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Updated January 14, 2024

February 27 - March 4, 2024

Antwerp is celebrating its love for leather and fetish during the Darklands Festival.

Born in 2009 in Antwerp, the Darklands annual leather and fetish weekend saw over 5,000 people participating in its first round of diverse and fetish events and continues to grow each year.

Event Details

Darklands takes center stage as an extravagant celebration of all things fetish, uniting an awe-inspiring mix of lifestyles—from leather and latex aficionados to rubber enthusiasts and army gear devotees. Even the pup-play community finds a loving home here. It's not just a party; it's a fetish odyssey that promises to elevate your life by allowing you to revel in your most cherished fetish garments. At Darklands, attendees are not just encouraged but celebrated for exploring their sexual identities in a respectful and responsible manner.

This grand fête is not a one-man-show; it's a harmonious collaboration among various tribes within the gay fetish community. Whether you identify with the leather-clad warriors, the rubber-embracing sirens, or the dog-masked puppies, there's a place for you in this fellowship of fetish aficionados. United in spirit and mission, over 150 volunteers from different clubs, organizations, and groups band together to produce a mesmerizing spectacle of inclusivity and sexual freedom.

Tickets

You can purchase single admission to an event or choose for a multiple day ticket that grants access throughout the entire festival. You can also do special add-ons to your wristband, so check their website for details and purchase information.

Philanthropic Beneficiary

But the magic doesn't end there. Each year, Darklands selects a charity to be a beneficiary of its philanthropic endeavors. In 2023, the spotlight is on 'Checkpoint Gran Canaria,' an initiative spearheaded by the Association of Sexual Health of the Canary Islands. With a twofold mission—promoting sexual health and facilitating sexual health care and testing—this charity primarily focuses its activities in Maspalomas.

The immediate goals? To enlighten the community with reliable information and guide them toward existing services, starting with re-introducing convenient and quick HIV testing near the Yumbo Centre—the beating heart of Maspalomas' gay scene. Looking ahead, the association aims to parallel the comprehensive services offered in other major Spanish and European cities, including accessible sexual health testing along with support and counseling services.

The Bottom Line

So come one, come all! Indulge your fantasies, be a part of a larger-than-life community, and make a difference in the world. Darklands isn't just a party; it's a celebration of life, love, and the freedom to be unapologetically you.

Bisexual & Gay Saunas / Cruising Spots

Gay Sauna 't Herenhuis And The Boots.

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FORMER NAME(S) - Leather & Fetish Pride Belgium

Various locations
Antwerp
Belgium

cr@darklands.com


Crowd

  • 18+
  • Bears
  • Bisexual
  • Cruising
  • Fetish
  • Gay
  • Leather
  • Muscle
  • Naked

Music

  • Dance
  • EDM
  • Electropop
  • House
  • Techno
  • Traditional

Dates & Hours

February 27 - March 4, 2024

Tuesday
February 27
 
 
Wednesday
February 28
 
 
Thursday
February 29
 
 
Friday
March 1
 
 
Saturday
March 2
 
 
Sunday
March 3
 
 
Monday
March 4
 
 
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