Small Event Grants: Wellington Pride Festival 2020


The Wellington Pride Festival was proud to work with ANZ to support our 2020 activities, which ran from 21st Feb to 8th March. 

Thank you to everyone who applied this year for an ANZ Grant to kickstart your festival event. 


A big shoutout to ANZ for helping as many people as we can to participate in the Wellington Pride Festival. Accessibility for small community groups and individuals that otherwise might not be able to participate is important to growing a stronger community.


2020 grant recipients


Kelly Fornia Productions

SLAY: Wellington vs. Auckland - A Wellington Pride Drag Show

SLAY is a regular drag dance party usually produced at Ivy Bar, being produced on a larger scale for Pride 2020. The aim is to provide a safe dance party environment for all, no matter of their sexuality, gender, or ethnicity.

The Glamaphones

Singing workshop

A singing workshop with Mark Dorrell and the Glamaphones Choir during Pride 2020

Rebecca F, Sandra D, & Sara F

Pride and Prejudice

Conversation and connection between different marginalised communities, providing rainbow communities with ways to connect their anti racism work. Confirmed speakers Laura O’Connell Rapira of Action Station, Anjum Rahman of Inclusive Aoteraora Collective , and the Treaty Network Collective of Poneke.


Rainbow youth activities

Stall at Out in The Park

Saturday 22 March 2020, Waitangi Park.


Zine Workshop

Thursday 27 February, 3-5.30pm, Aro Valley Community Hall

Talking about zines as a medium for self-expression and giving attendees a chance to create their own zines about whatever topic they like.

Pre-Pride Youth Ball Gender-Affirming Makeup 

Saturday 29 February, 2-6pm at InsideOUT office, 3/138 Wakefield Street

This event is for anyone attending the Pride Youth Ball who wants a space to hang out beforehand, have some kai, get ready and try a gender-affirming makeup look. This will be a really valuable space for those who may not know many others going, who don't have their own makeup, or who don't feel safe to commute into town while expressing their gender how they would ideally like to. We will have a number of volunteers available to help with makeup and to walk with young people from our office to Te Papa for the ball.

Scavenger Hunt 

Saturday 7 March, 2-4pm, War Memorial Library, Lower Hutt

This event will be primarily organised by our volunteers in collaboration with Hutt Libraries and their Pride schedule. It will be aimed at young people, and will involve participants answering questions about different rainbow books. We believe this will be a valuable opportunity for rangatahi to engage with stories about rainbow lives and learn about some important storytellers from the community.


Love Conqueers All- Pride Craft Fair

Bringing together local craftspeople in Wellington and giving them the chance to sell their wares in a fully queer environment.

Jahleel Parris / Ngāti Toi Māori

Changing attitudes

Bringing awareness to gender diversities and squashing societal norms. Making tie dye t-shirts in a range of sizes / styles, with "I am me" in small lettering on the front and TAKATĀPUI in larger writing on the back.  Hoping to empower a change and bring awareness around pronouns, genders and sexualities. Will be in the parade as well as giving away on their Facebook page.

Wellington Trans Guys (WTG) meetup group

Casual social gathering

Casual social gathering for gender diverse people. This is happening Sunday 23 February, starting at 2pm and running as late as people stay, although anyone under 18 can only stay until 5pm as the venue is licensed.

LGBTI Rainbow Walk Tours

Providing access for the deaf

Since Wellington Pride Festival 2017, Roger Smith and Gareth Watkins have been offering a variety of free monthly LGTBI rainbow-themed walk tours of inner city Wellington, learning about local LGBTI rainbow history. For the first time ever, they will engage a qualified New Zealand Sign Language interpreter to interpret during their tours in Wellington’s Pride Festival 2020.