Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Tolerance, respect and diversity at the Oktoberfest

Rainbow flags blowing on the Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest is a place where all people celebrate together and peacefully. This is shown in particular by the two rainbow flags that fly at the entrance to the Oktoberfest on Wednesdays: As a sign of tolerance, respect and diversity.

Oktoberfest boss Clemens Baumgärtner makes it clear: "Like hardly any other event, the Oktoberfest stands for Munich's motto 'live and let live'. Two men kissing or women holding hands are the norm there." The media had recently reported on a homophobic attack - the rainbow flags that now waft over the festival grounds are a clear sign of tolerance, respect and diversity.

"With the rainbow flags, the state capital of Munich wants to carry this message to the outside world and set a sign today for tolerance and openness to the world. Tolerance is an essential measure of the peacefulness of the Oktoberfest", says Baumgärtner.

The rainbow flag as a clear sign

The flags with the colours of the rainbow are regarded worldwide as a sign of tolerance, respect and diversity. This is one of the reasons why they have become the guiding symbols of Christopher Street Day and stand for the fight of the LGBTI* community against discrimination.

The picture on the left shows (from left to right, Credit: City of Munich/ RAW): Günther Kaiser, Head of Wiesnbauhof, Jörg Garstka Board Sub e.V., Clemens Baumgärtner, Labour and Economic Affairs Officer, Dr. Kai Kundrath Managing Director Sub e.V..:

Photo above: Annette Göttlicher