Thessaloniki to host EuroPride 2020
The Greek city of Thessaloniki will host EuroPride in 2020, following voting by members of the European Pride Organisers Association at their annual meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, in September 2017.
Thessaloniki Pride won a clear majority of votes in the second round of voting. Bergen Pride (Norway), The Belgian Pride (Brussels), and Hamburg Pride (Germany) were also standing.
Kristine Garina, President of the European Pride Organisers Association, said:
“To have four incredible bids as we did this year shows the importance of the Pride movement. And EuroPride in Thessaloniki will have a special resonance as it will be the first time in that region, and provide a focal point for LGBTI Pride activists across south east Europe. I congratulate Thessaloniki Pride on gathering such amazing support.”
“I also wish to thank the teams from Bergen, Brussels and Hamburg for putting together excellent bids. All could have easily hosted EuroPride, but there can be only one winner. They should all be very proud of what they created.”
Thanos Vlachogiannis of Thessaloniki Pride said:
“We would like to thank the members of the European Pride Organisers Association for granting Thessaloniki the honour and responsibility to host the 2020 EuroPride. It is a major opportunity for the LGBTI movement in Europe to show its solidarity and fight for equality and inclusion where the everyday battle for visibility and well being of LGBTI community takes place. This cornerstone decision reflects our determination to welcome EuroPride in south east Europe for the first time and deliver the message to our society and Europe that we can make breakthroughs despite the harsh conditions. Organising a safe, political EuroPride that is still full of vibe and excitement is a challenge and a promise of ours to Europe and the world.”
The European Pride Organisers Association looks forward to working with the organisers from Thessaloniki Pride to ensure a successful, sustainable event. This page will be updated with their plans in due course.