Reflections: Fairfield AIDS Memorial Garden Celebration

Wednesday 29 November 2023

Fairfield AIDS Memorial Garden.

Join us as we return to the Fairfield AIDS Memorial Garden to reflect, remember and respect this special place which stands a testament to the community response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Opening speeches by Mayor, Yarra City Council and Chief Executive of Melbourne Polytechnic, Frances Coppolillo and John Hall (Thorne Harbour Health.)

Hear reflections about the establishment of the garden and the HIV/AIDS epidemic from Judy Frecker (HIV Clinical Nurse consultant), David Menadue (Living Legend & Activist), and Susan Paxton (Positive Women Victoria).

Yarra Youth Services Artists in Residence Nicky Tsekouras, Zeth Cameron and Josh Van Eymeren will open a new artwork in the garden entitled, Reflections.

At 7pm, join us for an author talk with teacher, researcher, and writer Geoff Allshorn who will speak about his latest book Always Remember - 40 Years - 40 Objects and Images from the AIDS Epidemic, 1981-2021.

Stay as the sun sets, for food and beverages and enjoy music from Melbourne Polytechnic music students.

Free on street parking available or paid parking at Melbourne Polytechnic car park. 

Presented in partnership with Yarra City Arts, Melbourne Polytechnic, Thorne Harbour Health, Rainbow Yarra, Yarra Libraries and Yarra City Heritage. 

Part of Yarra City Council's 16 Days of Activism campaign with support from the Victorian Government, Respect Victoria and Safe and Equal.

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Date and time:
5.30pm - 8pm
Wednesday 29 November 2023

Fairfield AIDS Memorial Garden, Fairfield Melbourne Polytechnic, 101 Yarra Bend Road