ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA

Qwire is grateful for the patronage of the ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ms Marion Derckx

Silver Anniversary message from our Patron: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA.

Congratulations to Qwire on 25 fantastic years celebrating the best of Canberra’s diverse musical community.

Having been Qwire’s patron since 2011, I am delighted to celebrate this milestone with you and send the best wishes of the ACT Government at this significant time.

As Canberra has become Australia’s most LGBTIQ-friendly city, Qwire has grown from seven singers to a thriving group of over 80. You are at the heart of our diverse city.

Qwire is now highly regarded within the straight and queer community not only for its vocal strength and performances, but also for its relaxed and social atmosphere. Qwire’s passion for singing was very evident in last year’s postal survey, singing on a cool September morning at Canberra Bus Station to support the rainbow bus’s arrival.

I thank Qwire for the important role you play in promoting diversity and inclusion in this city and connecting the local LGBTIQ community. Enjoy this wonderful celebration.

Andrew Barr
ACT Chief Minister


Qwire is thrilled that Ambassador Marion Derckx of the Kingdom of The Netherlands has accepted our invitation to be the Qwire's patron. The Netherlands has a proud record of support for LGBTIQ rights, and we very much appreciate the Ambassador's commitment to our community in Canberra.

“I am very happy and proud to become a co-patron of Qwire, along with Chief Minister Andrew Barr. Qwire creates a safe, warm and musical environment for LGBTIQ+ people and their allies in Canberra. They’ve been doing so for over 25 years!
The Netherlands will actively continue to promote LGBTIQ+ rights, because all human beings should have the right to be themselves. It doesn't matter who you are, how you identify, or whom you love.
Orange is always part of the rainbow!”

Marion Derckx
Ambassador for the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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