26 November 2019

Disco Inferno fires up diversity and acceptance this Saturday in Bega

| Ian Campbell
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Renowned Sydney DJ Ruby Red is coming to Bega. Photo: Supplied.

Renowned Sydney DJ Ruby Red is coming to Bega. Photo: Supplied.

A celebration and acknowledgment of the region’s growing diversity will come together under the mirror ball this Saturday (November 30) for Disco Inferno!

Bega Pride are hosting their first LGBTQIA and friends dance at the Bega Country Club from 7.30 pm until midnight.

Renowned Sydney DJ Ruby Red is coming to town to pump out her famous mix of disco classics, gay anthems and contemporary dance faves.

There will also be live drag performances by Alesha Zamann, a best disco dance competition and a best disco outfit prize.

“Oh and dancing…there will be lots of that too,” says one of the organisers Belinda Alcorn.

“Disco Inferno is a celebration of diversity on the Far South Coast. It’s a chance for all of the community to get together and be themselves in a fun and safe space.”

Bega Pride is a volunteer run LGBTQIA group created in March this year by Belinda and Danni Anderson.

“I moved to the Bega Valley from Sydney six years ago and Danni and her partner moved down more recently. We absolutely love living here. It’s such a beautiful place with a wonderfully diverse blend of people,” Belinda says.

“There is a definite LGBTQIA presence in Bega and surrounds but, to us, it doesn’t feel like there is a cohesive LGBTQIA community – yet!

“Right now in the Bega Valley, there are very limited opportunities for LGBTQIA people to connect with each other, excluding small groups of friends who may decide to host a dinner party. It can be really challenging and isolating for queer folk who aren’t already part of a social clique. We want to address this gap.

“We have created a Facebook page – Bega NSW Pride, to share local and international queer-centric information, promote positive messages about being LGBTQIA and to support our local community to organise, promote or attend queer and queer-friendly events.

“We have almost 300 followers with a high level of engagement. Our support base continues to grow and local groups are approaching us to promote their activities, groups and events.

“We also intend to host one large LGBTQIA and friends event every year. Disco Inferno is our first event and we are super excited about it,” Belinda says.

Tickets for Disco Inferno are almost sold out (that’s not promo hype!) limited numbers are still available via Eventbrite.

Disco Inferno, this Saturday night at Bega Country Club. Photo: Supplied.

Disco Inferno, this Saturday night at Bega Country Club. Photo: Supplied.

“We are looking forward to making some new friends and celebrating diversity in the Bega Valley, dressing up and dancing the night away!” Belinda says.

“We hope that our efforts will encourage social, creative and professional networks for our LGBTQIA community and friends and support the development of peer networks for our local queer youth.

“We also hope that having these events will increase the broader community’s awareness of the Bega Valley’s LGBTQIA community and promote greater inclusion.”

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