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Barcelona and Maspalomas compete to host EuroPride 2022
26 September 2019 @ 15:23

TWO locations in Spain are gunning for the honour of hosting EuroPride 2022 and will be up against another two in the final election.

Barcelona city council sent a representative to Bilbao at the weekend for a meeting with the European Pride Organisers' Association (EPOA) and the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) society ACEGAL to present Spain's second-largest metropolis as the perfect site to hold the continent-wide festival.

Its tourism department focused on Barcelona's long history as an open, diverse, inclusive and welcoming city which works proactively to discourage discrimination against anyone on any grounds, and to promote diversity and equal rights.

Maspalomas, on the island of Gran Canaria, has already given a similar presentation.

Both locations are competing against Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Belgrade (Serbia) to be able to play host to the annual event.

EuroPride is sometimes held in two different places in the same year – as was the case last year, when Sweden's two largest cities, Stockholm and Gothenburg, did so, as well as 2015 when it took place in Vienna, Austria and Riga, Latvia, and in 2016 when Amsterdam and Madrid were the venues.

Madrid was also the site for World Pride in 2006 and 2017.

London was chosen as host in 1992, at a time when acceptance of the LGB community was very limited and Pride events were considered a 'nuisance' or a 'scandal'.



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