Pride-Solation – celebrating Pride Month

June 8th, 2020Pride-Solation – celebrating Pride Month

CHILLOUT Festival is among 15 regional LGBTIQA+ organisations coming together to bring Pride-Solation.

CHILLOUT Festival is among 15 regional LGBTIQA+ organisations coming together to bring Pride-Solation, an online event to celebrate Pride Month.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 20.

Pride-Solation is an Australian first. COVID-19 isolation has inspired the organisations to come together online to celebrate the LGBTIQA+ community in a one-off live streamed event to celebrate the uniqueness of rural and regional Victoria and unify the community in pride.

The organisations participating are Koori Pride Network, OUTintheOPEN Festival Shepparton (Goulburn Valley Pride), Mallee Pride, Gippsland Pride Initiative, Wimmera Pride Project, Geelong Rainbow Festival (Geelong Rainbow), Ballarat Frolic Festival, Castlemaine Pride, Trans and Gender Diverse Bendigo and Beyond, ChillOut Festival and Thorne Harbour Country (part of Thorne Harbour Health) who will program health and wellbeing content. The event is being live-streamed on Facebook by LaNCE TV.

Each festival is programming content to highlight local artists and community members from their regions. This online event will truly be a ‘Best of LGBTIQA+ Victoria’ showcase featuring musicians, artists, burlesque, cabaret, interviews with community members, and plenty more exciting surprises.

Thorne Harbour Country Program coordinator Claudia Validum said she had heard great things were happening in rural and regional Victoria and she approached festivals with the idea of showcasing what every region of Victoria was doing in the LGBTIQA+ Festival space.

“With COVID-19 restrictions, an online initiative works well and with the technical power of LaNCE TV, everyone now has the chance to see the amazing things happening.”

LaNCE TV host Lance DeBoyle said they were excited to bring an Australian-first to highlight rural and regional LGBTIQA+ communities in a unique live-streamed event accessible by anyone.

“We know people are feeling disconnected from their community, but there’s plenty of pride to celebrate. Come celebrate Pride Month with us.”

Pride-Solation acknowledges all the indigenous peoples whose land on which the festival organisers and viewers meet. It is their hope that traditional owners will welcome festival viewers onto their country, and look forward to watching this pivotal moment of the festival unfold.

Pride-Solation will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 12pm to 6pm. It will be streamed on the Pride-Solation Facebook Page and LaNCE TV page.

Link: www.facebook.com/Pride-Solation-109276617445464/

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