Melbourne Pride Regional Activations

Photography by Lisa White. Produced by ChillOut Daylesford Inc.

Melbourne Pride doesn’t mean Melbourne gets to have all the fun. To ensure statewide representation of this important celebration, funds have been made directly available to artists in regional Victoria to encourage and facilitate involvement in activities, either in the lead-up to or on the day of the Melbourne Pride one-day street party in Melbourne’s inner north.

Check out what’s happening in a regional town near you, or start planning for a summer roadtrip or watch online. 

PIRNBIAL

Sculptural work “PIRNBIAL” (Rainbow in Woiwurrung language) examines the dual correlation between traditional culture and identity from Vince Partington's lived point of view. Vince is a proud Nguri-Illum Wurrung / Dja Dja Wurrung/ Wurundjeri / Wemba Wamba artist.

Date: 21 November, 2021 - Late January, 2022; 13 February 2022
Time: Gallery Opening times: Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm. Melbourne Pride
Where: Hearth Gallery, 208 Maroondah Highway, Healesville; Melbourne Pride
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

By Part One Props

Ballarat Pride Weekend

The Ballarat Pride Weekend is a collection of events spaced out over two days. It's run by queer youth for queer youth, with a LGBT+ themed trivia on the Saturday, and a movie night featuring State of Pride, and a short film about LGBT+ Ballarat residents and groups on the Sunday.

Date: 3 December (Trivia Night), 4 December (Movie Night)
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Trivia: Pot of Courage, Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly St, Ballarat East
Movie: Regent Cinema, 49 Lydiard St N, Ballarat Central
Tickets: Free (booking required): Trivia Night tix hereMovie night tix here
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

By The Rainbow Alliance

Pop-Up Pride

A Pop-Up Pride day in Bendigo to celebrate 40 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria. Includes drag performances, live music, stalls, Trans Clothing Swap at the Town Hall, short films from Bendigo Queer Film Festival, exhibitions and more.

Date: 3 December (Preparty), 4 December (Pop-Up Pride) 
Time: 12pm-5pm (Sat)
Where: Preparty: The Piano Bar
Pop Up Pride: Bendigo Library Gardens, Bendigo Town Hall, Bendigo Library
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

By Bendigo Pride 

I Do Take Pride - Gippsland LGBTQI+ Icons & Activists

Artist PollyannaR is celebrating the LGBTQI+ icons and activists of Gippsland. The exhibition features watercolour portraits, documentaries, Ido photobooth & the Ido Support LGBTQI+ in Gippsland archives.

Date: 4 December 2021 - 12 February 2022
Time: Exhibition opening 11am. Open by appointment all other times.
Where: PollyannaR Gallery Studio, 211 Commercial Road, Morwell
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibilty: Wheelchair Accessible | Audio Described

By PollyannaR & I Do Support LGBTQI+ Rights Gippsland

Wangaratta Road to Pride

A collaborative artwork by artist Lisa Bishop and local LGBTQIA+ community members depicting the individual stories along the road to Pride. The artwork and a behind the scenes documentary will be launched via an activation at the Melbourne Pride street festival, along with a blank canvas that will act as an interactive art piece for attendees to contribute their own story.

Date: 15th January, 2022 (Reveal night and filming workshop); 13 February 2022
Time: 3-7pm
Where: Lisa Bishop Art Studio: SHOP 4/47 Conness St, Chiltern; Melbourne Pride 
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

By Lisa Bishop & April Huggins

For more info contact Project Manager April Huggins: [email protected]

Celebrating Pride in all Ages and Places

Celebrating Pride in all Ages and Places brings affirmation, pride and intergenerational connection to socially isolated older people from regional/remote Victoria as part of Melbourne Pride.

Date: 6 Feb (Melbourne Event), 6-13 Feb (Regional Events)  
Time: 12.30-3pm
Where: Victorian Pride Centre Theatrette (Melbourne event - private function booking), Regional events venues TBC
Tickets: FREE events. Please note these are private events for Out & About members to access Melbourne Pride Activities - not open to general bookings
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible 

By Switchboard Victoria

SELF(ie) PRIDE

SELF(ie) PRIDE A five-channel video work celebrating LGBTQIA+ led expressions of PRIDE and visibility in the Central Goldfields region.

Date: 1-9 Feb, 2022 (Tues/Wed/Thurs only, Maryborough); 10-16 Feb, 2022 (Bendigo, 13 Feb Opening Night)
Time: 10am-3pm (Maryborough), 10am-5pm (Bendigo)
Where: The Atrium, Go Goldfields Centre, 1 Nolan Street, Maryborough; Dudley House, 60 View Street, Bendigo

Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

By Martin John Lee

Camp

Camp Photography Series celebrates the lived experiences of 30 LGBTQIA+ artists who are living and working throughout regional Victoria. The interactive element of this project acts as an artistic representation of an LGBTQIA+ census of Victorians.

Date: 13 February 2022
Time: 11am
Where: Melbourne Pride - Gertrude and Smith Street Precinct, Collingwood/Fitzroy
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

By Scratch Arts

Think About It? Did It!

A portrait exhibit/installation of regional Victorian LGBTIQA+ elders sharing their stories and history as we celebrate and commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. A series of podcasts will compliment the portraits, capturing the joys and sorrows of being LGBTIQA+ over the last 100yrs in regional Victoria.

Date: 18 March - 3 April, 2022 during Shepparton Festival*
Time: 8pm (opening) 
Where: GOTAFE Common Ground Café, 152-200 Fryers Street, Shepparton (Exhibit); One FM 98.5 (Podcast)
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible 

By Goulburn Valley Pride Inc

*Podcast originally played during OUTintheOPEN Festival 2021 on One FM 98.5 ‘Pride in Diversity’ Radio Show.

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