A NEW YEAR’S FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TROPICAL FRUITS
Tropical Fruits sadly announces the cancellation of our 2020 New Year’s Festival.
After much consideration, the Committee unanimously feels that the safety of our community must always come first. This decision has not come easily, but we want to keep our Fruity Family and our Club strong for the future. While we recognise the cancellation of the Festival will have a big impact on our wider Northern Rivers community, we are committed to bringing you even more fabulous Festivals and events in the future.
We will be using this time as an opportunity to maintain our Fruity connections, by continuing our monthly online event; don’t miss LIVE FRUITS: a live stream with DJ's Tone'n & TBrotha on October 17th (details below) - and as restrictions allow, we look forward to bringing you more smaller events and other gatherings.
Other work we will be undertaking during this time are:
- Strengthening the Club by working on our policies, performance and risk management, communications, and team building
- Preparing for our next Strategic Plan
- Installing a new access lift and other investments in the Clubhouse
- The amazing work being carried out by our various groups such as our Fun Safe and Inclusive team, the Trans & Gender Diverse Steering Committee, the Lesbian Caucus, Commerce & Transport team as well as our youth groups Fresh Fruits & Mini Fruits.
As always, our deepest gratitude goes out to our members, volunteers, guests, DJs and other performers, Festival suppliers and partners for your understanding.
Much Fruity love from the Committee and Staff here at Tropical Fruits.
For Media follow-up please contact:
Kam McNeil, Event Coordinator, or
Marie Reilly, Club Manager
Telephone: 02 6622 6440
Mail: PO Box 6305, South Lismore, NSW 2480
Tropical Fruits is a non-profit LGBTIQ community organisation, run for our community by our community.
LIVE FRUITS - a 2020 initiative from Tropical Fruits
Due to the cancellation of our small events this year due to COVID-19 public health restrictions, we are now LIVESTREAMING a featured DJ each month on our new event - Live Fruits. We want to still bring you some of the best tunes in the country - beamed directly into your loungeroom!
With different DJ or DJ's each month, you can watch in the comfort of your own home during these difficult times and
keep those dancing feet moving. Details can also be found on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tropicalfruits/
See below for details.
For LiveFruits on Sunday 15th November - we host another local Dj Jim-E for a funky Sunday Session between 3-6pm- be sure to tune in.
Tropical Fruits - Live Fruits November - featuring DJ Jim-E
Details TBA soon
Tropical Fruits Acknowledges and Supports our Trans and Gender Diverse Communities
This statement is a public acknowledgement that Tropical Fruits as a social club acknowledges the rights of trans and gender diverse people of all ages to self-expression, self-determination, medical, cultural and legal recognition, both within our rainbow communities and in broader society.
In the lead-up to the 2019-2020 Tropical Fruits New Year’s Festival a series of events occurred that lead to some conflict between members of the trans and gender diverse communities and the Tropical Fruits management committee. Tropical Fruits acknowledges that this situation was not planned well nor was an adequate or timely response offered to community feedback, which caused harm and heartache.
The Tropical Fruits committee is responsible for and reserves the right to select performers and production contractors who align themselves with the values of Tropical Fruits and will look at developing clearer policy and procedure on this.
As per Tropical Fruits’ public statement (December 2019), we remain committed to holding a Trans & Gender Diverse Community Forum in 2020 to strengthen community input into future events. However, with COVID-19 and public health restrictions, a traditional forum has not been possible to date. A steering committee of dedicated people from trans and gender diverse communities and members of the Tropical Fruits management committee has been formed and is looking into forum options. The group is meeting regularly and our first action was to consult on this public statement.
Through this initiative the hope is that we can all do better, be better and grow into a harmonious future, stronger together.