Festival Director

Em Ireland

We are thrilled to welcome Em into the ChillOut family and we are so excited to see her bring our vision for the 25th ChillOut Festival to life!

Em moved to Daylesford 12 years ago from Fitzroy to fulfil a lifelong dream of building a home. Her mother and father both lived and worked here in the 60’s and she has always had a great love for the Hepburn Shire, it is a place she considers home. Her passion is music, diversity of arts and festival event coordination.

Em has over 25 years of music and events industry experience. Having worked for Revolver Upstairs, Bar Open, The Big Day Out, The Byron Blues Festival, Meredith Music Festival/Golden Plains and the Ballarat Frolic Festival. She has run her own MultiArts company E.A.Z.E Multi Arts creating forums and infrastructure for all forms of art across Melbourne & interstate, and Oneyedog Management; Booking, artists development & management company Touring Both Nationally in Australia and overseas. She spent five years at THE PUSH running Youth mentoring programmes and All Ages regional touring.

She is a dedicated facilitator who excels at turning people’s ideas into events for everyone. She sees the importance of sharing and documenting artists so they can grow together as an industry in remote areas. Em is a strong advocate for LGBTIQA+ youth empowerment, multiculturalism and diversity and is 100 % committed to further development of community arts and Festivals in our Hepburn Shire and throughout Victoria.


Dedicated to our community

The ChillOut Committee combines people who bring a wealth of ideas and experiences to the festival. Some are new to ChillOut and several have spent the past few years working on the festival. As ChillOut is growing and maturing as an organisation, the Committee has a large responsibility in governing the organisation. Therefore, we are enlisting more volunteers to assist with the festival only, so the Committee can get on with their important role.

The Committee employs a Festival Director and other contract staff to assist with event coordination, programming and sponsorships. Together we are a great team who aim to bring you a fabulous ChillOut Festival and other events across the year.

The one thing that binds us together is our commitment to ChillOut and our shared determination to not only deliver a better festival every year, but to be the best community members we can be.

We are always interested in hearing from people who may like to join our Governance Committee or those wanting to sit on the Festival Committee.

History of ChillOut

From humble beginnings in 1997, ChillOut Festival has grown to become Australia’s largest Queer Country Pride festival.

ChillOut is recognised as a culturally important and nationally celebrated LGBTIQ pride event, supporting and representing Queer pride for all regional people.



ChillOut Festival is a proudly regional LGBTIQ festival. Moving into its 23rd year, the organisation has established aspirational goals, aiming to position the ChillOut Association as a passionate and compassionate, informed and socially responsible.

The strategic plan concentrates on continuing to build foundations of good governance and financial sustainability, whilst delivering a range of community building initiatives and a unique festival experience which we hope continues to resonate in the hearts and minds of our LGBTIQ community.

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