LGBTI Seniors get ready for some Afternoon Delight across NSW

Political AnimalsLGBTI seniors and their friends are set to celebrate all things silver and queer on the big screen, with the highly anticipated return of Afternoon Delight.

Presented by ACON, Afternoon Delight features a series of free movie matinees and afternoon tea parties in Sydney and regional NSW for LGBTI seniors and their friends. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Afternoon Delight is presented in association with Queer Screen and the Department of Family and Community Services, and is supported by the NSW Seniors Festival.

LGBTI seniors will be treated to the feature film Political Animals – the award-winning documentary about four older women who led the charge for social justice and equality in California, as well as a selection of LGBTI themed short films. The screening is followed by a delicious afternoon tea, networking and access to local community health information.

“This is our annual premiere event for LGBTI seniors, their family and friends and we are excited to be marking Afternoon Delight’s tenth year,” said ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill. “From very humble beginnings in Sydney, we’ve seen it grow exponentially and this year, Afternoon Delight screenings are being held in seven locations across NSW, including Shellharbour, Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Newcastle, Lismore, Katoomba and Sawtell.”

“NSW has a significant older LGBTI population. In fact, over 100,000 people in NSW over the age of 55 identify as LGBTI and they play a vital and valued role in our community. We’re delighted as always to have the support of our partners, which allows for the more mature members of our community to get together in a welcoming environment, enjoy movies about their lives and also reduce a very real sense of social isolation that many experience.

“During the afternoon tea, which in selected locations will be served by local drag performers, guests will have the chance to mingle, chat and have an opportunity to pick up local health information about living well and healthy.”

“We thank the NSW Seniors Festival for continuing to recognise the LGBTI community in their celebrations and we look forward to working more closely with a range of government and community organisations to help provide more opportunities for older LGBTI people in NSW,” added Parkhill.                                    

Afternoon Delight will take place at the following locations and dates:

Wagga Wagga
Saturday 7 April 2018 – 12.30pm
Museum of the Riverina, Corner Morrow Street & Baylis Streets, Wagga Wagga
Presented by ACON in association with Queer Screen and supported by NSW Seniors Festival

Newcastle
Sunday 8 April 2018 – 2.00pm
Tower Cinemas, 183 – 185 King Street, Newcastle
Presented by ACON in association with Queer Screen

Lismore
Sunday 15 April 2018 – 2.00pm
Birch Carroll & Coyle, Corner Keen & Zodac Streets, Lismore
Presented by ACON in association with Queer Screen and supported by NSW Seniors Festival

Katoomba
Saturday 21 April 2018 – 2.00pm
Carrington Hotel, 15 – 47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Presented by ACON in association with Queer Screen

Sydney
Sunday 22 April 2018 – 2.00pm
Event Cinemas, 505 – 525 George Street, Sydney
Presented by ACON in association with Queer Screen and supported by Uniting & Reliant Healthcare

Shellharbour
Sunday 29 April 2018 – 2.00pm
The Roo Theatre Company, Corner Addison & Wentworth Streets, Shellharbour
Presented by ACON in association with Queer Screen and supported by Uniting

Sawtell
Saturday 5 May 2018 – 2.00pm
Majestic Cinema, First Avenue, Sawtell
Presented by ACON in association with Queer Screen

Afternoon Delight is a community event for LGBTI seniors and their friends – young and old. Screenings are free but bookings are essential. Gold coin donation appreciated. For more information and to book, visit: www.acon.org.au for details.

Image: Political Animals (supplied)

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