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This year's Big Gay Day sets 'high benchmark' for 2016 say organisers

This year's Big Gay Day sets 'high benchmark' for 2016 say organisers

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 19 March 2015 14:00 Written by // Andrew Shaw

Brisbane's 15th Big Gay Day at The Wickham Hotel went off without a hitch, organisers say. 

The Wickham’s Claire Giesen told QP over 3,000 people attended last Sunday’s event.

“We had an amazing crowd! The energy was so positive and happy, it was exactly what a Big Gay Day should feel like,” she said.

Responding to some criticism on social media that the Wickham was profiting from the LGBTI community, Giesen said Big Gay Day was also an LGBTI community fundraiser.

“Every year, Big Gay Day doesn’t just provide an event for the gay community in Brisbane to enjoy, but also acts as a fundraiser for charities within this community – 2015 wasn’t any different. Twenty-five per cent of all profits from Big Gay Day go to charity; the bigger the event, the bigger the donation.”

Giesen said the new layout, with the main stage at the opposite end to last year, worked well.

“With a bigger Main Stage it gave everyone better viewing, plus it freed up access to the acts in our Garden Bar via the street entrance. The whole event seemed to flow a little better, definitely less congested!”

She added that if she could, she would make the event a two-day festival.

“The bands we had playing in our Garden Bar were absolutely amazing,” she said when asked about her personal highlight. “They really had our crowd happy and dancing and the energy was incredible. It almost felt as if we had a blues and roots, funky little event going on completely separate to the party in the street.

“One of the major changes this year was the decision to make tickets available for pre-purchase to ease the line up at the door and that had such a hugely positive response. We have definitely given ourselves a high benchmark for next year!"



Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of QP [queensland pride magazine].

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