Wednesday
May012013

GO GAY IN GOTHENBURG

The charmingly different Swedish city of Gothenburg offers a welcoming world of options for lesbian and gay city-breakers.

Gothenburg, Swedenʼs second largest city, is located on the west coast of the country and is home to ʻWest Prideʼ LGBT festival from 20 May to 2 June 2013. The city also plays host to popular music festival ʻWay Out Westʼ, featuring top international and local artists including Azelia Banks, Grimes, Bat for Lashes and Neil Young & Crazy Horse amongst many others. 

From a lesbian and gay standpoint, West Pride, albeit more intimate that its cousin in the capital, is unique that it is based around culture, highlighting the lives of LGBTs in the region in an artistic and cultural context. West Pride aims to create visibility to diversity in expression. Founded in 2007, the event has been growing from strength to strength and culminates in a parade and celebration on its closing Sunday, this year on the 2nd June. West Pride are also holding drop-in-gay-weddings on Saturday 1st June, couples can arrive without registering and be wedded at the festival. The long weekend preceeding is a fantastic time for LGBT people to visit the city.

Gothenburg is set in a truly beautiful landscape, the west-coast archipelago - a hidden gem, very easily reached by a 30-minute tram ride from the city centre. This offers something for those city-breakers who want to experience both urban chic and breathtaking rural beauty in one splendid city – and thereʼs even more for those looking for a versatile, extended holiday.

The city itself offers an array of activities, from fashion, arts and culture and some lip-smackingly amazing food (Gothenburg was appointed the ʻCulinary Capital of Swedenʼ 2012), to a vibrant gay and lesbian scene, including “Swedenʼs best gay club” ʻGossipʼ, voted by the countryʼs own QX magazine. Itʼs youthful, creative population (Gothenburg is home to the countryʼs largest university) are open-minded, welcoming, easy-going and genuinely natured. Gothenburg is the new hive of the creative arts with its upstart indie bands, home grown fashion-labels and alternative arts scene. All this for amazing value, as Lonely Planet recently billed Gothenburg as one of itʼs top 10 for good value.

Some key city highlights for 2013:

 

PARTY

BEE KÖK & BAR

The gay ‘headquarters’ of the city

 

EAT

BHOGA

An innovative restaurant run by Gustav Knutsson and Niclas Yngvesson, opened just a year ago and has already gained several awards, praised in the prestigious “World’s 50 best restaurants”.

 

SJöMAGASINET

Newly awarded Michelin star restaurant by Ulf Wagner and Gustav Trägårdh making it the 5th restaurant in the city to have Michelin stars.

 

SEE

‘Secret Love’ a Chinese art exhibition will be opened during the West Pride celebration at the Varldskuturmuseerna.

 

SHOP

Check out Vallgatan and its independent outlet-lined streets, best for fashion and homewares, where you’ll find the flagship store for home-grown brand NUDIE JEANS.

 

SLEEP

SCANDIC RUBINEN

A high-gloss, gay-friendly hotel with an international atmosphere located in the middle of Gothenburg´s main street, Avenyn.

 

FLIGHTS

From 13 May 2013, bmi regional, the UK’s most punctual airline will commence a new service between Birmingham international and Gothenburg with flights operating from Sunday to Friday. Fares are available from just £59 one way!

 

FOR MORE ON SWEDEN

Gothenburg, like all our Swedish cities are a fantastic destination, regardless of whether you’re gay, straight or like penguins (no, not in that way!). For more about our welcoming cities, visit www.visitsweden.com

 

-ENDS-

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CITY, visit www.goteborg.com

 

RESOURCES

www.westpride.se 

www.wayoutwest.se 

www.visitsweden.com 

www.bmiregional.com

 

FOR LGBT PRESS INFORMATION, IMAGES, INTERVIEWS AND OTHER MEDIA RESOURCES, PLEASE

CONTACT: UWERN JONG at BOUTIQUE MARKETING +44 203 286 3170 or uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk

Monday
Apr222013

ELOP nominated for small-business competition

We are delighted to announce that East London Outreach Project has been selected as Social enterprise/charity category winner in the Waltham Forest Small Business Competition. 

We now enter the final public vote, which will decide who the overall winner of the competition is - so you need to get busy! Here's what you need to do:

1.  You need to tell people to vote for your business - here's a link for you to use in your publicity: www.2013vote.eventbrite.com

2. Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and your website!

3.  Get all of your clients, colleagues and contacts to vote for you at this link

4.  Voting finishes on the 26th of April (this has been extended from the previously published date). The overall winner will be announced the 30th of April.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS AMAZING CHARITY, VISIT www.elop.org

Thursday
Apr112013

UNHAPPY BIRTHDAY

On the 30th anniversary of The Smiths first single, Amy Lame's raucous pop meditation Morrissey and the highs and lows of teenage fandom returns by popular demand.

Press Contact: Dan at Mobius 020 7269 9929 or dan@mobiusindustries.com

Wriiten and performed by AMY LAME | Directed by Scottee
CAMDEN PEOPLE'S THEATRE, 14th MAY to 1st JUNE at 7.30pm

Press performance... WEDS 15th MAY at 7.30pm

Amy Lamé invites you to share her birthday. Morrissey, icon for the bookish, bespectacled weirdos of the world, is invited too, and a seat is reserved for him. Will he arrive clutching a bunch of flowers and a gift? Will he turn up at all?  Unhappy Birthday is an exuberant culture clash of party, performance and DJ set, where guests will be called on to get out of their seats, play pass the parcel or even take on the role of Morrissey himself.

Cracking open the cult of celebrity and fandom, Amy flays fat, faith and sexual identity; probes the pains of growing up; and cross examines a curious nostalgia for a time that may never have existed except in the bedroom of our imagination. A show not only for Morrissey fans, Unhappy Birthday will appeal to anyone who has ever loved pop music, experienced teen angst or been crushed by unrequited love.

Unhappy Birthday appears exactly 30 years after the release of The Smiths first single, Hand In Glove in May, 1983

Amy Lamé is a performer, writer and broadcaster. Co-presenter of the infamous Sony award winning breakfast and afternoon shows on BBC London 94.9 alongside Danny Baker, Amy has appeared on and presented countless radio and TV programmes and writes for various publications on the arts, politics, food and travel. She co-founded the legendary Olivier award winning Duckie club night and arts collective, and recently curated Smithsfest at the ICA. Unhappy Birthday is her fourth solo show, returning to CPT after its sell-out run and UK tour last year and its popular Edinburgh Fringe Festival run. It follows Amy Lamé's Mama Cass Family Singers, and Gay Man Trapped in a Lesbian’s Body. Originally from New Jersey, Amy has been a Londoner for two decades. 

Unhappy Birthday is directed by performance artist Scottee, founder and director of Eat Your Heart Out collective, and Duckie associate artist. He has performed at galleries and theatres including the Barbican, Tate Britain & Modern, ICA, Whitechapel, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House and the Roundhouse. Unhappy Birthday is Scottee’s directorial debut outside his own collective.

unhappybirthday.net | cptheatre.co.uk | @amylame | #unhappybirthday 

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-98pZdUF4o

Running Time: 1hr 10 mins | Suitable for ages 18+

Company Information

Created and Performed by Amy Lamé Directed by Scottee

Listings Information

Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY
14
th May to 1st  June, Tues – Sat at 7.30pm | Tickets 08444 77 1000 / www.cptheatre.co.uk

Tues 14th and Weds-Thurs £10 (concs £8), Fri & Sat £12 (concs £10)

Developed with support from Arts Council England, BAC and Contact

Tuesday
Apr092013

A STYLISH SUMMER IN STOCKHOLM

Jean Paul Gaultier is coming to Stockholm this summer - are you?

Stockholm has been style capital for centuries - from "Queer" Queen Kristina in the 17th century, to the golden days of Greta Garbo and not to mention modern day style icons like Robyn, Marcus Schenkenberg and Alexander Skarsgard.

But this summer, Sweden's capital city ups its Fashionista credentials because gay fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier is coming to Stockholm.

From June 15 - September 22, Stockholm's Arkitekturmuseet will present 'The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. This is the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier, a retrospective of his work. According to Gaultier there are no rules in fashion, everything depends on the limits of one imagination, so it is fitting that that this show makes a stop at Europe's alternative style capital. <http://www.arkitekturmuseet-gaultier.com/>

You just have to look around the city to understand why Stockholm is seriously cool. Home to cult-labels like ACNE and CHEAP MONDAY, through to the multi-national trendsetting duo Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) - whose collaborations with both the pop and style world have you queueing round the block whenever it launches. And shopaholics be ready to be indulged. From designer brands to vintage chic, Stockholm's shopping districts from SoFo to Ostermalm will give you some serious style cred.

And if it's style you want, style you're going to get. A citybreak to gay and lesbian friendly Stockholm is an amazing way to upgrade your weekend. Firstly it's a beautiful city of beautiful people. Secondly, there's so much to offer in way of fashion and culture for the discerning visitor. Thirdly, Stockholm is less expensive than you'd think - a recent Skyscanner survey puts an average weekend break to Stockholm cheaper than Madrid, Paris or Barcelona. All in all, this is THE city to visit this summer.

 

FOR ALL THE LATEST INFORMATION ON GAY AND LESBIAN STOCKHOLM VISIT: http://gaylesbian.visitstockholm.com

LIKE the facebook page for latest updates direct to your NEWSFEED: http://facebook.com/gaylesbianstockholm

 

COMPETITION

The STOCKHOLM GAY AND LESBIAN NETWORK is thrilled to be able to give away a very special prize - to win a 2-night trip for 2 to Stockholm and the grand opening party of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition. For a chance to win, visit: http://www.visitstockholm.com/jpgstockholm<http://www.visitstockholm.com/jpgstockholm>

*Terms and conditions apply 

SAS Scandinavian airlines flies times daily from London Heathrow and also from Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. 

-ENDS-

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT GAY AND LESBIAN STOCKHOLM CAN OFFER TO UK AND IRELAND VISITORS, email uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk or call +44 203 286 3170

 

FOR PRESS PICTURES OF THE JEAN PAUL GAULTIER EXHIBITION, visit:

http://www.arkitekturmuseet-gaultier.com/english/press/press-pictures/

Wednesday
Apr032013

WORLD RAINBOW HOTELS (WRH) is expanding into Brazil

 

World Rainbow Hotels (WRH), www.worldrainbowhotels.com, the first and only collection of gay-friendly hotels aimed at consumers and travel agents alike, is expanding into Brazil. 

WRH has incorporated several high-profi le hotels in the South American country, complementing an existing collection of close to 1,000 three-to-fi ve stars properties in 129 destinations around the world, all committing to WRH’s high standards of gay friendliness. Amongst WRH’s new partners in Brazil is the luxury brand Fasano Hotels http://www.fasano.com.br/hotelaria, with the inclusion of their four amazing properties – Fasano Rio de Janeiro, Fasano São Paulo, Fasano Boa Vista (a countryside resort a short drive from São Paulo) and Fasano Punta del Este (in Uruguay).

In Sao Paulo, other new member hotels include the recently renovated fi ve-star Tivoli Sao Paulo Mofarrej hotel and Hotel Unique, a reference in modern architecture belonging to the Design Hotels brand.

In Armacao de Buzios, in the State of Rio de Janeiro, WRH features Insolito Boutique Hotel, member of Design Hotels as well. WHR’s expansion into Brazil refl ects the country’s increasingly friendly stance towards gay & lesbians. In May 2011, Brazil’s government recognized civil unions between gays, giving same-sex couples the same property rights as their straight counterparts. Experts predict that a law will be passed to legalize gay marriage, as has already been achieved in neighboring Argentina.

In 2012, TripOutGayTravel.com chose Rio de Janeiro as the best gay destination and the sexiest destination in the world. WRH’s hotel expansion into Brazil has been facilitated by its recent partnership with Sao Paulo Turismo, www.spturis.com, the official tourism authority of Sao Paulo city as well as with the Rio Convention Bureau www.rcvb.com.br

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Notes to the editor...

About World Rainbow Hotels (WRH):

World Rainbow Hotels, with more than 1,000 hotels in 129 destinations worldwide, made the headlines two years ago when they created a system allowing travel agents to look for gay-friendly hotels on the 

In 2012, WHR launched www.worldrainbowhotels.com, the fi rst online travel agency for consumers entirely devoted to gay friendly properties. 

In recent months, new features have been added to the website:

- An online booking platform for travel agents

- Add your voice: a section allowing consumers to publish their comments on hotels and destinations 

Interested affiliates can find out more on: www.worldrainbowhotels.com/affiliates

Hoteliers interested in joining can fi nd out more on: www.worldrainbowhotels.com/hoteliers

For press enquiries contact Nicolas Wijnants on WRH’s Toll free number: +44 (0) 800 012 44 64 or email info@worldrainbowhotels.com

Website images, logos and photography can be provided on request.

-NOTES ENDS-

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