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Senior Pride 2017, A Day To Celebrate

by Oebele Kooistra in Events & Agenda , 29 juli 2017

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This year, the theme of Pride Amsterdam is “This Is My Pride.” But what does that mean? Does it mean something different for different people and groups? Senior Pride looked into what Pride exactly entails to the different letters in GLBTIQ.

In the process, however, Senior Pride encountered a much larger diversity in our community. Therefore, they decided to work with their very own definition of GLBTIQ. What do the chemboys think of Pride? And the millennials? Are pink seniors experiencing the same Pride as younger generations are? How do straight visitors, neighborhood residents and newcomers experience the Pride?

The audience will find out at Senior Pride’s intimate canal concert, with different artists expressing their very own Pride in a song.

Ferry de RuiterOn Thursday evening August the 3rd, the eleventh edition of the Senior Pride Concert will takes place on the canal near the Paleis van de Weemoed in Amsterdam. Senior Pride is a festival for pink seniors and interested parties.

The Bienvenue Festival will start the evening, and DJ Ronnie Retro will close the evening with dance classics. The supporting acts will consist of a multitude of different artists, including Merel Moistra, Alice Wessels and Ruth Dorka, poet Ditmar Bakker, Philippe Elan, Drag Queen Dora Royale, and Coby van Dam.

Coby van DamThe quirky twenty-something Ferry de Ruiter will also perform. He is known for his performances in “The Voice of Holland,” where he performed to critical acclaim. He was also the first artist ever to appear in drag in the global competition. With choreographies especially developed for the occasion, Raoulala and his Dumas Dancers will give the evening a “Cabaret” twist. Host Mario Magic will act as the presenter of the evening.

Framed mirrors will be hanging everywhere, on which the public can write down what Pride means to them. Afterwards, these messages will be published on the Senior Pride website.

True Diva Sven Ratzke

Sven Ratzke, Photo (c) Erwin OlafAfter the break, the girl group BB Bootleg will warm up the audience for the evening’s main act, Sven Ratzke. This Dutch-German theater sensation has a truly versatile personality. He is a show woman, extravagant entertainer, homme fatal, sympathetic diva and a fantastic singer all in one.

This global star doesn’t take himself too seriously, and feels at home in major concert halls from New York to Sydney and Berlin to London, but also in a tent or in a more intimate setting. Ratzke will treat the audience with songs from his extensive music catalog.

Songs by Bowie, Brecht and Brel will be heard, but also songs by celebrities, such as Rufus Wainwright and Fay Lovsky, especially written for him. Ratzke will captivate everyone with his quirky style of hilarious stories, unparalleled music, and audience interaction. As always, he will appear in beautiful couture, accompanied by the virtuous Christian Pabst on piano.

 The Senior Pride Concert is free of charge and will take place on Thursday, August 3rd 2017 from 18:00-23.00 near Theater-restaurant Paleis van de Weemoed, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 15, Amsterdam. For more information, please visit: and



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