This year Tommy Murphy, acclaimed playwright and associate producer of the upcoming film of Timothy Conigrave’s iconic memoir Holding the Man will be the guest speaker and make the memorial address.
Positive Life NSW CEO Craig Cooper says the memorial event provides a unique opportunity for the family and friends of people lost to HIV and AIDS to honour their loved ones.
“This global day of remembrance is a great way for us to not only remember loved ones, but to come together and positively celebrate the lives of our partners, family members and friends we have lost to HIV and AIDS.”
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says the event provides an important occasion for reflection and remembrance.
“International Candlelight Memorial Day provides an opportunity to remember loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS, but it also serves as an opportunity to look to the future as we work together to end HIV transmission here in NSW, in Australia and indeed throughout the world.
As in previous Candlelight Memorials the names of our lost loved ones will be read out during the ceremony and everyone is invited to come along and celebrate their lives with some drinks, snacks and music.
The Sydney Candlelight Memorial is co-produced by ACON and Positive Life NSW and will be held at the Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst. Doors open 2.30pm for 3pm start. Names and donations can be lodged on the Candlelight Memorial website: www.candlelightmemorial.com.au