In a tough competition with cities such as Barcelona, Milan, Manchester, it is the Latvian capital Riga which has won the right to host the largest pan-European LGBT event EUROPRIDE 2015. It is a huge achievement by the Latvian LGBT and their friends’ association MOZAIKA, which was founded in 2006, and have organized several prides, and has created the Baltic Pride concept. 2012. Baltic Pride took place from the end of May until the beginning of June of this year in Riga.
The first Europride was organized in London in 1992. In 2000, Europride was replaced by WorldPride, which took place in Rome. In 2012, the event happened in Warsaw – it was the first time the event is hosted by a former communist country. The priority of Warsaw was demanding the legalization of same-sex partnerships. In 2012, Europride took place in London but next year it will go to Marseille. The year before Riga, Europride will take place in Oslo. Latvia will organize the 22nd annual Europride.
Major cultural activities, human rights conferences, concerts, art exhibitions and other activities are planned for Riga Europride.
Europride in Riga will happen at the same time as the Republic of Latvia will hold the European Union Presidency (beginning of the year to the middle of the year). Latvian Europride will become the first country furthest to the east to host such an event. It will allow for regional cooperation and work with the former Soviet republics where LGBT human rights are even less protected than in Latvia.
Latvian Europride is planning to emphasize EU affairs, human rights, health, support for LGBT activists, culture and sports, and entertainment. There will also be the pride march. Riga Europride organizers will cooperate with the Lithuanian and Estonian LGBT organizations. The event will have its own visual identity (logo, etc.) and a wide international promotion campaign. This will become a great opportunity for Riga to welcome a very large number of international guests and show it as a strong European capital, as well as the chance to become the regional leader in human rights issues.
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