Chueca is a district named after a square sited in the central Madrid neighbourhood of Justicia. It lies just to the north of the old city, with its metro station also called "Chueca." Chueca is very lively, with many street cafes and boutique shops; Lonely Planet describes it as "extravagantly gay, lively young, and always inclusive regardless of your sexual orientation."
The neighborhood has become a popular area for Madrid's gay community, with a lot of LGBT or LGBT-friendly shops. Since Madrid's serving as host of the 2007 Europride, the Gay Pride march has evolved to the biggest gay festival in the world. Chueca will hold the World Gay Pride in 2017. For five days at the beginning of the summer, Chueca is an appealing place containing five stages located at various plazas, as well as hundreds of outdoor bars, allowing hundreds of thousands to revel in the open air. In 2012 more than 300,000 foreigners travelled to Madrid for the LGBT celebrations, with most of them having visited and enjoyed Chueca.
Art in Chueca
During the last years Chueca has become a center for gay art. The Festival Visible which takes place every year during the Gay Pride, has included works by Jean Cocteau, Wilhelm van Gloeden, David Hochney, Tom of Finland, Roberto González Fernández or David Trullo. Shows such as "De bares hacia la exposicion" by Daniel Garbade in (2011) or the Illustrations : Chueca by Miguel Navia (2014) reflect through drawings and paintings the gay-neighborhood.
Chueca is a favorite set for movies. Eloy de la Iglesias’s last production: Bulgarian Lovers (2003) an adaptation of the homonymous novel by Eduardo Mendicutti was shot in the neighborhood. So where other films such as Truman by Cesc Gay, Boystown by Juan Flahn, Cachorro (película) by Miguel Albaladejo or Chef’s special by Nacho G. Velilla.
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