Ipswich pride festival turns city rainbow this June!

Ipswich's first pride festival will include a puppy pageant, music, dancing and art!
18 May 2023
Rachel Vickary, Journalist, writer, events manager and broadcaster

Get set to celebrate the inaugural Queerswich on Sunday 4 June 2023 in Tulmur Place, Nicholas Street Precinct, as Ipswich’s first major Pride festival hits the CBD in a swirl of rainbows, banging music, spectacular drag performances, rocking live entertainment, and more!

Queerswich will feature a puppy pageant

Pink Flamingo Productions Pty Ltd is delighted to officially launch the city’s first family fun-day created to celebrate diversity, inclusion, and Ipswich’s LGBTQIA+ community, their families, friends and allies, as part of International Pride Month.

Join the celebrations as Queerswich kicks off with a very special welcome by Mayor Teresa Harding, followed by your favourite dance tracks thanks to DJ Gavs, a whole lot of the city’s most fabulous drag queens with special guests Sasha Trajik Mole and Iona Toyboy, live music with Damien Johnson, STAN and Pitch Krueger and the Slippery Eels.

Take part in the giant Wonder Woman beanbag toss on stage, enter your pooch in the Paws for Pride Puppy Pageant (there are loads of incredible prizes on offer!), shop the Rainbow Markets, enjoy a bite to eat at any of the delicious food trucks, and let the kids go wild at the All the Colours of the Rainbow Kids’ Space featuring plenty of fun arts and crafts, Diversity Storytime and free face painting for everyone.

Queerswich performer Damien Johnson

The team at Arts Connect Ipswich Inc will proudly launch the first Friends of Dorothy Art Showcase featuring Pride-themed art work from locals and visitors. Entries now open at [email protected].

A host of community stalls and organisations will be at Queerswich with a diverse offering of support services for the community, while Queensland Police will be in attendance with Ray the Rainbow Lorikeet as well as their LGBTQIA+ Community Liaison team.

Queerswich is for everyone. No matter who you are, your age, or how you identify, everyone is welcome to come along for a day of fun, fabulousness and celebration.

Queerswich performer Sasha Trajik Mole

Sing, dance, laugh and have a blast at this fun, joyous and colourful day that celebrates the entire Ipswich community! Then, head to Banshees Bar and Art Space after Queerswich closes at 3pm for the official after party!

For information about Queerswich, to become a stallholder, sponsor or volunteer, please visit Queerswich.com

*Queerswich is strictly a drug and alcohol free event.

Queerswich will feature a kids area with art
Rachel Vickary Journalist, writer, events manager and broadcaster
Rachel Vickary is a seasoned journalist, writer, events manager and broadcaster, with an extensive background in writing, editing and styling for magazines and newspapers including News Ltd, Quest Community News and local media outlets. During her 25+ year career, she has worked in media, marketing, communications, events and corporate communications across the local government, business and public relations sectors, and specialises in creating engaging content for a diverse audience. Rachel currently divides her time as a radio producer and broadcaster for a local radio station, with writing feature articles as well as digital and social media content for a variety of clients.

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