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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gay Games VIII Gala Concert: "The Voice Inside"

Gala concert- highlight of the Gay Games Cologne

The great gala concert of the VIII. Gay Games Cologne 2010 attracted on Thursday evening (5 August) more than 800 people into the university of music and dance in Cologne.

Together with hundreds of musicians and singers the enthusiastic audience turned into an impressive scenery at this cultural highlight of the Gay Games Cologne.

A delegation of the “Rosa Funken”, who were already known to the international guests from the Village at the Neumarkt, opened the concert as flight attendants by introducing the audience to the “security procedures”. The atmosphere was thrilled by the professional performance from “Cheers San Francisco”, the gold-medal winners of the Gay Games Cheerleading Competition.

Under direction from Sten Kuth, Malte Fuhrer and humorous Helena Marion Scholz presented a wonderful program, that could be described best as “Cologne meets America”.

“Stimmfusion Köln”, a joint venture from the nine gay- lesbian choirs in Cologne with more than 100 voices, started with “Colonia Chorale”, a newly texted “Candide” from Leonhard Bernstein, arranged by Steve Nobles.

Nobles did arranged as well to an extended part the coordination of the international musicians. Followed by the Beach Boys “Good Vibrations”, as well as by “Junimond” from Rio-Reiser; and a German text about the Gay Games 2010 was set to the music of “Rum and Coca Cola”.

The specifically for the Gay Games Cologne set orchestra with musicians from the Rainbow Symphony orchestras in Paris and Cologne started their presentation with “Moon River” from Henry Mancinis. The Festival Choir, initiated for the Gay Games as well, sang the “prisoners choir” from Verdis “Nabucco”. His way right through ear and heart made “Heimweh noh Kölle”, a cologne classic from Ostermann; and the title “something inside so strong”.

Festival choir and “Stimmfusion” presented afterwards, arranged from Steve Nobles, “Somewhere”-Medley’s songs “Somwhere Out There” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. As soloists enchanted mezzo-soprano Elena Knapp, who is known already from the opening ceremony, as well as Dennis LeGree. Both are well renowned within the opera- and musical scene. Closure of the first part of the concert was the captivating “the Voice Inside” from Graham Bushnell (lyrics) and John Dawkins (music).

After the break had “Team Band” their great entry. This international ensemble was founded in 1982 and its members have performed at every Gay Games. Conductor Nolen Dresden described the contribution of his “symphonic band” with “unbounded rhythms, world Music of Life, Love and Dance,” The swaying beginning was made by the overture of “the bat” from Johann Strauss. With the “Dance of the New World” from Dana Wilson numerous percussionists found their entry with their equal numerous pulsatile instruments.

Songs like “Second Suite in F for Military Band” from Gustav Holst performed by “Team Band” was well performed and the international audience was amazed by these amateur musicians nonetheless.

After a humorous intermezzo in-between of the resurrected Cologne Profile Trude Herr alias Sophie Russel, “Team Band” played a Medley with Hits from the cologne based band “Black Fööß”. The audience from the Rhineland followed tuned in.

The great finale, including all singers, presented another original high cathedral hymn of cologne “Do bess die Stadt”. The hundreds of performers received standing ovations from the Gay Games cultural audience. Among those was Professor Georg Quander, cultural attaché of the city of Cologne.

Having performed almost four hours, every singer of the evening’s performance thanked the audience with a joined “Thank You For The Music” from ABBA. The gesture was returned by all spectators.

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