The Victorian Pride Centre has officially reopened its doors to the community from today.
Australia’s first purpose-built hub for LGBTIQ+ communities, the centre was closed by Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdowns in early August, shortly after its official launch in July.
Inside the building are inspiring spaces for social connection, and the coming months will feature a program of engaging cultural events.
The Pride Gallery is currenting displaying the Pride Centre’s inaugural exhibition: ‘identity, adornment, transformation’.
“Now that restrictions have eased, our communities are highly vaccinated, and Victoria is springing back to life, this is our re-launch,” said Justine Dalla Riva, CEO of the Victorian Pride Centre.
“We are ready for the next chapter in the story of LGBTIQ+ pride.”
Parts of the Pride Centre, such as the multipurpose theatrette, co-working spaces, and rooftop terrace, are available to book for performance, work, education, and more.
From today and through to this Sunday 7 November, the Pride Centre has a pop-up coffee cart from Co-Ground, and VPC-branded merchandise is on sale at the concierge desk.
Located at 79–81 Fitzroy Street in St Kilda, the Pride Centre houses key organisations that support, empower, and celebrate LGBTIQ+ communities.
It is open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays.
In line with the Victorian Government’s public health directions for community organisations, the Pride Centre is implementing a range of health and safety measures throughout the re-opening process.
Masks are mandatory inside, and all visitors are required to be fully vaccinated, with proof of vaccination status needed.
Pre-bookings are not required for entry into the ground floor common spaces of the centre.
Due to density limits and resident organisation operations, bookings will be required for extensive tours – more information on guided tours will be available later this month.