Starting in 2016 VicBears announced Victoria’s newest rural LGBTI festival, Beartopia in Daylesford! Our original aim was to celebrate with our rural LGBTI community in Daylesford through a huge weekend of country events while directing 100% of the profits towards our nominated charity donation for the year.
In 2016, 2017 & 2018 VicBears delivered weekends full of amazingly diverse events across Daylesford and local areas in conjunction with local LGBTI supporters and businesses. Anne-Marie and Graham of the The Daylesford Hotel have especially made the VicBears community feel welcome. As long time supporters of club over the years, they’ve helped run lunches & events beyond just our Beartopia weekends.
The successful Beartopia 2018 festival in particular contributed to our $10,000 donation to our nominated charity for the year – Transgender Victoria!
The VicBears Committee has decided to unveil something fresh and exciting for our 2020 Beartopia Festival!
From now on, our Beartopia Festival will embrace all of the great rural LGBTI communities across Victoria by supporting existing festivals as well as organising lunches and events in a wide range of rural Victorian locations. We look forward each year to continuing to build on our strong tradition of connecting with our rural LBGTI communities. We will always proudly represent the Victorian bear community and their admirers through rural LGBTI festivals and the many rural pride marches we have been involved with.