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Hopes fair will grow into NZ's biggest glbt event

Tue 10 Jan 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

Organisers promise Out in the Square will be huge when it returns to Wellington's Civic Square for the fourth time on Saturday 21 January, as they seek to make the fun fair day the nation's most popular event. The fair features over 50 stalls, free entertainment all day, and a fun, friendly atmosphere. "This year we've got an exciting array of stalls and performers," says Out Wellington Chairperson Andy Boreham. "We have stalls featuring food, fashion, fitness, and more, plus a massive entertainment line-up that includes Wellington band Poppy Dust, newbie pop artists PattyBoy and Zakk d'Larté, Miss Drag Wellington 2012, and so much more." This will be the gay and lesbian fair’s 26th year, but only its fourth year in Civic Square. "We made the move a few years ago and the fair has grown and grown in popularity ever since," Boreham says. "This year is no exception. It’s going to be huge!" Andy says that everyone is welcome at the fair. "It’s a great way to celebrate the amazing glbt communities of Wellington with the wider public, and to promote some great causes." Out in the Square is Wellington’s largest and most popular annual glbt event. Last year it was tied in with the AsiaPacific Outgames and attracted an estimated 15,000 people throughout the day. "It just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year," Andy says. "Soon we want to take the title of New Zealand’s most popular glbt event. Wellington can definitely do it!" On a side note, Boreham believes Occupy Wellington protestors are still camped in a part of Civic Square not used for the fair day. Currently Out in the Square and Auckland's Big Gay Out are the two largest glbt events in the country. Out in the Square is held annually in Wellington's Civic Square. This year's fair takes place on Saturday 21 January from 11AM until 5PM. The fair will be officially opened by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson at 11AM. It will be a big Wellington Anniversary weekend, with a memorial for Carmen Rupe at S  

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 10th January 2012 - 1:53pm

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