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Pride March Victoria moves on
May08

Pride March Victoria moves on

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 08 May 2014 15:37 Written by // James Findlay

Pride March Victoria will be merged into Midsumma Festival from next festival under a proposal between the two community organisations.

After suffering great losses in the past few years, Pride March will effectively dissolve into Midsumma, Australia’s premier queer arts and culture festival.

“This merger is all about looking ahead for the Midsumma Festival (including Pride March) for the next 20 plus years and helping us work towards remaining relevant for the GLBTI communities” Midsumma President Aaron Hockly told MCV.

Hockly also told MCV that for the time being, the Pride March would remain on the final weekend of the Midsumma Festival and remain in St Kilda, despite talk in community to move it to the CBD.

“Subject to finalising funding arrangements, Pride March will remain as the closing event of the Midsumma Festival in 2015 and it will occur in St Kilda,” he said.

“Most of the community already see Pride March as being part of Midsumma and don’t realise there is a difference. To the small number of people who concerned about the change, I ask them to reserve their judgement until after 2015.

“The board of Pride March Victoria have done an amazing job turning Pride March Victoria around from loss making over the last two years to producing a small surplus this year,” he said.

Pride March board members will cease their formal roles and have agreed to form an organizing committee with Midsumma for the 2015 Pride March to assist with the transition.

The simultaneous Special General Meeting with Midsumma and Pride March will occur at the South Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday, May 29 at 6pm.

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James Findlay

James Findlay

James Findlay is a Melbourne-based writer and broadcaster who has worked in community media for many years. He has won awards for his work on The Naughty Rude Show on SYN, and can be heard on JOY 94.9's breakfast program, Triple Threat, and Hide and Seek - exploring sex, sexuality and self. James was also the Marketing and PR Manager for Melbourne's Midsumma Festival for two years, before traveling overseas where he taught English in Germany and worked as a tour guide around Western Europe. He is currently studying his Masters at Melbourne University in Public Health (specialising in Sexual Health).

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