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March 03, 2022

Goulburn Valley Pride is proud to announce the first meeting of the Out In The Open Working Group held at GOTAFE on Wednesday night was a great success.

Goulburn Valley Pride President Deb Chumbley said “ It was great to have an actual in person meeting and to see a passionate mix of old and new faces sharing ideas”.

Out In The Open, Shepparton’s annual Pride event showcasing and celebrating community diversity is this year scheduled for 31st October to November 13th with programming still in the early stages.

After being limited to mostly online events including a livestreamed carnival day for the past two years with COVID -19 and imposed restrictions the theme for this years festival is “Reimagined” and will see Carnival Day return with music, drag performers and sparkles to the Queens Gardens.

“I’m excited to re-imagine this year’s festival and be back out in the open,” said festival Co-convenor Georgina Poort.

Out In the Open Artistic Director Nicole Wells said, “It was a productive and inspiring meeting of passionate individuals, working as a team to bring our community together through inclusion and celebration”.

Out In The Open provides a safe and inclusive space for our regional LGBTIQA+ community to be their true selves. It provides visibility and representation.

Out in the Open attracts many visitors to the region boosting tourism and local spending.

For further information please contact Deb Chumbley 0429 523 772.