OVER the first weekend in November, the Shepparton CBD will be taken over by colour, music, food and some fun and educational activities for the sixth annual OUTintheOPEN Festival. Focusing on the inequalities faced by the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (GLBTIQ) & allied communities, the festival aims to build a more inclusive Greater Shepparton.
Running from Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 5, the community will be celebrating all forms of diversity and inclusion for the region.
Over the course of the weekend, there will be a mix of training sessions, comedy shows and films leading up to the main event, carnival day on Saturday, November 4. The carnival will spread out from the Queen’s Gardens, along Fryers street and taking over the Maude Street Mall. The Carnival Day will also be supporting the Rainbow Foundation, with any donations received going to the local charity.
GV Pride president, Georgie Poort said, “Over the past five years, our festival has grown to become quite well-known and without the support from so many local groups and organisations we could not continue to improve our community.
“We aim to cater for everyone and with 12 events, there will be one or two that will tickle your fancy.”
For further information or to purchase a Festival Pass for $60, visit www.outintheopen.org.au