Barents Pride 2019

We welcome you to Barents Pride 2019 – The world’s only Norwegian-Russian Pride.

FRI – The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity, in collaboration with Amnesty International Norway, The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Queer World, Equality Dignity Pride, and Maximum, invites you to Barents Pride in Kirkenes, a city in the far north of Norway. At Barents Pride, just a short drive from the Russian border, Norwegian and Russian organizations and activists meet up to fight for equality and celebrate diversity and love.

The 26th to the 28th of September 2019 we will throw the world’s only Norwegian-Russian Pride in Kirkenes. In the wait of the week’s highlight, the parade and this year’s closing party Saturday the 28th of September, we will warm up with activism, political and cultural events.


(All events in the program are both open and free of charge. Exceptions are marked with *.)

Thursday the 26th of September:
XX:XX – XX:XX: Free lecture regarding awareness in LGBTQ+ questions
Location: Time and place TBA
FRI – The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity’s own department for educating and raising awareness in LGBTQ+ matters within public institutions such as the educational, social and health departments as well as other organizations and companies – “Pink Competence” – will give a free lecture for all who want to learn more about sexual and gender diversity.

Friday the 27th of September:
11:30 – 15:30: How does one begin to create a Pride?
Location: Samfunnshuset
Meet Pride event planners from across Europe. They will explain how to make a Pride festival and how to create safe places in the parades no matter where or who you are.

16:00 – 17:00: Rainbow Church Mass
Location: Kirkenes Church
Priest Torbjørn Brox Webber will hold an accepting service in Kirkenes’ church for everybody, regardless of your sexual identity, orientation or belief. The mass will be held in both Norwegian and Russian.

Saturday the 28th of September:
10:00 – 13:00: Parade preparations
Location: Samfunnshuset
We get together to dress up, make banners and produce other materials in front of the parade. You may very well bring your own facial paint/Pride make-up and the banners you wish to paint.

14:00: Pride Parade
Location: Kirkenes School (alignment by the entrance to the road)
We walk together through the streets of Kirkenes for diversity, equality and general human rights. At the end we will gather up at the town’s main square with speeches and an open house back at Samfunnshuset for all Parade contestants.

15:00 – 17:00: Parade Show
Location: Samfunnshuset
Back at Samfunnshuset there will a short speech as well as a live act from artist Emilie Skogstad Andreassen. There will also be served cakes and coffee.

17:00: From prisons to families: Russian Queer Culture in one hour
Location: The library
Conversations and book launch.

21:00: Barents Pride Closing Party 2019
Location: Ofelas Arena
We will end this year’s Barents Pride with a party, celebrating our culture with music and splendid opportunities to meet up with colleagues and friends from the whole Barents region.

As changes may occur, please pay attention to updates in the Facebook event.



Mina Wikshåland Skouen

Senior Adviser Equal RightsEmail: [email protected]Phone: +47 90 82 50 76
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