AIDS quilt displayed in Sydney

December 4, 1991

AIDS quilt displayed in Sydney

By Kim Spurway

SYDNEY — As part of World AIDS Day events, 1000 people living with AIDS and their friends and family attended the unfolding ceremony of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt here on November 30. The quilt is a memorial to those lost in the AIDS epidemic.

The quilt is composed of 303 fabric panels, designed and completed by the families, friends and lovers of people who have died of AIDS. The quilt was begun in September 1988 by Andrew Carter and Richard Johnson, both of whom have since died of the disease. Two thousand people have died of the disease in Australia.

64 panels from the Australian quilt will be sent to the International Quilt Display to be held in October 1992 in Washington. There will be 20,000 panels on display from all over the world.

Other World AIDS Day events included an art exhibition, an exhibition of posters and videos on HIV/AIDS, a celebrity fundraising event, concerts and a World AIDS Day Commemoration and play.

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