PrideFestival Brussels

PrideFestival Brussels

12 - 26 September 2020

The PrideFestival is two weeks of socio-cultural activities, militant and festive events. Organized in May by the RainbowHouse Brussels and its associations, the PrideFestival honors LGBTQI+ artists and activists (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans*, Queer, Intersex, +.). Theatre, cinema, dance, literature, workshops, performances, exhibitions, conferences… The creativity and militancy of the LGBTQI+ communities will invade the city of Brussels and make its cultural sites vibrate!

The PrideFestival takes place during the 2 – 3 weeks preceding the “Belgian Pride” parade (the latter is not organised by RainbowHouse). The PrideFestival is complementary to the Belgian Pride. While Belgian Pride organises events in the streets of Brussels (the parades, the Rainbow Cities illuminations and the Rainbow Village!), the PrideFestival includes a series of cultural activities such as workshops, exhibitions, screenings, visibility actions and inter-associative activities that aim to unite and solidarise the Brussels LGBTQI+ network. This year’s theme will revolve around health.



In recent decades, the rights of LGBTI’s, transgender and intersex persons have been greatly improved. However, there is still a great need for a more inclusive society and assistance. Well-being does not only mean being physically healthy, also the psychological and social aspects are extremely important. With #WeCare, chosen by the three regional umbrella organisations – RainbowHouse Brussels, Arc-en-Ciel Wallonia and çavaria –  we draw a lot of attention to the many challenges that need to be addressed, such as the support of individuals living with HIV, accessible health care for transgender people and sex workers. Some RainbowHouse member associations are experts in the field (namely Exaequo, UTOPIA_BXL, Genres Pluriels, Alias). Together, let’s improve the health of LGBTI+ people in all its aspects!



This year we are implementing a system of “buddies” to make our events more accessible. What is a “buddy”? It is a volunteer who can guide someone who needs one. For example to help a person with reduced mobility or to accompany a visually impaired person. If you want a buddy to go with you, please contact Ruth ( Please contact us at least one week before the start of the event for which you would like to be accompanied.

Please note: Buddies are not trained. To ensure that the buddies help you as much as possible, please let us know your needs in detail. The buddies only offer guidance once on site (not during the trips to the event location).


COVID19 update:

This 16th edition should have taken place from 05 to 24 May 2020. Because of the COVID19 pandemic, the Belgian government has decided that no festival can take place until the 31st of August. The RainbowHouse has therefore decided to postpone the PrideFestival to September 12 to 26, 2020. Despite the circumstances PrideFestival continues with its history and its first missions, namely :

– To show the queer talents from Brussels and abroad;

– To create connections between the different worlds;

– To provide safe spaces to think together and build a fairer society.

We will soon communicate the program to you.

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Overview of the program:

Beaware that the program may still change. We will keep you updated in the agenda and via Facebook.

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Culture and leisure activities


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