Israeli singer David Lavi will go on the Indie Stage at the 20th Copenhagen Gay Pride Festival that takes place in August.
On August 18 Copenhagen will be colored rainbow for the Pride events in the city. The main city square will change its name to “Pride Square” for a three-day Pride Festival, which will reach its peak with the parade, to be held on August 20.
Aside from the many performances on the main festival stage, there will also be a representative of the gay community in Israel – singer David Lavi, who was invited by the organizers to appear on the indie stage concerts in the city hall square.
Lavi was chosen by the artistic director of the festival, after hearing about him from a friend who returned from a visit to Tel Aviv and who saw Lavi in concert.
He will fly to Copenhagen with his band and will sing there in English and Hebrew, as well as performing an exclusive cover of a song from the year 1996, the year when gay pride was first held in Copenhagen, marking its 20th anniversary.
“Until today I didn’t get to perform abroad with my original songs,” said Lavi in conversation with WDG. “Performing them in front of audiences in Israel, who mostly know me, is a safe zone, though it’s fun and not obvious. But to present them to culturally foreign audience that doesn’t know me, that’s quite a thing for me. I’m dying to know how it will be received. If the audience are people who came to the Pride parade or if those are people from the Jewish community – I don’t care, we’re all people who are excited by the truth and good music. All I care is that people listen.”
Would you like to appear at parades in Israel as well?
“I performed a few years ago at the parade in Jerusalem. I admit it wasn’t my best performance. I just wonder whether my music now fits the atmosphere of the parades. It’s really a question, not a determination; I do not know. What is true and important for me to note is that no musicians in this country talk about same-sex love in the way that straight musicians write about their love – nonchalant, quietly and calmly, without apologizing on the one hand and without provocation on the other hand. I feel that in this sense my album is important. It’s not something I thought about in advance, but in retrospect I feel it when I hear the reactions and see the people who come to my shows.”
What do you think about the status of the LGBT community in Israel?
“The status of the community in the country, as in most countries in the world, is outrageous and infuriating and painful to think about. We want equality. We want to marry. We want kids. And we most want our love to be recognized as natural. I’m saying ‘natural’ because people must understand this point – human love is natural. If it exists then it’s real. It’s impossible to ignore the power of this love, its strength, and the incredible amount of people who live it.”