söndag 4 september 2005

4th Moonbow International Human Rights & Homo Culture Festival Warsaw-Stockholm-St. Petersburg-Riga-Tallinn-Minsk -- 2004

PRESS RELEASE April 13, 2004

Festival to continue to Stockholm, St. Petersburg,
Riga, Tallinn, Minsk:


Stockholm/Warsaw - The Polish - not the Swedish capital as scheduled
- will be the site of the "moonrise" of the 4th Moonbow International
Human Rights & Homo Culture Festival May 1-2, 2004. The festival then
moves on to Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Riga, Tallinn and Minsk (see
http://tupilak.org or http://ilgcn.org for dates and information.)

"We are proud to display the Nordic and HOSI-Linz exhibit "Nazis &
neo Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals" in the Polish city destroyed by
retreating Nazi troops * and where neo Nazis today threaten lesbians and gays as they do in cities all over Europe," says Bill Schiller, Baltic
Moonbow festival co-ordinator.

"The Pink Press and the fanTOM Club in Warsaw are pleased to
support the Moonbow event in Warsaw - and hope that we will be part of annual homo cultural festivals uniting colleagues across the Baltic Sea," says Slawek Starosta, Polish co-ordinator of the ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network).

Nazi & neo Nazi Exhibit to Auschwitz and Krakow

The "Nazi Persecution" exhibit and its films, poetry and literary
readings will also be taken to southern Poland for the Krakow Culture
Days - May 4-9 -- which will include the 2nd official 'rainbow'
memorial visit to Auschwitz.

The "moonrise" festival fills the gap left by Warsaw Pride which
has been forced to move to mid-June by authorities unable to provide
security because of EU membership ceremonies in the Polish capital.

Note: A moonbow is formed by beams of lunar light piercing showers
of falling rain creating arcs of pale colors in a black sky - a
complement to the rainbow of the daylight hours - a rainbow by night!"

Although a growing number of "Rainbow Prides" -- especially in the
West - concentrate more and more on entertainment, commercialism and provinciality, the Moonbow Festival focuses on, international
solidarity, human rights and challenging homo culture.