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So you’ve been thinking about a weekend getaway, or even bet-
ter, a long weekend getaway. You want to go somewhere unique,
somewhere diverse where there’s loads on the menu to tempt you. A
destination that’s different every day. And fun. You want somewhere new,
but you still want to feel connected — at home.
Well, why not come home to Tasmania?
There’s no better time to check out the heart-shaped island than for
TasPride Festival 2009 (October 31 – November 15). This statewide festi-
val is Tasmania’s only two-week arts and cultural celebration for the gay,
lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community, their family
and friends ... as they call it on the island, ‘actual love’.
The festival, now in its second year, has had a serious growth spurt and
has expanded to Launceston in the north of the state in addition to the
Hobart program. In 2009 it has matured into a young adult, discovered a
little cleavage and grandma is squeezing its cheeks saying, ‘my, look how
much you’ve grown!’
And she’s not the only one to have noticed. This year’s festival has
attracted a high level of sponsorship recognising a unique product that
offers diverse experiences cutting across LGBT community activities and
tourism destinations. Festival partners include a number of corporate and
government players such as Pure Tasmania, Tourism Tasmania and Ti-
ger Airlines. These partners now know what festival organisers have
been saying since last year: TasPride Festival can deliver you an
experience you’ve never had before and will be hard pressed to find
anywhere within Australia.
It’s no secret festival organisers and partners want to get you peeps to
Tasmania. And well confident they can be, with this boutique festival set in
one of the most diverse and picturesque landscapes in the world.
So, what’s it all about? What does TasPride Festival 2009 have in store?
The festival boasts three massive party and leisure weekends all joined
by a handpicked program of weeknight affairs. The end product — two
weeks of events for all shapes and sizes — easily integrated into a travel
itinerary of your choice, with world class experiences so close you can
Weekend one and festival celebrations kick off with the party of the year.
Halloween Party 2009 brings out the Bear, the Bitch and the Wardrobe. En-
ter the fantasy world where animals talk, magic is common and good battles
evil. You might have seen ‘hunky’ Justin J Bear and all-singing-all-wise-
cracking ‘bitch’ Dolly Diamond, but have you seen them on a double bill?
You will here. Enter a dance floor fantasy world with DJs Greg Boladian
(Syd), Jake Kilby (Syd), MarQ (Hob), Kat (Hob) and Tom (Hob) and party
the night away in a land called Narnia... do you dare enter the wardrobe?
Once you’ve dealt with your weekend dehydration, and downed a
strong coffee or three at Hobart’s famous Salamanca Place, you can start
the calisthenics for the grey matter: pilates for the memory, brain cell
aerobics. Whatever it takes, be ready for Queer Quiz Night. Pit your
knowledge against the best in the community. This quiz bears a fusion of
typical trivia and queer related questions, and is hosted by none other than
MAP OF TASSIE
Come home to Tasmania for TasPride Festival 2009. A LOTL preview.
Photos: Tourism Tasmania / Tim Dub
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