TasPride Festival Guide 2023

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taspride festival



welcome to the 2023 taspride festival!

TasPride is proud to bring you the annual TasPride Festival in our 31st year. The festival aims to provide a safe space to recognise the importance of celebrating diverse sexualities and genders, shining a positive light on our visibility and encouraging everyone to come out and be their fabolous and unique selves.

In recognition of 2023 World Pride, that will introduce the world to our glittering LGBTIQ+ communities, giving our First Nations people the opportunity to share their pride on a global stage, the theme for the 2023 TasPride Festival is TasmaniaTransforms.

So GATHERyour friends and families to share your DREAMfor Tasmanian LGBTIQ+ people and let's AMPLIFYloudly that Tasmania has TRANSFORMEDfrom the least progressive to the most progressive state in Australia on LGBTIQ+ rights. This year the festival includes many of your favourite events, along with a host of new exciting activities. Enjoy!

The TasPride Festival will take place on the land of the Palawa/Pakana people who are the Traditional Custodians of Lutruwita/Tasmania. We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.


Thank you to our supporters

A community festival of this scale would not be possible without the year-round efforts of our volunteer committees, as well as the generosity and spirit demonstrated by businesses and organisations around our heart-shaped island.



Heartfelt thanks to our partners who support us at our key events throughout the year, as well as at festival time, including: Phoebe Adams and Team – curator of Artfully Queer; Banksia Hollow; Charles Bracewell; City of Hobart; Commonwealth Bank; Department of State Growth; Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre; Farm Gate Market; The Grand Poobah; Hera Fox; In The Hanging Garden; Judy’s; Lifesavers With Pride; The Little Seed at Franklin; Mardi Gras WorldPride 2023; Martine Delaney; Monotone Printing; Penny Contemporary; Pussay Poppins; QT* Cabaret; Rainbow Roo; Rodney Croome; Rosny Barn; Spark Photography; Surf Life Saving Tasmania; Cameron and the Team at TasCAHRD; Tasmanian Government; Tracey Wing; Under One Rainbow; WIO – especially Chloe, Liv and Lynn: and Woolworths Group. To our advertisers in this year’s Festival Guide - you make this promotion viable: Convict City Rollers, Department of Health, Ella Haddad MP, Equal Opportunity Tasmania, The Link Youth Health Service, Pride Foundation Australia, Relationships Australia, Sexual Assault Support Service, The Tasmanian Council on AIDS, Hepatitis, and Related Diseases, Tasmanian Refugee Legal Service and Working It Out.

PRIDE FLAG RAISING D T V $ Friday 10 February 12:30pm Hobart Town Hall, 50 Macquarie St, Hobart Free -register at www.taspride.com Join us at the official opening of the TasPride Festival 2023, with a Flag Raising Ceremony at Town Hall. The unfurling will commence at 12:30pm followed by speeches and refreshments in the Lord Mayor’s Court. PRESENTED BY TASPRIDE & CITY OF HOBART 6 what's with all the dots? To help you navigate this year's Festival Guide, and in keeping with the theme, we drew inspiration from the caterpillar, who transforms into the butterfly! Pre- and Post-Festival Events Community Festival Events Organised by TasPride More Information Prices & Booking Where What Time Date D T V $ I

There’s only ONE way to celebrate an OPENING... And get your minds out of the gutter, we’re talking about cocktails to celebrate the start of the 2023 TasPride’s Festival! Come and join us with your friends at the beautiful Rosny Barn on the Eastern shore and celebrate the opening of another fantastic TasPride Festival. Enjoy the grazing table, with drinks for purchase at the bar, including a few very queer themed designer cocktails just for the occasion. With live music from Twisted Scissors, the festive cocktail ambience is waiting for you.

D T V $ i Friday 10 February 6:00pm - 9:00pm Rosny Barn, Rosny Hill Rd, Rosny Park $15 for TasPride members, $20 for non-members
. Visit www.taspride.com for more details PRESENTED BY TASPRIDE
Our volunteers will be supporting TasPride and the LGBTQIA+ Community across the state through our 14 patrolled beaches. To learn more about our organisation, check us out at: www.lifesaverswithpride.com.au/rainbowbeaches During patrolled hours on the BeachSafe App Bicheno SLSC. Bridport SLSC, Burnie SLSC, Boat Harbour SLSC, Carlton Park SLSC, Clifton Beach SLSC, Devonport SLSC, Kingston Beach SLSC, Penguin SLSC, Port Sorrell SLSC, Somerset SLSC, Scamander SLSC and Ulverstone SLSC Rainbow beaches 8 D T V Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 February


The Pride Parade is the signature event of the TasPride Festival and it just gets bigger, louder and more colourful every year!

Whether you march with pride in the Parade, or cheer from the sidelines; you can be part of the 2023 Pride Parade and party with us at our post-parade celebrations. The Party in the Park will have music, performances, community stalls and food and drink vans. It’s a fantastic opportunity for you and your big queer family to relax after the parade. bask in our community’s time to shine, enjoy the entertainment and catch up with friends. Marshalling is from 12:00 noon, and we’ll set off at 1:00pm sharp, sashaying our way through Hobart along Elizabeth, Liverpool and Murray Streets, finishing with Party in the Park at Franklin Square.

Saturday 11 Frbruary

Marshalling 12:00 noon, Parade starts 1:00pm Meet at the marshalling area in the carpark near the corner of Elizabeth and Patrick Streets ,Hobart, join us along the parade route, or come to the party in Franklin Square after.

D T V $ Participation is free, register at
1800 671 738 www.health.tas.gov.au JUNIOR JUDY'S D T V $ Saturday 11 February 4:pm - 6:00pm High Altar, 112 Murray St, Hobart $5 Junior Judy's is back to provide a safe space for queer youth to have a party. A Drag and Dance party for under 25 year olds in nipaluna/Hobart! This will be an alcohol and drug free event for all ages up to 25 to celebrate Pride! Get your monthly dose of drag performance and dancefloor drama, headlined by Pussay Poppins, alongside Tasmania's finest drag artists and DJ talent. PRESENTED BY PUSSAY POPPINS AND JUDY'S D T V i Saturday 11 February 1:00pm Cris Fitzpatrick Community Park, 35 Tottenham Rd, Gagebrook RSVP by 21 January to: underonerainbow@outlook.com 2O23 PRIDE COLOUR RUN PRESENTED BY UNDER ONE RAINBOW 10 Experience one of Tassie's newest and brightest events, the 2023 instalment of the Pride Colour Run. Check out Under One Rainbow - Community Coming Together on Facebook, and join the party!

judy's pride ball

Judy's is taking over In The Hanging Garden for the second annual Pride Ball! In a celebration of all things Pride we will have music and dancing until the early hours of the day combined with shows with Tasmania's amazing drag and LGBTQIA+ talent. Join us over the rainbow to celebrate Tasmanian Pride! Judy's is a queer dance party at Altar hosted by Pussay Poppins. We're here to bring a regular monthly inclusive queer club space to nipaluna/Hobart. This time we have decided to go all out and use the Cathedral to celebrate Tasmanian Pride! Judy's is the official after party of the Pride Parade and Party in the Park celebrations, from 4pm until midnight at our special location in the Cathedral. After midnight, move up to High Altar and continue the party until the early hours of the morning!

Saturday 11 February


4pm until late

In The Hanging Garden / Altar, 112 Murray St, Hobart Free from 4pm, $15 from 7:30pm, door sales only


QT* Cabaret is a place for transgender and gender queer people to release their energy, in many forms, for many reasons. It is a place for cabaret ideas and act creation to manifest and empower these communities. It's also just a place for anyone to see some weird shit. Vallen-Dies Day is a special day to us all, celebrating love, lust, and loss. Coming together to celebrate the most important love of all, of self.


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to fill, so I just want to let you all know you're very special to me, and nothing will ever fill the space you inhabit in life like you do. <3" - Hera

D T V $ Saturday 11 February 7:30pm - 11:00pm The Grand Poobah, 112 Liverpool St, Hobart From $15 - $75 (stepped price like pay what you can) PRESENTED BY HERA FOX OF QT* CABARET SUPPORTED BY THE GRAND POOBAH 12
QT* Vallen-dies day show

Did you know Hobart was once known as the Sodom of the South Seas? Tasmania’s capital has a long and fascinating LGBTIQ+ history, from convict times through the roaring twenties to the law reform debate of the 1990s. Join our tour to learn about Hobart’s queer past with history buffs and former tour guides, Rodney Croome and Martine Delaney.

Come and celebrate the TasPride Festival in a relaxed garden atmosphere. Incorporating the 4th Annual Handbag Toss, with great prizes to be won. Open to all LGBTIQ community, family and friends.

Starts at Equality Bench, Parliament Garden, off Salamanca Place
D T V Sunday 12 February 1:00pm - 3pm
queer history walk
4th annual handbag toss D T V Sunday 12 February 1:30pm - 3:00pm Free - afternoon tea provided, BYO drinks. 396 Elephant Pass Rd, St Marys $ $ Free 13

The TasPride annual cake bake-off is hotly contested each yearwill you be named Tasmania’s best Queer Baker of 2023? This community competition is in remembrance of Chris Jackman and hosted by Hobart's iconic Farm Gate Market. Prize Categories are Grand Prize Winner, Best Incorporation of the Festival Theme (Tasmania Transforms) and Young Persons Prize. All prizes generously donated by Farmgate Market and TasPride. All cakes will be shared with the LGBTIQ+ community and Market Patrons. Donations greatly appreciated and all funds raised go to Working It Out. Visit www.taspride.com for more details and to register, or email Info@taspride.com with any questions.

PRIDE CAKE BAKE D T V $ i Sunday 12 February 2023 Cake delivery 9:30am - 10:30am, winners announced 11:00am Farm Gate Market, Bathurst St, Hobart Free to enter, donation to sample entries

Fireworks Cruise & Dancing on the Derwent

TasPride takes over Peppermint Bay’s luxurious catamaran for one night only, casting off towards a glorious sunset cruise up the Derwent.

Our 'hostess' Miz Ima Starr and 'most-est' DJ Twingon will be acting as your cruise directors, curating fun, games, tunes, and cameo performances from some very special guests. Hearty canapes and jolly shipboard fun are all included in your ticket price, and our craft has a well-stocked cash and card bar to suit every taste.

See our Bridge lit up in Rainbow colours, and enjoy the Regatta Fireworks from the best vantage point in Hobart. Dress to impress, mingle, dance and hit the waters - but not literally!

Boarding from 7.00pm Boat departs 7:30pm Sharp!

D T V $
Sunday 12 February 2023
$50, $45
and $35 for
Brooke Street Pier, Brooke St, Hobart
us for
free online training about blood borne viruses -
and discrimination
accessing healthcare.
reduce HIV and Hepatitis transmissions by
and celebrating
treatment and
certificate. PRESENTED BY THE TASMANIAN COUNCIL ON AIDS, HEPATITIS, AND RELATED DISEASES i 16 D T i $ Monday 14 February 1:00pm - 3:00pm Online. Call Scoutt on (03) 6234 1242 for accessibility/support or other booking enquiries Free
Bloodwise training: taspride
how they affect Tasmanians and the impact of stigma
how far we've come in
prevention! All participants receive a


T12:00 noon - 4:00pm

Parliament Street Reserve, Sandy Bay

For a gold coin donation, enjoy the TasPride BBQ with vegan options, bread and salads

madge's picnic


Everyone is invited to our annual picnic, including your fave fur baby. Bring a picnic rug, snacks, drinks, umbrella and dress for the weather.

Enjoy the TasPride BBQ and entertainment including music, stalls, games and don’t forget to dress for success (you and your fur baby) for the very silly Big Gay Pet Parade! Madge Lowestoft enjoyed a picnic, and her favourite Festival event was the TasPride Picnic.

Madge was a much loved Rainbow Community elder, she brought optimism, enthusiasm, a finely tuned understanding of fairness and a wickedly cheeky sense of humour to every event she came to. When someone new was sitting alone, it was Madge who said hi and made them feel welcome.

When things were going badly in a campaign for equality, Madge was there handing out her trademark DIY rainbow bead brooches and gentle words of encouragement. We miss her mischievous smile, and her wisdom, and it seemed only right to rename the picnic in her memory.

Dance on Madge.

Monday 13February
A Twist of Lemons is a welcoming social space for queer women, diversity and allies. A TWIST OF LEMONS: PRIDE WARM UP & CELEBRATIONs D T V $ Friday 27 January & Friday 24 February 5:00pm - 9:00pm Boodle Beasley, 315 Elizabeth St, Hobart Free, drinks for purchase at bar prices PRESENTED BY A TWIST OF LEMONS 18 Join us for two gatheringsone before and one after the TasPride Festival. Come on your own, come with a friend, everyone welcome! Good company guaranteed!

February 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The Link Health Service, 57 Liverpool St, Hobart


For questions about this event contact Corey on (03) 6234 1242 or corey@tascahrd.org.au. Note: The Link has level access but no bathrooms.

this way/that way: youth voices for taspride

Young LGBTQIA+ Tasmanians are invited to come to The Link's weekly free lunch and join a workshop to learn about recording for podcasts/radio, share your story and share snacks. This Way//That Way is a weekly radio show on Edge Radio 99.3fm discussing sexual and reproductive health, relationships and culture. This event is specifically for LGBTQIA+ identified young people (16-25).

If you live outside of Hobart and you'd like to share your story for this show another way, please let us know. NOTE: participating in this event does not guarantee that your story will be aired during the TasPride program due to time constraints and editing requirements - but it may be used at a later date.

For support, training, resources and information visit www.sass.org.au 24-hour crisis support 1800 697 877

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Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre, 1 Davies Ave, Queens Domain $13.50 per lesson, $40.50 overall.

Enrol at www.surveymonkey.com/r/prideswimclub

pride swim club

A month of inclusive swim lessons to celebrate Pride, open to all members of the LGBTQIA+ community 16 years and above. For all swimming abilities from beginners to experienced lap wizards.

There are many barriers that prevent people from participating fully in community life and we as a community swim centre are trying to take action to be part of a more inclusive and equitable city.

As part of the club, participants will get unlimited access to the pool on days outside of lessons for the duration of Program. Part of the City of Hobart’s commitment to Inclusion and Equity.

D T V $ i Monday 6, 13, 20 & 27 February
7:00pm - 7:45pm

V $ i

Every Tuesday 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Domain Tennis Centre, 2 Davies Ave, Hobart

The cost for social play is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, with membership capped at $30/year 21 www.facebook.com/HobartOutTennis play.tennis.com.au/hobartouttennisclub hobartouttennis@gmail.com

hobart out tennis

Hobart Out Tennis was founded to provide an inclusive space for the LGBTQIA+ community to get together, play tennis, and enjoy participation in sport. The club meets at the Domain Tennis Centre every Tuesday (look out for the rainbow flag!) and all are welcome regardless of skill level.

The Hotties (members of Hobart Out Tennis) also get together for dinner after tennis on the first Tuesday of every month, run a few tournaments and match play throughout the year, and even go on visits to regional communities. If you are keen for a hit, you can get in contact via Facebook or email (see above), or just pop up at the Domain Tennis Centre - we’d love to welcome you along to our club.


JOIN taspride in 2023!

TasPride Inc. is more than the organisers of the annual TasPride Festival - we are a member-based organisation that plans events throughout the year. TasPride exists to support, unite, champion and celebrate our lives, goals, achievements and love as LGBTQIA+ community. Become a member and receive discounts and member benefits. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TasPride to stay up to date with all of our seasonal, community, regional and major events to be held in Tasmania throughout 2023.

mardi gras & worldpride

Tasmania heads to Sydney Mardi Gras WorldPride 2023!

Transforming Tasmania, our float, will showcase the layers of Tasmanian history in its transformation from the least progressive to the most progressive state in Australia. A highlight will be the caterpillar produced as the TasPride Collective artwork as part the Artfully Queer 2022 exhibition TRANSFORM, supported by City of Hobart.


Queens Ball artfully queer

TasPride's key fundraiser for the festival is Queens Ball, held in Hobart on Queens (now Kings) Birthday long weekend for many, MANY years. The theme is always eagerly anticipated with plenty of scope for creativity. As befits a change of monarch (ANOTHER butterfly reference!) this year's theme is...

Artfully Queer, TasPride's annual exhibition curated by Phoebe Adams, is open to all Tasmanian LGBTQ creatives and their families. All mediums and levels of ability are welcome, and each year entrants are asked to respond to a theme. Join us on Facebook for more on how to enter your art, craft, design work into 2023's exhibition.

TasPride Team Treasurer: Vincent Bound Public Officer: Erin Davierer Committee: Heather Davierer Vice-President and Secretary: Sielito Marketing Officer: Tom Robertson-Mallias TasPride welcomes new Board Members and volunteers throughout the year, as well as at their Annual General Meeting.