The day is almost here. First commemorated in 1909, International Women’s Day soon became an annual movement for women’s rights – though it’s now more of a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Each year there’s a theme. This year’s? #BalanceforBetter, a movement for a more gender-balanced world, with events taking place on March 8 worldwide. Our island isn’t falling behind, as numerous activities are planned for the day.
First and foremost, a Women’s Day Street Parade is being organised in Nicosia, inviting everyone to reclaim the streets. The march will set off from Phaneromeni Square at 5pm and aims to be more of a lively gathering, with DJs and music on wheels following the parade around the streets. And its purpose? To have “a world where every person’s rights are respected, regardless of gender identity, race, sexual orientation or disability” as the organisers – who describe themselves as “a group of feminist individuals and allies that came together for this occasion” – put it.
“A world without toxic masculinity,” they go on, “where we will not be pressured to adhere to heteronormative standards, and where femininities are not objectified, victimised or silenced.”
An after-party will follow at the Old Municipal Market (Agora Project). Meanwhile, in a similar party mood, Patio Cocktail Bar will celebrate the day with a special event with a Venetian influence, fitting into the carnival spirit. From 10pm to 3am, you can put your masks on and dance to carnival music.
For a slightly more graceful evening, Sarah’s Jazz Club has a jazz night planned with a performance by the Marios Spyrou Quartet. The Quartet, comprised of Marios Spyrou on drums, Charis Ioannou on saxophone, Michael Messios on double bass and Dimitris Miaris on piano, will play timeless traditional jazz songs about women such as ‘Sweet Georgia Brown’, ‘Lady is a Tramp’, ‘Sophisticated Lady’, ‘Girl from Ipanema’ and more.
And, fitting in with the day’s theme, tickets for women will be 50 per cent off that night.
Finally, if you’re looking for an entirely different way to spend March 8 – yet still want to come together with friends – try a Vegan Pot Luck dinner experience in Larnaca’s Alethriko village, organised by Bear Foot Holistics. Its purpose is for people to meet and share food, recipes and great conversation.
The way it works is that everyone brings a vegan dish or dessert of their choice, adding up to a large buffet for people to share. Simple as that. In line with the 2019 Women’s Day theme, the event wishes to celebrate females around the globe while indulging in nutritious food to bring balance back to the body.
In short, there are plenty of varied ways to celebrate womanhood and add your voice for a more equal society – whether it’s through a party, a parade, a musical performance, or a community meal.
Women’s Day Street Parade
Parade with music and banners. March 8. Meeting point: Phaneromeni Square, Nicosia. 5pm-11.30pm. After-party at Old Municipal Market, Nicosia. Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/2053310534785216/
International Women’s Day Venetian Style
Party celebrating women in a Venetian-carnival mood. Feel free to wear carnival masks. March 8. Patio Cocktail Bar, Nicosia. 8pm-3am. Reservations at: 22-664488
Women’s Day Dedication with The Marios Spyrou Quartet
Live jazz music from the Marios Spyrou Quartet. March 8. Sarah’s Jazz Club, Nicosia. Doors open at 8pm, live music 9:30pm. Tickets are 50 per cent off for women. Tel: 95-147711
Vegan Pot Luck-International Women’s Day
Pot luck meal with vegan dishes. March 8. Alethriko, Larnaca. 6pm-10pm. Booking required. Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/2409976339289029/