Monday, September 21, 2009

Registrations for Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010 Explode

The organizers of the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne, Germany, announced today that more than 1,700 athletes and artists have now registered to participate in the quadrennial sports & cultural event next July and August.

Participants from more than 30 nations have already signed up including many from Eastern European countries where being many who are openly gay & lesbian are still persecuted. Participation by the host country Germany leads all other nations with registrations from the United States and The Netherlands following close behind.

Gay Games VIII runs from July 31 to August 7, 2010, and will open with an inspiring Opening Ceremony at RheinEnergie Stadium, the city’s soccer stadium.

Celebrated every four years, the Gay Games motto is “Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best.” The Cologne Gay Games have their own motto: “Be part of it!” Everybody is able to attend at the Gay Games – without any qualification.

Registration is open at

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Upcoming Gay Events, Pride & Cruise Calendar

Whether you're looking for a sporting or cultural event happening when you're travelling, you can find destination events lised on the network of Rainbow Tourism destination portals.

How about a Pride Festival in Perth this October? Got it. The OutGames in Wellington in 2011? Covered.
Whast's on in Sydney? No worries.

Whenever and wherever you're headed on the gay globe, we have global listings of events and activities to get you down the hill fast (Gay Ski Weeks) and dancin' the night away (Mardi Gras).

Stay tuned to We keep our Events page current as we hear from producers around the world about their event/party.

Feast Festival 2009

The Feast Festival happens annually in Adelaide during November. (Dates: 14-29 Nov 2009) It is South Australia's version of Midsumma in Melbourne and Mardi Gras in Sydney but on a smaller, cozy scale.

Feast is a Gay Cultural Festival featureing 15 exciting and culturally diverse days of theatre, cabaret, film, forums, literature, dance, visual arts, tourism, sporting and community events.

In addition, there are special events every month to round out the year. So whenever you're in South Australia, be sure to check their events calendar.

Midsumma 2010 - Celebrating Queer Culture

The annual Midsumma Festival that puts Melbourne on the Gay Travel Map like Mardi Gras does for Sydney should definitely be on your itinerary for 2010.

Midsumma, Melbourne’s premier queer arts and cultural festival, will bring the city to life over summer when the festival begins on 17th of January.

The festival spans three weeks and includes art exhibitions, theatre, live music and nightlife events with queer-centric themes for the queer and wider community.

Celebrating its 22nd birthday, Midsumma has grown in stature and audience and plays a significant role in the broader Melbourne arts festival scene as well as the cultural life of Melbourne’s queer community.

Rainbow Tourism Recommended: Accommodations, Tours, Things to Do in Victoria

After Midsumma, book a side trip to gay welcoming Phillip Island to see fairy penguins, koalas, kangaroos and more!

See New Zealand’s national treasures

Topp Twins 100 Topp Years Tour

If you're holiday making in New Zeazland between 14 oct to 7 nov., be sure to catch some comedy.

Jools and Lynda - the internationally famous comedians called the Topp Twins - are celebrating 25 years in show business and a double half-century as twin sisters. An irreverent hilarious romp through different eras of New Zealand fashion, politics and music with the world's only comedic, singing, dancing, cross-dressing, yodeling twin sisters with a penchant for gingham skirts and pink toweling pantsuits.

More info at - for their dates in provincial centres. You can book your accommodation in all of these places at For example,

Rainbow Tourism Recommended Accommodations: 2 hours from Invercargill where they are performing on 23 Oct.

PS I've seen the Topps perform in OZ; hilarious. Highly recommended. Also you can view their doco here. --Rainbow Concierge.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

If you’ve ever wanted to explore the natural and cultural wonders of Tasmania, the TasPride Festival is the ideal time to come over to the heart-shaped island! This year the Program Guide will include touring options, sample itineraries and special offers for the GLBTI community visiting our shores.

TasPride Festival - November 2009

The biggest celebration of 2009 for the GLBTI community in Tasmania will be taking place right across the state for two weeks from Saturday 31 October to Sunday 15 November. This is a great period for renewing friendships and gaining new ones, with many social activities.

The festival underwent a major transformation last year and has emerged as one of the highlights of the vibrant Tasmanian events calendar, which can be explored in detail at Discover Tasmania.

Sporting a jam-packed schedule of high-quality events, TasPride Festival will bring new visitors to the state, and offers a great opportunity for Tasmania to show off its cultural diversity – and a GLBTI community that is movin’ and shakin’!

Don’t miss out on the 2009 TasPride parties, including the legendary opening night Halloween Party. The

TasPride festival has been graced by some of the country’s top DJs including Dan Murphy (SYD) and DJ Josh (ADL), as well as local talents DJ Marq, Tom and D2M. Other exciting events during the TasPride festival include the film festival, cultural celebrations, live music, theatre and cabaret, community events, the family day picnic and much, much more.

For recommendations on where to stay, where to play, where to dance, just ask our Hobart native, Dee. She's the Rainbow Tourism Concierge for TAS Pride.

Pride is Alive in Perth, Western Australia

The Official Homecoming Pride Party 2009

Come visit Rainbow Tourism & Peacock Tourism at Fairday 2009 on 27 Sep. Promises to be a fabulous day and kickoff to month-long festival ending with Pride Parade on 31 Oct.

This year, Connections Nightclub will help celebrate the night of nights by hosting the Official Pride Parade After Party. Pride & Connections promise you a night you will not forget!

Travel Assistance: Contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge