Since the first Cyprus Pride Parade in 2014, Accept, the organisation that stands up for the rights of the LGBT members of society, has made May the month for everyone who feels different or excluded from society’s norms to come together to bring about acceptance in Cyprus.
But the month of May was not chosen at random, as May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This year the organisation is running a number of events under the name Speak Love Pride Days until May 28. Some of the events include live music performances, theatrical plays and yoga lessons. A full list of events can be found on the organisation’s website: www.acceptcy.org/.
As film is a very influential medium in our lives, and one in which delicate issues can be raised, the 2001 musical comedy Hedwig and the Angry Inch will be screened tonight at the Tree of Life in Larnaca at 8pm.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is based on Stephen Trask’s stage musical of the same name. The film follows a fictional rock band fronted by an East German transgender singer, Hedwig, who has undergone a botched sex change operation. The singer develops a relationship with a younger man, Tommy, and becomes his mentor and musical collaborator, only to have him steal her music and move on without her. The story then becomes one in which Hedwig and her backing band, the Angry Inch, shadow Tommy’s tour, while exploring Hedwig’s past and complex gender identity.
The film, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, won Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review and other institutions.
Also in Larnaca tomorrow, DJ Pan-V from Greece will be flying over to perform at Secrets Freedom Club from midnight. Supported by Super FM, the party vibe will get everyone geared up for the big Accept Concert which takes place next weekend.
But before you get your dancing shoes on, the organisation will host a yoga session at Acropolis park in Nicosia from 10am until 11.30am tomorrow.
The free Hatha and Vinyasas flow yoga lesson will wake participants up so they’re ready for an eventful weekend. The session will help participants become more involved with their own bodies and minds and also assist them in withdrawing from external objects and stresses.
On Monday, the play Juliet and Juliet, which was specially written by Christiana Artemiou for Pride Days 17 and directed by Marios Mettis, will be performed at Famagusta Gate in Nicosia.
The play cleverly take the title of one of the most famous plays about star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet and repeats the woman’s name twice. Now the Shakespeare title becomes one in which two women fall in love.
Just as Romeo and Juliet could not get married and live out their love in public due to their families’ feud, the Juliets of this play cannot live out their love for one another as men and women do, because they live in a society where same sex romances are not accepted.
Juliet and Juliet presents the stories of five women who have each lived through different experiences. Each one recalls the inner and outer battles they have had to go through to reach their one and only goal, to be happy.
There will also be a performance of the play on May 25.
Back to the big Accept concert, it will be held on May 27 at Nicosia Municipal gardens with a number of singers and musicians showing their support. The programme will include performances by the Greek singers Euridiki, Iro and Rena Morfi (from the band Imam Baildi).
The concert will begin at 7pm and there will be food and drinks available.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Screening of the 2001 musical comedy. May 19. Tree of Life, Markou Drakou 9, Larnaca. 8pm. €5/3. In English with Greek subtitles. Tel: 24-821921
The Speak Love Party
Live performance by DJ Pan-V. May 20. Secrets Freedom Club, 67 Artemidos Avenue, Larnaca. 23.55pm. €5. Tel: 99-812343
Yoga with Love
A free yoga lesson. May 20. Acropolis Park, Nicosia. 10am-11.30am. Tel: 99-812343
Juliet and Juliet
Performance of the play by Christiana Artemiou. May 22 and 25. Famagusta Gate, Athina Avenue, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/12. In Greek. Tel: 22-430877
Speak Love The Concert
A concert as part of Cyprus Pride Days 17 with lots of musicians and singers. May 27. Nicosia Municipal Gardens, Nicosia. 7pm-12am. €12. Tel: 99-812343