5 October 2019

Out & Loud Festival rolls into Canberra and everyone's invited

| Rebecca Vassarotti MLA
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Qwire outside Parliament House

Members of the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire celebrate the Marriage Equality vote at Parliament House. Photo: Supplied

One of the delights of living in Canberra is the opportunity to regularly access great cultural events. While some of them are well-known annual fixtures, others are treats that only come along once in a while.

One such event is the 2019 Out & Loud choral festival from 24 to 28 October. The festival has run every three years since 2001, but this year it’s Canberra’s turn to play host!

Out & Loud is an opportunity to see our local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ+) choirs join with similar choirs from all over Australia and New Zealand to celebrate pride in the LGBTIQ+ community through music.

The festival is the only occasion when choirs from most Australian capital cities and Auckland meet to share the joy of singing, socialising, inspiring and learning from each other.

An exciting addition this year is the hosting of choirs from across the Pacific region. Thanks to crowdfunding, choirs from Fiji and East Timor will also be attending.

To date, almost 300 people have registered to sing in the choirs.

Out & Loud 2019 will host performances at the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia across the four days.

The final performance will unite all of the choirs and festival-goers at the ticketed Gala Concert at Llewellyn Hall on 27 October, featuring a world premiere performance and a mass choral event.

The Canberra host is the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire, a well-known local choir that performs at events all over the region and beyond.

The Qwire celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and are inviting everyone to come along to celebrate the contribution that LGBTQI+ communities make to our community and enjoy some great performances.

For more information, including tickets for the Gala Concert, visit Out & Loud Canberra.

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