“Gijsen, Flikker Op!”

( meaning: “GIJSEN, GET LOST!”)
the bishop Gijsen and the origins of Pink Saturday

17 March – 21 June 2015
In 1979, bishop Gijsen provoked the liberal Dutch with his extreme conservative statements on the ‘true’ catholic faith. He was against contraception, abortion, divorce and especially against homosexuality. Conservative Catholics often supported him.
A large group of homosexuals decided to take action and they organized a demonstration in the Episcopal town of Roermond,during the Easter weekend . Maundy Thursday and Good Friday were thus succeeded by Pink Saturday for the first time on April 14th, 1979.
Over four thousand people joined the demonstration, shouting slogans such as ‘Gijsen get lost”! This slogan also decorated many banners.

Pink Saturday will be held in Limburg for the fourth time on June 20th, 2015. It will be named ‘Maastricht Colours You’. Prior to this party, Centre Céramique will present an exhibition on the rise of Pink Saturday and the gay rights movement in Limburg.

The exhibition features many photographs from private collections, films, interviews, personal stories and expressions of support made by famous Dutch people and politics at that time.
Regional broadcasting station L1 even made a special documentary.
There is a very remarkable photograph of a protestor holding a sign which reads “Gijsen moet blijven”(meaning: “Gijsen has to stay”) , while looking rather cynically into the lens. The bishop, unwillingly, instigated Pink Saturday and the emancipation of the gay rights movement.

Photographer Michel Vanderhoven made a number of portraits of the initiators of Pink Saturday commissioned by Centre Céramique.

“GIJSEN, FLIKKER OP!” | 17 March – 21 june 2015 | Centre Céramique | admission: free

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