âWeâve really been seeing the community's heart and soul shine through in the events, and expect that to continue!â
She says this yearâs range of youth-focused events are a great addition to the programme and that one of her highlights would have to be seeing the diverse crowds of people at all of the different events. âThe kaupapa of Wellington Pride is to showcase diverse events that will appeal to everyone in the LGBTIQ community, representing different genders, sexualities, cultures and ages, with the idea that our community isn't homogeneous, people will be attracted to different events.â
With nearly 70 events spread out across two weeks, Adrienne says âEveryone I've spoken to has been blown away by how many events there are in the festival, and the diversity of the events. We are in our second year and we have gone from having around 30 events in 9 days to around 70 events in 17 days.
âThe majority of the events are organised by the community, which illustrates what an appetite there is for a festival like this for the LGBTIQ community in Wellington.â
Jumping into the second half of the festival, Adrienne says sheâs looking forward to the rich diversity of the events taking place over the next couple of days. âTonight I will be heading to the opening of WITCH BITCH presents Statuesque Anarchy, an exhibit of moving image works curated by FAF SWAG's Tanu Gago at Enjoy Public Art Gallery.
âFrom there I will run over to Allen St (above Fringe Bar) for a wig workshop with local Wellington drag queen and resident wig expert Harlie Lux,â she says. âAll while others will be enjoying the public lecture on Diversity & Inclusion at St Andrews, part of the Rainbow Room series, or having coffee with new and old friends in Petone for Out in the Hutt.
âOf course we will be capping the day off singing gay classics at S&Ms karaoke!â
For all of the information about up coming events, head to the Wellington Pride Festival Ç TÅ« whakahÄ«hÄ« e Te Whanganui-Ä-Tara website