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Sep 20, 2007 News: Conference of European Pride Organisers in Stockholm
By Danny Sonnenschein

(Sweden) - By tradition EPOA, European Pride Organisers Association, holds its annual meeting in the city that is hosting the next Europride. Pride festival organisers from the whole of Europe come to Stockholm for the weekend in order to, among other things, choose who will arrange Europride 2010. Delegates come from Spain, Germany, Iceland, Switzerland, Poland and several other european countries.

“That members of European organisations visit us in Stockholm is a perfect kickoff before the work really starts with the Europride festival,“ said Sofia Sjöö, chairperson for Stockholm Pride. “We have never been this early with the preparations for a festival.”

The organizers look forward towards meeting the guests from all over Europe, in particular from Eastern Europe. Stockholm Pride has financially supported some of the activist groups in order to give them an opportunity to participate in the conference. During the conference, Stockholm Pride will release the theme for EuroPride 2008 in Stockholm and also which artist has been awarded the commission to compose the year's official Pride Song.

The organisation is fully prepared to arrange biggest Gay festival in Stocholm ever. The aim is to choose what cities get to host EuroPride and it also serves as a forum for exchange of ideas between European Gay Pride organisers. Zurich Pride will also present the ideas for Europride 2009. The conference is taking place between September 21 and 23, 2007. Europride 2008 is arranged between July 28 and August 3, it is the second time for Stockholm to host EuroPride.

Since the start in 1998, Stockholm Pride has evolved to be one of Stockholm's largest annual festivals, as well as the largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia. Each year Stockholm Pride attracts Gay visitors from all over Sweden as well as from all over the world. During a whole week Stockholm Pride turns Stockholm into a free-zone for the GLBT community, painting the city in the colors of the rainbow.

Europride is an international Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender celebration that is hosted by a different European city each year. The host city is commonly one with an well-established Gay pride event, or one which has a significant LGBT community. The festivities are usually sheduled for a week or two, with many events staged throughout the city, and traditionally culminate in a large Gay Pride parade.

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