Alice Springs 2nd annual Pride Carnivale announced
The world’s most remote mardi gras style fair day, Alice Springs Pride Carnivale, is set to return for its second year.
Alice Springs is home to a large lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and sistergirl/brotherboy population and the annual Pride Carnivale provides an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the community and raise awareness of LGBTI issues.
The event promises to showcase an incredible line up of local and interstate talent, thought-provoking workshops and discussions and plenty of activities for all ages.
Pride Carnivale Organising Committee member Lauren Mellor said the event is an opportunity to bring people together in a positive environment and strengthen support networks across our communities.
“Pride Carnivale plays a key role in strengthening social cohesion and provides important community building opportunities that increase access to information, entertainment and positive social interaction”, she said.
While the LGBTI community has much to celebrate the Pride Carnivale is also an opportunity to challenge the discrimination, homophobia and transphobia that many people continue to experience.
“We hope to provide support to those who suffer from bullying or violence in their schools, workplaces, families and communities”, said Mellor.
The 2013 event brought together over 600 LGBTI people and supporters and was live broadcast nationally, reaching many thousands of isolated regional and remote communities.
In October, the Pride Carnivale will aim to increase the positive reach of last year’s event. ““We anticipate the Pride Carnivale will become an important annual event for the whole community”, said Mellor.
Alice Springs Pride Carnivale is a volunteer run event and requires community participation and support in the areas of performance, stalls and workshops and sponsorship.
The Alice Springs Pride Carnivale will take place at Snow Kenna Park, Alice Springs from 11.00am – 3.00pm on Saturday 25 October.