28 November 2015
HUNDREDS of people are expected to converge on Shepparton early next month for OUTintheOPEN - an annual festival celebrating community diversity.
The festival, which runs from November 6 to November 8, will feature a carnival at the Queen’s Gardens, a health and wellbeing forum
OUTintheOPEN is a project led by Kildonan UnitingCare and proudly supported by organisations and community groups across the region, including Greater Shepparton City Council, Relationships Australia Victoria, The Bridge Youth Service, Headspace Shepparton/GV Health, Victoria Police and GV Pride.
Convenor, Damien Stevens said the Festival aims to strengthen community ties.
“OUTintheOPEN was developed to address some of the inequalities faced by the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (GLBTIQ) and allied communities and to build a more inclusive community in Greater Shepparton, but we are urging everyone to join the festivities.
“Events include a comedy show, morning meditation and community brunch, so we hope there is something for everyone,” Mr Stevens said.
A highlight of the weekend will be the free family Carnival Day on Saturday, November 7 featuring music, entertainment, market and food stalls, an art show and children’s activities.
Mr Stevens said the festival is getting bigger each year.
“We are finding that people are returning each year, and more people from outside the Shepparton region are attending, which must provide awelcome boost to the local economy,” he said.
For more information re events and ticket sales, visit www. outintheopen.org.au