Pride Week excitement is in full swing as mere days remain before the official opening of Malta Pride 2018.
Bigger and better than any previous year, here’s every event that’s going down from the 9th to the 16th September.
The first event starts on our sister island at Ħondoq Bay. Swim, join the fun games and network with Gozitan LGBTI, or as they put it, “xalata il-baħar the queer old way!”
Everyone also being asked to bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.
Take to the seas with sick beats kicking off from 10:00am all day long till 6:00pm.
Really working together for a common goal, teams of four will go head-to-head in several rounds of friendly matches to give Pride Week an active start.
It’s not all glitz and glam – early on in Pride Week a discussion by Ruth Baldacchino and Mina Tolu will tackle some hard-hitting questions.
Why do we still need Pride in Malta? Are we there yet? Who are we leaving behind? What’s next for our communities and movement? This event aims to provide a space to LGBTIQ communities in Malta to discuss the role and relevance of Pride by presenting a history of Pride marches in Malta, reflecting on achievements and highlighting gaps for LGBTIQ people in Malta.
The issue of mental health in Malta, particularly within the LGBTIQ+ community, is not discussed often enough. Through a short film, a personal account, and through the work carried out by a therapist who works with issues of shame, the event hopes to break through certain barriers.
With performances on the night by everyone from Chiara and Brooke to belly dancers and Graffiti Poetry, there’s surely something for everyone’s interest at Maori.
The General Workers’ Union Youths will be organising a movie night which shows how the trade unions and the LGBTIQ community cooperated together for better working and equal rights.
Another round for the sports fans, this time hands are out and feet are in! The friendly 5-aside will see teams compete for bragging rights halfway through Pride Week.
The Rainbow Families Network facilitated by MGRM (in collaboration with the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society) offers a safe and non-judgmental space for parents who identify as LGBTIQ and their children, along with parents of Trans children and the children who identify as Transgender themselves, to discuss family life, with the hardship and joy that this brings.
Turn the fabulous up to a hundred as the University of Malta’s LGBTQ+ organisation gears up for one hell of a lip-sync extravaganza.
With almost 10 drag queens and kings competing at the Birdcage Lounge, the talent will be judged by Undine LaVerve, Connie Desire and Madame J’Adore. It’ll also feature music by DJ Elton and is hosted by Tolqueen.
Open wide! What better way to open up one hell of a Pride Celebration weekend than with a party so sweet, it’ll give you a cavity.
Bubblegum pop aficionado DJ St John is joined by international drag DJ FKA… which means Tolqueen won’t be the only diva out there with a wig so high it touches the ceiling.
March loud and stand proud, everyone is invited to the massive parade that kicks off at 4:30 in Valletta. After the walk around the European Capital of Culture, there will be a free open-air concert with a massive lineup of local and foreign acts to keep crowds entertained for hours.
The party doesn’t have to stop when the concert ends – keep the night going at S2S’s pride party, that will have you dancing till the early hours of the morning.
With tunes by Beatbears and staging and fireworks by the S2S team, it’s going to be a night to remember.
What’s a Mediterranean Pride celebration without getting wet?
Featuring shows from dancers Stephan Raw, David Arias, Ridder Revera, Daniel, Manuel Scalco and Davido Thay and sets by DJ Marbee, and DJ Chris Brown ft. Matinee as well as international guest DJ Hugo Jarocki – the event will take place at Aria’s outdoor pool area.
Wind down your week of celebrations with an eye-opening open mic night. While it has a queer theme, everyone is open to participate in any language. There will be 15 slots for poetry, short stories, songs and so on.
Organised by We Are as part of their Kitba Queer initiative (which is being funded by the Arts Council Malta), the event is also supported by Moviment Graffiti’s group 8th March 365.