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Cape Town Pride Festival Director, Wentzel Ryan live Good Hope FM

By Cape Town Pride

Good Hope FM present, Kyeezi, speaks to Cape Town Pride Festival Director, Wentzel Ryan LIVE on The Great Drive show about Cape Town Pride’s 2024 March and Mardi Gras Festival.

This is Cape Town’s loudest, boldest and most beautiful event showcasing the LGBTQI+ community, and will be taking place at the GreenPoint track on Saturday, 2 March 2024 from 11 a.m.

Good Hope FM will be broadcasting live from the event, with Rinaldo Felaar from the Hit 30 doing a live crossing from the street parade between 11h00 and 12h00 , The Matinee with Garth B hitting the airwaves between 12h00 and 15h00, and The Weekend Special with Carissa Cupido bringing the vibe between 15h00 and- 18h00

Belgium celebrates openness to diversity with landmark wall mural in Cape Town

By Cape Town Pride

Major street artwork titled Embracing Openness is creation of local artist Ellena Lourens

Belgium has today proudly unveiled in Cape Town a landmark street artwork- an inspiring wall mural to celebrate openness and diversity in the lead up to world-famous Cape Town Pride and as part of Belgium’s call to the world to embrace openness to diversity. Located in the city centre, Embracing Openness is the work of South African artist Elléna Lourens, renowned for her vibrant wall murals and distinct artistic style.

Embracing Openness has been commissioned by the FPS Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Belgium, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Belgium in Cape Town against the backdrop of this year’s International Public Art Festival (IPAF). The work is part of Belgium’s ongoing campaign which invites societies to embrace openness so all can benefit from the virtues of an open, tolerant, and inclusive society which can ensure progress and prosperity for all; values shared by both Belgium and South Africa.

“We are extremely proud to have unveiled this incredibly creative work. The choice of a wall mural was a logical one for us because street-art is highly engaging form of art public spaces and so it’s the ideal platform for this important message,” explained Mathias Bogaert, Consul General of Belgium in Cape Town, “From the moment of conceptualisation, Elléna knew exactly the openness message we wanted to convey. Embracing Openness echoes the spirit of Belgium as home to diverse communities and cultures for whom this value is key to progress.”

Lourens’ unique image embodies themes of love, unity, understanding, and acceptance. The artist’s use of her signature vibrant palette and subtle interplay of shapes are conceived to offer passersby a warm embrace and to provide them an opportunity for a celebration of diversity and for reflection on the struggles for openness.

“For me this commission connected strongly with my approach to art, I wanted to create something impactful yet warm so striking but not intimidating, to communicate what it feels like to embrace openness. The location means it will be visible to all celebrating pride”, commented Elléna Lourens, “Embracing Openness is very much about all the vibrancy of our cultures, by representing the diversity in two ways, in terms of love but also by offering a diversity of perspectives”.

Together, Belgium and South Africa are diversity pioneers. Last year, Belgium celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the legalisation of same-sex marriage, Belgium being the second country in the world to take this step. In the same pioneering spirit, South Africa was the first country on the continent to do the same.

The Embracing Openness mural is located at Alfred street, back of BP station, Greenpoint, Cape Town, 8001.

 

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About the artist

South African artist Elléna Lourens began working on personal and collaborative creative projects while in school. Since then, she has further pursued illustration, street art, painting and embroidery. Her style lends itself to the past in its representation of ancient symbols, patterns and colour schemes, while voicing an intuitively current aesthetic that resonates and seeks to redefine emotional iconography. She has immersed herself in the creative world. Working alongside established artists as well as furthering her own practice.

 

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About Belgium

Located in the heart of Europe, Belgium is a highly developed nation of over 11.5 million people with a reputation for innovation, hard work, partnership, and multilingualism. Strategically located between Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Luxembourg, and only a stone’s throw from the UK, it lies at the centre of the richest and most densely populated area in Europe. A member of the European Union, Belgium enjoys full access to the world’s most advanced single market and customs zone which ensures extensive frictionless trade.

Belgium boasts a highly developed transport infrastructure, including the second largest seaport in Europe . Belgium is home to world-leading research and innovation facilities, multi-national corporations, and artisanal businesses supported by the investor-centric approach of public services.

About embracing openness

Embracing openness is a country branding campaign launched by Belgium in May 2023. The goal of the campaign is to improve the awareness and reputation of Belgium globally as a country open for innovation, partnerships, and diversity.

Belgium is a staunch believer in the power of openness for innovation to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Even when other countries decide to go about it alone. Notable Belgian pioneering industries that are celebrated by the campaign include green tech (offshore wind & green hydrogen), pharmaceuticals, academical research, and others.

Belgium’s openness for innovation is flanked by its openness for partnerships and diversity. Belgium’s capital Brussels is the second most diverse city in the world and home to the largest diplomatic community globally. Belgium is also a proud member and host to a wide range of international organizations, with Brussels as the home of many European institutions.

With the Embracing Openness campaign, Belgium seeks to spread a positive message of openness on the international scene. To embrace innovation, partnerships, and diversity as drivers for a prosperous and sustainable future.

The Embracing Openness campaign is currently visible on social media, at Brussels Airport, and at diplomatic events worldwide. For more information, see:

Embracing openness in cape town

To celebrate openness in South Africa the FPS Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Belgium, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Belgium in Cape Town, created a custom mural to celebrate Belgian and South African openness for diversity. Belgium was the second country worldwide to legalise same-sex marriage for couples, South Africa the fifth.

Located in the city centre of Cape Town, the mural is the work of South African artist Elléna Lourens, renowned for her vibrant wall murals.

The Embracing Openness mural is located on the Pride Wall at the back of BP station at Alfred street, Greenpoint, Cape Town, 8001. It was formally unveiled to the world on Sunday 18 February, in advance of the Cape Town Pride on March 2nd 2024.

Contact

Lies Deneys

Economic and Public Diplomacy Attaché

Consulate General of Belgium in South Africa

liesbeth.deneys@diplobel.fed.be

 

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About Baz-Art

Baz-Art is a non-profit organisation established in 2016, which focuses on producing art in public spaces and creating opportunities for street artists.

We believe that art speaks louder and allows for impactful storytelling. Our vision is to grow a greater consciousness and awareness of the powerful impact of urban art and public placemaking , as well as the potential of the creative sector in Africa.  When using art as a storytelling tool, the sky is our only limit.

Social media platforms:

Instagram @bazart_official

Facebook Baz-Art

Youtube Baz-Art

About IPAF 2024

Baz-Art believes that Art should be accessible to all. Public art and placemaking can be used as a development strategy for job creation, tourism stimulation and heritage celebration. With the 8th edition of the International Public Arts Festival, their goal was to focus on: public placemaking and ground-breaking public artworks while generating economic development.

This year’s theme “CoACT | CoLLAB,” focused on creative collaboration across various disciplines, sectors, and cultures; strengthening ties and forging connection through communal action.

The heart of the festival was Company’s Garden where they curated a holistic experience for their visitors including workshops, food & drink vendors and a chill zone. It was also the starting point for guided street art tours through Cape Town CBD, allowing people to see and experience street art murals from 2024 and 2023.

We invited the public to explore the city and its creativity over the festival period; experiencing new and thought-provoking public art pieces, all created through artistic collaboration.

Social media platforms:

Instagram @ipaf_festival_sa

Facebook Ipaf festival sa

 

Contact for Baz-Art & IPAF

Kathleen Pretorius

Message from the CEO

By Cape Town Pride 2024

It is that time of the year again when we get to dust of our feathers and glitter and start   getting ready for Cape Town Pride. Our theme this year is “Out, Proud & Fabulous”.

Last year’s Pride is a hard act to follow but the Pride team are promising an even bigger and more exciting calendar for Pride 2024. The Pride Parade on 2nd March from de Waterkant to the Green Point A Track will be the biggest ever. We have some amazing performances lined up at Pride 2024 Mardi Gras Festival. There are limited tickets available because of safety occupancy levels at the stadium so make sure you get your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment. Once capacity has been reached online ticket sales from Quicket will close and no more tickets will be available at the gate …so make sure to get yours now.

The team have been working tirelessly to make sure the day is a great experience for everyone…from market stalls and food vendors, an NGO Village, and of course a full line up of live artistes and DJs, including some of the country’s top performers and drag acts on the main stage.

During the month of Pride there is a wide range of Pride events nearly every day from 8th February catering for every taste.

To ensure that everyone in Cape Town gets to experience Pride, we have once again partnered with Golden Arrow Bus Services who are offering free rides on regular routes on presentation of your Mardi Gras ticket, from 8.30am to 8.00pm.  All our LGBTIQ+ NGO partners have been allocated free tickets to Mardi Gras for the communities they service.

All of this is made possible only with the assistance of our many sponsors, partners and allies and I really thank them all, as well as the wonderful team of Pride volunteers who make this day a reality.

Cape Town Pride has become a beacon of inclusion and diversity for the LGBTIQ+ community of Cape Town and that is down to you. People travel to Cape Town for the event from all over the world and we have put the rainbow into “the Rainbow Nation’

Cape Town Pride lost one of its major team members in October last year. Keith Coventry was my partner in life for over 40 years, and he worked tirelessly for Pride over the last 14 years.  He is sorely missed .

Please remember to bring lots of sun screen and have a blast during the whole Pride month. Be “Out, Proud & Fabulous” but above all …be yourself.

Tommy Patterson
Cape Town Pride CEO

Message from the Premier

By Cape Town Pride 2024

The Western Cape Government deeply values the principles of tolerance, acceptance, diversity, and unity. We are a stronger province through our diversity, and we are proud to promote equality and individual rights. Regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation, the Western Cape welcomes all who call our province home.

The annual Pride festival not only promotes tolerance and inclusiveness, it is also a firm favourite of Cape Town’s social calendar, providing a significant boost to our economy and tourism industry.

I wish you all a wonderful and exciting Pride festival.

I want to wish all those involved in Pride all the best for this year’s event.

Alan Winde
Western Cape Premier

Message from the Mayor

By Cape Town Pride 2024

The City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of Cape Town Pride, and we cannot wait to welcome all the attendees to the Mother City in February and March 2024. This has become an annual highlight in the city, and the Pride Parade march on the 2nd of March promises to be another wonderfully festive affair.

Cape Town is, without a doubt, the most diverse, inclusive city in South Africa. You will not find a bigger melting pot of cultures, races, languages and religions anywhere else in Africa, and this diversity most certainly extends to our large and growing LGBTQI+ community.

When we speak of Cape Town being a beacon of hope in our country, we also mean a place where the constitutionally enshrined rights to freedom from discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation are proudly upheld, and where everyone feels safe and free to be who they are and love whom they want to love.

When thousands of people take to the streets of Cape Town for the annual Pride march – to celebrate diversity, raise awareness and strengthen our cohesion – our city is transformed into an even more spectacular version of its already bright and colourful self. It is a wonderful sight to behold.

To everyone attending Cape Town Pride from out of town, I wish you the warmest welcome to our city and an unforgettable Pride celebration and parade. We love having you here, and we are proud to celebrate the visibility and diversity of our LGBTQI+ community with you.

Enjoy your stay in our beautiful city!

Geordin Hill-Lewis
Cape Town Mayor

Cape Town Pride Magazine 2024

By Cape Town Pride

Explore the 2024 edition of the Cape Town Pride Magazine for information on all the events happening this season.

IN MEMORIAM: Keith Coventry AKA Kitty van Cartier de la Poof

By Cape Town Pride

by Evan Tsouroulis

In October 2023, Keith Coventry, the backbone of the Cape Town Pride organisation, passed away unexpectedly. He was perhaps not as well-known as Tommy Patterson, the CEO of Cape Town Pride and his husband of over 40 years, as he was happy to be in the background and was quite shy until he got to know you. But once he was comfortable with you, he could be flamboyant and a bit extra. Sometimes his persona a party girl hid his intelligence and his commitment to LGBTIQ+ rights.

I met Kitty in Harare in the early 90s when he and Tommy moved back to Zimbabwe. Kitty is how he was introduced to me and that’s what I always called him, although I was told to refer to him as Keith in front of his mother. Well, that didn’t last long. At first, we tiptoed around each other, each one unsure of what to make of the other. But we slowly became friendly, as I was a guest at Tommy’s and Keith’s legendary New Years Eve costume parties, and they used to attend salons at my home. After a while we became firm friends. After we all moved to Cape Town in the mid-2000s, we worked together on a couple of projects. In 2010, Tommy, Kitty and I started up OUT Africa Magazine, of which I was editor for a few years, and most recently we worked closely together at Cape Town Pride. Of course, we sometimes had a difference of opinion, but it was always a pleasure to work with him. He got things done even though in the case of Pride he got very frustrated at the level of bureaucracy he had to endure when submitting applications for event permits and liquor licences. But he had his way of dealing with it and did so without complaint. It is only now that he is not here that we have come to realise how much he did to keep Pride running.

Apart from the two projects where we worked together, I have to mention that Kitty was a Trolley Dolley with South African Airways in the early 80s. He absolutely loved it and would probably still be doing it had Tommy not said, “It’s SAA or me”! Thereafter, he worked with Tommy in their publishing business as well as other notable ventures. In the 80s they owned Club 58 in Johannesburg, and then the Backroom Bar in Cape Town in the 2000s. I recently discovered that he founded the first gay publication in South Africa called Coming Out, which pre-dated EXIT newspaper.

Kitty was fantastic storyteller often regaling us with hilarious stories of gay life in the Rhodesian army and in Johannesburg in the 80s. He loved the theatre, Barbra, Liza and the usual suspects, travelling, reading, entertaining, his personal trainer, his spaniels, over-tipping his favourite bartender at Crew Bar. He enjoyed his life which he left too soon.  Of course, I’m sad he’s gone, but when I think of him, I cannot help but smile.

Out Africa Magazine Issue 54

By Out Africa Magazine

Enjoy our latest issue of Out Africa Magazine – Issue 54, Winter Edition

In this issue there are a number of pages dedicated to Cape Town Pride, showing the parade, and the Festival Mardi Gras – from the performers on the stage as well as the performers off the stage.

Thinking About Coming Out During Pride?

By Cape Town Pride

Coming out is a process of understanding, accepting, and valuing your sexual orientation/identity. It involves both exploring your identity and sharing your identity with others. Coming out can be a gradual process or one that is very sudden. The first step usually involves coming out to yourself, often with a realisation that feelings you’ve had for some time make sense if you can define them as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer.

Coming out can be a very difficult process. Our society strongly enforces codes of behaviour regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, and most people receive the message that they must be heterosexual and act according to society’s definition of their gender. For gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons, there may be a sense of being different or of not fitting into the roles expected of you by your family, friends, workplace or greater society. Coming out involves facing societal responses and attitudes toward LGBTQ people. You may feel ashamed, isolated, and afraid.

Although coming out can be difficult, it can also be a very liberating and freeing process. You may feel like you can finally be authentic and true to who you are. You may find a whole community of people like you and feel supported and inspired. Even if it’s scary to think about coming out to others, sometimes the reward can be worth the challenge that coming out entails.

Individuals do not move through the coming out process at the same speed. The process is very personal. It happens in different ways and occurs at different ages for different people. Some people are aware of their sexual identity at an early age, and others arrive at this awareness after many years. Coming out is a continuing, sometimes lifelong, process.

Once you accept that you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, you can decide to be out to others or to stay “in the closet.” You are the only person who can decide when and how it is safe to come out. You may decide to come out in one part of your life and not in another. For example, some people are out to their families but in the closet at work; some people are out at school but in the closet with their families.

Six Stages to Coming Out

The Cass Theory, developed by Vivian Cass (1979) is a six-stage model that describes the developmental process individuals go through as they consider and then acquire a homosexual identity. This model includes lesbian, gay and bisexual identities. You may find yourself in one of these stages. Know that what you are experiencing is completely normal and that many others have had similar experiences.
  • Stage 1 – Identity Confusion: You begin to wonder whether you may be homosexual. Along with other thoughts and feelings, you may experience denial and confusion.

  • Stage 2 – Identity Comparison: You accept the possibility that you may be gay and face the social isolation that can occur with this new identity.

  • Stage 3 – Identity Tolerance: Your acceptance of your homosexuality increases, and you begin to tolerate this identity. Although confusion and distress concerning your sexual orientation decreases, you may feel increased isolation and alienation as your self-concept becomes increasingly different from society’s expectations of you. In this stage, you often begin to contact members of the LGB community.

  • Stage 4 – Identity Acceptance: You have resolved most questions concerning your sexual identity and have accepted yourself as homosexual. You have increasing contact with the LGB community

  • Stage 5 – Identity Pride: You begin to feel pride in being part of the LGB community and immerse yourself in LGB culture. In turn, you have less contact with the heterosexual community. Sometimes you may actually feel angry with or reject the heterosexual community.

  • Stage 6 – Identity Synthesis: You integrate your sexual identity with other aspects of yourself so that it is just one part of your whole identity. The anger you may have felt toward the heterosexual community or the intense pride you may have felt in being homosexual decreases, and you can be your whole self with others from both groups. You feel more congruence between your public self and your private self.

Considerations in Coming Out

In coming out to others, consider the following:
  • Pick someone who you feel is very supportive to be the first person you come out to.

  • When you come out, think about what you want to say and choose the time and place carefully based on what will be most safe and supportive.

  • Be prepared for an initially negative reaction from some people. Some individuals need more time than others to come to adjust to what they have heard from you.

  • Don’t give up hope if you don’t initially get the reaction you wanted. Remember that you have the right to be who you are, and to be out and open about all important aspects of your identity including your sexual orientation. In no case is another person’s rejection evidence of your lack of worth or value.

  • If you have already come out to others whom you trust, alert them that you are coming out and make time to talk afterwards about how things went. Find trusted allies who can help you cope with your experiences.

  • Get support and use the resources available to you.

Resources for LGBTQ Students

For gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people the coming out process can be both difficult and liberating. For most people, it takes time to know who you are. It is okay to be confused or to be uncertain about whether or how to come out. Remember, you are not alone. There are many others with the same questions and concerns that you have. There are also people and organisations that can support or mentor you. It’s important to find the help you need from the resources available to you. Here are some resources that may be helpful.

Online and Written Resources:

One safe means of beginning to come out to yourself is through reading about how others have dealt with similar issues. There are many books and articles available on all facets of LGBTQ life. These can include clinical studies on LGBT people, coming out stories, and resources for allies and families of LGBTQ individuals.

  • A list of general books on LGBTQ issues

  • A list of coming out books for individuals and their families or friends

Other books related to coming out:

  • Now That You Know. Betty Fairchild & Robert Leighton. New York, NY. Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich, 1989.

  • Beyond Acceptance. Carolyn Welch Griffin, Marina J. Wirth & Arthur G. Wirth. New York, NY. St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

  • Straight Parents/Gay Children. Robert A. Bernstein. New York, NY. Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1995.

Online resource for allies friends and family: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Cape Town Pride Wins The Best Pride in Africa

By Cape Town Pride

InterPride is excited to announce the 1st Annual InterPride Award winners!

Starting in 2021, InterPride launched the annual InterPride Awards granted to individuals and organisations that have significantly impacted our community over the last twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) months. Eight (8) award categories were established, and nominations were accepted from the general public and member organisations. The award includes a cash prize of $100, a certificate of acknowledgement, and a permanent listing on our website. The board of directors reviewed all nominations and decided which individuals or organisations were granted the awards. Of the 138 responses for nominations, InterPride is proud to announce the following winners of this year’s annual awards:

 

Outstanding Member Pride Organisers

Outstanding InterPride Volunteer

  • Emmanuel Temeros

Outstanding InterPride Partner Organization

  • Happy Socks