Why is the Rainbow Family Festival on the island of Aeroe
Aeroe has a great many advantages for family tourism. The island is little enough for it to be easy to get around by car or the free public busses, and large enough to offer a broad range of outdoor and indoor child-friendly activities. The island’s natural qualities are exceptional, with beautiful landscapes, child friendly beaches, quiet bays for water sports and hiking trails with no dangerous wild animals.
Islanders are very active in associations, providing a great many activities for the island’s children and families, many of which take advantage of the quiet, down to earth way of life on the island.
Culturally the island has a great deal to offer, with a grand maritime history that still leaves its mark on the town of Marstal and the minds of the islanders. After generations of looking abroad for their livelihoods, whether through shipbuilding, educating sailors or actually sailing, islanders rest on a globalised past and can boast a diverse population of partners brought home after travel abroad. Whether this is the main reason, or one of many, Aeroe islanders are in general very accepting of diversity.
The town of Ærøskøbing, Denmarks most well-preserved 18th century town dates back to the early middle ages. This fairytale town is small and cobbled and will play a central role in housing Aeroe Rainbow Family Festival events. The quaint streets with their historical buildings and long history house a thriving community of modern souls aware of the importance of tolerance and inclusion. In this community it is not important how you identify, but what you do. Acknowledging each other and treating people with respect is the norm.
The western end of the island, with the town of Søby boasts divine nature. With a welcoming harbor the town receives many sailing visitors. Local businesses take advantage of the diversity found in the natural environment through perma-culture, the edible camp ground, cream and soap production and much more.
As many of the islanders’ main source of income is derived from tourism, the island has an infrastructure that can support the practical needs of a festival for LGBTQ+ families, while being little enough for us to be able to reach out and meet one another.
Public busses on Aeroe are free.