Sitges hosts the Bears Sitges Week
Starting Friday and until September 14th, Spain’s most important Bears meeting is welcoming more than 5,000 visitors that will generate an economic impact of approximately 5 million Euros.
As of Friday, Sitges is hosting the Bears Sitges Week, the annual international meeting of Bears bringing approximately 5,000 visitors to town until September 13th, the biggest Bears encounter in all of Spain with the greatest international impact. The meeting includes acts like the benefit fund-raiser dinner; art exhibitions by different artists; the celebration of national Catalonia Day; the celebration of the anniversary of the Bears Sitges Association; or the Mister Bear Sitges election.
The inaugural act of the beArt Sitges Week, on Friday at Blanca de Nicolás’ Atelier at 20:00, marked the start of the event. During this act, the art exhibits were presented and they announced some of the winners of the Bears Sitges Awards, the prizes given in acknowledgement of different people from the town’s cultural and business worlds. The act was attended by the interim Mayor, Aurora Carbonell.
For the Bears Sitges Association, the entity organizing the meeting, the Bear philosophy focuses on values like solidarity, or supporting associations and NGOs; fraternity; normality; understood as the personal acceptance of being the way one is and not judging anyone by their physical appearance; and permissibility; understood as not judging what we’re like or what we want others to be like, in and outside of the gay community.
Last year, the Bears Sitges Week generated more than 33,000 overnight stays at hotels and apartments, and over 9,000 meals, according to data provided by sponsors and other establishments. The economic impact was calculated to be 5.5 million Euros, at an event with a public that grew between 5 and 10% in comparison with the previous year.