559: The Joy of Celebrating Queer Women – Carine De Mesmaeker

Many may ask, “Why?” Why is it important to have festivals, parties, private vacations, for LGBTQ+ individuals. The answer is simple, “Why Not?” And especially “Why not?” for queer women. Helping us answer that question and sharing about her own exciting, Mediterranean event – Velvet Ibiza – is Carine De Mesmaeker. We’re exploring the celebration of queer women and creating safe spaces for them to be themselves.

About Velvet Ibiza

Velvet Ibiza – Europe’s most epic queer women party – is celebrating its 7th anniversary this year and taking the festivities to the next level. Happening May 2 – 7, 2023 in idyllic Ibiza, Spain, Velvet Ibiza, the all-inclusive 5-day/5-night party, has, in only a few years’ time, become a holy ground for queer women who continue to descend on the pine-covered isle to enjoy one the most life changing and bonding experience.

Created and (ever since) produced by Carine De Mesmaeker – the mastermind behind Velvet 69, one of Europe’s biggest queer Women party in Brussels, Belgium – Velvet Ibiza made history in its inception year by (surprisingly) being the first ever queer women event held in the small Balearic island famously known for its LGBTQ-friendly culture, its vibrant nightlife scene and celebrity sighting.

The event attracts a vastly international crowd with LGBTQ+ women traveling from all over the globe for one big giant celebration of the community. The all-inclusive nature of the event (tickets include 5 nights in bungalow, all 3 meals, day and night activities & parties, transportation from airport to resort, and all drinks t’il 11pm) creates a safe and unique environment that imparts a palpable sense of belonging and freedom. No need to venture anywhere, the party is literally on your doorsteps as De Mesmaeker rents out the entire resort.Having everything in one place is key for the event producer who strives to create a great community vibe allowing people to organically connect. From the pool parties, sports tournaments, yoga classes, club nights and now the infamous duck race to the top queer female DJs from Europe and America dropping the sickest beats Velvet Ibiza has it all!

The host hotel is Cala Martina, the location of the historical Hippie Market – one of the few places in Ibiza where you can still find today the peculiar and unique hippie essence. It was founded in 1973 and for that reason it is currently the largest and oldest market on the island. A second hotel, Paraiso Beach, next to Hotel Cala Martina has been retained as well Paraiso Beach is a 4* boutique hotel at only 5′ walk from the event hotel. Only 20 rooms available! Velvet Ibiza is about inclusivity for the amazing diversity of queer women around the world.

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