Belgium Bearpride Brussels is on!

The Belgium Bearpride Brussels has confirmed it’s 11 th edition to take place from 29 sep till 3 oct 2021 in Brussels. Alphatribe spoke to Dimitri, president of the organisation, about their plans for the upcoming event. Time to get body positive in this culture drenched edition.

Dimitri, Bear Body Positive is this years slogan, what’s the story behind it? 
As you may know, the bear community rose out of dissatisfaction with the perfect body look which was pursued in the leather community back in the early days in the United States. Our Belgian ‘branche’ builds on that with a body positive attitude. Everyone is very much welcome and I mean that in the broader sense of the LGBTQI movement.

What do you have in store for us this year?
Belgium Bearpride Brussels is not a mass event but focuses on a broad cultural angle. Pinnacle event is the election of Mr Bear Belgium on Oct 2nd 2022. I’m happy to announce that this election will take place, no matter what covid restrictions might be coming at us. We hope to be able to host the election again with an audience in the Bodega venue. In worst case we will livestream the election from the St-Gorikshallen. But we’ve got our fingers crossed for an election with audience.
We’ll host a brunch and several activities to support the local community who has been suffering a lot the past year. Our annual reception will be held at St-Gorikshallen.
New in 2021 will be a real Bearpride walk starting at the Grand Place. We’ll pass by some cultural hotspots such as Manneke Pis, Kolenmarkt (Gay quarter) to end up at our outdoor edition of the Bearmarket at Bearstreet.


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Written by Jeroen Van Lievenoogen

Jeroen is publisher of Alphatribe magazine

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