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Malta to host EuroPride in 2023

europride in vienna, 2019

That’s right y’all! Malta has won the competition to host Europe’s biggest gay pride celebration, EuroPride, in 2023!

Malta’s bid, named Equality from the Heart, was selected during the annual general meeting of the European Pride Organisers Association, also known as the EPOA.

What is EuroPride exactly?

EuroPride is a pan-European international LGBTI event, including but not exclusive to a huge Pride parade, which is hosted by a different European city every year.

The host city is usually one with an established LGBTI Pride event or a strong LGBTI community. We feel it necessary to mention here that Malta has topped the index for the past four years in a row.

EuroPride was first celebrated in London in 1992 and was attended by crowds of around 100,000! Since then, it’s not only grown in numbers, but also in terms of political significance.

In 1997, EuroPride was hosted in Paris and over 300,000 people marched to the Bastille. In 2011, over a million people attended the festivities in Rome.

So, what’s the plan?

The central theme of EuroPride Valletta 2023 is #EqualityFromTheHeart and will be spread out over 10 days. Activities will include a human rights-themed conference, a Queer Arts and Culture festival, a Pride village, community building and networking, social gatherings and naturally, the “largest celebration of diversity and love Malta has ever seen.”

“Winning the right to organise EuroPride for the first time is a certificate for the government’s work to strengthen LGBTIQ rights,” said Parliamentary Secretary Rosianne Cutajar.

“Malta will be a symbol of hope and an example of how change can happen,” said Clayton Mercieca, community manager for Allied Rainbow Community (ARC), promising an unforgettable event.

Check out the Malta Pride pitch video:

Footage: Malta Pride

For more info, check out the European Pride Organisers Association here.