Sunday, October 28 2018
Canberra’s 2018 SpringOUT Pride Festival kicks off this week.
The 2018 Festival Season was launched by the ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr who has a personal connection with SpringOUT having met his partner, Anthony during the very first SpringOUT Pride Festival in 1999. Barr was looking forward to the Festival and highlighted its importance to the local LGBTIQ Canberra community.
SpringOUT Committee Chair, Sean Snell said that 2018 would see the SpringOUT festival go back to its roots. “This year we have decided to take the festival back to where it all started in 1999. But there’ll be a few twists too.”
The 2018 festival will be launched with AIDS Action Council Fair Day, which showcases the best of Canberra’s LGBTIQ community, as well as the other usual Festival highlights like the Women’s Dance, Canberra’s Gay and Lesbian Qwire, the Big Gay Breakfast and Bushdance.
This year will also see the return of Yes!Fest – a huge street party on Lonsdale Street that will mark the one-year anniversary of the marriage equality vote.
We will also see new additions like the SpringOUT in the Vines weekend hosted by the Makers of Murrumbateman, and an essay competition sponsored by the Equal Rights Coalition.
But the highlight will the Big Community Picnic that will close out the month’s events. The event include a family picnic, arts and music, community games and a good old handbag toss! Dust off those rainbow boas and join our marvellous hosts, Karen from Finance and Cindy Pastel for a day of fun!
“I am really proud of the festival, our Canberra LGBTIQ community and what the SpringOUT Committee have put together for this year’s festival,” said Snell.