Pride Festival hub gets from brokerage

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Festival excitement . . . Members of the Q-Squared Trust (from left) Tanya Findlater, Hahna Briggs, Rachel Shaw, Ann Charlotte and Gareth Treharne look forward to the start of the Dunedin Pride 2018 festival next week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Dunedin Pride Festival 2018 and Urban Dream Brokerage are collaborating to create a festival hub in Princes St.

Presented by the Q-Squared, the Pride Festival and art exhibition will be officially opened at the hub, 23 Princes St, at 6pm on April 8, with Dunedin City Council chief executive Sue Bidrose officiating.

The space, located opposite the Dunedin Community Gallery, will continue to act as a hub for the festival, providing information and hosting events and activities throughout the following week.

Q-Squared Trust member and OUSA Queer Support co-ordinator Hahna Briggs said the aim of the festival was to build on what was working well for LGBTQIA+ residents and draw the city into celebrations of diversity.

“We are very excited to have the support of Urban Dream Brokerage for our Pride Hub, and we think the Princes St site will be perfect,” Ms Briggs said.

The 2018 event would be the first Pride Festival to be held in Dunedin since 2015, and it was much anticipated by the LGBTQIA+ community, she said.

“We wanted to ensure that the Q-Squared Trust was in place first before going ahead, which means Dunedin Pride has a firm foundation for the future.”

Urban Dream Brokerage Dunedin broker Tamsin Cooper said vibrant events such as the Dunedin Pride Festival were ideal for the scheme to support.

“Our aim is for Urban Dream Brokerage to provide access for all, and to create new experiences for the community, and I know the Pride Hub will definitely achieve that,” she said.

Among the events to be hosted at the Pride Hub will be Stories of Faith Hope and Love presented by the Student Christian Movement on April 9, a Queer “Stitch & Bitch!” session on April 11, and Drag Story Time on April 15.

The hub will also host week-long events, such as the Pride art exhibition, a drawing machine, a community string art project, a queer reading area, and lunchtime film screenings.

Other Pride Festival events include a special screening of documentary Thin End of the Wedge to mark the 30th anniversary of Homosexual Law Reform (April 12), a session of Coming Out Stories (April 9), a discussion about “Do it Yourself Babymaking” (April 10), and the Queerest Quiz (April 10).