An official date for the annual Cyprus Pride has been set for the end of the month. On Sunday, May 27, Accept – LGBTI Cyprus is organising the march inviting the community, friends and allies to walk proudly. Before the Pride march takes place, however, plenty of activities and events will take place throughout Cyprus.
“On Sunday May 27, at 5.30pm,” says Accept – LGBTI Cyprus, “we walk together in the Cyprus Pride 2023, because we know that together, with solidarity and respect, we can triumph, we can claim the right to live inclusively, for equal rights for all LGBTQ+ people, but also for the right of every person to live and express themselves freely, we walk together for equality, for love for all!” The starting and finishing point will again be the Nicosia Municipal Garden, where a festival will take place.
“In light of recent homophobic and transphobic attacks,” they add, “as well as increased online abuse on social media, the aim of this year’s Cyprus Pride 2023 is to encourage unity, cooperation and solidarity in the fight against homophobia, transphobia, online abuse, heterosexism and cis-sexism, aspiring to inspire the LGBTQ+ community, its friends and allies, civil society, change agents as well as the wider society to stand together, united to transform our society, and Cyprus, into an inclusive environment, for a state based on the values of equality, equity and egalitarianism.”
May 12 – Young Lions Cyprus – Film Presentation
A film presentation at the Amphitheatre of Cyta Central Offices. Short films up to 60 seconds on Cyprus Pride that will represent Cyprus at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The screenings will take place from 12pm to 1pm.
May 13 – Playday at Flying Tiger Store
A children’s arts and crafts event in Ananastasias Street in Limassol. On the first floor of the store, Rainbow Families will entertain children with a series of creative activities from 10am to 12pm.
Celebrating Eurovision 2023
Also happening on May 13 is The Official Eurovision Song Contest Cyprus Party at RED Music Stage. A live screening of the Eurovision final will be held in an entertaining atmosphere. Entrance is €15/€20 for tables and includes one drink. The evening’s proceeds will be donated to Ukraine’s United24 and Accept – LGBTI Cyprus.
May 14 – House of Apollo Party – Eurovision Fiesta
Continuing the Eurovision fun, a themed party will take place at Dusty Munky on the following evening, lasting from 5.30pm to 11.30pm.
May 17 – Pride March North
On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a Pride march will be held in north Nicosia between 6pm and 9pm with a party to follow.
Two events are on Friday 19. One is a play presented by the Nicosia International Festival titled Turning Machine at 8pm and with a reduced entrance fee for members of Accept with settled annual dues and the other is a fundraising party. Smash that Box is a fiesta that will take place at Ithaki Bar with DJs and Drag performers.
The Made with Love flea market will fill the covered area of Eleftheria Square between 10am and 4pm. Artists, creators and businesses that support the LGBTI community or are part of it, will sell their products and services at the one-day market.
In the evening the Pride Extravaganza Party will take crowds to Attraction Club in Larnaca for a colourful fiesta that will last until the early hours of dawn. On the decks DJs wstd and GIA will entertain party goers while drag shows by Zivana and Diamondia Curl take place. This will be a late-night event starting at 11pm and lasting until 5am.
May 21 – Proud Adoption Day
Accept LGBTI Cyprus collaborates with the Nicosia Dog Shelter and PAWS (Protecting Animals Without Shelter) to celebrate the unique relationship LGBTI people have with their pets. The public is invited to join the event at the Dog Park in Nicosia (3.30pm – 7pm) along with their pets, or not, learn about adoption and watch funny dog competitions.
May 24 – 50 Shades of Random vol.2
Kafenion ISON will host a music and stand-up fundraising event with Mario K Lanzo, entertaining crowds from 8pm to 10.30pm.
May 26 – Accept Slips
Finally, a day before the Cyprus Pride march, the official pre-pride party will take place in Nicosia. Drag performers, DJs and music lovers will head to S//IP Club for a late-night party that will kick off at 10.30pm and last until late, hours before hundreds gather to march together. Happy Pride!
For more details visit the official Accept – LGBTI Cyprus Facebook page @AcceptCyprus