Newcastle Pride is an inclusive, vibrant and fun not-for-profit Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) community-based organisation established in 2018. Newcastle Pride celebrates sexuality and gender diversity in Newcastle and the Hunter Region within and outside our community. We collaborate with others within our community and with the wider community to foster LGBTIQ+ Pride.
Our vision is to empower all LGBTIQ+ people to find their voice and be proud. We aspire to a safer, more inclusive future. For more information on how to support Newcastle Pride by becoming a member https://newcastlepride.com.au/join-us/
Newcastle Pride Festival
The Newcastle Pride Festival is Newcastle Pride’s major initiative and is an exciting, glamorous and “out n’ proud” series of events that aims to showcase to locals and visitors that Newcastle is a city of diversity, culture and beauty, and promotes the Hunter Region’s natural and other assets. The Festival is an on-going annual event, bringing our community together in unity, so as to leave a legacy for LGBTIQ+ youth, and fostering a vibrant and supportive future community.
The 2019 Newcastle Pride Festival is Newcastle’s second LGBTIQ+ Pride Festival (Australia’s largest regional Pride Festival) and will be held 22-26 August. For more information about the Festival and how to buy tickets https://newcastlepride.com.au/events/
The Festival includes a number of core events:
Thursday 22 August and Monday, 26 August: Serving in Silence: a photographic and narrative exhibition and forum showcasing the history of LGBTIQ+ military service in Australia since World War II
Friday 23 August: Twisted Cabaret: A night of twisted camp carry-on in one of Newcastle’s most unique and prestigious venues, showcasing queer burlesque and LGBTIQ+ performance artists.
Saturday 24 August: Pride Fair Day – a free family-friendly event at Newcastle Foreshore Park which will include market stalls, food vans, community stalls, kids’ activities, Doggywood parade and non-stop centre stage entertainment.
Saturday evening 24 August: Heaven and Hell Dance Party. Dance party featuring DJs and entertainment. Also, on Saturday evening at the same venue: Return to Pipers Dance (iconic Gay venue in Newcastle in the 1980’s).
Sunday 25 August: Short ‘n’ Curlies Matinee – short Australian and International Queer films hosted by Newcastle’s own comical movie reviewers David and Margaret and curated by QueerScreen (Sydney).
The Festival also includes the Wallsend West Newcastle ARFC (The Swans) vs Wyong Lakes AFC Hunter Central Coast Pride Cup on Saturday, 17 August.