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Melbourne hosts the largest cultural program for the International AIDS conference
Photo courtesy of AIDS2014
AIDS is coming to town. Yes, you've heard it right - just not exactly in that context.
The 20th International AIDS Conference, or AIDS 2014, is bringing 14,000 participants including some 1000 journalists, scientists and leaders from 200 countries to Melbourne between 20 to 25 July. And Melbourne is ready to make a global statement.
To showcase our best to conference delegates, the City of Melbourne is presenting an Australian Cultural Program that promises to wow everyone. This city-wide activation promises a cornucopia of unique activities including musical theatre, art auctions, sports and fashion parades, candlelight vigils, exhibitions and public talks. It has also garnered support from more than 90 different cultural, retail, business, arts and sporting organisations. This is the largest cultural program ever staged for an AIDS conference by a city, with over 160 events packed between 18 and 25 July.
Together with the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) and the Victorian AIDS Council, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) is presenting a free exhibition at BLINDSIDE's gallery in support of AIDS 2014.
Established in 1978, ALGA has been collecting and preserving GLBTQI material from across Australia for the past 35 years. It is also active in educating the public about Australian GLBTQI history. BLINDSIDE is an example of why Melbourne is the best place for art. It supports the contemporary art community by bringing the finest and most fantastical works that are on the periphery to Melbourne.
Arts House and Phillip Adams BalletLab Performance
Photo courtesy of Phillip Adams BalletLab
Arts House and Phillip Adams BalletLab, in partnership with the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men's Health Centre, have created a striking cross-arts performance alongside AIDS 2014.
Entitled "LIVE WITH IT we all have HIV", it captures and expresses how HIV/AIDS impacts the victims and all of us today through choreography, written and spoken words, video and other visual media. It is also a portrait of how the Australian community has shaped its 30 year history with the virus.
Location: Arts House (Meat Market), 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Dates and times:
Preview: Thu 17 July, 8.30pm
Fri 18 – Sat 19 July, 8.30pm
Tue 22 – Sat 26 July, 8.30pm
Sun 27 July, 3pm 1hr 30min, no interval
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle shared that the City of Melbourne had received a strong show of support by more than 45 of the city's most prominent buildings participating in 'Paint the Town Red' event between 18 to 25 July. Come dusk, buildings like Arts Centre Melbourne, Parliament House, Melbourne Town Hall, Queen Victoria Market, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and AAMI Park will be flood lit red in support of AIDS 2014.
This activation highlights the tolerance and welcoming attitude of Melbourne. Even the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, one of the iconic Melbourne sporting teams, will wear red socks and have red numbers on the field during their game on 19 July. Looks like everyone is right behind the City of Melbourne in painting the town red.
Outrage HIV Justice Film Festival
Photo courtesy of Outrage HIV Justice Film Festival
The Outrage HIV Justice Film Festival is a collaboration between ACMI, Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men's Health Centre, HIV Justice Network and Living Positive Victoria, for AIDS 2014.
The Festival explores through documentary and film, how people around the world grapple with HIV/AIDS issues, with focus on Australian experiences and responses to HIV, women's HIV injustices, combating overly broad HIV criminalisation and how legal and societal injustices harm the HIV response.
Location: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000
Dates and times: 18 July to 21 July at various times. Check ACMI website for details.
Melbourne's own GloballyAware founder and creative director and Living Positive Victoria Director Kim Davis has conceptualised a Positively Fabulous health-arts campaign with storytelling, musicians and performances. Highlights include a free installation which allows the community to interact and listen to stories of women living with HIV. There will also be mannequins involved in a Miss HIV Universe Pageant. They will be judged, crowned and then auctioned to raise funds to support women living with HIV. Kudos Kim!
Location: City Square, 44-86 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Dates and times: 18 July to 25 July, Daily 10am to 8pm
This free event is a continuity of the 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2013) held in Washington DC, USA. It was
first initiated at AIDS 2006 in Toronto, Canada by 2 Indian and 2 Canadian activists and is now organized by BCARE International and its supporting NGOs.
At 1pm on 19 July, the riders who have taken the journey from Washington DC will depart following the separated bike lane in La Trobe Street, travelling west to Docklands and across the Webb Bridge to finish on the banks of the Yarra adjacent to the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre. Anyone who is interested is invited to encourage to dress in red and gather at the front of the State Library of Victoria from 12pm.
Location: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Living Positive Victoria has taken the lead in organising and planning this free event which welcomes all conference delegates and the local community to AIDS 2014. The theme is 'HIV is Unfinished Business Around the World'. The vigil, which remembers the 35 million people lost to HIV and AIDS-related causes will take place in Melbourne's famous Federation Square and includes entertainment by local and international talent.
POSITIVE RUNWAY is a global HIV/AIDS response campaign that works with beauty queens, models, fashion designers, music artists and celebrities from film, music, television, sport and other arts as influential advocates in engage young people in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS.
To get the HIV/AIDS message out to the younger generation, it has organised a film, music and catwalk fashion event for AIDS 2014. The event will showcase fashion designs from around the world, short films and celebrity speakers who will address HIV/AIDS issues with the audience.
Location: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
When visiting Hosier Lane, Melbourne's famous street art Lane, it is also home of Youth Projects mobile NSP Foot Patrol and free primary health clinic The Living Room, supporting people who are homeless and supporting people living with HIV/AIDS. Probably Melbourne's most photographed building, its at 7 -9 Hoser Lane, on the corner of Hosier Lane and Rutledge Lane