In July 2008 Barcelona is the host to the EuroGames Barcelona 2008, the European championship for gay, lesbian and transsexual sportsmen/women and their friends.
The actual dates are between 24 and 27 of July. An amazing event which will involve more 30,000 people and which for a few days will transform Barcelona into the authentic European capital of sport and gay and lesbian culture.
Although EuroGames is the biggest athletic event for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, it is opened to everyone who wishes to participate, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual preference etc. The participants come from all areas of Europe, and even outside the continent.
EuroGames Barcelona 2008 will consist of 28 sporting events together with a range of cultural and leisure activities based in and around the city. The event will make its mark on Barcelona for a few days as more than 5,000 sporting participants descend upon the city from all corners of Europe. The competition covers all sports from traditional to more unusual ones like rollerblading and floorball, although it is more than just a sporting competition.
As from the words of Maria Ruiz, the Vice President of EuroGames Barcelona 2008, one of the most ambitious purposes at the EuroGames Barcelona 08 is to involve lesbian women in all competitions and all other cultural events in order to get an equal representation of male and female participants.
She reminds how this world has been created by men and that in sports, as in many other aspects of life, women have suffered a long and silent battle to finish this discrimination. ON the same note, sports have always been considered as a men’s practice, not appropriate enough for women.
EuroGames Barcelona 08 is an opportunity to break these barriers that pretend to distinguish between male and female sports and an opportunity to tear apart gender labels.
The vice president invites women who want to fight for equality, visibility and recognition in society, and especially, in sports, to participate and identify with this great sportive, cultural and equality event. She encourages everybody to join and participate with partners, friends, family…
Eurogames brings the homosexual community together through cultural activities as well. In fact, there will be two days full of sport, culture, debates and fun. At the EuroGames Barcelona 2008 you’ll be able to take part in the sport of your choice. You can choose from a total of 28 different events.
The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the recently-opened Barcelona’s Olympic and Sports Museum. The event will be closed by a Bid Party in the Park of the Forum.
For more information about the Eurogames Barcelona, please visit the web site panteresgrogues.cat/ .
For accommodation and budget lodging solutions for the days of the Event, you can try to contact the following accommodation and apartments providers in Barcelona:
Check the Monumental BCN Dreams apartment, the Barcelona Residence ( Paseo colon) and apartments, the Corsega Apartment (Carrer Corsega, 391), the guest house (Josep Anselm Clave 4), the Sleepy Beds guest house (Lulll), the Barcelona Residence 1 (Carrer dels Flassaders, 32) the Barna Hostal B&B (Rambla de Catalunya, 102) the bed and Breakfast in Barcelona (Calderon de la Barca, 107), the Compte Borrel Apartment (Comte Borrell, 196), the Mapamundo Guets house (Carrer de Milans), the Residencia Universitaria San Marius (C/ Muntaner, 507), the Sleepy beds Nava Guest house (Josep Estivill, 28), the Sleepy beds Sagrada Familia Guest house (Carrer Roger de Flor,166 ) or the fantastic apartment Ausias Marc monumental (Carrer Ausias Marc, 157).
They are also all listed in flashbooking.com where you get the possibility to see colour pictures, address, maps and location, facilities provided and description of the property and customer ratings. Also the flashbooking web site provides you with an online booking service so it is easy to reerve your bed in advance. For cheaper accommodation there are also good solutions in youth hostels, ( albergues de la juventud) like Somnio Hostal, Pere Tarres youth Hostel, Residencia Universitaria San Marius hostel, La Trajinera youth hostel. Check the web site above to find them all listed. The EuroGames Barcelona motto is Come south! Play with us! So guys, go south this summer for an intense week end and enjoy Barcelona!