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Victorian Pride Centre officially reopens after lockdown

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.

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