Victoria's Pride Regional Activations

Artwork by Elwyn Murray

To ensure statewide representation of LGBTQIA+ arts and cultures. Victoria's Pride commissioned community groups, organisations and artists in regional Victoria to facilitate involvement in Victoria's Pride event activities, either in the lead-up to or on the day of the Victoria's Pride one-day street party in Melbourne’s inner north.

To find out about the Victoria's Pride Street Party, visit midsumma.org.au/vicpride

Accessibility and ticketing info coming soon.

Ballarat Frolic Festival presents Summer Frolic

A four-day whole-of-community Pride festival of LGBTIQA+ events, featuring inclusive entertainment for all-ages that caters to our diverse communities delivered in partnership with local and state-wide LGBTIQA+ organisations.

Date: 9 - 12 Feb 2023
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Ballarat (Piano Bar, Femxle Experience Art Rebellion Gallery, Warehouse Ballarat & Victoria Park)

By Ballarat Frolic Festival

Gippsland Pride Festival

LGBTQIA+ community and celebration across the 6 shires of Gippsland; Latrobe City, Baw Baw, Bass Coast, South Gippsland, East Gippsland, and Wellington. No excuse to miss out - We're bringing a little bit of Midsumma to you!

Date: 12 Jan - 12 Feb 2023
Where: Gippsland (across 6 shires - Latrobe City, Baw Baw, Bass Coast, South Gippsland, East Gippsland, Wellington)

By Gippsland Pride Initiative Inc

Gippsland's Day Out

'Gippsland's Day Out' is the first of its kind - A family friendly, outdoor, 1 day festival, in support of Gippsland's LGBQTQIA+ community. Drag performances, live music, DJ, kid’s activities & entertainment, food & drink stalls, and an indoor chill out (sensory) zone.

Date: 11 Feb 2023
Where: Traralgon (Gipplsand Performing Arts Centre)

By Victoria SES (Eastern Region)

Greater Shepparton's Road to Pride & Inaugural Pride Ball

Goulburn Valley Pride Inc. will curate and showcase our ‘road to pride’. Commencing with a launch event at SAM (Shepparton Art Museum) and culminating in a celebratory exhibit and our first ever Pride Ball.

Date: 11 Nov 2022 (launch event) - 10 Feb 2023 (Pride Ball)
Where: Shepparton - Shepparton Art Museum (launch), GoTAFE, Council, Library + others (exhibit), GV Hotel (Rainbow Ball)
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

By Goulburn Valley Pride Inc

IDo Love Queer Disability

Artist PollyannaR is celebrating Gippsland's proud LGBTQI+ icons and activists with disabilities through photogravure portraits.

Date: 10 Feb 2023
Where: Morwell (PollyannaR Gallery Studio)

My Self: Portrait Series

LINE (LGBTQIA+ In the North East) Wangaratta, supported and partnered with Midsumma, are coordinating My Self: Portrait Series focusing on sharing LGBTQIA+ stories, through the creation of a series of self-portraits. The program will focus on developing a snapshot of regional LGBTQIA+ community members. The project will include audio recording of participants sharing a story about their past challenges and future opportunities, to be listened to in conjunction with viewing their artwork, creating a legacy of permanent and tangible records of regional LGBTQIA+ life in 2023. The project will include an exhibition event, displaying the creations from participants at the newly created LINE Wangaratta Pride Hub.

Date: December 2022 (workshop sessions) - 12 Feb 2023 (exhibition)
Where: Wangaratta (LINE Wangaratta Pride Hub, 18 Textile Ave)
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, there are some physical access limits due to venue

By LINE Wangaratta Inc.

Pop Up Pride 2022

Bendigo Pride invites you to join your rainbow family as part of the Victoria's Pride celebration. Live music, DJ Cliterally, drag from host Polly Filla, Gay Stuff Markets, Trans Clothing Swap, plus the launch of our oral history project and highlights of the 2023 Bendigo Pride Festival. Part get-together, part Queersmas Market, all fun.

Date: 3 December 2022
Time: 11am - 4pm
Where: Bendigo (Town Hall, Library, Library Gardens)
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

By Bendigo Pride Festival

Pride Across the Ages Podcast Season 2

A second Podcast series capturing intimate, heartfelt generational stories of Pride over the years of LGBTQIA+ people residing in the regional shire of Mount Alexander. 

Date: 9 Feb 2023 (podcast launch event)
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Castlemaine - Goldfields Library (launch event). Podcast to be released on streaming services.
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, AUSLAN interpreted, audio described

By Queer and Now on Main FM 94.9

Q-Lit

Q-Lit is Victoria’s first queer writers’ festival. The festival will connect writers and readers in five regional areas and then bring as many regional writers and readers as possible to our Victoria's Pride event in Fitzroy & Collingwood on the 12th Feb 2023. Each one-day regional festival event will consist of workshops for primary and secondary aged children, masterclasses, author interviews, readings and showcase opportunities for local writers, both emerging and established, to share their work alongside our touring writers.

Dates: 15 Jan (Ballarat), 21 Jan (Shepparton), 22 Jan (Traralgon) & 12 Feb 2023 (Fitzroy/Collingwood)
Times: 10am - 12pm (Primary and highschool-aged workshops), 1pm - 4pm (Adult and VCE-ages masterclasses), 6pm - 9:30pm (Showcase and social mixer)
Where: Ballarat (Sebastapol Library & Ballarat Piano Bar) Shepparton (Shepparton Library & The Aussie Hotel), Traralgon (Traralgon Library) and Fitzroy/Collingwood (Victoria's Pride Street Party)
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

By Scratch Arts

Queer-ways: Retracing Regional Footprints

Victorian artists, LUCIANO and George Keats are bringing their Queer-ways initiative to Wodonga, Daylesford and Mildura with their new project Queer-ways: Retracing Regional Queer Footprints. The Queer-ways team will be documenting the presence of the local queer community, representing historical and contemporary stories in an illustrated Augmented Reality map. To document local history, the artists invite the community to get involved, adding stories to a Digital Queer Map of Wodonga through their website. LUCIANO and George will also be running digital information sessions from the 21st - 30th of November 2022 which can be found on their website, and will be visiting each community in January 2023. The completed maps will be displayed locally to celebrate Victoria’s Pride and will also be on display at the Victoria’s Pride Street Party in Collingwood on Sunday the 12th of February, uniting all of Victoria's LGBTQIA+ community.

Date: Begins Oct 2022, to be presented at Victoria's Pride (12 Feb 2023)
Where: Wodonga, Daylesford, Mildura and Fitzroy/Collingwood (Victoria's Pride Street Party)
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: AUSLAN Interpreted

By Queer-ways

Queer & Koorie: A Showcase of First Nations LGBTQIA+ Mob

A Community Day bringing together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal LGBTQIA+ community with wider Community and allies to promote an inclusive, accessible, safe and sustainable state-wide community.

Date: Jan 2023 (TBC)
Where: Gippsland

By Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)

Self Created Celebration

Pride party celebration of LGBTIQA+ people in Regional Victoria, connecting and celebrating pride history and experiences across the Great South Coast.

Date: Early Feb 2023 (TBC)
Where: Warrnambool - Dart and Marlin (launch party), Warrnambool Art Gallery (exhibit)

By Brophy Family & Youth Services

That's Soo Gay!

That's Soo Gay; from insult to strength! An open art prize & exhibition in Kyneton celebrating the richness of the queer community’s contribution to society. 

Date: 26 Jan - 12 Feb 2023
Where: Kyneton (The Old Auction House, 52-56 Mollison Street)

By Macedon Ranges Accessible Arts Inc

The Regional LGBTIQ+ Condition

LaNCE TV will broadcast to C31 Melbourne and simulcast on Facebook an extended panel show unpacking what it means to be LGBTIQ+ in rural Victoria. The aim is to highlight the reality of what it means to be LGBTIQ+ and living in regional and remote parts of Victoria, and to compare and contrast those experiences against that of our metropolitan cohorts. Up to six panelists will act as a representation for the broader LGBTIQ+ community voice from across rural Victoria, and will be made up of a range of ages, genders, and other intersectional backgrounds.

Date: 25 Nov 2022
Time: 9:00pm
Where: Digital event (broadcast from LaNCE TV Studios, Ballarat)
Tickets: FREE

By LaNCE TV

Previous Years

These events have now passed, but we wanted you to know what you missed!

Queers on the Catwalk

Queers on the Catwalk is a project that supports LGBTIQA+ community members of all ages to express and celebrate identity through clothing and fashion. Selected clothing was chosen from an October workshop delivered by The Story Costumer and the TGD Clothing Swap.

Date: 19 November, 2021 
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Macedon Ranges
Tickets: FREE event (strict numbers)
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

Produced by Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health

 

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; Crumpler Shop Window, Melbourne Pride, Fitzroy
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

By Part One Props

 

STILL STANDING AFTER 40 YEARS

LaNCE TV Ballarat presents a live panel discussion with 5 rainbow representatives from across regional Victoria. Through the intersecting standpoints of culture, gender, disability and ethnicity, our panellists will reflect upon historical, social and legislative issues which still affect LGBTIQA+ Victorians after 40 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria.

Date: 3 December, 2021
Time: 8:30pm
Where: C31 Melbourne & Geelong, LaNCE TV Facebook page and supporting social media pages
Tickets: FREE event

By LaNCE TV

 

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 Bendigo

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

 

Queer Country Pride - Our Time to Shine

An online exhibition that documents Queer community stories from older rural and regional Victorians. Award winning photographer Lisa White captures the essence of her subjects as they share recollections of changes over the past 40 years.

Date: 9 December 2021 - late 2022
Time: Online 24/7
Where: Online 
Tickets: FREE event

Photography by Lisa White. Produced by ChillOut Daylesford Inc.

 

‘Pride Across the Ages’ Podcast

A podcast series covering the lived experiences of 10 LGBTIQA+ people who call Mount Alexander Shire home. Each podcast discusses experiences of growing up and coming out, with a focus on the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria 40 years ago, pride now and into the future.

Date: From 17 Dec 
Time: 24/7
Where: Online (podcast streaming apps)
Tickets: FREE
Accessibility: 
Transcribed copies of each podcast can be requested by emailing [email protected]

By Mount Alexander LGBTIQA+ Steering Group

 

Rainbow Signpost

A documentary produced in Bendigo by local community members, following the unique journey of two trans people. The film explores the difference between trans experiences across a 40 year generational gap, impact on community, social change and their significant others, while navigating the experiences of transitioning.

Date: 29 Jan, 2022
Time: 3pm (screening), 4pm (Q&A with director and film participants 
Where: The Engine Room, 58 View St, Bendigo
Tickets: $20
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible 

By Trans and Gender Diverse Bendigo and Beyond. See the trailer here.

 

Country Roads to Pride

Photographic exhibition by artist and regional transgender Victorian, James Mepham. Twenty portraits with accompanying narratives celebrate extraordinary trans, gender diverse and non-binary regional Victorians. The theme speaks to the unique journeys or ‘roads’ trans, gender diverse and non-binary people travel in life.

Date: From 29 Jan
Time: 11am
Where: Online Exhibition
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Online

By Ballarat Community Health and Transgender Victoria

 

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: 2 Feb (Wangaratta activation), 13 February 2022 (Melbourne Pride activation)
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]

Pride and intergenerational connection to socially isolated older people. In person events have been replaced with partnered activities and care packages being sent to participants of Switchboard’s Out and About program across Victoria.

Date: 6 Feb 
Where: Across Victoria
Tickets: FREE. Please note this is a private project for Out & About members to access Melbourne Pride Activities - not open to the general public

By Switchboard Victoria

 

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

 

Queer Histories

An exhibition celebrating the lives of queer people from the past.

Date: 11-16 Feb, 2022 (Opening function 13 Feb, 2pm)
Time: 11am-5pm 
Where: Dudley House, 60 View St Bendigo
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

By Denis Chapman

 

Pride and Diversity Wings

Launch of the Warrnambool Pride and Diversity Wings mural. Southwest Victoria Pride and SWTafe welcome you to the launch of this mural, and invite you to take photos and share your pride.

Date: 11 Feb, 2022
Time: 12pm
Where: SWTafe, 197 Timor St, Warrnambool
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible 

By Southwest Victoria Pride, SWTafe, James Cody-Davis

 

Camp

Camp Photography Series celebrates the lived experiences of 30 LGBTQIA+ artists who are living and working throughout regional Victoria. Make your mark and add yourself in to the giant map of Victoria, which will act as an artistic representation of an LGBTQIA+ census of Victorians.

Date: 13 February 2022
Time: 11am
Where: Peel Street ParkMelbourne Pride, Collingwood
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

By Scratch Arts

 

Goldfields Pride

A podcast and report sharing LGBTQIA+ stories from the Goldfields region reflecting on the ‘Road to Pride’. The stories will then be presented to local councils and service-providers to say “we’re here, we’re queer, include us”, with recommendations on what local councils and service-providers can do to improve LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Date: 13 February, 2022 (report and podcast released)
Time: N/A
Where: Online
Tickets: FREE event

By Sean Mulcahy

 

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.

What is Victoria's Pride?

A landmark program of pride events and projects will return to Victoria this summer as part of a statewide celebration of LGBTQIA+ communities. Victoria’s Pride (previously Melbourne Pride) will be held across the state from December to February, with events in regional and rural areas. The tour of state-wide events will culminate into a full-day and night street party in Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Street precinct on Sunday 12 February 2023 (one week after the annual Midsumma Pride March.)

Victoria's Pride Street Party

Sunday 12 February 2023

Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Streets will once again be transformed into an extravagant street party – with two live music stages and performances from musicians and artists – to celebrate Victoria’s diverse LGBTQIA+ communities on Sunday 12 February 2022.

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