After a long journey, Australia’s first purpose-built hub for LGBTIQ+ communities has officially re-opened!
This is the first time members of the public have had access to the Victorian Pride Centre since early August when it closed due to Melbourne’s lockdowns, shortly after the official launch in July!
“Now that restrictions have eased, our communities are highly vaccinated, and Victoria is springing back to life, this is our re-launch,” said Justine Dalla Riva, CEO of the Victorian Pride Centre. “We are ready for the next chapter in the story of LGBTIQ+ pride.”
Inside the building, there are inspiring spaces for social connection, and over the coming months there will be a program of engaging cultural programs – including the Pride Gallery – which is currenting displaying the Centre’s inaugural exhibition, identity, adornment, transformation.
Parts of the Pride Centre are also available to book – such as the multipurpose theatrette, co-working spaces, and the soon-to-be-completed rooftop terrace – for performance, work, education and more. Venue booking enquiries can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-bookings are not required for entry into the ground floor common spaces; however, due to density limits and resident organisation operations, bookings will be required for an extensive tour of the Centre – more information on guided tours will be published on our website and through our social media profiles later in November.
In line with the Victorian Government’s public health directions for community organisations, the Pride Centre is implementing a range of health and safety measures throughout the re-opening process.
Masks are mandatory inside the Pride Centre; All visitors are required to be fully vaccinated; proof of vaccination status is needed (digital preferred, but a printed certificate will be accepted); and All visitors will be asked to check-in via the Service Victoria app (or manually, if phone is not available).
The Pride Centre houses key organisations that support, empower, and celebrate LGBTIQ+ communities which you can find more about here! For more information about the Pride Centre, visit: www.pridecentre.org.au for details.
Image: Victorian Pride Centre – photo by Luke David