FETISH STREET FAIR
BERLIN 11–15 SEPT
Fetish STREET Fair
Folsom Europe was established in 2003 in order to bring the non-profit leather festival concept pioneered by the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco to Europe. In 2005 Berlin called the young event a “difficult case” worrying about issues of decency. Despite all obstacles the organisers held on to the concept and succeded. The infamous then mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, saluted the festival in 2006 with the words: “An event such as Folsom Europe is just right for Berlin: As a meeting point for people from across the world, who visit a tolerant and cosmopolitan city to party and meet with likeminded folks and to raise funds for charitable causes and hence help to overcome prejudices.“ Today Folsom Europe is supported by the Berlin tourism board and is regarded as the most important leather / fetish street fair in Europe. Since its first year in 2004, Folsom Europe has become a world-famous fetish event with a huge street fair and lots of parties. This year, Europe’s largest gay fetish event will take place on the weekend of September 11th-15th at various venues across Berlin. Thousands of guys in leather & fetish gear will be walking the streets in the Berlin-Schöneberg district. Expect a long weekend of fun, freedom and sleaze in one of the world‘s most vibrant capitals. Folsom Europe e.V. would like to express its gratitute to all our helpers, supporters, customers and sponsors for their wonderful cooperation. The success of Folsom Europe would not be possible without you. Thank you very much.
By bus: A great opportunity to meet and explore Berlin’s sights with other like-minded people. Specifically developed for guests visiting the street fair, the Folsom bus tour has since become a traditional event. The trip, which takes 2.5 – 3hours, will not only take you to the city’s most interesting sights, but will also guide you through Berlin’s gay and lesbian history in German or english.
By boat: explore the fetish capital on the water.Two boats, each with enough space for 200 passengers, are waiting to sail away with you on Folsom Friday. With food, beer and wine, you can also step to the beat of the live DJs! each boat has an open upper deck and a covered lower deck. Come aboard, take the tour and see the splendid architecture of Berlin’s futuristic central station, the Federal Chancellery, Berlin Cathedral and Museum island.
SERVICE FOR YOU
Trousers off! No problem, as long as the crown jewels remain covered. Otherwise you can leave your trousers, jackets, backpacks or whatever at the cloak room during the FOLSOM EUROPE-street festival. You can find it at the entrance to the Martin Luther-Street. You don’t need to carry your stuff around all the time. When mentioning time: The cloak room is open from 12.00h to 22.00h. Costing 2 Euros your deposited items will be kept safe.
Get help - with Maneo
We are here for you. Just call us if you like to report a crime or a case of discrimination. Call us if you are looking for a counselling interview. You can reach us every day from 5 pm to 7 pm on the assault-helpline. Outside these times you can leave a message and call-back number on the answering machine. Within 24 hours we will contact you. After this first step we also offer you a personal counselling interview if you like.
Assault-helpline: 0049 (0) 30 216 33 36
Every day from 5 pm to 7 pm you can meet one of our employees in the rooms of Mann-O-Meter. If you like, we can also arrange an appointment outside of these hours with you. You do not have to file a report to receive advice and help from us. Our counselling interviews are confidential and on request anonymous. You can make use of our help once or long term. We also counsel relatives and witnesses of a crime.
We would like to help you with questions and problems, so that you can make confident decisions and enforce your demands. You set the pace. We offer you information and support in finding contact to the police, doctors or lawyers. We also arrange help clarifying insurance issues or entitlements to benefits.
You are not alone. On your wish we accompany you to the police or to a court hearing. Because these are not every-day experiences the way to these institutions can be very burdening. It is often a great stress to reencounter an offender in a trial. In such cases one of your employees will be by your side. They will explain the process of the trial to you and also give you extra security through their presence.
We are in contact with doctors, lawyers, psychologists and the contact person for homosexual lifestyles of the Berlin police. We know their help services and can show you the way to other special institutions. We support you in getting access to those offers. We also help you in dealing with the formal issues.
Feel free to write us if you have any question or would like to share your feedback.
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Folsom Europe e.V.
Courbièrestraße 6 D-10787 Berlin
+49 30 644 324 65