Patrons

Silver Anniversary messages from our Patrons: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA and H.E. Mrs Erica Schouten, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
 
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



 
H.E. Mrs Erica Schouten, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands I would like to warmly congratulate Qwire on its 25th anniversary. 25 Years formally is silver, but to me Qwire is gold!

I am the second Dutch ambassador in a row to be a proud patron of Qwire. Central to the Dutch human rights policy is the heartfelt belief that no one should have to hide who they are and whom they love.

Qwire embodies the belief of offering a warm and welcoming home to people from very diverse backgrounds, who can express themselves in an inclusive environment. No wonder “Home’ is one of your golden oldies, I still remember you singing that song for me the first time I attended a rehearsel.

And through its wonderful performances, Qwire reaches out to the community beyond, and is a well loved and respected member of the musical scene that attracts audiences as diverse as it members.

To all Qwire’s members past and present, I wish you a happy anniversary, and keep it up for the next 25 years!

Erica Schouten
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
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