In the 1990s, Swedish pop sensation Ace of Base burned up the radio charts with hits like All that She Wants, Don’t Turn Around and The Sign. This July the band will rekindle its infectious pop grooves in Vancouver as part of the July 30 closing party of the 2011 North America Outgames, held at the Plaza of Nations on False Creek.
Staged from July 25-31, the Outgames is an international sporting event that welcomes athletes from around the world, regardless of sexual orientation or skill level. Competitors participate in dozens of events, both traditional and not-so-traditional. Sports this year include badminton, soccer and softball, as well as 10-pin bowling, Texas hold ‘em poker and a dance contest. More than 2,000 participants from around the world are expected for the year’s largest gay and lesbian athletic event.
But sports are only part of the action.
This year’s Outgames will also feature a Human Rights Conference with workshops on diversity and an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding achievements in the fight for LGBT equality. There’s also the all-important social component: gala opening ceremonies and a whole week of themed parties featuring everything from cocktail mixers to burlesque cabaret.
And, to top it all off, vintage Euro-rockers Ace of Base take the stage on Saturday, July 30, as part of the closing party, a full day festival at the Plaza of Nations with concerts, DJs, drag shows, dance performances, medal presentations, a beer garden and more. Check out the Outgames website for details on how to get tickets to performances and how to sign up for athletic events.