Art Simone and Nate Byrne join ChillOut Festival’s 25th birthday


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Images: Art Simone/Facebook, Nate Byrne/Twitter

Australia’s longest running and largest regional pride festival, ChillOut Festival in Victoria, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month.

The festival is on every year in Daylesford in regional Victoria, around 108 kilometres northwest of Melbourne.

And this year they’re celebrating their 25 Year Silver Jubilee, to celebrate a quarter century of queer country pride.

“Celebrating our 25 years ‘time to shine’ was always going to be about honouring an array of Victorian regional artists,” ChillOut director Em Ireland explained.

She said the ChillOut Festival team are inviting “city folk to escape the big smoke and enjoy a slice of country heaven.”

On March 13, the community will turn out for the free street parade along Vincent Street in Daylesford.

There’s also multiple dance and pool parties, a car park disco, cocktails, choirs, bushwalks, disco bingo, and sporting events across the region.

Headline shows include dancer Joel Bray’s theatre show Daddy and New Zealand musician Ladyhawke playing the Ballroom Blitz event.

Outdoor Covid safe events on ChillOut Festival program

The ChillOut Festival’s huge Carnivale will bring Rio de Janeiro to Victoria Park in Daylesford.

ABC weatherman Nate Byrne and drag superstar Art Simone will host, with a special appearance by Molly Meldrum.

“We are bringing in many things to make for a COVID-safe festival,” Ireland explained.

“Many of our events are free and outdoors.

“At our big Sunday Carnivale we’re having a four-by-four metre LCD screen side of stage so people can sit back, relax and still get a good view of what’s going on.

“With the unpredictability and frustration in our modern climate we plan on bringing the joy for ‘Our Time To Shine’.”

ChillOut Festival runs from March 10-14, 2022. Check out the full program at the website here.

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