Afternoon Delight Returns To Sydney For The Older LGBTQ Generation

After a two-year hiatus, ‘Afternoon Delight’ is returning to celebrate all things queer on the silver screen in Sydney.

Afternoon Delight

The event, produced by AIDS Council Of NSW, is a movie matinee, afternoon tea and social gathering event for older LGBTQ people and their friends, in Sydney. It’s presented in partnership with City Of Sydney and the NSW Seniors Festival, and in association with Queer Screen.

A selection of LGBTQ-themed shorts will treat older LGBTQ audiences, followed by feature film ‘Swan Song’, starring Udo Kier. The film, from Todd Stephens, tells the true story of retired gay hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger who escapes from a nursing home in his final days to style a former client’s hair for her funeral.

“Celebrating its 13th year, this is ACON’s annual premiere event for older LGBTQ people, their family and friends. We are excited that the event will be an important opportunity for older LGBTQ people to once again meet up in-person following two years of restrictions,” ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says.

“Following the difficult times we have all experienced over the past few years, events like ‘Afternoon Delight’ allows for older members of our communities to get together in a welcoming environment, enjoy movies about their lives and also reduce a very real sense of social isolation that many can experience - an experience of which we know was heightened during pandemic restrictions.

“It remains vital that we help connect older LGBTQ people with each other and maintain healthy social lives, as they can bring so much benefit to our health and wellbeing.”

The screening will be followed by a delicious afternoon tea, served by local drag queens. This will give attendees the chance to mingle, chat and get some health information about living well and healthy.

“Since it was first held in Sydney in 2007, ‘Afternoon Delight’ has grown so much over the years and we thank everyone for their getting behind this important event throughout the years, as well as for their continued support for the health and wellbeing of older members of our communities,” Parkhill says.

“NSW has a significant older LGBTQ population and they continue to play a vital and valued role in our communities – a role that must be celebrated and treasured.”

‘Afternoon Delight’ is a free event taking place at Event Cinemas George Street on 3 April.

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