The only LGBTQ film festival in the Middle East, TLVFest is an inventive way to open Pride Week. Boasting an impressive list of films and galas, TLVFest also works diligently to create a serious and diverse discourse using queer cinema to frame the issues of region. This year, the festival will honor British actor and activist Alan Cumming as the guest of honor.
Where: Cinematheque Tel Aviv, Shprintask St. 2, Tel Aviv
When: May 29-June 7
Oriented AfterParty at Sputnik
Headlining this year’s TLVFest is a homegrown documentary about the lives of three gay Palestinian friends living in Jaffa, entitled Oriented. The edgy, authentic doc is finally making its Israel premiere at TLVFest after a year of screenings at indie art houses and festivals around the world. What better to demonstrate hometown pride than with a throwdown at one of Tel Aviv’s hippest bars?
Where: Sputnik Bar, Allenby 122, Tel Aviv
When: May 29, 11 p.m.
All in all, Tel Aviv is home to nine miles of some of the best beaches in the world, easily accessible from most parts of the city. The best bet for Pride is Hilton Beach, known to insiders as the unofficial gay beach. During the weeks surrounding Pride, the festive atmosphere of the streets spills onto the sand, with merrymakers and party-goers sprawling onto the inviting stretch.
Where: 205 Hayarkon St., Independence Park, Tel Aviv (beach access below the Hilton Hotel)
When: May 29-June 4
Shpagat Pride Week — It's F*cking Perfect Here
Shpagat is a year-round Tel Aviv LGBT institution that operates as a laid-back coffee house during the day and an electric dance bar at night. It tends to attract a more mature crowd and is going all out during Pride, hosting a number of events designed to bring the political issues of Pride to the fore. The impactful statements combined with a kick-ass party atmosphere ensure that Shpagat should be on everyone's agenda.
Where: 43 Nahalat Binyamin St., Tel Aviv
When: May 29-June 4
Tel Aviv Pride T-Dance
Offer Nissim returns to Tel Aviv for what promises to be an unforgettable experience. The Israeli DJ has spent the past few years honing his skills across the globe, and he will host the T-Dance of Pride in the huge outdoor Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa. Spend the last afternoon of Pride weekend raging to the electrifying sounds of Nissim's turntables and feel the energetic atmosphere of thousands of Pride-goers dancing to the striking tunes.
Where: Bloomfield Stadium, Jaffa
When: June 4, 2 p.m.