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Mon 21 May 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

South Island Gay Men's Health Promoter and Christchurch Pride Week organiser Brent Mitchell has thanked the Christchurch LGBT community and guests for a fantastic Pride Week 2007, after a final weekend of well-attended events. Last week's events had continued with Gay Bingo at Heaven's Above on Wednesday evening, hosted by Miss Hollywood from DIVAS. Bunny Girl and Miss Starlight provided drag shows, with about sixty people in attendance. The event raised $500 which Mitchell says will to towards future community events. Also on Wednesday night was the 70's Bowling at Garden City Bowl, hosted by youth group Qtopia. The following evening was the Quiz Night at CRUZ. The major events were on the weekend. The first was the Playback Theatre's ‘Sharing Our Stories' evening hosted by a group of lesbian actors and musicians. Then, “the UniQ Toga party went off at CRUZ,” Mitchell explains. “The togas were colourful, the crowd was great, the Music awesome thanks to DJ's Karl Moser and Craig Morris. The performances by the Motley Two, Miss Venus Star, Deezastar, and Uncommon Bonds were stunning, and the feast filling. Thanks to Andre and his team from UniQ Lincoln.” Saturday was the Women's Night at Propaganda, followed by the Rainbow Cabaret and Dance Party at Ministry. “These two events were great, lots of people letting their hair down, having a fun night, great atmosphere, and lots of dancing,” says Mitchell. “The shows were simply stunning! Thanks so much to Buffy and Bimbo, Queenie Aotearoa, Miss Boom Boom, Miss Cindy, Ginger, and the ever young Jessica Christ – who did three costume changes and I didn't recognise her each time – and last but certainly not least Deezastar, who did an amazing job in stage managing the night! Again the Music by Karl and Craig was great! "Thanks to all the volunteers and Staff at CRUZ/Ministry/propaganda for a fantastic event.” Sunday was the Pride Week breakfast at Sophie's Cafe, with around fifty people turning up for a fun morning hosted by the Divine Joanne Clarke. The Car Trial also happened, with some hardy souls exploring the east side of Christchurch for a couple of hours. Lastly, the Candle Light Memorial had 61 people attend a night of remembrance of HIV/AIDS on Sunday evening. “Just to finish, its been a full on week, and one to remember, so again many thanks to our volunteers, supporters and sponsors,” says Mitchell. “There will be a survey conducted over the last two days of Pride week. This is so that we may be able to improve on the week, and listen to what the community has to say about the week.”     Ref: (m)

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First published: Monday, 21st May 2007 - 12:00pm

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