Unwrapped – LGBTQIA+ Artists Connecting And Celebrating Virtually

Written by Staff Writers
Category: Arts Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2020 17:45

Local LGBTQIA+ artists and communities will connect and celebrate through virtual activities during Unwrapped, held by Greater Dandenong City Council.

Unwrapped will feature a range of free activities including a Digital Dance Club, exhibitions, performances and workshops, providing inclusive, safe spaces for self-expression and celebration.

"The City of Greater Dandenong supports diversity in all its forms, and we are pleased to be able to offer this fantastic event to all LGBTQIA+ members and allies of our community," Greater Dandenong Council CEO John Bennie says.

"People can join in from the comfort of their own home. This is particularly beneficial for those members of the community who might be unsure about attending an event in person – they are able to choose their level of engagement."

Programme highlights include performances by Jonathan Homsey in '….Now I Love The Smell Of Roses and a panel discussion exploring queer identity in the arts called 'Artistically Queer' led by non-binary writer Nevo Zisin.

"LGBTQIA+ people experience disproportionately higher rates of anxiety, depression, suicide and self-harm when compared to the rest of the population," John says. "For individuals who are already under stress, COVID-19 has prevented many from accessing community and cultural spaces which provide a level of protection and connection for people seeking support."

Unwrapped is on from 18-30 November.

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