We’ll meet again – at Alnwick garden!
Delegates from all over Europe will meet on historical and quite famous grounds when they return to Alnwick Castle and Gardens 20 – 27 August 2023.
This is the 15th time the competitions will take place, and there will be a few changes to the rules.
The finalists will be staying at Alnwick Castle, the very same place where scenes from films and series like Harry Potter and Downton Abbey have been filmed.
In breath-taking, historical, and famous surroundings the finalists will spend a whole week with exciting challenges, interesting seminars, and excellent chances to build their own Pan-European network and meet new friends.
The MGE-team and the National Producer will make sure that the finalists will experience a very special week with important knowledge and wonderful memories to take back home.
“When this year’s producer Stuart Hatton Jr. came to me and investigated the possibilities to host Mr Gay Europe for another year at Alnwick Garden, it did not take long for the MGE-team to agree that it was an excellent idea. Stuart and his team did a fantastic job with MGE2022 under challenging conditions due to the aftermath of the corona epidemic, and we would love to come back to the magical Alnwick Garden.
I also had the pleasure to meet the Duchess of Northumberland who kindly allowed us to have the finale at the Garden. Her Grace expressed great support for our cause, and she asked if we would like to come back next year. An invitation like that is of course hard to turn down, and if you then add the great work of the English team, the choice for next year’s venue was not really a difficult one, MGE President Tore Aasheim explains.
Open Call for gay Europe
One of the biggest news this year that Mr Gay Europe opens for “Open Call” – this means that anyone who identify as a gay man, living in a European country for at least 12 months, can register to represent their home country.
Some countries have national producers, and they have until 1. April 2023 to notify the MGE-team whether they are going to send a delegate or not. If they decline or do not register before 1. April 2023, anyone from the country in question can register. Check the list at the bottom of the article which countries have their own national producer. If your country is not on that list, you can register today!
The MGE-team wants to stress that we strive to have as much diversity among the finalists as possible, including colour, cultural background, religion, line of work, education, social background etc. Transmen are also welcome. The first step to become a finalist is to register online – and today is a good day to do that.
The only limits are that you must live in Europe, you must identify as a gay man, be 18 years or older, and register online before the deadline, this year set to 1. July 2023. You must also be able to travel to and stay at Alnwick from 20 – 27 August 2023.
Mental heath will be the MGE theme of 2023
Another news is that Mr Gay Europe 2023 will focus on a specific theme. Each year a new theme will be chosen, the theme for 2023 is “Mental Health”. When you register, you will be asked which subject within the theme you think is most important or needs to be addressed in the year to come.
And a third news is that instead of “My Project” where the finalists have to promote and present a project they would like to work with if they win, all the delegates will during the week be asked to come up with “Our Project” that both the titleholder and the other finalists would like to work with for the next twelve months.
Countries with national producers that are authorised to send delegates to Mr Gay Europe: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Ireland (incl. Northern Ireland), Norway, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Wales.