Brisbane’s King Street in Bowen Hills will transform into a giant garden street party on September 8 when Brisbane Festival hosts the weddings of eight same-sex couples.
Radiating rainbows in the electorate that polled the highest ‘yes’ vote in Queensland in last year’s marriage equality survey, the Qweens on King wedding event will see the real-life couples tie the knot on stage, sharing their special day with the best of Brisbane’s queer performers and the launch of the 29th annual Brisbane Pride Festival.
Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold said the special event, the festival’s first collaboration with Brisbane Pride, will be one of this year’s highlights.
“Marriage equality is a civic matter and Brisbane Festival is a civic celebration,” Berthold said.
“There are so many wonderful love stories and the history of the community in Brisbane is quite particular.
“I’m hoping that the eight couples we find will represent a broad spectrum of personal experiences, from those who have been through the Bjelke-Petersen time when homosexual acts were still illegal, to newcomers and the multitude of various cultures within all those letters: L-G-B-T-I-Q-plus.”
Berthold said the idea for the group public wedding came from the community’s response to the marriage equality survey announcement in November last year.
“I remember that day – people just wanted to be with their community. Wherever it was, they wanted to be with others,” Berthold said.
“Seeing that deep need to not celebrate at home, but in public, and with friends and strangers, was something special, and we hope to create that same sense of magic and community in King Street in September.”
Brisbane Pride Vice President Michael James said the historic event would be “a gathering of rainbow sophistication and flair.”
“We’ve chosen the music, arranged the flowers, booked the photographer and invited some of Australia’s best queer artists as entertainment,” James said.
“All you need to do is register your intention to marry by the due date, choose a dream outfit for this dream occasion, and show up.
“Following the event, all are encouraged to continue on to Heaps Gay Trash Palace at the Tivoli for a party that goes well into the evening.”
The wedding will be officiated by Brisbane civil celebrant Gai Lemon, and couples will be accompanied by some very special celebrity guests at the ceremonies.
Event partners Wallace Bishop and Welcome To Bowen Hills will kickstart the gift registry, with each couple receiving wedding bands from Wallace Bishop and a $500 precinct credit to get your reception started, courtesy of Welcome to Bowen Hills.
Qweens on King is presented by Brisbane Festival and King Street in association with Brisbane Pride Festival, and takes place on Saturday 8 September as part of Brisbane Festival’s opening day celebrations.
LGBTIQ couples interested in taking part in this historic event can register their interest online at the Brisbane Festival website. Applications close at midnight on Sunday, July 22. Find out more details and apply here.
For the full Brisbane Festival program, visit the website here.