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International Bears Sitges Week 2016 – 2-11/9

by Sitges Group Apartments

The Sitges International Bears Week takes place the first two weeks of September, this year in particular, from 2 to 11 of September. This event, which brings together more than 5,000 attendees in our city, it is one of the largest and most popular Bear festivals in Europe.

What is it? Why is it celebrated?

Sitges becomes for nearly two weeks in the capital of the Bear movement, offering activities during all these days, focusing its activity on Bear Street (Joan Tarrida) and on the promenade, thanks to the Bear Village which will offer many and varied activities between the 5 to 11 September.

The aim of this meeting is to unite all kinds of bears along the main values of the Bear philosophy: solidarity, fraternity, normality and permissibility.


Theme parties, art exhibitions, foam parties, the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Bears Sitges, a formal dinner, DJs and other proposals will encourage these nearly two weeks dedicated to bears in our city.

Origins and curiosities about the bears

The Official Association of Bears, Chubbies, Pelikans, Mature men and friends in Sitges area explains on its website he origin of the social phenomenon Bears. This movement appeared in the late 80s among a section of the gay community in San Francisco, California.

The Association also explains the purpose of this movement: "The Bear movement arises with the good intention of facilitating the meeting between people who feel 100% comfortable with their robust and hairy face and their style of dress relaxed and casual. In fact, this phenomenon facilitated and continues to facilitate the meeting between Bears and those who see a special attraction on the beard, hairy body, maturity, corpulence or belly, without involving any rejection to anyone.".

Between bears, they are distinguished with different types of this mammal, depending on the denomination or how the person is physically. Thus we can find the polar bears, wolves, otters, papa bear or muscle bear, among others.

This festival is held twice a year in Sitges. Between April 27 and May 1, 2017 will take place the Sitges Bears Week, a slightly smaller than the September big party edition. The party will focus on Joan Tarrida street, but due to the volume of visitors it extends to the promenade and surrounding areas.