About the PANN Foundation

PANN is a Dutch foundation that has been active since 1969 to support the emancipation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. PANN is known for its accessible 'straight friendly' gay parties and is completely run by volunteers. PANN's board consists of Koen de Bruyn (president), Arthur Kleukens (treasurer), Gerke van Kooten (secretary) and Mandy Tilleman (board member). We've compiled some basic information about PANN on this page.

PANN Parties

PANN is most famous for its popular ‘straight friendly’ gay parties and won several awards in that category. The parties are praised for their great atmosphere and easy accessibility. If you’re visiting the Netherlands, it’s definitely worth a try!

Location

The city of Utrecht is our main town of operations. Here you can visit the monthly parties in the city’s biggest music venue TivoliVredenburg on Saturday night, or the smaller scale ‘25+’ parties on selected Friday nights (the latter being for people of 25 years and older). We also visit other major cities in the Netherlands about 8 times a year, such as Amsterdam, Tilburg and Groningen.

All locations are within walking distance of the train station. The central station of Utrecht (‘Utrecht Centraal’) is plugged into the night service of the Dutch Railroad Company.

Audience

The majority of the audience consists of people in their early 20s and we have an equal distribution between men and women. Being a truly ‘straight friendly’ gay party, we also have a small amount of heterosexuals enjoying their night out.

To visit a regular PANN party you have to be at least 16 years old.  By Dutch law, the drinking of alcohol beverages is permitted from the age of 18.

Want to give it a try?

You are most welcome! You can see the upcoming events on our schedule (in Dutch). If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via info@pann.nl. We strongly advise you to buy your tickets in advance using the online pre-sale (also available in English), as it’s cheaper and you will not be disappointed in case of a sold out edition. Ticket sales start approximately a month before the event.

Please note that pre-sale tickets have an expiry time, make sure you are at the venue before that time.

History

PANN was founded in 1969 by students who felt their city didn’t offer enough for LGBT youth. At the time homosexual affairs were still illegal in the Netherlands between minors and adults. The Dutch Association for Integration of Homosexuality (COC) therefore didn’t allow membership under the age of 21. PANNs founders decided to create a society with an event every Tuesday evening. Shortly thereafter in the seventies this society grew with its own PANN Party to integrate different groups in Dutch society.

At the same time PANN was actively involved in the gay rights movement. It was not afraid to demonstrate at the Binnenhof in the Hague, hold group marriages in front of the City Hall in Utrecht and unite against the conservative cardinal Simonis.

In the eighties and nineties however PANN changed, stopping its radical campaigning in favour of granting funds to others as the foundation it is to this day. PANN became a lobbying foundation for the public, politicians and other interest groups.

Growth

At the start of the millennium PANN greatly increased in popularity. Besides the (monthly) parties it also started to organise festivals. Its attendants grew from hundreds to thousands and PANN started to profile itself more and more as a professional and decisive organisation. Its social activities roared once again, not only by supporting others, but also by hosting events itself.

In 2007 PANN started to host parties in other cities in the Netherlands besides Utrecht to unburden the popular parties in its home city. During its 40 year anniversary in 2009 this came down to twelve parties throughout the country. PANNs anniversary was celebrated by hosting the very first ‘GigaPANN’ at City Hall square in Utrecht.

Pink Saturday

PANN continued to evolve and grow the years following its anniversary. With a historically high amount of volunteers and its popular parties PANN decided to take on a new challenge: hosting the Dutch Pink Saturday in 2013. PANN created a modern event that attracted youth and brought positive visibility to 55 thousand visitors; creating the most visited Pink Saturday in the history of the event.