Since 2015, we have organized 5 editions of the festival, which each year attracts more and more participants. From the very beginning, our basic assumption is to create an event attractive both for the LGBT+ community itself and for other residents of the city and the region. The event has become an inseparable element of the cultural map of Poznań and is supported by the city authorities.
The traditional culmination of Poznań Pride Week is the Equality March in Poznań, which breaks the attendance record every year. In 2019, as many as 13,000 people passed through the streets of Poznań. In 2015, Mayor Jacek Jaśkowiak took part in the March – it was the first time that the incumbent president of a Polish city took part in the march. In 2016, the march was accompanied by rainbow flags hanging on street lamps – also for the first time in Poland. In 2020, the Equality March had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cultural events are an important element of the festival. Every year, together with Tongariro, we organize a series of film screenings in local studio cinemas. We also work with theaters – performances staged at the Teatr Polski and the Teatr Ósmego Dnia were part of the Poznań Pride Week program. We invited actors from Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theater to Poznań, who presented one of their performances as a guest.
We also organize concerts. In 2015, OFF Garbary featured, among others, singer Michał Kwiatkowski. On the other hand, in 2016 at the Polish Theater in Poznań, a musical concert titled “Miłość – to niby takie proste” took place.
We support queer art by giving space to queer artists and artists. Every year, Queer Night takes place in Poznań – in 2019, with the participation of RuPaul’s Drag Race star, Aja. We also organize events in the Vogue Ball format and invite debuting and experienced Polish drag queens to cooperate with us.
Poznań Pride Week usually takes place at the turn of June and July.