There is less than a week to go until London Pride 2019, when the capital is set to host a parade that is bigger and brighter than any that have gone before it. Last year around 1m people attended the event as people from London and beyond participated in the capital’s biggest LGBT+ celebration. But this year’s event is set to be even more popular. More than 300 floats are due to take part in the parade with music, dancing and more on show as London celebrates its LGBTQ+ communities with a flourish. While the parade itself only lasts until the evening, there are plenty of celebrations that will go on well into the early hours for the most hardcore of Pride fans. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the parade, events and outfits that will make London Pride 2019 the most memorable Pride celebration so far. When is London Pride 2019 set to take place? PIC But there will be plenty of parties and celebrations around the main event. Those include a Cabaret Stage … [Read more...] about London Pride 2019: Where is the parade and when does it start?
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By Rami Ayyub TEL AVIV (Reuters) - As singers made last-minute preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on Saturday, Israeli police threw a high-security cordon around the venue to head off attacks, or protests by boycotters who have urged fans to shun the event. Armed police stood at elevated positions around the Expo Tel Aviv complex, with patrol cars and police motorcyclists at junctions as fans passed through metal detectors and multiple security checks. Farther south, near Jaffa, an area of beach was sealed off for the “Eurovision Village” spectators pavilion. The 41-country international singing competition has been a focus of pro-Palestinian calls to stay away from this year's event, in protest against Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza. No finalists or broadcasters have pulled out, but the organisers also have security inside the hall in case activists try to disrupt the live televised final on Saturday night or performers hold an on-stage … [Read more...] about On Eurovision final day, Israelis cheer as Palestinians protest
Isabel Debre, Associated Press Updated 12:06 pm CDT, Sunday, May 12, 2019 Peace activists protest before the presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Peace activists protest before the presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Photo: Oded Balilty, AP Photo: Oded Balilty, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 Peace activists protest before the presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Peace activists protest before the presentation of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest participants in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, May 12, 2019. … [Read more...] about Politics takes center stage as Israel hosts Eurovision
The winner of Italy's Sanremo song contest has been thrust into the centre of a political brawl that mirrors the divisions within Italian society. Born in Milan to an Italian mother and an Egyptian father, 26-year-old Mahmood won the prestigious contest over the weekend with his Moroccan pop song "Money." He will represent Italy later this year at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. Mahmood's triumph in the contest was thanks to a combination of press jury and expert jury voting, which totals 50% of the votes. However, Italy's general public favoured the runner-up, Ultimo, with their 50% share of the votes. Critics have argued that Mahmood's win represents a “political” choice due to the singer's Italian-Egyptian origins — "Money" talks about the difficult relationship between father and son, and also features a line in Arabic. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who is known for his anti-immigration stance, tweeted his surprise at Sanremo's win, … [Read more...] about Controversy sparked as Italian-Egyptian wins Italy’s Sanremo song contest
Filipina singer Bella Santiago continues to win the hearts of Romanians. Santiago, who won "The X Factor Romania" last year, became one of six finalists in Selecția Națională, a song contest that determines who will represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The 29-year-old singer competed among 11 contestants in the first semifinal round last Sunday while 13 other contestants will face off on February 10 for the second semifinals. Among the 126 song entries, 24 were initially selected for the Selecția Națională semi-finals. Santiago's song, “Army of Love,” was chosen by the jury as one of the 2 wildcard songs after two singers withdrew from the contest. Santiago penned “Army of Love” with Alexandru Luft. “Army of Love is a story about fighting for what you love,” she said of the song. Santiago also participated in Eurovision Romania 2018 with Romanian band Jukebox and finished fourth in the finals. After … [Read more...] about Filipina Bella Santiago a step closer to representing Romania in Eurovision