ChillOut Festival is bringing the magic back and transforming Victoria’s Central Highlands into Queer Country for the 24th year.
Australia’s longest-running and largest regional LGBTIQ+ pride festival, ChillOut, is returning to Daylesford in February 2021.
Running across two weeks from 27 February to 8 March, the festival will transform the Central Highlands of Victoria into “Queer Country” for the 24th year.
The all-inclusive, family-friendly event celebrates the “diversity and positivity” of the LGBTIQ+ community, catering to family, friends and supporters with ten days of events.
This year, the theme is Where the Magic Happens – What’s Your magic?’, with a line-up promising a dazzling array of parties, street parades, performances, wellbeing activities and, of course, the much-loved parade.
“We’ve carefully curated a festival that offers something for everyone: music, comedy, theatre, talks, tours and a whole lot of queer community pride. Reflective storytelling and activations are only part of it,” said Michele Bauer, Festival Director.
“ChillOut 2021 is a time for renewal and joy. There’s never been a more important time for festival fans to get back to Daylesford and celebrate the arts and queer pride.”
What’s on at ChillOut 2021?
The diverse program includes visual arts and exhibitions, wine tours, wellbeing and sports events, family activities and picnic days.
Australian musician Mo’Ju will be headlining the event, with performances at the Hepburn Pavilion Amphitheater. Also taking to the stage is multi-award-winning magician and mentalist, Cath Jamison, and the POOF DOOF Drag Jamboree featuring Polly Filla, Lady Diamond and Jimi the Kween.
Festival Ambassador ABC journalist Patricia Karvelas will also host a special in-conversation event, while Maeve Marsden will host a live storytelling event, Queerstories.
The annual parade will be a virtual event this year. The community are encouraged to produce short videos of themselves with friends or family, dressed in their best pride outfits, the short clips will then be combined to form one long video to be played at the parade party.
ChillOut Festival tree planting
On 3 March, festival goers can gather at Lake Daylesford to help plant 30 new trees in the festival’s ‘Grove of Gratitude’.
The initiative is to honour past and present community members and those who have made a difference within LGBTIQ+ organisations.
Michele Bauer explained the community planting is “an enduring and natural reflection of LGBTIQ+ gratitude.”
“Daylesford has always held a special place in the hearts of the LGBTIQ+ community,” she said.
“It is a magical, transformative place. This gesture is a living memorial for everyone to enjoy and reflect upon.”