Winter Pride
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Are you "TALENT" and interested in contributing at Winter Pride?

Interested in being unfunded talent at key events?

*Interested in strutting your stuff and showing off your talents? Register for the unfunded talent line-up at Queenstown's Got Talent and as a performer for Pride in the Park. Registrations will open in mid 2021.

Funded Talent:

If you are "talent" such as a DJ, a dancer, stage manager, MC, comedian, drag queen or king, or whatever you think your particular talent is, please complete the expression of interest and become part of the talent pool which we can then shortlist. We will do our best to get back to you and see if there is a way we can use yuor talents (appropriately!) at the festival.

Please remember that we have a lot of people putting up their hands to help out or be involved and we have a very limited budget.

We are trialling a system of "residencies" where we fund some core talent to get to the festival and contribute in 2021. If you need additional support to get here and cover your costs, please feel free to put in an application for that as part of your registration process. If you are going to be in town anyway and are happy just to chip in and help out, please make that clear in your expression of interest too.

Please email if you want more information on talent registration.

Or click on the link below to get more information on how to register you interest.

Please note that all funded talent slots are now allocated for 2021

More information on how to contribute as FUNDED TALENT to Winter Pride Register your interest ONLINE

How do I buy a ticket or an event pass

Register for our newsletter and we will keep you updated. Only patrons of the festival can gain access to events, so sign up and support us as a patron.

How do I book accommodation from an Official Supporter Hotel?

Winter Pride has a number of official accommodation partners, each offering different deals for accommodation during Winter Pride.

Please remember to SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT US. Promos will be posted on the promos page as they become available. Try and look to support our supporting brands when you book. We will keep this updated as we go.

How do I get help booking flights, accommodation and tickets?

Contact our official travel partner X Travel, here. They can help you with all aspects of your booking.

Who organises Winter Pride?

South Pacific Pride Limited organise a number of LGBTT+ pride related events, specifically Winter Pride and NZ Rainbow Tick Excellence Awards.
Director:, Martin King and Mike Hughes
Assistant Director: George Fowler
email: or or George on

A few comments about the brand….

After a lot of thought and planning, we decided that it was time to build on the loyalty and total awesomeness of all the hard work done by Sally and Mandy Whitewoods with Gay Ski Week QT. And so we began to work towards broadening the festival further into a pride event. Of course, this is a work in progress and will keep evolving as we grow.
We tried to capture this intent with our logo and brand guidelines. We endeavoured to include the motif of the rainbow flag, and its strong history of inclusiveness and LGBTTQ+ pride AND also give a nod towards the very essence of that pride – that your identity is your own, there is no one right way. For that reason we have layered the colours, mixed up the fonts, put the lines at an angle, and designed it so there is no one right way up – it’s deliberately fluid in a retro way. Like the festival, it is fun, it can change a bit, and it is bold.

Who is Wakatipu Youth Trust?

Wakatipu Youth Trust is one of the key charities that Winter Pride is partnering with for Winter Pride.

Wakatipu Youth Trust was formed from the amalgamation of Wakatipu District Youth Trust and Queenstown Life Trust in 2011. We are the only youth trust serving the Wakatipu basin, which stretches from Glenorchy to Arrowtown to Kingston. This is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing areas; we had 22,000 residents in 2015; 25,557 by 2018 and by 2028, our population is expected to reach 32,627. This rapid growth puts stresses on all infrastructure and support services.

Wakatipu social services are also seeing changes in our community as it grows. In particular, increases in domestic and family violence, overcrowded housing, income inequality, mental health issues, poverty, isolation, youth anxiety, families working multiple jobs and gaps between families’ needs and what social services provide. At the same time, the social services sector faces decreased funding and less time available from region-wide services for our district.

Youth work relies totally on fundraising and receives no government funding. Its purpose is to guide and support our young people in their personal, social and educational development to help them reach their full potential in society and make a successful transition to adult life.

Wakatipu Youth Trust achieves these ends through a variety of services from individual mentoring to our drop-in centre, holiday and extra curricular programmes, youth groups, events, weekly engagement within seven local schools as well as courses supporting life, relationship and vocational skills.

In 2018, the trust moved from downtown Queenstown to Frankton, reflecting the move of the high school and increasing concentration of local families.

Our youth face an ever-changing world on a monumental scale - from technology to education, career structure, communication and home life. Generation Z and Alpha (those born from 2010) will require agility and different skill sets in the face of rapid and ongoing change.

Helping our youth face the manifold opportunities and challenges ahead will require similar agility from youth workers and all others involved in the social services sector. Collaboration will be key as no one group or profession will possess all the skills, knowledge, resources or capacity needed.

This strategy aims to ensure Wakatipu Youth Trust is positioned to help lead this collaboration to ensure our youth are best equipped with the mindset, skills and behaviours they need in this dynamic, highly globalised and uncertain world.

WYT Statement of Intent

Wakatipu Youth Trust and Winter Pride values align in the belief that all LGBTTQ+ people should have the freedom to be safe, healthy and visible. Equally we will use our voice and influence to support visibility, safety , tolerance, love, diversity and inclusion of all LGBTTQ+ people

With the charitable money raised by Winter Pride we intend to invest into the areas with which we receive no funding but have a growing demand from our community such as Mentoring, Vocational Programmes and Social initiatives. The funds raised will enable us to both sustain and grow these valuable projects

With respect to our LGBT+ Youth Group 'The Spectrum Club' we wish to continue fostering and supporting safety, diversity and inclusion in the Wakatipu and wider Central Lakes area through our venue, school, education and messages, as well as, providing events and opportunities to connect with other LGBT+ youth.

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How can I volunteer?

Winter Pride has an absolutely incredible team of volunteers. Without our volunteers, the festival would not be possible.

There are a range of roles across our mountain, party and community events including;

  • talent support
  • front of house
  • event logistics
  • event management
  • stage management
  • ski guides
  • on-mountain support

If you want to be part of the action, apply now! There are many great benefits to volunteering with us, including work experience, character references if needed, and access to our great events.

It is also worth remembering that volunteering is just that - it is non-remunerated and doesn't come with free access and lots of free goodies. However, our selected team do get a few fun Winter Pride bits and bobs, like T-shirts and, depending on your area of volunteering, sometimes it will include access to an event. And all volunteers are invited to join us for the Sunday Session on the last day for a final farewell, thank you and a house drink. Our volunteers do this for love, work experience, and to make amazing friends and connections along the way.

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How can I sponsor?

We welcome new supporters into the fold at Winter Pride.

Sponsorsing or offering deals to patrons has many benefits for participating businesses. Nomatter how big or small you are, find out how your business can get involved.

If you are interested in finding our more about becoming a sponsor or supporter of Winter Pride, you can;

We can't wait to work with you.

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Perform with us!

Your chance to register your interest in being part of our incredible crew of talent is here. Please fill out the Expression of Interest form below and we'll get back to you soon.

Please note that, for our 2022 Festival, we are only seeking applications for talent who are either Queenstown locals or plan on attending the festival/being there anyway. The reason for this is that we have already selected our key/core talent for our main events from the pool of 2021 talent who unfortunately missed out on performing due to our festival cancellation due to Covid-19.

We know this might be disappointing for some of you! However! If you are an out of town performer, and you also have event management skills and a great idea, we still have a way for you to be involved! We are launching our OUTskirts series of events very soon which offers the chance for independent producers to run events as part of the Official Winter Pride . Drag show? Solo show? Comedy, music, burlesque or something else? There's a space for you with us. There's heaps of great benefits to running a gig with us, including marketing and ticketing support. More information on OUTskirts coming soon. Stay tuned for updates.

Fill out the Performer EOI Form
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Produce with us!

Welcome to OUTskirts!

A series of independently produced, official Winter Pride events, occurring as part of our exciting 2022 programme.

We’re launching OUTskirts this year as a way to welcome and include more events in the festival, to add variety and uniqueness to our event selection. We want to encourage both local and national LGBTTQI+ producers to upskill, create great work and be a part of an awesome festival.

So, if you’ve got producing chops and a great idea - OUTskirts could be for you! Whether it’s drag, comedy, dance, theatre, burlesque, we want to know what’s OUT there!

There's heaps of great benefits to running a gig with us, including marketing and ticketing support.

Check out the links below, and apply. Please note applications to produce as part of OUTskirts were due May 2nd and have now closed.

See the OUTskirts Brochure Apply to OUTskirts now
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How does my ticket support charity?

A portion of your ticketing fees are redistributed to Winter Pride’s chosen charity by our ticketing agent, Humanitix. In previous years you’ve had the option to add a charitable donation to your ticket. This year we are simplifying the process by automatically distributing a small portion of every ticket to charity.

Our chosen charity for 2022 is Qtopia. Qtopia is a social support service for LGBTQIA+ young people, their whānau, and their communities, based in Ōtautahi Christchurch and servicing the greater Te Waipounamu. Qtopia's primary goals are community connection (through events like the weekly youth group), and education to create lasting positive social change.

Qtopia is excited about providing more support to rainbow young people in rural regions throughout the South Island and your ticket purchase is helping them get that little bit closer to achieving their goals.

More about Qtopia
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The Winter Pride Team

Martin King (he/him) is the Director of Winter Pride with more than 20 years experience in Human Resources. He is recognised as one of New Zealand’s most progressive diversity leaders.

Mike Hughes (he/him) is the backbone of the South Pacific Pride enterprise. A former high school teacher, he provides invaluable strategic, administrative and future planning support to all South Pacific Pride portfolios – Pride Pledge, Winter Pride, Roll Out The Rainbow and The Rainbow Excellence Awards.

George Fowler (he/him) is our newest addition to the Pride Pledge team, coming on board as our Associate Director in late 2021. George brings a range of skills to the team; including performative talent, production skills, lived experience as a transgender man, and an exceptional ability to operationalise projects.

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