Upcoming event: Eurovision contest winner Conchita Wurst performs at the European Parliament

On Wednesday 8 October, Austrian Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst will give a concert on the Esplanade, the open space in front of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Her victory at the Eurovision Song Contest and her plead for more respect and acceptance established her as a prominent LGBTI icon. Wurst explicitly spoke out against politicians opposing the rights of LGBTI people.

Wurst was invited by Parliamentarians from five political groups at an initiative by EP Vice President Ulrike Lunacek MEP (Greens/EFA), with Dennis de Jong MEP (GUE/NGL), Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP (ALDE), Sirpa Pietik√§inen MEP (EPP) and Daniele Viotti MEP (S&D).

Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-President designate of the LGBTI Intergroup, commented: “I am very glad Conchita Wurst has accepted our invitation to perform at the Parliament.”

“The Europe-wide support for Conchita and her message at the Eurovision Song Contest is a sign of openness towards and respect for diversity. These are values on which the European Union is based and which we will continue to defend.”

Daniele Viotti MEP, Co-President designate of the LGBTI Intergroup, added: “The cross-party support for Conchita’s performance demonstrates that this Parliament will continue to fight for respect and tolerance in Europe and beyond.”

“May Conchita inspire us all to do the right things and keep working towards a world based on human rights for all, without exceptions.”

The performance will take place on the Esplanade, the open space between the Parliament buildings on 8 October at 13.00, and is open to the public. No advance registration is required.

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