SpringOut 2023

Flag Raising as Canberra prepares for 'Pride in the Capital'

The Canberra LGBTIQ+ community prepares to raise the rainbow flag, marking the official start of the SpringOut festival 'Pride in the Capital.'
FUSE  |  Australian News
SpringOut Flag Raising in the Capital

The rainbow pride flag will be raised outside the ACT Legislative Assembly in Canberra, marking the commencement of the SpringOUT 'Pride in the Capital' month-long festival celebrating Canberra's LGBTQIA+ community.

With over 30 diverse events on the calendar, there will be something for everyone, including many free and accessible events.

“The COVID pandemic has been a challenge in all our lives, and in 2023 we are focussing on community building” SpringOUT President Lynne O’Brien said.

"We have a huge season with over 30 events, and quite a few surprises in store for festival goers."

The 2023 festival will kick off on the 3 November with the ‘STUN I should be so Kylie’ party at CUBE Nightclub, as well Canberra’s Inaugural Charity Pride Rugby Match brought to you by the ACT Rugby Veterans, a Madonna Exhibition and party, Theatre, Dance, Comedy and a One-Woman show entitled ‘SHE’ direct from a sellout season at the Sydney Fringe Festival.

This year showcases the Canberra QWIRE ‘Celebrating 30 years of Song’, with a concert at Llewellyn Hall and a series for seminars entitled ‘Queer Elders Speak’ Stories from some of our LGBTQIA+ brains trust.

There’s also set to be a tree planting event, a Queer Literary Event, ZUMBA, She Shapes History Pride History Walks, the Canberra Frontrunners Pride Fun Run, our FUSE Big Gay Breakfast and a PRIDE Picnic and Market Day to finish off the 2023 season.

“I am really proud of the festival, our Canberra LGBTIQA+ community and what the SpringOUT Team have put together for this year’s festival, and grateful for the support we have received from our stakeholders and event partners” O’Brien said.

“I can’t wait to see you all at a SpringOUT event!”

Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival will take place from 1 – 30 November 2023. Tickets have now gone live on the SpringOUT website, so book early!

Lookout for our special SpringOut Festival Guide in our next issue of FUSE coming out next week!


SpringOut extended their thanks to the ACT Government for their continued support and also to the ACT LGBTIQ+ Ministerial Advisory Council for a special THINK TANK style which is part of the SpringOut festival calendar.

THINK TANK will extend the opportunity for members of LGBTIQA+ communities in Canberra in SpringOUT to share their opinions, ideas, and lived experiences to inform existing or proposed priorities by the ACT Government.

  • THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2023 from 5:30 PM

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