Media Release - Canberra in November: 17 years queer

Type of post: Festival news item
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 10 Oct 2016

The Canberra SpringOUT Association Inc. is proud to present the program for the 17th Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival. Please join us on October 11 at 6.30pm at 16WEST - 16 West Row, Canberra City ACT as we launch our Festival theme and Festival Guide.

The 2016 SpringOUT Festival begins on 29 October with Fairday between 11am and 4pm, hosted by the AIDS Action Council at the Gorman Arts Centre. It concludes on 20 November.

“2016 marks our 17th year as Canberra’s Pride Festival. We are very pleased that the Festival is both maturing and diversifying. In particular, we are very excited to welcome back some of our major sponsors and partners like, the ACT Government, Brand CBR, The Aids Action Council, The Gay & Lesbian Tennis Association, Northside Canberra and 16West”, Mat Knobel, Committee spokesperson said today.

“SpringOUT in 2016 includes our community’s standard bearers, in Fairday, Bushdance (hosted by Canberra Gay & Lesbian Tennis Club), which continues to attract queer bush dance enthusiasts from as far a field as Melbourne and Sydney, and the Fruit Tingles Women’s Dance. These community-driven events continue to attract significant and energetic crowds” Sean Snell, Committee spokesperson said

Also new in 2016 are a range of events for young people, including A Drag Camp and House Party with the Tuggeranong Arts Centre and 2016 also sees the very rst Canberra SpringOUT Pride Parade which will meander from Garema Place and end in Glebe Park where there will be a Family Fun Day with interstate host, Ms Vanessa Wagner. November 26 will also see the Festival’s rst Pride Awards, being held at Teatro Vivaldi and hosted by the amazing, Mr Bob Downe.

SpringOUT 2016 builds on the very proud tradition of queer community cultural events and progressive social reforms in the ACT and the Canberra SpringOUT Association Inc. is determined to ensure the festival continues to celebrate the strength, visibility and diversity of our community.

The ACT Chief Minister, Mr Andrew Barr will speak at the launch as will Greens representative, Veronica Wensing. SpringOUT Committee members will also speak. Further information on the 2016 Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival is available at and through our social media channels:


Media contacts:
Mat Knobel (Chair): Ph: 0402 017 520 Sean Snell (Events Manager): Ph: 0423 977 518