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Melbourne hosts the largest cultural program for the International AIDS conference

aids 2014
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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.

aids 2014
Photo courtesy of AIDS2014

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.

There are simply too many activities to list so here are eight highlights that will inform, entertain and inspire you to support the Australian Cultural Program for AIDS 2014 in Melbourne.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Exhibition

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Photo courtesy of Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives

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.

BLINDSIDE gallery
Photo courtesy of BLINDSIDE

Entitled 'Vital Signs Interpreting the Archives', the exhibition features the works of contemporary artists who have engaged with and creatively interpret the collection of the ALGA.

Location: Blindside Gallery, L7/37 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Dates and times: 9 July to 26 July, Tues to Sat 12pm to 6pm

Website: www.alga.org.au / www.blindside.org.au/

Arts House and Phillip Adams BalletLab Performance

LIVE WITH IT we all have HIV
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

Prices: Preview tickets $15 / Full $25 / Concession $20 / Student $15

Website: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/ArtsHouse/Program/Pages/LiveWithIt.aspx / www.balletlab.com

Paint the Town Red

arts centre spire in red
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne

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

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.

Website: www.outragefilmfestival.com/outrage-hiv-justice-ff/index.htm / www.acmi.net.au/

Positively Fabulous Touring Caravan

Positively Fabulous touring caravan
Photo courtesy of GloballyAware

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

Website: www.globallyaware.com.au

AIDS RIDE 2014 - Washington DC to Melbourne

Aids ride 2014
Photo courtesy of BCARE International

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

Dates and times: 19 July, 12pm to 2pm

Website: www.aidsride2014.org/home.html

International AIDS 2014 Candlelight Vigil

International AIDS 2014 Candlelight Vigil
Photo courtesy of Living Positive Victoria

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.

Location: Federation Square, Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000

Dates and times: 22 July, 6pm to 7.30pm

Website: www.livingpositivevictoria.org.au

Positive Runway - HIV/AIDS Awareness Catwalk Fashion Event
Positive Runway - HIV/AIDS Awareness Catwalk Fashion Event
Photo courtesy of POSITIVE RUNWAY

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

Dates and times: 23 July, 8.30pm to 11.30pm

Website: www.eventbrite.com/e/positive-runway-melbourne-global-catwalk-tickets-2535732444 / www.positiverunway.org.uk
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Why? Melbourne is hosting the world's large HIV/AIDS conference
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Where: Various venues around Melbourne city
Cost: Free and ticketed
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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
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