Pride March Victoria moves on
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.