Cyprus Pride 2017

Things to do => EVENTS / FESTIVALS

With the decriminalisation of homosexuality occurring only in 1998, following the condemnation by the Cyprus Church and bitter public arguing between people and politicians who blamed the European Court of Human Rights for the dilution of local family values, little seem to have changed as far as the political rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Intersex (LGBTI) community in Cyprus are concerned. With the inability to shake off a vivid stigma against homosexuality, most LGBTI’s choose to hide their sexuality and worse still project a “heterosexual” image for their way of life where possible. Only a handful dare speak in public about their experiences or lifestyle, leading to everyday Cypriots thinking that homosexuality is something rare and a choice of the few. Only in 2011, Cyprus was declared the most homophobic country in the EU by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) – Europe.

As such, the organisation of a Cyprus Pride Festival had been an elusive dream for many decades as it translates the level of maturity of our society regarding acceptance. A Pride Festival embodies the will of the LGBTI people to be heard and be accepted as equals, not to be discriminated upon or have their human rights diminished by others because of their own personal beliefs and religious affiliations.

This year, the 4th Cyprus Pride Parade will be held on May 28th. The goall is to discuss the subject of gender identity, looking forward towards a future with better living conditions for trans persons and equal opportunities. By focusing on trans persons, Accept wishes to send the message that trans persons are among us, they are equal citizens of this country, with the same rights and obligations just like each and every one of us. It is time to stop pretending they are invisible.*

*source: http://www.acceptcy.org/pride/pridecy_en.html

History of Pride:

Pride parades (also known as pride marches, pride events, and pride festivals) for the LGBT community are events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) culture and pride.

The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. Most pride events occur annually, and many take place around June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in modern LGBT social movements.

Many parades still have at least some of the original political or activist character, especially in less accepting settings. The variation is largely dependent on the political, economic and religious settings of the area. However, in more accepting cities, the parades take on a festive or even Mardi Gras-like character, where by the political stage is built on notions of celebration. Large parades often involve floats, dancers, drag queens, and amplified music; but even such celebratory parades usually include political and educational contingents, such as local politicians and marching groups from LGBT institutions of various kinds.*

*source: http://www.acceptcy.org/pride/history_en.html


PRIDE DAYS 2017- event schedule*:

15 May Monday:

-Theatrical play (Nicosia)

"Smiley" by Guillem Clua

time: 20:30

location: theatre Ena

entrance: 15euro/12 for members of Accept

reservations: 70008242

language: Greek

16 May Tuesday:

-Press Conference (Nicosia)

International day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Official presentation of Cyprus Pride festival 2017 Programme

time:18:00

location: Garden cafe Nicosia

entrance: free

language: Greek

-Theatrical play (Nicosia)

"Smiley" by Guillem Clua

time: 20:30

location: theatre Ena

entrance: 15euro/12 for members of Accept

reservations: 70008242

language: Greek

17 May Wednesday:

-Ceremony (all cities)

Rainbow flag ceremonies

City Halls and Embassies raise the rainbow flag

time: 10:00

-Discussion (North Nicosia)

Kibris'ta LGBTI Mucadelesi/LGBTI Movement in Cyprus

time: 14:30

location: UKU-Anfi, Nicosia (North)

entrance:free

language: Turkish with English translation

-Discussion(Nicosia)

Hate Speech

Discussion with Youth Political Party Organizations 

time:19:00

location: Journalists House Aglantzia, Nicosia

entrance: free

language: Greek

18 May Tursday:

-Book presentation (Nicosia)

Family coach Sara Coster

"Rainbow Families: Coming out in the open"

time: 18:00

location: CVAR Atrium,Severis Museum, Ermou Str Nicosia

entrance: free

language: English

19 May Friday:

- Film screening(Larnaca)

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (2001)

time:20:00

location: Tree of Life, Larnaca

entrance: 5euro/3 for Accept Members

language: English

-Party (Nicosia)

Nostalgia 2000s Party

time: 21:00-02:00

location: the Powerhouse Restaurant, Nicosia

on the decks DJ's Claudio and Pueblo Franco

20 May Saturday:

- Yoga Course (Nicosia)

"Yoga with Love"

time: 10:00

location: Acropolis Park, Nicosia

entrance: free

language: Greek

-Party(Larnaca)

"The Spean Love Party"

Powered by Super fm 

time: 22:00

location: Secrets Club

entrance: 5euro

21 May Sunday:

-Guided Walk (Nicosia)

Bi-communal walk in Nicosia with Marios Epameinonda

"Against the order of nature"

time:10:00-12:00

location: starting point Orpheas/Chrysaliniotissa Park(Famagusta Gate)

entrance: free

registration: 99812343 (30 people max)

language: English

22 May Monday:

-Film screening(Larnaca)

Blue is the warmest colour/La vie d'Adele (2013)

Larnaca cinema society

time: 20:30

location: The House of the Volunteer. Grivas Digenis Av, Larnaca

entrance: 5euro/3 for Accept members

language: English and French with Greek subtitles

-Theatrical Play(Nicosia)

"Juliet and Juliet"

time:20:30

location: Famagusta Gate

entrance: 15euro/12 for Accept members

reservations: 70008242

language: Greek

23 May Tuesday:

-Discussion(Nicosia)

Church Rhetoric and Homosexuality

time:19:00

location: Journalists House Aglantzia Nicosia

entrance: free

language: Greek

24 May Wednesday:

-Human Library(Nicosia)

Rainbow Narrations

time: 17:00-20:00

location: Prozak Kafeneio

entrance: free 

language: Greek

-Discussion(Limassol)

Raising an LGBTI child

time:`19:00

location: B Municipal Market(Theatro Ena)

entrance: free

language:Greek

25 May Thursday:

-Theatrical play(Nicosia)

"Juliet and Juliet"

time:20:30

location: Famagusta Gate, Nicosia

entrance:15euro/12 for Accept members

reservations:70008242

language: Greek

27 May Saturday:

-Workshop(Nicosia)

Poster Workshop

time:17:00

location: Nicosia Municipal Garden Coffeeshop

entrance: free

-Concert

time: 19:00-24:00

location: Nicosia Municipal Garden(next to the Parliament)

entrance: 12euro

concert with:

-Rena Morfi-Souli Anatoli(Imam Baildi)

-Vangelis Germanos

-Stefanos Georgiades

-Fivos Delivorias

-Evridiki

-Iro

-Charitini Kyriacou

-Maro Markellou

-Avgi Stavrou

-Demetris Soteriou

-DJ Barcin

-Party(Nicosia)

Pre Pride 2017 Party

time:23:00-03:00

location: Kosmiko Kentro Antonakis

entrance:10euro/5 for full members of Accept

On the decks DJ Maria PAnosian(Greece)

Drag show Niki ToDay(Miss Travestie Holland 2016)

28 May Sunday:

-Pride Parade Day- All day schedule:

Activities for children and teenagers

time:15:00

location: Nicosia Municipal Garden(next to Parliament)

Pride Parade(Nicosia)

Official start of the March

time:17:30-19:00

location: Nicosia Municipal Garden(next to Parliament)

Party(Nicosia)

Finishing line and party

time:19:00

location: Nicosia Municipal Garden (next to Parliament)

entrance:free

*For more info check out http://www.acceptcy.org/pride/events_en.html 

HIV Testing- Limassol, Larnaca, Nicosia:

Free Anonymous and rapid testing for HIV.

Schedule:

  • 19/05/2017 Friday-Limassol
  • 20:00-24:00 Thermos House
  • 20/05/2017 Saturday-Larnaca
  • 23:00-03:00 Secrets Freedom Club

24/05/2017 Wednesday-Limassol

17:00-22:00 Old Vinegar Factory (Palio Xydadiko)

26/05/2017 Friday-Nicosia

23:00-3:00 Ithaki nightclub

27/05/2017 Saturday-Nicosia

19:00-24:00 Nicosia Municipal Garden

28/05/2017 Sunday-Nicosia

16:00-22:00 Pride Nicosia Municipal Garden

*For more details on programme check out http://www.acceptcy.org/pride/events_en.html

 













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