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Oslo Leather Weekend

This upcoming weekend is the first Oslo Leather Weekend. It was an idea of the President of SLM Oslo, when the club was asked to hold a party after the Tom Of Finland movie. Then add another party at SLM and a Leather Social, and you have yourself a weekend. It is a small start, but who knows, it might develop to something big.

The plan for the weekend

Friday (September 22th)

18:00 – Preparty @ Cinemateket
Meetup in front of the movie.

20:00 – Tom of Finland @ Cinemateket
The movie is shown as a part of the Oslo Fusion Film Festival. You can get tickets here: http://www.cinemateket.no/billetter?eventId=161013

22:00 – Afterparty @ SLM Oslo
This is arranged by Oslo Fusion, and is open for everyone. But you must register to the facebook event, you’ll find it here: https://www.facebook.com/events/467570686951222/

Saturday (September 23th)

23:00 – Tom’s Night @ SLM Oslo
Men only cruising, register for entrance http://slmoslo.no/om-klubben/pamelding/

Sunday (September 24th)

13:00 – Leather Social Brunch @ Ett Glass
Relax after a long weekend, here you need to announce your attendance through https://goo.gl/forms/ESzXMSEG7eUL2B9A3

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Freshman at Folsom Europe

In about a week the Folsom event in Berlin has just started. I have never been at Folsom Europe before, even though I have been visiting Berlin regularly. Heard a lot about it of course. Some thinks it is the fetish heaven on earth, while other describes it as the most crowded catwalk in the world. I can’t wait to make up my own mind.

Me and my boyfriend arrives on Wednesday evening and will be staying until Monday. We haven’t decided on what to do yet. The Pig party on Saturday sounds good. It is going to be at the old mint in Berlin. To judge from the pictures on their website it seems like a party where less is more when it comes to clothing. The Leather Social on Thursday and the BLUF meeting on Friday are the only events I’m quite sure I will attend. The rest will fall into place sooner or later.

Last year they said it was really hot, the weather forecast at the moment show about 21-23 degrees and fair, somewhat colder that at CSD Berlin this summer. Which reminds me, I must clean my leather shirt. Anyway, I look forward to experience Folsom Europe for my self.

If you see me feel free to come over and say hi. I don’t bite.

Leather Pride Belgium

A big fetish event in Belgium’s largest city, Antwerp. The main events are located indoors in a big, old storage building at the docks. It is called “Darklands” during the pride. Inside there was this year three parts, a marketplace, a party area and a cruising area. Some parties and meetups was at other bars in the vicinity, like The Boots and Down Town.

The pride started on Thursday and ended on Sunday. The Darklands was open from Friday about five in the afternoon until Sunday evening.

In the marketplace, all the big fetish stores were represented, Mr. B, Boxer, Rob, Underground and Regulation, as well as different brands of toys, makers of slings and organisations. At some stands you could participate in competitions or try gear. For instance, a vacuum bed.

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My boyfriend tried a vacuum bed in the marked area. I have to admit I got flash backs to Star Wars and The empire strikes back.

The marked area of Darklands was open till about eight in the evening. A couple of hours later the main party of the night started. This year it was Fusion on Friday, Rage on Saturday and Alphatribe on Sunday. I did not notice the big difference between the parties, but what more than good music, sexy men, and a but it was fun. On Sunday, the party was a bit smaller, but that was expected since quite a few people had already left.

At the big stage in the party area they also had the Mr. Leather Belgium and the Mr. Puppy Europe competition. The X-Awards was held at the main stage on Sunday, giving out ten different awards. I can’t find an official list of winners online, but BLUF won the award for the “Association of the year” and Thorsten Buhl won the “Man of the year”.

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BLUF won the “Association of the year”, received by Nigel Whitfield, it was given by Thorsten Buhl who later was awarded “Man of the year”.

It was fun to meet new and old friends. And if you stay until Monday, I would recommend to go the Boots on Sunday evening. We had a blast in Antwerp, and will be back next year.

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Leather events in 2017

A new year is almost here, and there is a lot happening throughout the coming year. I have gathered a list here of the events that came to mind. It is at the moment just events in Europe.

If you know of an event I should have listed let me know and I will update the list. (Last updated 2017-03-06)

January

20: Mr. Leather UK, London, UK

27-29: Leatherpride Dublin, Dublin, IE

February

15-20: Leatherpride Belgium, Antwerp, BE

March

03-05: Mr. Leather Hamburg, Hamburg, DE

April

12-18: Easter Fetish Week Berlin, Berlin , DE

30: Mr. Leather Italy, Padova, IT

May

11-14: Paris Fetish, Paris, FR

June

01-05: Cologne Fetish Pride, Cologne, DE

23-02 (July): WorldPride, Madrid, ES

July

09-16: Fetish Week London, London, UK

15-16: Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest, Berlin, DE

22: CSD Berlin, Berlin, DE

August

10-13: Leatherparty, Hamburg, DE

September

06-10: Folsom Europe, Berlin, DE

22-24: UK Leather Pride, Bristol, UK

October

06-08: UK Leather Pride, Bristol, UK (moved til september)

06-08: Manchester Leather Weekend, Manchester, UK

20-21: Baltic Battle XL, Stockholm, SE

November

03-05: Mr. Leather Spain, Benidorm, ES

December

CSD Berlin 2016

CSD Berlin keyring out of leather pantsCSD in Berlin is one of the biggest gay pride event in Europe. In 2016 it happens on Saturday July 23, a month later than usual due to the football EM-cup. This year they have decided to use the motto or slogan if you will “Danke für nix”, or translated into English “Thanks for nothing”. It is a reaction to the German Bundestag (parliament) not voting same sex marriages (or gender neutral marriages) into law last fall. It will be interesting to see how this will be used under the event. To hear a speech given by a passionate and a bit angry German is still a bit unsettling, even if the subject of the talk is equal rights to all.

Well, back to the event. It starts with a parade from Kurfürstendamm (near the Berlin Zoo) and walks towards Brandenburger Gate, via Nollendorf Platz and Siegessäule. Between the Siegessäule and Brandenburger Gate is the Pride Village. With a lot of stalls, where you can buy drinks, food and other commercial products as well as visit different organisations. You will also find a couple of stages with different DJs in this area. At the Brandenburger Gate you will find a big stage with speakers, bands and entertainment. The Pride Village closes at midnight.

Tip: Make sure to have cash before you get there, it might be hard to find an ATM that still contains any money.

There is lots of people everywhere, the forest around the Pride Village (Tiergarten) becomes a crusing area, or a bigger crusing area than normal. They even set up big floodlights in the forest in the evening (at least they did last year). These lights make some parts of the forest a bit like an episode of X-files.

I recommend to check out BLF (Berlin Leather and Fetish e.V.) beer wagon. It is a natural gathering point for Leather men and other twisted guys. Maybe I see you there?

As always, play safe and mind the Jägermeister.