Tell us! How’re you enjoying the Festival?

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LGBTIQA+ Care Package Program

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Register NOW for a care pack, carefully put together by our OUT in the OPEN volunteers especially for our amazing LGBTIQA+ community. Featuring self care items, chocolate and more! Register here now! One of our friendly volunteers will be in touch and hand-deliver it to you!

SAVE THE DATE – OUTintheOPEN Festival 22 Oct – 1 Nov 2020

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Host your own event as part of OUTintheOPEN Festival Shepparton (22 Oct – 1 Nov 2020)!

Posted by: | Posted on: March 1, 2020

Want to host your own event as part of OUTintheOPEN Festival Shepparton (22 Oct – 1 Nov 2020)?

OUTintheOPEN is Shepparton’s festival celebrating LGBTIQA+ pride & community diversity.

OUTintheOPEN was developed to address some of the inequalities faced by the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (GLBTIQ) & allied communities and to build a more inclusive community in Greater Shepparton. EVERYONE is welcome to get involved!

OUTintheOPEN is a project led by Goulburn Valley Pride Inc. and is proudly supported by many other organisations and community groups.

The festival will consist of many events including a health/well-being forum at GOTAFE in October and a CARNIVAL DAY on the first weekend in November at the Queens Gardens. Other events will be held during the week across the City of Greater Shepparton. This is where YOU come in!

We are looking for Community Groups, Organisations, Performers, Venues, Events & Artists…

How to get involved…

Please complete the expression of interest form – feel free to make contact with us first to discuss an event or idea. We look forward to hearing from you!

Alternatively, please submit your proposal via email (details below) along with a preferred image (high res.) for marketing purposes on our website. Additional background information is welcome.

For more info contact Damien Stevens on 0418 511 562 or

OUTintheOPEN Festival 2020 invites YOU to get involved…

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Is OUTintheOPEN Festival looking for YOU?

This year our Festival team is looking for enthusiastic people to join our us for the 22nd October – 1st November OUTintheOPEN Festival weekend.

The following positions will join our Festival Team:

  • Festival Director/Convenor (1)
  • Festival Administrator/Logistics (1)
  • Artistic Director (1)
  • Secretary & Admin. Support (1)
  • Treasurer & Governance (1)
  • Volunteer Coordinator (1)
  • Entertainment Coordinator/Stage Manager (1)
  • Social Media/Marketing Coordinator (1)
  • Fundraising & Promotions Assistant (1)
  • Festival Volunteers (20)

Click here to apply. Please contact us for a ‘position description’ and ‘expression of interest’ form – we look forward to hearing from you!

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On behalf of all of us involved with OUTintheOPEN 2019, we would like to say a HUGE thank-you to everyone who attended, volunteered and supported the event this year!

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!!!!!

Download and view our Official Festival Guide for 2019…

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…or grab a hard copy from supportive venues around Greater Shepparton!

MEDIA RELEASE | OUTintheOPEN Festival Shepparton celebrates 8 years this Oct 31 – Nov 10!

Posted by: | Posted on: October 26, 2019

Festival fans, Julie & Bron, share…

“Click your ruby reds together and go ‘Beyond the Rainbow’ to join in a celebration of diversity in all its forms. There’s something for everyone in this 11 day celebration of the LGBTIQA+ community including performances, dining experiences, education opportunities, tours and sharing all wrapped up in a fun festival experience. Now in it’s 8th year, the OUTintheOPEN Festival has a line up of regular favourites and new events so there is something for everyone.
October 31st brings not just the first day of the festival but the first time for two new events in the festival calendar. Join in the morning entertainment opportunity for the whole family, Rainbow Storytime, which will be held at the GV Library featuring the amazing Frock Hudson reading 10,000 Dresses and other great titles and in the evening the festival welcomes the addition of a new dinnertime celebration “United we Feast” at the Philippine House. “It’s so important to provide a safe space for regional-living, culturally and linguistically diverse people who are LGBTIQA+,” says Damien Stevens-Todd, Festival Director.
The eleven day festival combines not just these new events and others but also brings the return of past favourites including the ever popular Carnival Day in the Queen’s Gardens on Sunday November 3rd from 10.30am. Carnival Day includes more than fifty attractions, combining a variety of food, stalls and fun family activities with a fabulous line up of live music to provide a full day of celebrations. This year’s list of live performers includes Cry Club, Huntly, Krystal Ring, Bailey Slade, Phoebe Belle, Parmy Dhillon & The New Science, Past Present, Jeffry’s Cabbage and The Murks. With food trucks, a wildlife petting zoo and a jumping castle you can bring the whole family along and join in the celebrations with this FREE day OUTintheOPEN. Can’t make it on the day? Tune in to ONE FM for a LIVE on-site radio broadcast.
Join the audience and watch others perform in The Laramie Project brought to you by STAG, Transmansplaining by Ben MacEllen or a surprise experience as part of The Secret Garden Gig, a very special mystery musical experience. Feeling a little more dramatic? Try your hand on stage when Krystal Ring presents the Search for Shepparton’s Star at the Aussie Hotel on Friday November 1st.
GOTAFE offers the perfect venue for forums and activities during the festival. Join in at 2pm on November 6th for the “About a Girl” book event and signing. This book tells the story of a mother’s journey of raising her transgender child, Georgie Stone.
Visiting the area or in the mood for a tour? November 6th offers the opportunity for an Art Silo Tour while on the 7th you can cruise the river from Echuca. Don’t forget to check out the Open Connections Concert: the Rainbow Band & Shep Brass and Wind Saturday night 9th November at Westside PAC.
The $50 Festival Pass is back again this year but there are a limited number available so purchase yours now! The pass entitles you to entry into the GLITZ Party on Saturday night and the Big Lemon Tree Brunch on Sunday morning as well as all other Festival events including films, forums, mixers and more!

Check out the full line up of activities included in the OUTintheOPEN Festival and take the opportunity to buy your tickets. Stay up to date by following the OUTintheOPEN Festival in Shepparton on Facebook.

Visit for more information and tickets to all of the OUTintheOPEN Festival events or contact Festival Director, Damien Stevens on 0418 511 562 or via

Damien Stevens
Festival Director
OUTintheOPEN Festival Shepparton

30 events over 11 days! Wow!

Posted by: | Posted on: October 24, 2019
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