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QUEER WAVE 2021: Cyprus’s LGBTIQ+ film festival is coming out in Nicosia 3–12 September

Queer Wave's logo in rainbow colors

Queer Wave, the Cyprus LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, is taking place physically for the first time 312 September in Nicosia. This second edition of the festival is organised with the support of NiMAC [Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation].

Queer Wave invites the LGBTIQ+ community and every cinephile in Cyprus to enjoy a rich, 10-day programme with over 30 award-winning short- and feature-length films, whose subject matters explore a range of experiences from across the LGBTIQ+ spectrum. The screenings will be complemented by discussions* with Cypriot filmmakers and members of the community, and a variety of events will be held throughout the festival.

The festival aims to provide a safe space for self-expression for the LGBTIQ+ community and its allies, by embracing diversity and enriching the quality of cultural events in Cyprus. Following its first edition online, Queer Wave received international recognition as one of the 20 finalists shortlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards, amongst 1000 applications from 43 countries of the Commonwealth.

Queer Wave 2021 will be taking place in the Nicosia old city centre, with the aim of welcoming audiences from both sides of the buffer zone, and strengthening the ties between Cyprus’s communities. The festival’s primary venue will be Theatro Polis OPAP with a hub space extending to The Old Powerhouse bar across the street. All necessary health and safety protocols will be adhered to throughout the festival.

* The discussions, providing visibility to local filmmakers and encouraging social dialogue on LGBTIQ+ rights, are supported by the Bank of Cyprus.

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Main Sponsor:

Youth Board of Cyprus

Official Online Media Sponsor:

Avant Garde

Supported by:

The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus

The European Parliament Office in Cyprus

NiMAC [Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation]

Theatro Polis OPAP

Queer Cyprus Association

British Council, Goethe-Institut Zypern, Institut Français de Chypre

The Embassies of Finland, Ireland and Spain

The High Commissions of the UK, Canada and Australia in Cyprus