Hepburn ready to ChillOut

THE annual ChillOut festival looks set to attract visitors from across the country as one of Australia’s largest and longest country queer pride events kicks off.

Starting on March 8, the four-day festival will fill the streets of the Hepburn Shire with music, disco balls and rainbow flags.

ChillOut is a not-for-profit community-based organisation aimed at celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer pride in regional Victoria.

Organisers say the festival is about building community bonds and celebrating diversity.

The festival, which is in its 15th year, has drawn musical acts such as Cash Savage and Sterogamous.

This year’s festival will also include a female football tournament, pub trivia, a roller derby tournament, high tea and cocktails in the park.

Festival director for 2013 Simone Gordon said she was very excited for the festival to begin.

“There are some fantastic events happening this year,” she said.

“One of the things I am looking forward to is the retrospective exhibition, which takes a look back at the past 15 years.

“This event brings a lot of people to the region; there is definitely an economical benefit to the event.”

Ms Gordon said she was also making the call for any volunteers that would like to take part in the event.

“We need a range of different people, from site wardens to runners to people helping out with different events,” she said.

To become a volunteer register online at www.chilloutfestival苏州美睫培训.au

ENTERTAINMENT: Sterogamous will be performing at the ChillOut festival in March in the Hepburn Shire.

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