Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

FAQ / How do the Gay Games include culture?

From our series of answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The Olympic Charter states that "Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles."

Similarly, since the very beginning, culture has been part of the Gay Games. While more athletes take part than do cultural participants, the Gay Games cultural program is an important part of each edition of the Gay Games.

The required cultural components in any Gay Games include a Choral Festival and a Band Festival. FGG member organizations GALA Choruses and the Lesbian and Gay Band Association help coordinate the participation of hundreds of singers and musicians in a series of performances that start with Opening Ceremony and run through Closing Ceremony, with a hightlight during the Gala Concert bringing together all musicians in a major joint performance.

Performances take place throughout the Games, in the Games Village, at sports venues, and at any number of locations indoors and out.

Another required componenent is a visual arts event, which can include exhibitions, art competitions, and performance art.

A principle of Gay Games cultural program is that events must be inclusive and participatory.

Other cultural events include symphony orchestra performances, cheerleading demonstrations, color guard, poetry slams, as well as ant number of partner events (theater, dance, cinema, exhibitions...).

Learn more HERE.

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