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One of the most anticipated events in Sitges each year is Sitges Bears Week. An event that every year brings more than 5,000 people to Sitges and has become, on its own merits, one of the largest and best known Bear festivals in Europe. We told you before, and it's not something new, that Sitges is a gay-friendly town. An example of this is the big party that takes place every year during Sitges Gay Pride.
International Bears Sitges Week takes place from September 3rd to September 11th. Unlike last year, in 2021 the event and activities are going to happen, but because of the curfew and the government's restrictions in order to control the pandemic, there will be some changes. For example, the curfew makes leisure activities close at 00:30h and the classic "bear village" will not be built. However, there will be many alternative activities that will respect current sanitary measures.
This event, which brings together more than 5,000 attendees in our city, is one of the largest and best known Bear festivals in Europe. Therefore, if you are thinking of visiting Sitges during the International Bears Sitges Week, don't miss out on everything we tell you in this post.
What is it? Why is it celebrated?
During the almost two weeks that the event lasts, Sitges becomes the capital of the Bear movement. Now, what is this "Bear movement"? The origins of the social phenomenon of bears take place at the end of the eighties, totally spontaneously, in the streets of San Francisco (United States), when part of the gay community wanted to get rid of the typical stereotype (beauty, young and thin bodies, without hair and with tight clothes). After this, the bears started to meet each others in bars and created their own flag, which give them more visibility around the world.
The aim of the International Bears Sitges Week is to unite all kinds of "bears" following the main values of the Bear philosophy: solidarity, tolerance, normality and permissibility. Values that are integrated in the so-called "BEAR" philosophy and that brings together homosexuals who move away from the "feminine" stereotype that we told you previously.
Sitges becomes for almost two weeks the capital of the Bears movement, offering activities during all these days, focusing its activity in the Bear Area (Joan Tarrida, epicenter of the Sitges Bears Week) and on the promenade, thanks to the Bear Village that will offer many and varied activities during the days of celebration of the International Bears Sitges Week.
The International Bears Sitges Week includes thematic parties, art exhibitions, shows, formal dinner with solidarity draw, DJ's and many other proposals that will encourage, for almost two weeks, all bears who come to our city.
Origins and curiosities about bears
Although we previously explained you the origins of the social phenomenon of bears, the Official Association of Bears, Fattens, Matured and Admirers in Sitges and the region explains on its website, in addition, the origin of the social phenomenon of bears in Sitges. The first Bears meetings were accompanied by dinners in the city's restaurants and coincided with celebrations such as the "Castañada", the "Diada de Catalunya", the BEARnaval or BEAReyes. All of them successful and this success attracted many Bears from Barcelona, Tarragona and other neighbouring regions.
The Association explains: "This phenomenon facilitated and it still does the encounter between Bears and those who see a special attraction in the beard, the hairy body, maturity, corpulence or the belly, without this implying any kind of rejection to anyone at all.
Among bears are distinguished with different types of mammal, depending on the name or physique of the person. Thus we can find polar bears, wolves, otters, daddy bears or muscle bear, among others.
International Sitges Bears Week
Sitges Bears Week is a party that takes place twice a year in Sitges. The first of them, the Bears Week Sitges, is usually held in larger numbers, this being a slightly smaller version than the big party that takes place in September. As in the September celebration, the "small" Bears Week has its epicenter in Joan Tarrida, although the whole town also participates in the festive atmosphere of the event. Even though the activities will be held with slight changes this year, it is advised to check the official site of the event in case there's any last minute changes.
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