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Celebrate diversity at CBR Fair Day 2017

Beatrice Smith

Spring is known for its colour, its outdoor activities and its festive spirit.

Spring in Canberra is also known for its annual Fair Day, which has been celebrating our diverse LGBTIQ community for over 10 years.

This year’s CBR Fair Day will take place tomorrow, Saturday 28 October from 11am-4pm at Gorman Arts Centre in Reid, and promises to be a day full of colour, food and festive fun. And did we mention the rainbow pet parade?


Organised by the AIDS Action Council, the Fair Day marks the start of the SpringOUT Pride Festival, which has been operating for more than 10 years and celebrates the inclusivity of our small but proud city. As such, Fair Day has become one of Canberra’s most loved events, attracting more than 3,000 people annually to experience their selection of market stalls, delicious food and fabulous entertainment. This year, the ACT Government Office for LGBTIQ Affairs is the major sponsor of Fair Day and thus, CBR Fair Day has been born, allowing for the festival so grow even more in 2017.


“Canberra is proud to be an inclusive city and the fact that CBR Fair Day is one of the most popular and diverse events on our city’s calendar shows how supportive the community is of LGBTIQ people,” explains Executive Director of the AIDS Action Council, Philippa Moss.

Philippa explains that this year, new activities have been added to the lineup, while still retaining the relaxed, community vibe.

“This year’s venues provide opportunities for new activities and fun for the whole community throughout the day. Inspired by the picnic, relaxed-type feel of the Gorman Arts Centre, we’ve added a range of engaging workshops such as family yoga, dancing, art therapy and drumming to CBR Fair Day. The Main Hall at the Ainslie Arts Centre is the perfect venue play host to our after party celebrations.”


The Fair will play host to a huge range of local organisations whose stalls will provide information and friendly faces so that everyone can learn more about the local services and organisations who support Canberra’s LGBTIQ communities. Across the day, the breezy courtyard of Gorman Arts Centre will be filled with musical performances, community and food stalls and yes, even the Rainbow Puppy Parade.


Want more? The fun keeps going all afternoon with the Rainbow Family Dance Party at the Ainslie Arts Centre. Little people and their adults are invited to pop over for great family fun with a DJ and kids activities from 4.30pm and then, when the sun goes down, the beats amp up with Fair Day After Dark, also at the Ainslie Arts Centre.


The AIDS Action Council are excited to announce that they’ve secured one of the most sought-after DJs in Sydney’s underground scene – ‘Buck Naked’, who will provide some “deep, dark and sassy beats; with a delicious fusion of multilayered bass with progressive tone of African, tribal and house rhythms.”

If that doesn’t get you in a party mood, I don’t know what will.

the essentials


When: Saturday, 28 October from 11am to 4pm
Where: Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon


When: Saturday, 28 October from 4.30PM – 6.30PM
Where: Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon


When: Saturday, 28 October from 7.30pm – 11pm
Where: Ainslie Arts Centre, Elouera St, Braddon
Tickets: via Eventbrite


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author