Gladstone gets a new Rainbow on the Reef Pride festival


Gladstone’s new Rainbow on the Reef festival will celebrate three days of regional LGBTIQ+ pride in the coastal Queensland city.

Rainbow on the Reef is a band based in the Gladstone area, officially formed last year. They meet regularly to allow residents “to bond, feel supported, have fun and show their pride”.

They have now announced the full schedule for their inaugural three-day festival, June 10-12.

The festival kicks off with a double feature screening on June 10, featuring an award-winning Australian short Spark followed by The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

In Spark, a woman with Down syndrome leaves her small country town for the city. But along the way, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an outback drag queen.

The following day (June 11), Rainbow on the Reef Pride Festival Fair Day officially kicks off. Gladstone Marina Parks will come to life for this fun and free family event.

Chair Heather Richards said the group is very grateful that Fair Day has received funding from the Gladstone Regional Council’s Community Celebration Fund.

She said regional communities often miss opportunities for the LGBTIQ+ community to come together.

“We are very excited to be hosting a weekend-long Pride celebration in the Gladstone area,” said Heather.

“The fair day will feature live performances from performing artists such as DJ Dolly Llama, Garret Lyon, Josh Deveta, Olivia Ruth and popular local band Redthorn.

“The fabulous Wanda D’Parke will host the event and provide the crowd with a special performance.

“Leisha Luck, who first met Gladstone audiences at last year’s Rainbow in the Gardens event, will also return to the stage.”

Candy Surprise Hosts Balls Out Bingo for Rainbow on the Reef Festival

After Fair Day, the Gladstone Reef Hotel on Goondoon Street will host Balls Out Bingo, hosted by multi-award winning Queensland singer, cabaret and drag performer, Candy Surprise.

After Bingo, the celebrations will continue with Rainbows @ The Reef.

Then on Sunday, DJ Dolly Llama will be on the decks at the Reef Rooftop Bar for a Sunny Sunday session.

Tickets for every Rainbow on the Reef festival event are on sale now. Follow the band’s Facebook page for more details.

Last September, Rainbow on the Reef welcomed nearly 400 attendees to the group’s first Rainbow in the Gardens event (below).

Rainbow on the Reef also hosts regular meetings, which all members, friends, families and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community are welcome to join.

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