Benidorm, ready for a Pride with more events and more participants

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Benidorm, ready for a Pride with more events and more participants
Benidorm, ready for a Pride with more events and more participants

This edition takes place from 5 to 11 September and has also cultural events and against LGTB phobia. The Town Hall and Visit Benidorm and the organization have strengthened national and international promotion of Pride

Next week Benidorm will be the international capital of Pride. The city hosts from 5 to 11 September the sixth edition of the Pride, which "closes the European calendar of Pride festivals" as noted the mayor, Toni Pérez, during the presentation of program activities. A presentation that was attended by Santos Torres, one of the promoters of Benidorm Pride. The mayor pointed out that last year the Pride had "25,000 attendees, 15,000 of them foreigners", which shows the tourist potential of this event which "has managed to grow year to year in attendance and relevance between the LGBT public throughout Europe "and that allows the city to establish itself like a" gay-friendly destination "and " a really interesting market segment ". Pérez, who also has the delegation of Tourism, defended the commitment of the City Hall and Visit Benidorm Foundation for the Pride, and explained that during 2016 has been strengthened national and international promotion of the event with participation in fairs like Fitur or ITB Berlin, Pride festivities in Madrid, Stockholm and Hamburg, and the organization of  a "blog and press trips" specialized in LGBT. In addition, there has been a specific campaign in a radio station in the UK, which includes two programs from Benidorm. The mayor was convinced that this promotion will translate into an increased attendance at Pride. According to Santos Torres, for the parade of floats scheduled for Saturday 10 the first line of Levante, are provided more participants than in previous editions. Santos reported that the sixth edition of Benidorm Pride will have "more parties and galas" than other years: in all six official parties appart from the thematic parties that will be celebrated in pubs of the Old Town. The first of these festivals is the 'Opening Party', which will be held on Wednesday, 7 from 20.00 in the viewpoint of the Castle with local artists. The next day, at the same time and in the same location, it will take place the White Party with DJs; while on Friday will be the turn of the Salvaje Black Edition in the auditorium of Julio Iglesias at L'Aigüera Park. The organization has created a "combo ticket" for the latter two parties at a cheaper price and that includes a drink. On Saturday, at 17.00, it will be the time of the Parade, with "more floats and colorful", which involved not only the LGBT community, and that will depart from Rincón de Loix to L'Aigüera Park. There, from 20.00 hours the Main Stage, with performances by local artists. On Sunday it will be the 'Closing Party' at the end of Paseo de Colón. The developer advanced that "the premises of the Old Town have expressed their participation in the Pride" and have begun "to decorate the streets" and to prepare tapas and menus for the 'Tapa and Gastronomic Route Arcos Iris'. Cultural Activities. In addition to all these leisure activities, the LGBT has a vindictive componet, and cultural, informative values ​in ​education. In this regard, the mayor stated that "Abacus association, like tourism LGBT struggle for the cessation of homophobia and has scheduled several activities." The first is an exhibition of paintings and posters, which comes from the hand of the Triangle Foundation and the Ministry of Youth in Extremadura, entitled 'I'm not your joke'. This exhibition will open on Thursday 8 and will be open all week at l'Espai d'Art. The second activity is a conference about LGBT rights in the auditorium of the City Hall. It is planned that the opening of the exhibition and the placement of the rainbow flag on the balcony of the City Hall is attend by the president of Triangle Foundation, José María Núñez.