Incoming Festival Director Michele Bauer knew that to ensure the cultural significance and passion for ChillOut remains, she needed to shift the direction of the festival. That means the creation of fresher content which encourages diversity and caters to more savvy audiences.
The festival also aims to contribute more to the health and wellbeing drivers that people seek and desire.
Here are five reasons why this Pride weekend in the spa capital of Australia is like no other.
A festival that serves booze, but also tea.
The Tea Tent at the ChillOut Mad Hatters Tea Party (Carnival Day) is a safe and quiet place for older LGBTQIA+ attendees to chill and spill the tea.
Enter the darkest parts of your imagination and join Alice as she returns to Wonderland again in this new Australian work, 'Wondered', by award-winning playwright, Elodie Boal. An immersive play held in Hepburn Pavilion, taking you back down the rabbit hole.
Let’s get physical!
Parties are nice but how about recovering with a bush walk, round of golf, a pool party or morning yoga. ChillOut has plenty of physical activations to get you closer to nature, and yourself!
One giant rainbow!
A key event in the festival programme for 2020 is an official Australian record attempt for the Largest Human Rainbow. The Daylesford event aims to become an Australian record, and to “act as a collective symbol of solidarity and acceptance for the LGBTQIA+ community”.
The Longest Line Of Dancing Drag Queens: A Dolly Parton tribute.
Drag queens and Dolly Parton are a match made in heaven. The annual ChillOut Pride invites participants to smash the World Record for the longest line of dancing drag queens.
That's right! ChillOut invites 145+ participants to come in drag, dressed as global icon Dolly Parton.
What do you do in your day-to-day life?In my day-to-day work life, I am the Creative Director at Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras. So basically, I am pulling together the look and feel of a huge, international event that is beloved by an engaged community of people who often have different views on what the festival should be. It’s amazing to be one of the caretakers of an organisation that means so much to so many people. I am constantly thinking about community, colour and how to showcase the best of LGBTQIA+ artists across many events within the festival and there is really something for everyone.Read more: