March 26, 2024

Exciting Programme Revealed for Arts & Culture Festival at Rainbow Games 2024

Press Release
Exciting Programme Revealed for Arts & Culture Festival at Rainbow Games 2024

As anticipation builds for the Rainbow Games 2024 (4-8 April), the eagerly awaited schedule for the Arts and Culture programme has been revealed, promising a weekend packed with entertainment and diversity to compliment the sporting celebrations.

Back in January, Rainbow Games 2024 announced a partnership with Nevertheless – a leading Māori, Pasifika, and Takatāpui Rainbow+ mental health non-profit organization – to produce the Arts and Culture festival at the inaugural games. The partnership signifies a shared commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the celebration of LGBTQI+ participants and their allies.

Across the the morning of Saturday 6 April, participants can expect to see and hear local drag stars Trinity Ice and Kita Mean, stirring up the atmosphere as sports get underway. Over the lunch period (12 – 2pm), participants can immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of performances and be captivated by Brazilian dance group, the Brazilian Divas, Ngā Uri o Whiti Te Rā Mai Le Moana Trust and KWEENZ, Brady and other dance groups.  Enjoy the entertainment and the opportunity to explore the world class venue (Trusts Arena and their beautiful outdoor grounds), coffee spot and lots of opportunities to socialise with like-minded participants.


Saturday - Trusts Arena

8:30 + Float Trinity Ice + Rita Menu
12:00PM Brazillian Dance Group
12:00PM Tara: MC Welcome
12:35PM Brazillian Dance Group
12:55PM Brady
1:20PM Kolotaha Dance Group

Meanwhile, over at Albany Tennis Park, Aotearoa New Zealand’s first ever GLTA-sanctioned tournament gets underway, with a jam-packed schedule over three days. On day one, all participants are welcome to join the social, with Brazilian café staying open until 9pm serving food and drink. DJ sets and a performance from Auckland’s very own tennis drag star, Miss Geena, performing from 7pm.

Saturday - Albany Tennis

5-6PM Miss Geena

From Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April, participants and spectators alike can also enjoy looking at a showcase of queer artist exhibitions. From David Shield’s queer high performance athletes photography exhibition to the Charlotte Museum's thought-provoking women in sport displays, there's something to inspire and delight every visitor.  

From the Team

"We are thrilled to unveil such an exciting lineup for the Arts & Culture Festival," exclaimed Nevertheless Trust.

“It's a testament to the rich tapestry of talent within our community, and we can't wait to share it with all participants of the Rainbow Games", says Programme Director, Teresa Platt.


Registrations for the Rainbow Games have now closed, and participants can find information specific to the sport they are registered here. Friends, whānau, and spectators can also get in on the action and witness this thrilling display of community sport. Spectators are encouraged to register their interest ahead of arrival to assist with preparations and to save time upon arrival.

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