Club opens its doors for the special Baltic Pride 2016 after party. Let’s dance the night away!
In the cozy surroundings of the park, under the trees and sunbeams, a Jazz Bar is hiding. Paviljonas is the place where culture, art and entertainment come together, with a wide variety of events just waiting for you to join. Seeking to celebrate the diversity of the entire LGBT* community, the Pride House will explore the different shades of Queer. It’s an experience you definitely don’t want to miss!
There you’ll find also the Rainbow InfoPoint, where you can find maps and information about all the Baltic Pride festival events and have the chance to purchase marvelous festival merchandise to support LGBT* rights in Lithuania!
With different events every day, the schedule is full of different options for every kind of taste:
Intersex: medicine, sociology, psychology, advocacy – On Monday at 3 PM
Staying safe, healthy and fabulous (LT) – On Tuesday at 3.30 PM
All the shades of sexuality – On Tuesday at 5.45 PM
Beyond gender binarism: between “he” and “she” (LT/EN) – On Wednesday at 1 PM
Bisex speed-dating (LT) – On Wednesday at 9 PM
Building bridges, not walls: how to be a good ally – On Thursday at 2 PM
#IDAHOTby: queer representation in Belarus – On Thursday at 9 PM
Joy of sport for all – On Friday at 4 PM
TOUCH – On Friday at 7 PM
#BP16 closing brunch – On Sunday at 12 PM
Cinema centre “Skalvija”, A. Goštauto Str. 2/15
Cinema “Pasaka”, Šv. Ignoto Str. 4/3
French Cultural Institute, Didžioji Str. 1
Swedish Embassy, Didžioji Str. 16, and others
Vilnius LGBT* festival “Kreivės” is a cultural and social initiative which started three years ago. Building on earlier and cooperating with concurrent queer initiatives, we aspire to be a unique space for film screenings, events and community building.
This year’s programme includes an art exhibition “Bodies”, 19 feature and 73 short films, meetings with filmmakers and activists from Lithuania and abroad, discussions, literary readings, parties.
Entrance to the film screenings costs at least 1 euro cent. You can purchase your tickets at the screening venues or at the “Kreivės” centre (Didžioji Str. 16) on the day of the screening or one day before.