Under the slogan »Equal Rights for the Unequal«, Berlin´s Rainbow Fund will present its 23rd annual Lesbian and Gay Festival - Europe's largest. As usual, it´s being held in the traditional gay stomping ground around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg.
The festival will take place in the area bounded by Motzstrasse, Eisenacher Strasse, Fuggerstrasse and Kalckreuthstrasse
, spreading over 20,000 square meters, and featuring the 7 Festival-Worlds: »Positive World«, »World of Film«, »World of Politics«, »World of Radio«, »World of Travel«, »World of Sports« and »World of Wellness and Health«, as well as other exhibits from a wide range of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups.
Along with dozens of information booths and market stalls, there will be a varied range of culinary treats. And on both days of the festival, there will be five high-energy performance venues: »98.8 KISS FM«
with the Beat of Berlin, »The Connection« with house and techno music, the »WomenLesbianTrans*Showcase« and the »Queer Media«, a mix of lesbian and gay entertainers and DJs.
The crowd puller of the festival is the »Main Stage« at the corner of Eisenacher Strasse and Fuggerstrasse . And again this year one of the high points will be the Personality Interview Show, »Das wilde Sofa« (The Wild Sofa). Gerhard Hoffmann and his charming assistants Tilly Creutzfeldt-Jakob and Giselle d´Apricôt will put guests from politics and culture through the meat grinder for the delight of all on Saturday from 3 pm to 4 pm.
Following that on Saturday, there will be a varied programme of rock and pop until 11 pm, and on Sunday until 10 pm.
»Das wilde Sofa«
With more than 400,000 guests expected over the weekend, the festival´s beer gardens, cocktail bars, stages and dance floors will turn the area around Nollendorfplatz into Berlin´s favourite party quarter. From 11 in the morning to late in the night it will be »Welcome to the Cabaret«.
Translation: Michael Evans