2nd NORDIC FIRE on the Rainbow Barricades
Stockholm – A second Nordic rainbow mini-festival between Stockholm Prides will take place in the Swedish capital May 2-6, 2012 – this time highlighting Swedish and other Nordic co-operation with colleagues in Estonia just across the Baltic Sea, Latvia organizing the 4th Baltic Pride at the end of May, Poland making progress on the LGBT front, Belarus facing harsher conditions under the toughening dictatorship and Russia with new legislation banning positive information on LGBT rights and culture. ´
Joining the event will be visiting colleagues from the target nations and journalists, experts and human rights people in Sweden working with international solidarity," says Bill Schiller of Tupilak (Nordic rainbow cultural workers) and the ILGCN Information Secretariat in Stockholm. "The aim is to see how we can increase co-operation, expand this over barriers, and learn from the courageous and inspiring human rights struggle of our colleagues in the east."
Another aim is to see how rainbow culture— through art, photos, music, films and performance – support the LGBT battle for visibility and international co-operation – especially in the face of growing hostility, censorship and violence.