Calling all choirs – The Out and Loud Festival in in Canberra this year

Canberra may not be on the top of everyone’s places to visit list, but if your looking for a reason to visit the nation’s capital why not plan a trip for October this year and also catch the Out & Loud Choral Festival.

Bringing together LGBTIQ+ choirs from all over Australia and New Zealand, the Out & Loud Choral Festival is a celebration of shared values, inclusion and song.

Out & Loud happens every three years and is the only Australasian gathering of LGBTIQ+ choirs. The festival will be held from 24 to 28 October, welcoming visitors from across the continent to make some fabulous music, to celebrate our voices and our diversity.

Perth’s Gay and Lesbian Singers of WA will be taking part in the festivities, the local community group is currently celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire is excited to host the festival and is gearing up for a spectacular celebration of choral music and queer culture.

Canberra local Stephen Leek—one of Australia’s foremost choral musicians—will conduct a massed choral performance featuring over 500 voices. A highlight of their performance will be a piece commissioned for this festival from ARIA Award-winning composer Sally Whitwell.

Complementing the high calibre of musical expertise of Leek and Whitwell will be choral experts from Canberra and beyond who will lead a series of exciting workshops for Out & Loud delegates.

“We extend an invitation to LGBTIQ choirs and individuals from around Australia to join the celebration” says Dave Worner, the Canberra Qwire Convenor “and we encourage you to register your interest via our website”

Choirs from Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Wellington will join the Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire for performances in some of Canberra’s cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery and Old Parliament House, all free to the Canberra public.

The festival will culminate with a Gala Concert– open to the public- at Llewellyn Hall on the 27 October.

OIP Staff