Pride is in its 25th year and they are celebrating with a Silver City themed festival that is bigger than it’s ever been. Loads of wonderful events will sparkle into our city this November as we celebrate the LGBTIQ community and all things arts and culture. See our pick of the Festival below but this is by no means an exhaustive list. Get planning and buckle up for a fabulous November!
PrideFEST opening event – Happy Pride!
6th November 2015 | 6pm – 11pm
Perth Cultural Centre, James St Amphitheatre.
Happy Pride will feature some of the fabulous festival performers, giving you a sneak peak at their upcoming PrideFEST shows, including live entertainment from Randa and the Soul Kingdom, DJ Roski, The Tommyhawks and more.
The event will be licensed and food will be on sale.
Get your tickets now – only $10 + BF to make sure you don’t miss this brand new opening night extravaganza!
Tickets will be $15 on the door.
Pride WA members enter free before 8pm!
Relaxed community Picnic
7th November 2015 | 9am
Russell Square Northbridge.
The 25th anniversary celebrations will see Pride debut another event, with the PrideFEST picnic set to be staged on the first Saturday morning of the festival.
Set close to public transport in the heart of Northbridge, the picnic will be a community focused, family friendly event, giving everyone the chance to come together and celebrate Pride in a relaxed environment.
Coffee and juice vans will be serving up delicious beverages, and you are encouraged to bring your own picnic spread.
Roller Derby- Battle on the Bent: fundraiser
Saturday 7th November | 7:30pm
The Rise Gym, Maylands
The Vagine Regime, a community of skaters that actively promotes the inclusion of LGBTQI people in roller derby, is hosting PrideFEST’s first Battle on the Bent Track Fundraiser. Celebrating, supporting and loving all things queer and roller derby in Western Australia, The Vagine Regime present a night of fast paced packs and juking Jammers to raise funds to send a team of our best LGBTQI Derby Players to compete in the Battle on the Bent Track tournament in Victoria. This is an 18+ event with a licensed bar and half time entertainment. Doors open 6:30pm, first whistle 7pm.
Entry: $20 on the door for members ($25 for non-members)
31st October | 10am – 3pm
Fremantle Town Hall
Hosted by Famous Sharron, Ballroom dancers from across Australia and NZ come together for DANCEOUT, the Western Australian Same Sex Dance Competition. Join everyone for an exciting and fun filled afternoon supporting LGBTI ballroom dancers from novice to A Grade as they compete in Standard Ballroom, Latin American and New Vogue dances. Come and say hi to the dancers and our host, Famous Sharron and there will be opportunities for everyone to get up and dance and even compete in one of our novelty events. Presented in conjunction with Fremantle Festival.
Tickets online: $15 adult, $10 concession, $5 child spectator
Pride 25- Retrospective Photography Exhibition
9th – 16th November 2015
Museum of Perth
Come down to the brand new Museum of Perth to check out this exhibition.
The exhibition showcases objects, photographs and news clippings commemorating PRIDE from the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Western Australia (GALAWA).
Over 25 years PRIDE has grown and transformed; from the early days of the Stonewall Union of Students WA, a grass roots political movement formed to combat the active discrimination of the time, to the Pride Collective, Lesbian and Gay Pride WA and the current Pride WA, a celebration of the community; now fighting for the right to marry.
Freeheld – Movie
Pride WA Fundraiser
Thursday, November 12 | 7pm
Based on the Oscar-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) and Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her dometic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to stop Laurel from doing this. This screening is a fundraising event for Pride WA. The winning short film of the Show Us Your Pride competition will be screened prior to the feature.
Entry: $15 for members ($20 non-members) on the website or at the door (if available)
Theatre- Multiverse Theory in D
17th November – 5th December | 7pm
The Blue Room Theatre
On the eve of her 30th birthday, Naomi has it all. But an unexpected run-in with an ex leaves her wondering – what if things had turned out differently?
Friday November 20 | 6pm and 8pm
Olympic Diver Matthew Mitcham OAM has recently released his autobiography Twists and Turns, which reveals a life behind the international spotlight that has been plagued by low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, panic attacks and repeated self-harm as a teenager, leading on to drug abuse. He has also struggled with issues relating to his sexuality, being one of few Olympians to compete at the event as openly gay. Away from the diving pool Matthew is a talented singer and musician, who invites you to share the highs and lows of his incredible life through theatre and song, along with a few surprises, a bit of foot tapping and loads of inspiration, in his first solo show.
$45 Non Members, seated. $40 Members, seated.
$25 Non Members, standing. $20 Members, standing.
Come down for a Friday night drink!
Friday 20th November | from 5pm
The 25th anniversary celebrations will feature another exciting inaugural event with the PrideFEST Sunset Bar in the Urban Orchard on Friday 20 November. The Sunset Bar will provide an ideal place for you to enjoy a drink before and after our Matthew Mitcham show, while enjoying the Urban Orchard atmosphere the night before the biggest Pride PARADE in Perth’s history. This festival highlight event will have a cash bar and will be open to the public.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
20 November | 8pm
This international event held on November 20 each year is to remember transgender individuals who have been murdered or taken their own lives. We will always remember.
Barefaced Stories: Pridefest Edition
24th November | 8pm
Barefaced Stories gets amidst PrideFEST mayhem for one massive night of storytelling! From lawyers to comedians, mums to bus drivers – each storyteller will take to the stage with nothing but a true life tale – some humorous, some sad and some downright perverse! Barefaced Stories: PrideFEST Edition promises to deliver an amazing array of piping hot talent revealing their deepest and darkest secrets. Hosted by Andrea Gibbs & Kerry O’Sullivan.
Entry: $10 at the door
The 25th Annual Perth Pride Parade
Saturday 21st November | 8pm
Northbridge (please see Pride website for parade route)
The 25th anniversary Pride PARADE will be a highlight of this year’s PrideFEST, with the Pride Community going all out to celebrate our rich past, present and future in style.
Enjoy a drink or a meal at one of the many bars and restaurants that line our famous PARADE route along William and James Streets, then cheer on thousands of PARADE participants, as we paint the city silver in honour of a fabulous quarter of a century.
Party on after the Parade!
Saturday 21st November
Following its amazingly successful debut in 2014, the Garden Party will return to the Urban Orchard following this year’s Pride PARADE. There will be no better place for you and your friends to celebrate your Pride at the end of an amazing festival.
The Garden Party will feature roving entertainment, street performers and live music from The Amani Consort, Ruby and the Remedy, as well as retro house tunes from DJ Curlee. Fully licensed, with food by Eat No Evil.
Tickets are on sale now for $15 + BF from Ticketbooth. This event sold out last year, so be sure to get yours early.
Tickets will be $20 on the door.
Pride WA members enter free before 10pm.
Love Sundays – Love Pride
Sunday 22nd November | 8pm
The perfect way to wrap up PrideFEST 2015; sip cocktails, have a dance and farewell another fabulous PrideFEST at everyone’s favourite nightclub.
Please see the PrideFEST website for tickets and more info.
Please note Seasons Online cannot be held responsible for changes in scheduling.
Please see the PrideFEST program or website for final dates, times and event details.