Home' LOTL : July 11 Contents We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, of Elders past
and present of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We are delighted lesbians have
gathered again from every State and Territory in Australia and from overseas in this
most beautiful cultural venue. It is a privilege to welcome you back to the House.
Thank you for not missing this moment or your chance to be part of ‘herstory’.
Tonight it’s Lesbians first! We dedicate this gathering to lesbians worldwide who work
to keep our culture alive and fight for our safety and human rights. On this very night,
twenty years ago, the Living Our Passion concert was unforgettable. Now we have
the opportunity to make new, rich memories. Ahead is a night of power, magic and
This milestone gala event carries within it a sense of belonging, of feeling valued
and respected, and deepens appreciation of our wonderfully dynamic community
and amazing performers. We thank the artists for their enthusiasm, visibility and
commitment. There are surprises in store. Enjoy!
GEORGINA ABRAHAMS & GABE JOURNEY JONES
Producers, Creative Womyn Down Under
Congratulations on being persistent and beating the odds to make this event
happen! It was humbling to see the kind of support that has come out of this
event, reminding me of the grass roots solidarity within our very own community.
It is with pleasure that we provide the program for this event and wish you all a
Publisher Avalon Media
In the 20 years since the Living Our Passion concert at the Sydney Opera House,
a lot has changed for our community. We have greater recognition in our public
and private lives and the struggle to have a voice in the wider community has
for the most part, been achieved. Lesbians in the House is a superb example
of just how far we have come, as our ranks swell ‘the House’ for a concert that
celebrates our talent and diversity. Congrats to Creative Womyn Down Under for
delivering this awesome event and to all who have raised their voice or lent their
talents in support.
Messages of Support
Auslan Interpreters: Della Goswell, Chris Miller, Anna Hruby, Bek Cramp, Chevoy Sweeney, Dalia Rozsa-Brown, Gerry Shearim, Kylie Scott,
Linda Finucane, Michelle Maguire, Natalie Kull, Rebecca Ladd, Tanya Miller Welcome to Country: Madison Shakespeare Concert Day Crew: Patsy Black,
Robyn Counter, Ellen Scott, Justine Jackson, Deborah Taylor, Kerrin Dow Tap Dancers: Susan Hill, Fiona Mackenzie, Kylie Norris Assistant Stage Manager:
Mignon Lee- Warden Photographers: Tracey Beckler,Antonia Goodfellow, Diann Payne,Ann-Marie Calilhanna Videography: Robyn Hall. Editing: Jenni Nixon
Memoriam Slideshow: Fiona Davidson From Sappho to Ellen Slideshow: Anique Radiant Heart Welcome Drummers: Tranceportation, Feral Fingers
Foyer Photo Exhibition: Diann Payne Program Design: CWDU & LOTL Passion Wand cover art: Jack Draper Sculptures: Robyn Sharpe, Patsy Griffiths
Gift Packages: Global Contact Bookshop. Hostess: Rachael Vincent Choir/meeting space: The Women’s Library, Shirley Kent
Young Singers Showcase Panel: Chris Fysh, Lewina Jackson, Ruby & Alex Twenty10 tickets: Susan Brooks, Lorna Parker, Caroline Vogels, CWDU
Major Media Partner: LOTL - Silke Bader, Cec Busby, Jillian Eugenios Other Media: Sydney Star Observer, South Sydney Herald, The Scavenger
Concert venue: Opera Australia and Sydney Opera House Stage Crew and Management, Paul Haseler, Jayne Rounce, Carina Cargill, Ching Lee
Family: our son Jai for his laughter and patience, our parents and friends for their understanding while we planned and produced
We acknowledge the Divine in each of us, and our lesbian community spirit of generosity and creativity
THE HONOURABLE JULIA GILLARD MP, PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA
It is a pleasure to send greetings to all who are attending this concert
which I am sure will be a joyful and memorable celebration of women
from all communities across our nation. It will also be an occasion to
showcase the exceptional talents of so many women, who have the
courage and dignity to carry their identity with pride. This is also a
valuable and powerful message of advocacy which heralds the basic
rights of respect, inclusion, feminism and creativity.
Over the past twenty years, considerable gains have been achieved
in attitudes across our land to reject bias and discrimination against
lesbian and homosexual Australians, so many of whom have made
exceptional contributions to their communities and to the nation in
diverse fields – the arts, the sciences, the trades, academia and more.
My best wishes are with you all for a most memorable, happy and
Creative Womyn Down Under warmly thank
I am delighted to provide a message of support for this special
gathering of inclusion and empowerment, held - fittingly - in our
nation’s greatest cultural venue, the Sydney Opera House.
The Lesbians in the House concert follows a similar event 20 years
ago and celebrates the enormous progress achieved over those two
decades, as well as reminding us of the work still to be done.
Tonight’s event brings together many wonderful artists including
established performers, a community choir and young singers, thus
showcasing the brilliant and diverse talent that exists within the
The program will also include a memorial component honouring
partners and friends who are no longer with us, a moving and very
appropriate recognition of the human bonds that draw us all together.
Events such as tonight’s concert empower women and foster
understanding and belonging in the Australian community. It is also
a vital opportunity to celebrate our shared values of tolerance and
freedom of expression that enable social progress to be made.
Lesbians in the House will be an unforgettable celebration of pride and
visibility. I thank all the performers and organisers for their hard work
in making this event possible, and warmly wish it every success.
HER EXCELLENCY PROFESSOR MARIE BASHIR, GOVERNOR OF NSW
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