Welcome to 2019

Sunday, April 28 2019

Dear Canberra LGBTIQA+ peeps,

SAVE THE DATE – SpringOUT PRIDE Festival 2-24 November, Canberra!

2019 is a big year of Queer Celebration for Canberra and SpringOUT is gearing up for a super spectacular Festival. For one thing, it’s our 20th birthday!

This year is also a special year for Canberra’s Gay and Lesbian Qwire who are hosting the ‘OUT & LOUD’ Choir Festival in Canberra 24-28 October 2019, just prior to the SpringOUT Festival. The Qwire and SpringOUT have been event buddies for 20 years and we hope you can support them. More information is available on the OUT & LOUD website.

The Gay History Project, Libraries ACT and PHOTOACCESS will also be joining SpringOUT and the Office of LGBTIQ Affairs this year with an exhibition and speaker series (curated by Jenni Atkinson and team) at the Civic Library, called ‘Serving in Silence and Speaking Out Loud’. There will be more information on the SpringOUT and Libraries ACT websites in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

A snapshot of the 2019 SpringOUT Season

The SpringOUT Festival kicks off on Saturday the 2nd November with the AIDS Action Council – Fair Day at Gorman House. An event that attracts 2000 queer Canberrans to network, find community resources, catch up and play.

On the 9th November, SpringOUT will be celebrating ‘20 years of Queer’ with our fabulous ‘20th Anniversary Masked Spring Ball’ details for this event are still being finalised but be assured it will be one not to be missed!

The weekend of the 16th is our fave Braddon street party, ‘YESFEST’ and in addition, the Queer History Conference with the launch of Canberra queer History book celebrating 50 years of queer activism in the capital. The Tuggeranong Arts Centre will also be holding a queer Festival to celebrate queer culture  in southern Canberra.

The 23rd November, our ‘Jewel in the Crown’ event’ the Pink Tennis – Canberra BUSHDANCE. This event sells out every year – so get in quick to secure your tickets. And for the women of Canberra, our beloved Krishna teams up with SpringOUT to produce Fruit Tingles Women’s Dance at the Majura Community Centre.

The season concludes on 24th November with the SpringOUT Big Community Picnic in Glebe Park. We’ve got more performers, more shade and more activities to celebrate 2019 as our biggest Queer Year.

This is a small snapshot of our current events – with more to come. We will soon be calling out to community for event registration and we look forward to a huge spring Calendar with something for everyone.

SpringOUT is run by a volunteer committee, with support from the ACT Government and our event stakeholders, as well as community and event volunteers. If you want to get involved email us at info@springout.com.auWe’d love to hear from you.

Big rainbow love,

Lynne O’Brien