The Brisbane Pride Festival will move from June to September in 2012 after a survey of the public and members found support for a move.
“The festival being held in warmer months will facilitate a better turn-out of people and make these much-loved events more comfortable for the community to attend,” Brisbane Pride president Deeje Hancock (pictured) said.
The organisation will still hold events during the traditional Pride month of June, including the annual Queens Ball, a Stonewall memorial event and a LGBTI rights march.
“The committee looks forward to moving into an exciting and new approach for the festival to ensure its growth and survival for the future, reflecting and incorporating as many wishes and desires of the community as a whole,” Hancock said.
The decision to move the main part of the festival comes after a successful season strengthened the organisation’s financial position.
Newly-appointed Brisbane Pride treasurer Aschleigh Perring said he was happy to announce the festival was no longer in the red.
“At the commencement of 2009 – 2010, Brisbane Pride Festival Incorporated posted a loss of $15,000, which almost crippled the festival,” Perring said.
“The dedication of the caretaker committee and a successful 2011 festival allowed the newly-elected committee to finalise all debts and close with a balance just over $10,000.”
The organisation is confident of holding a Pride Fair Day in 2012.