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To celebrate Mardi Gras, esteemed UK Theatre Company Milk Presents bring their award-winning Drag King play JOAN to Sydney for the first time.

Planetdwellers Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise

Planetdwellers Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise

Celebrate Mardi Gras 40th, and sail the Harbour Pink to celebrate all that is Sydney! Visitors and locals alike rate this as one of Sydney's top experiences - join us and find out why.

The party starts at the Opera House Jetty, then as the hot summer sun slowly melts over the Harbour Bridge, enjoy 4 full hours of delectable canapes (included in your ticket price), icy cold drinks served from our cash only bar (including one free on arrival) and our awesome party tunes and chilled beats spun live by our Planetdwellers DJ.

Friendly, welcoming and warm, just like our city, our exclusive floating palace, The Bella Vista, is one of the premier ships of Sydney. An Ideal location from where you can view the breathtaking sights you’ve always wanted to see. Join us in showcasing the most delightful parts of Sydney and of course, the jewel in her crown, Sydney Harbour itself!

Mingle with our hosts MC James 'Breko' Brechney and DJ Amanda Louise, get your party selfies posted, and don’t forget the obligatory kiss as we cruise under the Harbour Bridge. The Famous Sydney skyline will come alive with light, as the party continues all the way back to the Opera House.

Don’t miss out on getting one of the hottest tickets on the Mardi Gras Calendar - book now!

Mardi Gras Bar of Love & Protest

Mardi Gras Bar of Love & Protest

Come together with friends for a drink after the exhibition in the heart of Darlinghurst. Each night will feature a different era from Sydney’s queer dance floor.

Friday & Saturday nights, 5.30–10pm
Special Parade Day Bar: Saturday 3 March, 12–6pm
Fri 16 Feb Richard Weiss with Tudorstuart
Sat 17 Feb Heaps Gay
Fri 23 Feb Del Lumanta
Sat 24 Feb House of Mince
Fri 2 Mar DJ Sveta
Sat 3 Mar TBC (12–6pm)

Family Workshops at NAS

Family Workshops at NAS

The National Art School is proud to be an exhibition partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2018.

The signature event for the 40th anniversary celebrations, the Museum of Love & Protest looks back across four amazing decades and presents an immersive exhibition of original costumes, photographs and rarely-seen film and video footage, iconic posters, storytelling, music and artefacts.

In conjunction with the exhibition the National Art School have created a range of workshops where you can come together as a family to learn new skills and techniques. Enjoy experimental drawing and ceramics for Rainbow Families of all ages!

We have these amazing workshops on offer: 

Workshop A: Ceramic treasures with Elizabeth Hogan
Session 1: 10am–12.30 pm
$20 per parent, $10 per child.
This workshop will allow you to experiment with ceramic hand building techniques to develop your own projects inspired by the Museum of Love and Protest.  Discover how to join clay pieces, use slab or coil methods, and make design decisions about size and placement. Embellish your collection of objects with different marks, stamps and jewels, and decorate your pieces with a range of underglaze colours.
This workshop is for families with children aged 6 and over. All materials are included.

Workshop B: Doodling with a difference with Todd Fuller
Session 2: 1.30–4 pm
$20 per parent, $10 per child.
Join National Art School Alumni Todd Fuller for an experimental drawing workshop. Try new techniques for mark-making using a variety of materials while learning about observation. Whether you are a daily drawer or a first timer, this workshop will have something for you.
This workshop is for families with children aged 6 and over. All materials are included.


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Strangers In Between

Strangers In Between

A funny and moving Australian classic from the playwright of Holding the Man.

Shane has fled his family and is seeking refuge in Sydney's Kings Cross. Confused and naive, Shane struggles to reconcile himself with events from his past. But how can he move on when he can't even use laundry powder? Directed by Daniel Lammin (Master Class at the Hayes Theatre), this timely new production features a stellar cast – AACTA and Logie winner Simon Burke (Griffin Theatre’s The Homosexuals and Foxtel’s Devil’s Playground), recent Helpmann Award winner Guy Simon (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones), and Wil King (The Production Company’s La Cage aux Folles).

Presented by Cameron Lukey (Resident Alien at the Seymour Centre), Don’t Be Down Productions and the Seymour Centre.

Showtimes - 14 Feb – 2 Mar

Wed 14 Feb. Preview 7:30pm
Thu 15 Feb. Opening Night 7:30pm
Fri 16 Feb. 7:30pm
Sat 17 Feb. 3pm, 7:30pm
Tue 20 Feb. 7:30pm
Wed 21 Feb. 7:30pm
Thu 22 Feb. 7:30pm
Fri 23 Feb. 7:30pm
Sat 24 Feb. 3pm, 7:30pm
Tue 27 Feb. 7:30pm
Wed 28 Feb. 7:30pm
Thu 1 Mar. 7:30pm
Fri 2 Mar. 7:30pm

Mitzi Macintosh: A Lifetime in Lipstick

Mitzi Macintosh: A Lifetime in Lipstick

Thu 22 Feb 8pm
Fri 23 Feb 7pm
Sat 24 Feb 7pm

Sydney drag legend Mitzi Macintosh returns to Australia in her first ever one-woman show A Lifetime in Lipstick!

She will be performing all your favourite spot numbers, as well as telling hilarious stories whether it be her first time in drag, or gossip about all the legends of the golden mile…from Scooters, The Albury Hotel and Bingay to being Mardi Gras Parade Director and star of The Imperial Hotel.

Mitzi was the face of Sydney Drag and is one of the most respected performers within the drag industry. Not only is Mitzi a professional, she is a true DIVA, winning 34 Drag Industry Variety Awards during her career (more than any other performer in Sydney history). In 2007 Mitzi (Graeme Browning) was voted one of “The 25 most influential Gay and Lesbian Australians” in the Same Same 25. The following year Mitzi was voted one of Sydney’s top 100 Influential people by leading newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald.

Wearing an array of dazzling costumes of her own creation, peek behind the curtain of Sydney drag, and relive the highlights celebrating Mardi Gras’ 40th year.

Chock full of glamour and gags, it’s a not to be missed stumble down memory lane… in pretty high heels.

Courtyard Sessions

Courtyard Sessions

Ease into the weekend and enjoy everything Sydney has to offer – long days, warm weather, good food, cold drinks and great live music.

Courtyard Sessions’ free gigs at dusk have become a staple in the city’s live music scene, known for the diversity and energy of programming.

This year we’re celebrating Mardi Gras’ 40th Anniversary Festival with a series of free outdoor concerts from up-and-coming local musicians representing the LGBTQI community.

Join us under the trees for good food, cold drinks and great live music.

Saturday 17 February 5:30pm-7:30pm

Harley Mavis (Hannah Robinson’s band) with support from Lady Lyon

Sunday 5pm-7pm – Fair Day Highlight

Hollow States and Rachel Maria Cox

Friday 23 February 6pm-9pm

Chicks With Picks



Playlist invites writers, theatre makers and new talent to share bold, unique LGBTQI stories on stage for audiences hungry for new voices.

If you have a completed script, first ideas or anything in between - we want to hear from you. Selected works will be presented on Saturday 17 February, 2018. This will be a full day of readings, presentations, pitches and performance. Siren Theatre Co's director Kate Gaul will lead the curatorial program and produce a program of readings, showings and discussions.

Artists are invited to submit their proposals by December 4, 2017. Program announced January 15, 2018. Information and applications: sirentheatreco.com/playlist