Once again it’s Rainbow Festival time in the Hunter and we have had a week of fantastic events with more to come this weekend.
Presented by Rainbow Visions, the seventh annual Rainbow Festival runs from Saturday October 10 to Sunday October 18 and is nine days of events and activities to show the pride in our community.
Rainbow Visions, and a host of local GLBT community partners, including ACON, Linking Lesbians in Newcastle, Karumah PLC, NewCoast Metropolitan Community Church, Newcastle Uni Queer Collective and others, come together to host many different events and the Rainbow Festival is proudly supported by Newcastle City Council.
Events still coming up include The Best of Short and Curlies (short queer films) at Newcastle City Hall, King St, Newcastle.  Tickets are $15 and $10 for members and the bar opens at 7.30 pm.  On Saturday October 17 from 5pm to midnight there is a whole of community ‘Luau — Fancy Dress Lawn Bowls and Dance’ at the Croatian Wickham Sports Club in Wickham.  Tickets are $15 and $10 for members and there is the chance to win great prizes for the best costume.
Running throughout the festival is the free Open House group art exhibition at Studio 48, Mackie Ave, New Lambton. This is a fundraiser for the 2009 Rainbow Festival so come along and show your support.
To wind up the festival, the huge Picnic in the Park IX will be on at Gregson Park, Hamilton on Sunday October 18 from 11am to 4pm with a Picnic Recovery Party to following from 4pm at the Hamilton Bowling Club.
Of course, Sydneysiders are welcome to come along and may enjoy the short trip up the F3. For more Festival information visit www.rainbowvisions.org.au.
All tickets are available from ACON, 129 Maitland Rd, Islington or on the door at the venue.

info: For more information about groups, services, organisations or community events in the Hunter, New England, MNC or Central Coast contact ACON Hunter/MNC on 4927 6808 or email hunter@acon.org.au

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