Under the slogan »Equal Rights for the Unequal«, Berlin´s Rainbow Fund will present its 21st 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 Worlds of Sports, Radio, Travel, Film, AIDS and Politics, 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: »The Connection« with house and techno music, the »Disco Ball« with hits of the 70s and 80s, the »Queer Media«, a mix of lesbian and gay entertainers and DJs, as well as the »Women´s Showcase«.
Again this year the high point of the festival will be the Personality Interview Show, »Das wilde Sofa« (The Wild Sofa), taking place on the Main Stage at the corner of Eisenacher Strasse and Fuggerstrasse. Between three and four each afternoon, Gerhard Hoffmann and Biggy van Blond will put guests from politics and culture through the meat grinder for the delight of all. Following »The Wild Sofa« 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