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."
What do you do in your day-to-day life?I work in retail at Lovisa, I’ve ranged from a casual all the way up to assistant manager, but now I’m settled part-time. Besides that, I’m always planning performances for the future, and also supporting my fellow performers. And eating. Ooft!Read more: