Due to the current pandemic, the Budapest Pride Festival and March have been rescheduled from June to August. Instead of the 30-day festival originally planned, the Festival will last 10 days, beginning with the opening night on Friday, August 14. The March and Rainbow Party will fall on Saturday, August 22, and the festival will end on Sunday, August 23.
A year without Budapest Pride is not an option! Unless the current state of emergency lasts through December, we will celebrate Pride in 2020. This year will be the 25th anniversary of the Budapest Pride Festival. Were it not for the pandemic, 2020 would have marked the third year in which the event lasted a full month.
The new date for the festival is based on our best current knowledge. When the coronavirus first appeared in Europe, we coordinated with Pride organizers from 70 countries and took part in conference calls. In light of the pandemic, we are developing a strategic plan to review the new schedule and adapt as needed. Taking the evolving situation into account, we may need to further postpone the Budapest Pride Festival and March. Canceling Budapest Pride in 2020 is not an option; we will hold the event even if it means marching in winter coats.
We believe that sustainability is much more important than growth. In order to protect the health and safety of our organizers, volunteers and program organizers, it is necessary to shorten the festival to 10 days.
The slogan of this year’s festival — “Claim back your future!” — reflects as much on people’s anxiety about ever-growing social inequality and the crisis in housing as it does on the ecological crisis. The coronavirus situation is also a crisis and can easily lead to panic and inability to act. The best response to anxiety is by acting together, which we hope to inspire with this year’s slogan. Now, more than ever, it’s important to connect to our community, pay attention to others and give strength to one another.
If not sooner, see you at the Budapest Pride Festival and March at the end of August!
Until then, if you can, please self-quarantine, and take care of yourselves and one another.
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