There’s always been a strong link between Eurovision and the LGBT community, but that has only been strengthened following Conchita’s victory in Copenhagen. Whilst she continues to spread her message of tolerance across Europe, several other ESC stars are making their own mark at Pride events across the continent.
As we’ve already reported, two of Israel’s big names have been getting very involved. Firstly, Mei Finegold’s new single “Sweet Harmony” will be the official anthem of Tel-Aviv Pride. At the same event, the grand Queen herself, Dana International, will also be performing a new gay-rights song “Yeladim Ze Simcha”. It sounds like it’s going to be a really amazing event this year!
The legendary Anna Vissi recently appeared at Cyprus’ first-ever Gay Pride. Anna’s appearance certainly gave the event a much bigger voice, and she gave it everything and more when she delivered a wonderful speech. Anna said that she hoped that in the following years the event could be used “to celebrate and not demonstrate”:
(make sure you have captions turned on to view the speech in English)
Following her speech, Anna stayed at the event, dutifully talking some selfies with fans and obviously enjoying herself. Let’s hope that love and equality continues to grow on the island nation!
Our Scandinavian friends are also getting into the swing of things with their Pride events. The hugely popular Stockholm Pride – which was the site of a mini-ESC concert last year – has confirmed that Ola Salo from the Ark has teamed up with well known producer Kleerup to release the anthem of this year’s event, “I Got You“. Over in Oslo, this year’s EuroPride will have performances from Norway’s 2013 entrant Margaret Berger, while Josefin Winther (co-writer of “Silent Storm” and cousin of Carl Espen) will also perform.
That’s just a few of the big celebrations and festivals that are going on this year. There’s sure to be more names announced for other events across Europe in the next few months. Are you going to any of them, or are you seeing an ESC act at another Pride not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo: Courtesy of Anna Vissi