The Malta Independent 30 September 2023, Saturday
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Gozo to join EuroPride Valletta 2023, celebrating equality and unity

Friday, 2 June 2023, 16:10 Last update: about 5 months ago

In an announcement made during a conference in Victoria, Gozo, Minister Clint Camilleri and Parliamentary Secretary Rebecca Buttigieg revealed that Gozo will be an integral part of the upcoming EuroPride Valletta 2023 celebrations.

Gozo, will host the Pride March on September 9th. The event will witness the participation of both Maltese and Gozitans, as well as numerous international visitors who will be arriving in Malta specifically for EuroPride, the government said. The Pride March aims to champion diversity and inclusion, with a vibrant display of colours and music.

Adding to the excitement, a spectacular concert under the artistic direction of Glen Vella will follow the Pride March. Over twenty artists, including the Versatile Band, the Mara group, J Anvil, and many others, are set to perform, "creating an unforgettable experience for all attendees."

Camilleri said: "As a country, we have made tremendous strides in advancing LGBTIQ+ rights, and today we are thrilled to announce that EuroPride 2023 will also be celebrated in Gozo." He added that the island eagerly awaits this celebration of love and equality.

Parliamentary Secretary Rebecca Buttigieg highlighted the significance of active participation in this landmark event, which will etch its place in Malta's history of social rights. She said: "EuroPride Valletta 2023 provides an opportunity for all Maltese and Gozitans to showcase the achievements we have accomplished as a nation. It will also serve as a beacon of hope for other countries, especially during a time when civil rights are being threatened in some parts of the world. The Pride March and musical concert in Gozo will serve as a bridge between the two islands, fostering unity and furthering equality among us."

The inclusion of Gozo in EuroPride Valletta 2023 underscores Malta's commitment to promoting equal rights and creating an inclusive society, said the government in its statement.

"With Gozo set to play a central role in this international event, the celebrations are expected to reach new heights, spreading a powerful message of acceptance and celebration of diversity," the government said.

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