Queen's Birthday Ball Awards
A Queensland institution and one of the longest-running LGBTI events in the world, The Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards will this year take centre stage at Brisbane’s City Hall. Ron Hughes spoke to Peter Black, president of Brisbane Pride.
From relatively modest beginnings in Mt Tambourine in 1961, the annual Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards have gone through many changes and grown over the last 53 years to become a premiere event on the queer calendar.
This year the Awards night will take place in the august surroundings of the newly-refurbished main auditorium of Brisbane City Hall with a Great Gatsby themed event – think Art Deco, champers and jazz.
“We’re very excited about being at City Hall this year it’s a great coup,” Black says.
“It’s a real sign of support for the awards and for the Festival. We’ve had great support from Brisbane City Council and the Lord Mayor’s office. Vicki Howard [Councillor for the Brisbane Central ward] has been a very strong supporter.”
Black says it’s also indicative of the changes he’s seen for the Queen’s Birthday Ball over the last few years.
“What we’ve seen over the last 5 years is a resurgence of interest in it, greater community engagement, we’ve re-branded it and placed the emphasis back on the awards,” Black says, “It’s all about the community.”
Black will be co-hosting the event with Shaz Gerthow and there’s plenty of entertainment lined up from Christopher Wayne (one half of the Naked Magicians) to a jazz trio to local artists all contributing to the glitz of the evening.
“With the Gatsby theme we expect to see plenty of colour, stoles, boas, hats, snappy suits, you name it,” Black says.
“As always we will have costume prizes, one Belle of the Ball open to everyone and one prize for best group.”
Out of more than a thousand nominations over 15 categories, the nominating committee has released the names of the finalists and it is up to the public to vote for the winners in each category, except the Lifetime Achievement Award which is chosen by the committee.
You can vote for the Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards until 5pm on Friday June 6 2014 at brisbanepridefestival.com.au
“I urge everybody to get online and vote and also book your tickets for what promises to be the best Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards ever,” Black says.
All tickets include entertainment, two-course meal, four-hour beverage package and, of course, the presentation of awards for outstanding achievements in the LGBTIQ community.
Queen’s Birthday Ball Awards, 7pm Sunday June 8, Brisbane City Hall. Bookings and more information brisbanepridefestival.com.au or call Elle on 02 9266 4051.
GALLERY: Check out photos from Queen's Ball Awards 2013. Photos: SFTU Media