Events

Throughout the week

AIDS2014 Connect Schools Project
Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH), The Burnet Institute, The Infectious Disease Unit of Monash University and The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) have joined forces to create a team of young volunteers to deliver free daily HIV peer education workshops tailored to Victorian high school students in years 8 to 11.To find out more or book your school to take part visit: http://www.redaware.org.au/aids-2014-school-workshop/

Honouring the Past, Hope for the Future: Towards a HIV Free Generation
Each night from the 18th – 21st July alongside YEAH’s giant AIDS 2014 installation on Princes Bridge, the Arts Centre’s Hamer Hall becomes a canvas to Honour the Past and create Hope for the Future as we work together to create an HIV Free Generation.

To celebrate the unique opportunity as Melbourne hosts the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), YEAH has created a unique projection of artworks to increase the community’s understanding of the ongoing impact of HIV here and around the world. The projections incorporate images from the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt, Honouring the Past, alongside works exploring the theme Hope for the Future.

Melbourne City Sightseeing hop-on-hop-off double decker buses
The perfect way to get to see Melbourne’s major city attractions! As part of the AIDS 2014 Conference, they’re offering a special 10% discount on a 24 or 48 hour passes to all AIDS2014 delegates and their families. 20% of ticket sales will be donated to YEAH! YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AGAINST HIV/AIDS. You can book online, or bring your conference pass and pay at the bus stop. Tickets normally $35.00 for 24 hours. Buy tickets via http://goo.gl/1gx3rh

Friday 18th

Melbourne Youth Force Youth Pre-Conference – Day 1
Two hundred young leaders in the global HIV response will join together for two days of learning, sharing and collaboration – coming together to develop the Youth Action Plan to be presented at the Youth Symposium on Tuesday 22nd. Day one will also include opening remarks from the Director of the UNAIDS East and Southern Africa Regional Support Team, Sheila Tlou and closing remarks from Laura John, the 2014 Australian UN Youth Representative. Registrations are now closed. State Library of Victoria, 8am to 6pm.

Saturday 19th

Melbourne Youth Force Youth Pre-Conference – Day 2
Two hundred young leaders in the global HIV response will join together for two days of learning, sharing and collaboration – coming together to develop the Youth Action Plan to be presented at the Youth Symposium on Tuesday 22nd. Day two will also feature closing remarks from Kate Gilmore, Deputy Executive Director of UNFPA, the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby and Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS. Registrations are now closed. State Library of Victoria, 8.30am to 6pm.

Melbourne Youth Force Youth Reception
Youth Pre-Conference delegates will have the opportunity to celebrate the end of the Youth Pre-Conference and beginning of AIDS2014 with friends new and old at the Melbourne Youth Force Youth Reception. Entertainment for the evening includes Nath Valvo from Nova 100 and DJ Systa BB. Youth Pre-Conference delegates only. The Provincial Hotel, 299 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, 6.30pm until 10pm.

Sunday 20th

YEAH & the Melbourne Youth Force Legacy Street Art: A vision from the street for a HIV Free Generation
Two hundred youth leaders in the global HIV response are collaborating with some of Melbourne’s most renowned public space artists to unify their vision of an ‘HIV Free Generation’ transforming a part of the iconic Queen Victoria Market into a living AIDS 2014 legacy expressed through Melbourne’s most loved public art form – Street Art! Funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. FREE: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20thJuly, Queen Victoria Market. Come and see the street art mural take shape from 12pm – 2:30pm daily.

AIDS2014 Conference Opening Ceremony
The official opening of AIDS2014, come and hear from a range of key international leaders who will lay the foundation for the discussions throughout the week. The event will include a Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and remarks from Frances Barr-Sinoussié & Sharon Lewin, Denis Napthine, A. Oktariani, Michel Sidibé, Ban Ki-moon, Y.Haule, the Hon Justice Michael Kirby, Tony Abbot MP and a performance by Dan Sultan. MCEC, Plenary 2, 6.50pm to 8.30pm. http://pag.aids2014.org/session.aspx?s=1952

Monday 21st

Global Village and Youth Pavilion Opening Ceremony
Join the AIDS 2014 Global Village and Youth Programme Co-Chairs at this special event to welcome community, science and leadership to the Global Village. Ceremony will be MC’d by Julia Zamiro, Australian comedian and radio host and includes remarks from global leaders and community, finishing with a performance by the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Youth Chorus. FREE: Global Village Main Stage, 11am to 12pm. More information here http://www.aids2014.org/webcontent/file/pag/globalvillage/Monday.pdf

Launch of the first open source Peer Education Hub
After the success of their national HIV and sexual health peer education program that engages tens of thousands of young Australians each year, YEAH has been inspired to develop a cutting edge open source Peer Education Hub – an online platform to encourage free sharing of youth HIV and sexual health peer education resources and tools amongst those working in similar programs around the world.

Made possible through support from the Commonwealth Department of Health and UNESCO – World leaders in best practice comprehensive sexuality education. Monday 21st July, ACMI, Federation Square, 6:30pm (bookings essential). All enquiries: alex@yeah.org.au

Tuesday 22nd

Youth Symposium – Beyond 2014: Youth Leadership in the AIDS Response
Recognising the importance of youth leadership in working towards a generation free of HIV and the end of AIDS, the Melbourne Youth Force will hand over to Michel Sidibe the Melbourne Youth Force Action Plan: the world we want beyond 2014 and the road to Durban. Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS and Mark Dybul (Switzerland) will then present on The PACT followed be presentations form community on the youth response. MECE, Plenary 1, 11am – 12.30pm http://pag.aids2014.org/session.aspx?s=2008

Meet the Experts Panel – The recipe for effective public health: Innovation, Leadership and Grassroots Mobilisation
Freely accessible to the public, this meet the experts Q&A panel brings together internationally renowned leaders in the global response to HIV, creating a platform for them to inspire and be a catalyst to motivate thinking beyond traditional approaches to public health.

This session will challenge current thinking on what makes effective leadership, discuss and debate the impacts of working upstream and downstream in public health, and open up dialogue around innovation and building partnerships across sectors and a broad range of professions.

Facilitated by: Alischa Ross, CEO YEAH
Speaker 1: Professor Rob Moodie – Inaugural Director of Country Support UNAIDS, Professor Public Health
Speaker 2: Steve Kraus – Director UNAIDS Regional Support Team Asia Pacific
Speaker 3: Lady Roselyn Morauta – former First Lady of Papua New Guinea and Chair of PNG Country Coordinating Committee for the Global Fund

FREE: Tuesday 22nd July AIDS 2014 Global Village, Clarendon Auditorium, MCEC, (Clarendon Street entrance), 1pm – 2pm.

ADIS2014 Mobilisation March & Candle Light Vigil
Meet at the entrance of the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre for the AIDS 2014 Mobilisation March lead by our friends at VAC under the theme Working Together, Stronger Together. The march begins at 3.30pm and will end at the AIDS 2014 Candlelight Vigil at Fed Square, starting at 6pm.

The AIDS2014 Candle Light Vigil welcomes the world to join us in Melbourne to remember lives lost due to HIV and AIDS, while looking forward to a world free of the virus. It is an opportunity to highlight and remember the over 35 million people who have been lost as a result of HIV or AIDS related causes. To celebrate the triumphs of science, medicine, policy and community in the

Wednesday 23rd

Queen Victoria Winter Night Market & Free Melbourne City sightseeing shuttle
On Wednesday 23rd July, Queen Victoria Winter Night Market, will host a special winter celebration of Melbourne especially shaped to welcome AIDS 2014 delegates from around the globe to experience a bounty of ways to eat, play and discover some of the city’s craftiest artisans, performers and food producers. Come and experience a range of fun and interactive activities delivered by YEAH and youth delegates from the Melbourne Youth Force.

Melbourne’s City Sightseeing hop on hop off double decker bus will be offering a FREE shuttle service running every half hour from 5pm – 8pm on Wednesday 23rd July departing South Wharf outside DFO at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and arriving at the Queen Victoria Market. FREE: Wednesday 23rd July, Queen Victoria Market, 5pm – 10pm.

Love MELBOURNE Global Cultural Exchange
The Love MELBOURNE sign is an installation covered in thousands of personalised messages describing what people love most about our beautiful city. As a special activity at the Winter Night Market, all delegates are invited to take part in a ‘global cultural exchange’ by adding their own personal message of what they have loved most about their time in Melbourne, adding it to the sculpture and in exchange, take one of the existing Love MELBOURNE iconic ‘Aussie’ key ring messages home as a memento of their visit.

FREE: Wednesday 23rd July, Winter Night Market main entrance 7pm – 8pm for AIDS 2014 delegates wishing to participate.

Thursday 24th

No Pants No Problem
No Pants No Problem (NPNP) is VERY excited to be going another hot date with the International AIDS Conference and the lovely people of Melbourne! WE can only imagine after how big this will be after being the biggest party of the 2012 AIDS Conference in Washington.

The premise is easy; you come, you drop your pants, you dance in your underwear, kiss a few cuties, and then dance some more to the party tunes of Melbourne’s one and only DJ Nic Holas. If you’re lucky you won’t be going home alone. And for that there will be a safer sex/harm reduction booth on site with a bunch of condoms, gloves, and many other goodies.

Tickets are $10 in advance/ $15 at the door. For advance tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/no-pants-no-problem-tickets-11758970397. If you do not take your pants off there is a $5 penalty at the door.

From 10pm until late. Motel, 172 York St, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3205.

Friday 25th