torsdag 7 april 2011


Still to come: Visby, Stockholm Pride, Minsk, Kiev, Crimea, Gothenburg Book Fair, Uppsala, Poznan:


Stockholm – Tupilak rainbow cultural delegations have recently been at events in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, the Eskilstuna Spring Pride in this central Swedish city, Göteborgs HBT Festival (Gothenburg ILGCN Festival) in the Swedish west coast port, and the 3rd Baltic Pride in the Estonian capital of Tallinn (rotating each year between this city and the Baltic capitals of Riga and Vilnius).

“We were very pleased with our meetings with Serbian LGBT activists and hope to hold a stage of the ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network) world rainbow cultural conference in Belgrade next year together with contributions from Tupilak,” says ILGCN Information Secretariat-Stockholm general secretary, Bill Schiller.


In addition to the Tupilak/ILGCN art exhibit, performances and seminars in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna west of Stockholm, a special guest was Polish activist and initiator of Warsaw Pride, Szymon Niemiec – whose visit was made possible thanks to the Polish Institute in Stockholm.

The Eskilstuna event also included the handing over of the ILGCN “Arco Nordica” 2010 award diploma to Spring Pride for promoting rainbow culture and international solidarity – emphasizing that this work is especially courageous and necessary outside of capital cities. The award was shared with Gothenburg LGBT Festival and Uppsala Pride.

Szymon also participated in a Stockholm cultural and church happening and at Tupilak’s last-Sunday-of -the- month session at the award-winning Hallongrottan cultural café in Stockholm, together with Swedish supporters of Palestinian rights and LGBT colleagues in Palestine .


Tupilak’s Gothenburg HIV Festival events included seminars (one recorded by Swedish Educational Televsion Broadcasting) on rainbow culture, rainbow history, Nordic co-operation with Eastern Europe and Humanism on the rainbow barricades as well as an unusual “daytime” performance of Tupilak cabaret artist Peter “Bo Peters” Fröberg,” and Concert House “cat” performances of Zafire Vrba and Tomas Woodski.

The Tupilak & ILGCN international travelling art and photo exhibition was displayed during the festival week at the city library with many visitors looking at this and the other exhibitions.

The Tupilak delegation to the Tallinn 3rd Baltic Pride included meetings with local LGBT activists and a visit to one of several Baltic art and photo exhibits in the Estonian capital.


Tupilak and the ILGCN will also be participating in the International Square – the week-long solidarity event during the giant political and human rights “Almedalen” week in July in Visby – the capital of the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland. This will also include the historic inauguration of the first LGBT monument in the Nordic area on the sea shore of this Baltic port on July 6th.

Tupilak will host a number of events at the coming Stockholm Pride—some in co-operation with the Polish Institute- Stockholm bringing several high-level Polish cultural personalities and activists to Stockholm – and the inauguration of the Tupilak & ILGCN expanded art and photo international travelling exhibition on August 2 at Teater Tribunal.

At the end of August and in the beginning of September, Tupilak and the ILGCN will participate in the 2nd stage of this year’s ILGCN world cultural conference (1st stage in Istanbul and Ankara in May, 2011) in the Crimean port town of Simeiz as well as a rainbow conference in Kiev and in the Belarus Pride event in Minsk in early September – thanks to support from the Swedish Institute.

Tupilak will also participate again in September’s the Gothenburg Book and Library Fair in this Swedish west coast city September 22-25 – the biggest cultural event in the Nordic region – manning an information booth and providing stage presentations.

Tupilak also plans to return to the Uppsala Pride event in this university city just north of Stockholm in November with more seminars, art exhibitions and performances.

Also on the list is another visit to Poland’s “Poznan LGBT event” in November – with performances, art work, films and seminars.

Tupilak members interested in joining these events are very welcome.

Bill Schiller, international secretary

Bergsundsgatan 25 (tel. 658 1320) (T-ban Hornstull) Stockholm

Afternoon ... last Sunday of the month.

Gäst presentation, konst, foto, film, utländska gäster, information om
framtids projekt och internationella samarbete*

Guest speakers from Sweden and abroad. Art, photos, films, information
about solidarity projects in Sweden, elsewhere in the Nordic region and


Also supported by: ILGCN (International Lesbian & Gay Cultural Network)
Information Secretariat-Stockholm

Nordic Rainbow Council

Nordic Rainbow Humanists

ROHS (Riks organisation för homosexuella solidaritet)
(Swedish National Organization for LGBT Solidarity)