The story of Queer Factory is deeply intertwined with the rich tapestry of COC Limburg’s history and the vibrant legacy of the Pink Party. It was in 2022 that Queer Factory first emerged, born out of a desire to revive the spirit of celebration that had once animated the queer community in Limburg.

The Pink Party, an iconic event launched by COC Limburg in the 1970s, served as a sanctuary for self-expression in an era marked by societal constraints. It was a time when opportunities for authentic celebration were scarce, and the Pink Party filled a crucial void, becoming a symbol of liberation and unity. Despite its initial success, by 2019, dwindling attendance and a shortage of volunteers led to the event’s discontinuation, marking the end of an era.

However, the legacy of the Pink Party lived on in the hearts of a new generation, yearning for spaces where they could be themselves without fear or judgment. With a shared vision to reignite the flame of queer celebration, a dedicated group of volunteers from COC Limburg banded together to create Queer Factory.

The inaugural edition of Queer Factory, held in Maastricht, proved to be an overwhelming success, exceeding all expectations. It was a night filled with jubilation and acceptance, as attendees embraced the opportunity to revel in their identities freely. Buoyed by this triumphant return to form, the volunteer team resolved to ensure that Queer Factory became a permanent fixture within Limburg’s cultural landscape.

Since its inception, Queer Factory has continued to thrive, growing in popularity and significance with each passing year. It has evolved into more than just an event; it has become a symbol of resilience, community, and the unyielding pursuit of equality.

As we reflect on the journey that brought us to this moment, we pay homage to the Pink Party and the pioneers who paved the way for Queer Factory. Together, we celebrate our shared history and look forward to a future filled with love, acceptance, and endless possibilities. Queer Factory stands as a testament to the power of unity and the enduring spirit of the queer community in Limburg and beyond.

Pink Party promo video 2009
Pink Party interview (in Dutch) 2006
Pink Party trailer 2000’s