Auckland Pride Festival Date Set and Board Strengthened
Auckland Pride Festival Inc. (APFI) has completed a thorough selection and is delighted to announce the appointment of Shirley Allan, Kirsten Sibbit and Vinnie Sykes to the Board. They join the current lineup of Phylesha Brown-Acton, Richard James, Paul Patton and Julie Swift.
“I am delighted with the skill-sets, commitment and enthusiasm of the new Board members, each of whom come from very diverse parts of our community. These new appointments will further strengthen the existing board,” says Julie Swift, Acting Cochair. “I am eager to work with the Board and our LGBTIQ community to build on the success of the Auckland Pride Festival and make it an even more outstanding event.”
Super Weekend Planned
The 2016 Pride Festival will run from the 5 – 21 February 2016.
In response to overwhelming feedback from the community, the two flagship events of the Festival will see both the Parade and the Proud Party take place on Saturday 20 February 2016.
APFI is fully committed to creating a dynamic, fresh and innovative Festival which reflects the aspirations of our diverse and varied community and, therefore, will be calling for expressions of interest to deliver key Pride Festival events. These details will be announced later this year.
“It’s the intention of APFI is to keep the community up-to-date with the organisation’s progress and will provide regular updates and opportunities for engagement over the coming months,” says Julie Swift.
The latest information about Auckland Pride 2016 is available at: aucklandpridefestival.org.nz
About Auckland Pride
Auckland Pride is a series of a events designed for the LGBTIQ community from across New Zealand. The festival takes place each February and is a celebration that encompasses theatre, music, film, debate and arts events celebrating the great diversity of our community. It is New Zealand’s largest LGBTIQ event and
was originally launched in 2012. Its vision is to develop the mana and standing of the Rainbow Community and enhance the cultural richness of Auckland, and Aotearoa at large.
Notes to editors:
Media Contact: Linda Heavey, Executive Officer, Auckland Pride Festival Incorporated.
Phone: 021 90 40 10
New Pride Board Member Bios:
Shirley Allan comes from an events and freelance television background with a specialty focus in community development. She is really excited to work alongside the Board particularly in areas of governance, cultural and community engagement.
Kirsten Sibbit is a UK-qualified lawyer and began life working in corporate law before moving into major event consultancy. She is passionate about events and the impact they can have on communities, and is keen to bring her knowledge of event strategy to the Board to support the development of a fantastic 2016 Pride Festival.
Vinnie Sykes has an extensive background working with multi-national corporate organisations over the last 15 years. He has a desire to support all facets of the LGBTIQ community. Vinnie is particularly keen to ensure younger people within the community have a voice in the development of Pride 2016.