Drag icon’s show

NEW Norfolk is set to host an event showcasing and celebrating the LGBTQI community with the promise of entertainment for all.

The one-day event, New Norfunk, is planned for Sunday, May 1, and is hosted by a Hobart-based queer event collective which focuses on supporting gay, trans, drag and other cultures.

Mistress of ceremonies for the event will be Tasmanian drag host Pussay Poppins.

Organisers behind the event, to be held at the Welcome Swallow Brewery in New Norfolk, will find out on Thursday night if the Derwent Valley Council will support the project with an $1800 grant.

The council meeting will be the first chaired by newly elected Mayor Michelle Dracoulis.

“New Norfolk is at the forefront of positive change, and a modern and inclusive community event like this will create a level of brand awareness that will benefit us all,’’ organisers LockerRoom Hobart said in their pitch to Council.
“Our community has a significant number of young Tasmanians among it who are hungry for safe and inclusive events that make them proud of where they live.
“As a locally owned and operated events brand, LockerRoom is proud to curate an event that projects the social fabric and uniqueness of New Norfolk to the rest of Tasmania.
“With the success of an event such as New Norfunk, we would be keen to partner with council for future events that drive broader social and business opportunities to the Derwent Valley.’’

The event will include performance artists, singers, comedy, music and food trucks.

“We all know the beauty, close-knit community and unique attributes of the stunning Derwent Valley and in particular New Norfolk,’’ organisers said.
“Our picturesque surrounds are the perfect drawcard for business growth and with the right home-grown community event with a contemporary flavour we can attract locals, neighbouring communities and visitors to our doors.

“New Norfunk is a creative cultural community festival, neatly wrapped up in one sensational afternoon.
“This fun-filled event will feature a collective mix of singers, comedians, DJs and Tassie’s finest drag host, Miss Poppins as our effervescent mistress of ceremonies. Council officers have described the one-day festival as “something a little different for the events scene in the Derwent Valley’’but have indicated support for it.

“The event has the potential to add to New Norfolk’s emerging reputation as a vibrant, creative, and diverse town, with our unique, unquestionably Derwent Valley vibe,’’ the Council agenda said.
“The events and arts scene has been heavily impacted over the last two years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This has included a significant drop in visitor numbers to the Derwent Valley and the cancellation of events such as the Derwent Valley Autumn Festival.

“Council has a precedent of supporting commercial events that drive economic benefit, attract visitors, and add to the vibrancy of our towns.’’