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Thursday 4th April

Circus for LGBTIQA+

Circus For LGBTIQA+ In the lead up to Castlemaine Pride, Castlemaine Circus will run 3 awesome adult classes for our Queer community. Led by the ...
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Friday 19th April

MT Alexander Falcons Pride Round

Mt Alexander Falcons Pride Round Come down to Harcourt Recreation Reserve for our Castlemaine Pride Week kick-off celebration – the Pride Cup! Mt Alexander Falcons ...
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Friday 19th April

Bent Brushes Art Show

Bent Brushes Art Show Bent Brushes are an inclusive group of local artists who meet weekly to paint and draw landscapes around Castlemaine. This exhibition ...
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Saturday 20th April

The Castlemaine Pride Picnic

The Castlemaine Pride Picnic Castlemaine Pride was founded in 2018 as a way of saying thanks to the allies that supported us during the Marriage ...
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Saturday 20th April

Pride Picnic After Party

Pride Picnic After Party Chillax after your time at the Pride picnic with a meal and a drink amongst good company at The Bridge – ...
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Saturday 20th April

THE SINGLE BED OF LIFE

SINGLE BED OF LIFE An immersive installation that explores and shares experiences of being SINGLE in our modern life. Installation Exhibition: 5th April – 20th ...
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Sunday 21st April

Castlemaine LGBTQIA+ Tennis Championships

Castlemaine LGBTQIA+ Tennis Championships 2024 VicTennis heads to Castlemaine Pride for a festive day of fun, fitness and friendship! VicTennis is Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ tennis club ...
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Sunday 21st April

LGBTIQA+ Tea Dance

LGBTIQA+ Tea Dance Come along for afternoon tea and a dance at the Wesley Hill Hall. No experience necessary, instructors will be on hand to ...
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Sunday 21st April

Secret (Queer) Movie Matinee

Secret (Queer) Movie Matinee Presented by the Coolroom at the Northern Arts Hotel. The Coolroom Cinema shows a free secet movie matinee just about every ...
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Monday 22nd April

LGBTIQA+ Refugees & Asylum Seekers

LGBTIQA+ Refugees & Asylum Seekers Hear about work on-the-ground by not-for-profit Many Coloured Sky, support from Pride Foundation Australia, and queer perspectives on unique challenges ...
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Tuesday 23rd April

Life Drawing – Pride Edition!

Life Drawing – Pride Edition! Dive into a vibrant celebration of creativity at Castlemaine Pride’s Life Drawing event! Join us for an evening where we ...
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Wednesday 24th April

Mainely Queer Trivia Night

Mainely Queer Trivia Night If LGBTIQA+ trivia is your thing then this night is especially made for you! Come along and share your expertise in ...
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Wednesday 24th April

WAX ON, WAX OFF – Queer Pride Edition!

WAX ON, WAX OFF – Queer Pride Edition! All welcome, bring your own records DJ night. Wax on, Wax off. Ages: Licensed venue – 18+ ...
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Thursday 25th April

Alluvians Scavenger Hunt

Alluvians Scavenger Hunt Pack a picnic, polish your windscreen and join us, the Alluvians and other LGBTQIA+ adventurers, for a driving scavenger hunt around Castlemaine and ...
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Thursday 25th April

The Best Short Films – Bendigo Queer Film Festival 2024

The Best Short Films – Bendigo Queer Film Festival 2024 Castlemane Pride and The Coolroom Cinema present The Best Short films of Bendigo Queer Film ...
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Friday 26th April

Taproom Tribute – Local Pride Edition!

Taproom Tribute – Local Pride Edition! A Tribute to Australian Queer Icons! Join us for an electrifying evening as a group of talented locals light ...
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Friday 26th April

Blues & Folk Double Bill: Kaiyah Mercedes & Candice Alisha

Blues & Folk Double Bill: Kaiyah Mercedes & Candice Alisha Come experience the future of Australian roots/pop with two of Melbourne’s genuine Rising Starlets in ...
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Saturday 27th April

Q+Hub – Get Ready to be Amazed!

Q+Hub – get ready To Be Amazed! Q+ Hub takes over Mechanics Lane from 11am to 11pm with an intergenerational and intersectional smorgesboard of activities, ...
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Saturday 27th April

PubSing Pride#3 – ‘Born This Way’

PubSing Pride #3 – ‘Born This Way’ PubSing = PRIDE! A big Queer Sing to celebrate Castlemaine Pride! Over 90 minutes you’ll learn an iconic ...
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Sunday 28th April

QTIBPOC Community Cake & Cuppa

QTIBPOC Community Cake and Cuppa Join the QTIBPoC community hangout Sunday 28 April 2024! This gathering is an opportunity to hang out and cultivate a ...
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Sunday 28th April

Queer Bushwalk

Queer Bushwalk Put on your walking boots, bring your packed lunch, water bottle and sensible clothes for a ‘medium’ graded LGBTIQA+ bushwalk with members of ...
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Sunday 28th April

Beers for Queers

Beers for Queers Come and join us to celebrate the closing of Castlemaine Pride Week. Come share the love at Love Shack. Ages: Licensed Venue ...
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about us

Castlemaine Pride is a volunteer-led community group that organises the festival each year. It all began in 2018 when Martyn Shaddick, Sherene Clow and Marion Yates organised a Pride Picnic – an act of healing after the dark days of the marriage equality debate and a thank-you to all those who supported the Queer community. From this humble origin, Castlemaine Pride has grown into a week-long celebration of the culture, history, creativity and determination of the LGBTQIA+ community in Mount Alexander.

We hope our festival shines a light onto what our community can achieve when we stand together, when we choose joy over fear and love over hate. If you’re not part of the LGBTQIA+ community, then we extend our warmest invitation to you to come and share in our festivities. If you are Queer, then what are you waiting for? This is your festival, and we hope you have the most wonderful time.

Your Pride. Your Voice – check out the End of Community Consultation Report Here

Everyone is welcome here, everyone belongs.

xxx

The Castlemaine Pride Committee.

Castlemaine Pride acknowledge and pay our respects to the Dja Dja Wurrung people, traditional custodians of this land. We pay our respects to their elders past and present and recognise that this land was stolen; sovereignty never ceded. We honour the contribution of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans* and intersex people, sistergirls and brotherboys to the ever-evolving story of our community.

Our Pride Heroes

We offer our deepest thanks to the volunteers, businesses and organisations who have helped us tend our festival into full bloom.

Special thanks to:

Castlemaine Community House
Mount Alexander Shire Council
Dhelkaya Health
Green Goes the Grocer
Real Strength
KR Castlemaine
Bakers Delight
Cliffords Quality Cuts
Rotary Castlemaine
Belle Property Castlemaine
Cantwell Property Castlemaine
Northern Arts Hotel
Castlemaine Free University
Bendigo Queer Film Festival
Geelong Pride Film Festival
Castlemaine Lawn Tennis Club
Vic Tennis
The Alluvians
Theatre Royale
Castlemaine Pride Choir

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