12-18 April 2021
A celebration of Taranaki's LGBT+ community promoting acceptance, diversity, inclusiveness and visibility.
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OUTfest is a celebration of our diverse Rainbow community and their allies in Taranaki.
A chance to socialise, learn, educate and unite and be proud of the people we are and unapologetically be out and open as our true, unique selves.
Youth events, workshops, comedy nights, shows, dancing will all be included in the inaugural 2021 festival as well as holding events regularly throughout the year that will help fundraise for future celebrations.
OUTfest is a branch of Flash Mob Entertainment, Taranaki’s premier entertainment and events manager who have for seven years have focussed on LGBT+ inclusion and education and produced sell out events with a strong theme of acceptance and visibility.
Flash Mob Entertainment’s owner/director, Sunita Torrance, recently won a medal in the 2021 NZ Kiwibank Local Hero Awards for her activism and advocacy for the LGBT+ community in Taranaki and with this made the decision to create a much needed and anticipated series of events for all of the rainbow community with plenty of focus on our local youth.
With OUTfest being a part of Flash Mob Entertainment, this does mean that every aspect of what we do is self-funded as we will not be eligible for community funding and grants like a registered organisation or charitable trust is, but Sunita’s decision to do this is purely for the community. “If I am the major decider, rather than a board of people, I can ensure that the events will go ahead and I can plan, budget and make calls with my team at any time to ensure swift action. Flash Mob has always been about the “doing” not just about throwing ideas around that never come to fruition.”
The first festival will take place over the week of 12th-18th April 2021 with details and events to be announced mid-January. There will be some local fundraising efforts happening too with shows, raffles, cupcake sales and incentives to assist with some of the upfront costs of putting everything on. “If there are any local businesses or individuals who would be keen to sponsor or donate towards helping with our costs, we certainly would appreciate that” Sunita says.
All profits from our OUTfest Events will go towards the regular and ongoing support for our community including our friends at RainbowYOUTH Taranaki and keeping our future workshops and events free or subsidised and affordable for those that need it.
Check Flash Mob Entertainment’s Facebook page for details or if you wish to donate or support OUTfest feel free to email or call Sunita on 0226579624.
Donations can also be made to the below bank account: