All festival participants are invited to our welcome function hosted by our Qwire patrons in the beautiful courtyard of the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). What better place to begin our musical and cultural journey than the NFSA whose collection holds more than 2.8 million works including videos, audio tapes, records, CDs, phonograph cylinders and wire recordings.
GUEST CONDUCTOR REHEARSALS
25, 26, 27 OCTOBER
9AM UNIVERSITY HOUSE & LLEWELLYN HALL
Choir participants will have three intensive rehearsal sessions with guest conductor Stephen Leek during the festival as we prepare for our massed choral performance at the gala concert.
25-26 october University House
Six concurrent workshops will be available to participants over two festival days. They will be led by leading musical practitioners enabling attendees to develop their skills and practice in singing, conducting and general musical ability.
25-26 october Various times
Open to the public
Choirs will have an opportunity to perform in some of Canberra’s iconic venues during the festival: the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery and at The Museum of Australian Democracy. As we will be performing as part of their Community Engagement programs, members of the public will have the opportunity to share in our joy of singing.
open to the public
The Festival Party will be a celebration of queer unity across Australasia. Featuring the very best of local and visiting talent to entertain and delight, this is an opportunity for delegates to let their hair down and celebrate with Canberra's rainbow family.
5pm llewellyn hall
open to the public
Our twilight gala concert will take place on Sunday 27 October at Canberra’s premier music venue Llewellyn Hall. This concert will be the culmination of the musical experience for participants and will feature performances by the individual LGBTIQ+ Festival choirs. Our guest conductor Stephen Leek will lead Festival participants, and other singers from across Canberra, in a special massed choral performance of three pieces. This will include the premiere of the specially commissioned massed choral work by Sally Whitwell.
24, 28 OCTOBER
Participants can choose to join a private tour of the National Gallery of Australia or an introductory talk and self-guided walk at the National Arboretum (24 and 28 October), and a winery tour or a BBQ at A Gender Agenda House (28 October.)