Prides of Belfast, Malta and Rotterdam in final stages for EuroPride 2023

Three Pride organisations have reached the final stages of bidding to host the 2023 edition of EuroPride, the continent’s most significant LGBTI+ event which each year attracts visitors from across Europe and farther afield for several days of human rights and cultural activities, a EuroPride parade and social events.

The European Pride Organisers Association – which licences EuroPride – has today published the bids from Belfast Pride (Northern Ireland, UK), Malta Pride (Malta) and Rotterdam Pride (Netherlands).


A statement from the Malta Pride Director, Clayton Mercieca read:

We are thrilled to announce that we have reached the final stage of the EuroPride 2023 Bidding Process together with Rotterdam Pride and Belfast Pride

“The Maltese LGBTI+ community is a proud part of a European LGBTI+ movement, but also finds itself at the heart of the Middle East and North African regions where equality is still a far cry. With Malta ranking top of the ILGA Europe Rainbow Index for five years in a row, it is our duty to work constantly in achieving full equality from the heart in Malta as well as in neighbouring communities where LGBTI+ phobia and lack of human rights are still rife.

Our target for EuroPride Valletta 2023 is to offer the European, Middle East and North African LGBTI+ community a safe port of call whilst providing them a stage where LGBTI+ human rights issues can be addressed and discussed. We want to contribute to more diversity and equality in Europe and surrounding regions and help to find ways to have a high level of human rights for all LGBTI+ people.“

We would like to especially thank

Honourable Rosianne Cutajar, MP; Our colleagues from MGRM, LGBTI+ Gozo, Drachma And the Human Rights Directorate for their feedback and involvement in the content.

Miguel Agius for designing the bid.