What could be Australia’s smallest Mardi Gras will pack a big punch this weekend, with a stable of WA and Kimberley- based performers to unleash their talents on a popular Kununurra stage.
The second annual Kununurra Pride event, Rainbow Moon, is poised to rock the Ord River Sports Club on Saturday night, with border restrictions putting the focus on local talent for this year’s spectacular.
A celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual community and their allies in Kununurra, the free event will be open to everyone.
However, only 200 tickets are available because of the venue’s COVID-19 restrictions, and must be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.
The entertainment will start at 6pm, with drag-queen co-hosts Sum Ting Wong, Broome Mardi Gras veteran Dimas Adiputra, and Maya Swell — Kununurra’s very own George Britchford — to dazzle party-goers with bold costumes and biting comedy.
Britchford, a member of Kununurra’s queer society KNQ and one of the event’s organisers, said inclusivity was at the heart of what they were trying to achieve.
“COVID has definitely made things very difficult from a management side, especially for Sporties, where we’ve got restrictions on the number of people we can have, so that really changed how we were going to do tickets and prices,” he said.
“We wanted to be inclusive and everyone in the community to be able to attend, and money shouldn’t be a barrier to that.”
He said there had been a great showing of community support.
“I wondered last year if Kununurra was ready for something like this,” he said.
“It’s a small place and still quite conservative in a lot of respects, so to have it being the most attended event at Sporties last year, and this year already within days of promotional material being released pretty much selling out, it was pretty heartwarming.”
Highlights of the show will include 13-year-old Broome drag queen Karl as Alex Stay-Away, as well as local acts Nanna Jo by seasoned queer performer Jo Warren, DJ Timbee, the Monsoon Nights dancers and the Addicted to Dance senior troupe.
The fabulous Patrice Gillbert will be joined by Kununurra’s “Magic Mike” Steven Bleakley, performing after the family-friendly portion of the night ends at 8pm.
The cause also has a serious message.
“We want people to be aware for LGBTQIA people, there are increased rates of suicide and mental health issues; there is still discrimination in the community as well,” Britchford said.
“But there is support available.
“If you want to talk it out and learn a bit more about this community, everyone will be there to support you.”
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