DiversCity week, organised by the Malta Gay Rights Movement, is on now until 18 July, 2009. This year’s event includes a film festival, an event for ladies only entitled Women Space, and the regular Pride March.
But, the highlight of the week is ‘Sounds of Diversity’, a concert which sees London’s lesbian and gay choir, The Pink Singers, perform in Malta. The concert, on Saturday 18 July at City Hall, Valletta, is a joint effort between MGRM who are bringing in the Pinkies, and local choir Symphonik.
The Pink Singers, which formed in 1983, is the longest-running lesbian and gay choir in Europe. It’s their first performance in Malta, and follows on from their concerts in London, Edinburgh and Paris earlier this year.
The Symphonik choir, on the other hand, is part of youth NGO Żgħażagħ Ħaddiema Nsara and is relatively a new and upcoming choir and rock band. Recent initiatives by Symphonik include an EU-funded series of concerts entitled ‘Musequality’ that promoted equality and participation in a concert organised by the Malta Police at the Mediterranean Conference centre earlier this month.
The main aim of the Sounds of Diversity concert, and of the week itself, is to bring people of different nations, ages, cultures, backgrounds and sexual orientation together. It promises to be a fun-packed event that should appeal to music lovers of all ages. With classic rock tunes (including a choir version of Bohemian Rhapsody!) mixed with pop, soundtracks and even original material written by members of both choirs, this should be a blast for all attending and a showcase of talent of people from very different walks of life.
More info on website: soundsofdiversity
Alex Grech says
Thanks Antonio for the added info; all clear now and yes it make sense…
Antonio Olivari D'Emanuele says
Here is more information about the event, which is to be held tomorrow:
http://www.maltagayrights.net/WomenSpace2009 – According to the page, “Women Space is an annual art and music event organized by MGRM exclusively for women. It is an evening where various female performers come together to celebrate women and all the bonds that hold them together. The event also provides a safe platform to raise awareness on the rights of women from sexual minorities.”
I find it a bit strange too – that’s why the ‘Sounds of Diversity’ makes much more sense in my opinion and chose to write about that.
Alex Grech says
Good point! But the event is actually called diversity, not unity, so I guess if we take the event title at face value, then it’s fair enough for it to promote a women-only event. I would think the ladies will have a fair bit of diversity among themselves anyway. Womens’ magazines get large numbers of male readers so I understand, so why not, if you’re male, go find out and make your point…
voice of unreason says
‘ladies only event’? yeah, real promotion of diversity there. why isn’t there a ‘white males between the ages of 25 and 30 with an interest in frottage event’ too? hypooooocritessssss