Malta Pride is soon upon us and the organisers behind the event have a whole host of highlighted queer events in store for us all! From riots to rainbows, there’s everything for everyone and we’ve got the low down on who’s who, what they’re doing, when it’s happening and where they’ll be.
Malta Pride 2019 is back for another celebration of inclusivity, education and commemoration.
Malta Pride Week officially begins on Friday 6th September and runs through to the 15th. This year’s theme (From Riots to Rainbows – 50 years since Stonewall) will remember the 50th year since LGBTQ+ communities rioted against state-sponsored violence at the Stonewall Inn in New York – the birth of global Pride movements around the world, calling for recognition of equal rights and freedom from oppression.
Friday, September 6th
19:30 – 22:30 TRANSformazzjoni Q+A (Spazzju Kreativ)
A documentary providing insight in the everyday lives on trans* individuals living in Malta and the impact of legislations and policies on their lives will be followed up by a Q&A session with the cast.
20:00 – 00:00 Pride Fashion Show (Black Pearl)
Karly May and ARC have organised a celebration of Malta’s local fashion scene with designers, models and artists all falling into different brackets of the LGBTQI+ community coming together with the support of their allies for the first ever Pride Fashion Show, and it’ll be followed by an afterparty.
Saturday, September 7th
09:00 – 13:00 Ġbejniet Frisky (Ministry for Gozo)
Take a look at the lifestyle and coming out experience of Gozitans from all different age groups and will provide those in attendance with a perspective of what Gozo needs more of to usher in an age of acceptance and diversity on Malta’s sister island.
20:00 – 21:30 Suspicious Baggage (Mt. Carmel Theatre)
Stand-up comic and sweaty lady Chucky Bartolo is back with a brand new comedy show for Malta Pride. Put all your liquids in a ziplock bag and get ready for an unforgettable night that may just include a cavity search or two. The show will run on Sunday evening for the same times.
Sunday, September 8th
All-day from 11:00 Pre-pride Pool Party (OMNIA by MedAsia)
Grab your floating unicorns and slip into your favourite swimsuit – let’s get wet! 5 DJs will be working the decks: Mar Escalda, Sunta, Chris Brown, Davvy P and Cathy K. The party’s on ’til late so don’t worry about missing out on any of the action.
Monday, September 9th
LGBTQI+ Community Discussion
For more details, check out the event on Facebook here.
Tuesday, September 10th
14:00 – 17:00 It’s ok 2b different! (Aġenzija Żgħazagħ)
This event will see families who are part of the Rainbow Families Network given an opportunity to share their experiences within the community.
19:00 – 22:00 Film Night: Death & Life of Marsha P Johnson (67 Strait Street)
Moviment Graffiti will remember Marsha P. Johnson, an African-American transgender woman and revolutionary LGBTQ rights activist, with a screening of her life story. Filmmakers investigate the mysterious death of Marsha P. Johnson (1992), who was found floating in the Hudson River, whose death was originally ruled as suicide, but believed by many to be a murder.
Wednesday, September 11th
18:00 – 21:00 MAC Drag Queen Masterclass (MAC Store, Valletta)
Learn everything you need to know, but maybe were too afraid to ask, about the art of drag makeup and style with a special guest trainer from Italy. Whether you’re a professional makeup artist, drag queen fledgling or MAC makeup addict, this is truly an event not to be missed.
19:30 – 21:00 Party ‘n’ Play – Discussing Chemsex (GWU Building)
This seminar will engage conversations with a sexual health doctor and an individual with personal chemsex experiences. Discussion will look into terminology, sexual health practices, risks and resources available as well as what we would like to see more of as a community for our wellbeing.
20:00 – 01:00 WomenSpace 2019 (Cabo Terrace)
WomenSpace is an art and music festival, exclusively for individuals who identify as women, that has been held annually since 2004 as part of the Malta Pride Week celebrations. Various female performers come together to celebrate and raise awareness on the rights of every woman today.
Thursday, September 12th
Rainbow Families Network Initiative
Families and members who attend this networking event will be given the opportunity to share their experiences. Together with this, an update about the various initiatives that have been carried out during the past year and plans for the months to come shall be shared.
11:00 onwards TATS for Pride Fundraiser (Modern Tribe Tattoo Studio)
Modern Tribe Tattoo Studio presents Tattoos for Pride in aid of Malta Gay Rights Movement. There will be a selection of flash sheets to choose from during the walk-in day.
19:30 – 20:30 Drachma’s Pride 2019: From Riots to Rainbows (LEAP Birgu)
With fifty years passing since the Stonewall Riots, we may be tempted to think that this milestone was completely ‘secular’ and possibly even allergic to faith. This could not be further from the truth, for months before the Stonewall Rights, individual Catholic LGBT persons began what today is one of America’s largest Catholic faith LGBTI+ movement: Dignity USA. Learn all this and more from this production.
19:30 – 23:30 Orpheum Cabaret (Orpheum Theatre)
As part of the Pride Week celebrations, some of the finest entertainers Malta has to offer are coming together to perform in a special Cabaret Show at the legendary Orpheum Theatre. Expect to see Chucky Bartolo, Raphael Pace, Undine Laverve, Chiara, Clinton Paul (and the Clintess), Tom Camilleri, Michela Galea, Peter Carbonaro, Tristan Zammit, La Voix and a special mystery guest that will be announced closer to the time.
Friday, September 13th
09:00 – 13:30 Human Rights Conference: Towards 100%: Advancing LGBTIQ equality in Malta and Globally (AX The Palace)
A presentation of the annual report, a key note speech by Tony Briffa, a leading intersex activist from Australia and two panel discussions; the first focusing on mainstreaming initiatives being implemented nationally and the second on Malta’s role in advancing LGBTQI+ equality at a global level.
14:30 – 16:00 Workplace Discussion on Diversity & Innovation (Mr Green Offices)
Malta’s diverse communities, combined with being an inclusive country, has resulted in Mr. Green’s company culture: they value the same qualities. Diversity brings many various ideas and fosters innovation, inclusion creates openness and security. It’s also very important to feel free and feel yourself at your workplace so be sure to join in the discussion.
22:30 – 04:00 Lollipop #36 / Spice Up Your Pride (Treehaus, UNO)
The Official Malta Pride 2019 Opening Party! If there’s one thing we love, as a community, it is an icon and for this year’s pride party the Lollipop kids want you to dress up as your favourite pop/queer icon. A winner will be chosen by the organisers, who will receive free entry to Lollipop for a year!
Saturday, September 14th
13:00 – 16:30 GWU Pride March Open Bar (GWU Building)
The GWU Youths and GWU are hosting pre-pride march pre-drinks. Join them at the Workers’ Memorial Building and prepare yourselves for the Pride March in the best way possible.
17:00 – 23:00 The Malta Pride March & Concert (Triton Fountain to St. George’s Square)
Join thousands of LGBTQ+ individuals and allies, supporting organisations, human rights groups and many others as we fill the streets of Floriana and Valletta with colour, love and march for an accepting society for all. A free concert open to all will follow at St George’s Square in Valletta.
22:30 – 04:00 Official Malta Pride After Party by S2S Events (Club Phoenix, Gianpula)
Dance until the morning light with DJs Cathy K and Pierre from London with special guest Owen Luellen hosted by S2S Events.
Sunday, September 15th
18:00 – 23:00 Sundown Sundays at Maori (Maori)
Wind down and chill at Malta’s favourite LGBT hangout spot by the water’s edge of our capital city.
There’s all this and more to enjoy at Malta Pride 2019. While it is a celebration, there are still rules to follow. Malta Pride would like all in attendance to be aware of the following:
- Refrain from littering, please try and be as conscious as possible with waste during the event. Littering is strictly prohibited.
- Please do not release any balloons or make use of plastic confettis.
- Drink responsibly and legally.
- National Laws are still implied, removal of clothing or nudity is not permitted.
For more information on all the events listed, prices and sponsors, click here.