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Prague Pride promises 120 events

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Prague, Aug 4 (CTK) – The fifth Prague Pride, describing the life of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT), that will start on August 10 will offer 120 events this year, festival director Katerina Saparova said yesterday.
On August 15, the Prague Pride will culminate with a march in the Prague center, Saparova said.
The organisers want to attract more heterosexuals to concerts, discussions, film screenings and theatrical performances than in the past years, she added.
“More than ever, this year’s festival campaign will target the majority society,” Saparova said.
“It is the target of the message that all are equal. We are all people,” Saparova said.
This year, the organisers chose the slogan “We all have a rainbow inside” and chose snaps from a thermographic camera.
“Although gays and lesbians are denoted as queer, when seen by a thermographic camera, we are all same,” Saparova said.
“Suddenly, there are no differences between us. It makes no sense to search for them among people,” she added.
A thermo filter can be utilised by Facebook users. With it, they can change their profile photo in order to support the motto of the festival.
On Monday morning alone, over 500 people modified their Facebook photos, Saparova said.
This year, the festival will be concentrated in three places. The festival village is situated on the Strelecky island, where a concert will officially open the show on Monday with Czech lesbian singer Aneta Langerova and the Austrian bearded singer Conchita Wurst.
Discussions will be held in the festival centre in the Langhans House.
The Pride Theater in the Svandovo theatre will offer several performances and debates with their creators.
At first, two events were scheduled to be held in a parish. However, Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka has banned a discussion on bullying in the church and the screening of a Polish film on a Catholic priest who falls in love with a boy.
The one-week event will culminate with the Saturday pride march in the Prague centre. It will set out from Wenceslas Square at 13:00 and continue through the streets in the Prague center.
The Prague Pride festival was held for the first time in August 2011. It sparked off strong protests by conservative groups. Then president Vaclav Klaus called for the fight against the ideology of “homosexualism”, which he said the festival promoted.
In the following years, the protests were rather small. Some groups plan to organise protests in places that the marchers are going to pass.
As this year, too, protests are expected, Prague Pride organisers are collaborating with the police.

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