NICOSIA, CYPRUS – For the very first time, Cypriot capital Nicosia hosted the Gay Pride in the island under the title “Same Love, Same Rights” with the support of the European Union and lots of regional politicians. Amongst them was Eurovision multi-participant (for Greece and Cyprus), the ultimate superstar of Greece and Cyprus, Anna Vissi!
Anna Vissi attended the afternoon parade in the streets of Nicosia spreading the message about tolerance and acceptance stating the following:
ANNA VISSI STATEMENT
Same rights in love, in life, in the every day life of everyone. I was raised in a family that taught me to respect everyone and that everyone can love and be loved!
We still don’t have information about the number of people joining the parade this afternoon in Nicosia but it seems that the response to the event was very big! Well done Cyprus, now you just have to return to Eurovision Song Contest with a great song and why not bring the trophy back to the island one day soon!
DID YOU KNOW?
On May 13, 2000, she performed as a special guest star in her native Cyprus, at the 49th annual Miss Universe Pageant which took place at the Eleftheria Stadium in Nicosia. She sang for the very first time her song “On a Night Like This”, a song later made famous by Australian singer Kylie Minogue and included in Minogue’s album Light Years. Some months later, her first international single was released titled “Everything I Am”, containing the original version and three remixes of the song (Almighty Mix, Eiffel 65 RMX, Groove Brothers Remix), and a song with both Greek and English lyrics called “Moro Mou, No Tomorrow”. She also filmed her first music video of a song off that single, directed by Antti Jokinen (Solar films, Finland), that cost 80,000,000 drachmas (US$310,000).
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