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  • Encampment 2021

    Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 09:00 AM through September 25, 2021

    Encampment 2021 is a two–day, overnight camp for LGBTIQ+ young people aged 13-17; and facilitated by mentors aged 18-25 who are trained and supported by AGA and Meridian.

    When: 23-24th of September 2021

    Where: Birrigai – We will depart from and return to AGA house in North Lyneham.

    Cost: Encampment is free! Donations are welcome to keep this event free and accessible!

    Encampment is an inclusive and fun space for young LGBTIQA+ people to gather and gain social support and build their social connections.

    The aim of Encampment is to bring local LGBTIQ+ young people together, to support participants to navigate their gender identities and sexualities and strengthen their connection to their communities. Encampment also aims to expand young people’s skill levels, confidence and self-esteem through a series of workshops, activities and presentations. You’ll get to hang out with community, participate in awesome activities, and have a full camp experience.

    Applications for expressions of interest for campers are now closed!
    You can join our waitlist for any spots that open up! Click this link here.

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    To register or for further information about Encampment please click here

    Meridian Youth Mentor Development Program

    Meridian Youth is offering a peer-led mentorship program for young LGBTIQA+ folk aged 20-25. This peer mentoring program aims to provide an inclusive and educational space for young LGBTIQA+ people to gather and build their social connections while learning how to be an effective facilitator and peer mentor for their broader communities and for their role as Mentor during Encampment 2021.

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  • Fair Day 2021

    Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM
    Glebe Park


    Meridian and SpringOUT are proud to present CBR Fair Day Pride in the Park 2021. Fair Day Pride in the Park is Canberra’s biggest LGBTIQA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse, intersex, queer, and asexual, +) community event and a celebration of Canberra’s wonderful and diverse LGBTIQA+ communities. It is a fabulous day of music, performances and activities for everyone.

    Fair Day has launched the SpringOUT Pride Festival each year since SpringOUT’s inauguration in 1999 and is one of the most anticipated events on the LGBTIQA+ calendar. SpringOUT is Canberra’s queer cultural festival which affirms the pride, joy, dignity and identity of Canberra’s LGBTIQA+ communities through events of celebration.

    In 2021 CBR Fair Day Pride in the Park will be held at Glebe Park. Glebe Park provides the perfect backdrop for CBR Fair Day Pride in the Park’s entertainment and exciting stalls, activities and people to meet. Glebe Park is within easy walking distance of Civic.

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    Fast Facts

    Date: SATURDAY 30 October 2021
    Time: 11 am to 6 pm
    Venue: Glebe Park, a beautiful public park located within easy strolling distance of Civic.
    Parking: Parking in the area is limited. Walking, cycling and taking public transport is highly encouraged.
    Participants: LGBTIQA+ communities and allies & wider communities from Canberra and surrounding NSW areas.
    CBR Fair Day Program: The CBR Fair Day program will be announced in mid-October.

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  • SpringOUT Festival

    Monday, November 01, 2021 at 06:00 PM

    SpringOUT is Canberra’s only pride festival. Held in November each year, SpringOUT is a month-long pride festival that celebrates Australia’s most LGBTQIA+ friendly city and its LGBTQIA+ community in all its fabulous diversity.

    Find out more.

  • Bushdance

    Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 07:30 PM through November 21, 2021
    Yarralumla Woolshed in Canberra, Australia

    Bushdance is part of the Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival. If government restrictions allow then Bushdance 2021 will be held on 20th November 2021. The situation will be reviewed in August.

    Bushdance is Canberra’s largest LGBTI event, and has been held for over 30 years. Held at the Yarralumla Woolshed, it is a fun night of dancing with people of all flavours. There is a bar, BBQ and a live band to lead you through those dances that you might remember from primary school – like Strip the Willow, The Waves of Bondi, crazy polkas and some more genteel promenades. By the end of the night you’ll have danced with everyone, caught up with old friends, made some new ones and helped raise cash for the LGBTI community. Have fun with your Bushdance outfit. It’s a night of singlets, jeans, twirling dresses, chaps, check shirts, rhinestones, akubras, hats and boots. Anything is fine, but it does get hot in there. We suggest you don’t wear heels or open shoes – your feet will take a beating! So dust off your hat, polish your boots and get ready to kick up some dust. Bushdance is a community fundraiser coordinated by Pink Tennis - Canberra Gay and Lesbian Tennis Club.

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  • World AIDS Day

    Wednesday, December 01, 2021 at 04:00 PM
    National Arboretum Canberra in Canberra, Australia

    Australia’s national theme for World AIDS Day 2020 is Now More Than Ever.

    Further event details coming soon.

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