ABOUT rainbow wave 2020
After the overwhelming response to last year's festival, in 2020 we are going bigger and going public! Riding the Rainbow Wave is a celebration of community; to show our rainbow young people and rainbow families that they are seen, accepted & valued as a part of the wider community of the Far South Coast. We are celebrating being able to live authentically as LGBT+ people, free from prejudice. Proceeds raised go towards local social support groups for LGBT+ young people.
What was last year all about?
Initially set up as a day to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness for the LGBT+ community of the Far South Coast, the Rainbow Wave Festival quickly turned into something far more significant. It became a safe space to truly be yourself and ask where to get help if struggling with issues associated with sexuality and identity for individuals as well as allies and created a sense of connection to an often hidden community, especially in the country.
From the beginning it was a team effort with individuals, community service providers, local businesses and other community groups banding together. People used their personal networks and own strengths to make the 2019 festival a possibility. Local and non-local community service providers jumped on board and were able to help where needed and be a presence on the day. We are eternally grateful for this support.
The festival saw over 400 local community members attend the event including all kinds of families, young people, elderly and everyone in between. It was an opportunity to frock up, be fabulous, dance, listen to inspiring speakers and generally have some fun. It has kick-started conversations, reduced stigma and helped in the establishment of a number LGBT+ support groups for Young People in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla.
Rainbow Wave Festival 2019 was humbled to receive the inaugural Mental Health Matters Rainbow Inclusion Award in September this year.