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«Bear invasion» in Oslo

A special bear programme during EuroPride paves the way for a bear invasion in Oslo.

The Norwegian Bear Club now uses their whole European network to draw people to Oslo and EuroPride 2014. With a special bear programme from June 25th to June 29th, Oslo now prepares for a  bear invasion.

“The Norwegian Bear Club are one of the groups that bring much needed colour and diversity to Oslo Pride. Last year they won the Pride Parade price with their bathtub themed float,” says Oslo Prides chairperson Stein Runar Østigaard. (Take a look at the rehearsal video the Norwgian bears put online before their Pride Parade performance from 2013 in the end of this article)

During EuroPride Oslo Pride makes a special “Bear Bar” in Pride Park at  The Town Square (Rådhusplassen), in cooperation with the bear club. In Pride Park the bears will have their own stand as well.

“We will do our best to liven up the parade and "Bear Bar" area in Pride Park this year. We now hope to se as many bears and friends as possible during EuroPride in Oslo this summer. I can promise that no one will fail to notice us,” says Chairperson of the Norwegian Bear Club, John Earhart.

“Mega Bear Party” and tour of the Royal palace
In addition to the strong visibility in Pride Park and in the EuroPride Parade, the Norwegian Bear Club organises several events from Wednesday to Sunday during the EuroPride week.

The bear pride programme includes a “welcome pub night” at Rendezvous Kro, participation in the EuroPride Parade and, of course, the “Mega Bear Party”, which will be held at the club Ballroom this year. The bear programme closes with a guided tour of the Royal Palace on Sunday the 29th of June.

“Norway Bears now sends out invitations, posters and flyers to many bear clubs and others friends in their Scandinavian and European network. This paves the way for a bear invasion in Oslo during EuroPride this summer,” concludes Stein Runar Østigaard, chairperson of Oslo Pride.

Check out the details of the bear programme at europride2014.com/bears.

The Norwegian Bear Club is a movement for gay men that enjoy being with other men in a friendly, jovial and down to earth way. 


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Oslo Pride is the largest Pride festival in Norway, and in 2014 we are the hosts of EuroPride.  

EuroPride in Oslo will be held from Friday 20th June to Sunday 29th June 2014. During our ten-day festival, we shall through art, culture, politics and parties set human rights and lhbtiq issues on the agenda. 


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Petter Ruud-Johansen

Petter Ruud-Johansen

Press contact Information Officer + 47 45000641
Stein Runar Østigaard

Stein Runar Østigaard

Chairman Oslo Pride AS +47 97083830

Oslo Pride 2015

Oslo Pride is the largest Pride festival in Norway. ​Oslo Pride is a ten day long festival.
The programme in 2015 consists of over 130 free events - debates, workshops and parties.

The three main pillars of the festival is:
1. Pride House (free entrance: the political arena at the House of Litterature June 19.-21)
2. Pride Park (free shows, conserts and more at Spikersuppa - in the middle of Oslo - June 24.-27)
3. Oslo Pride Parade (June 27th).

2.000 persons visited Pride House in 2014, 50.000 visited Pride Park and 20.000 marched in the parade.

Oslo Pride were the hosts of EuroPride 2014.

Oslo Pride
Oslo Pride
Tollbugata 24
0157 Oslo
Norway