Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia. Carriageworks engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks' commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking, and unrelenting in its support of artists.
The best way to get to events at Carriageworks is to walk, ride or use public transport. There are bike lanes on surrounding streets, and plenty of free bike parking at the venue. Use the public transport trip planner to catch a bus or train. Carriageworks is only about a 12 minute walk from Redfern or McDonaldtown stations.
Located conveniently at the Broadway end of the city, the Seymour Centre includes four performance venues, cafe, bars, expansive foyers and a large leafy courtyard. During the Mardi Gras 2019 festival, the Seymour Centre becomes Mardi Gras Central - over 12 nights leading up to the Parade, experience a wild mix of queer performance, theatre, circus, music, cabaret and burlesque!
After three consecutive sell-out Australian tours, comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio returns to Australia with her brand-new comedy show. The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” tells tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life of politics, travel, family and social media.
Don’t miss your chance to see the The Queen of Mean in her fiercely funny new show in 2019.
Gavin Rayna Russom is a New York based multimedia artist and composer of electronic music. Using the analogue and digital synthesizer she has produced a body of extremely influential art and music over the last 15 years. She is perhaps best known as the synthesist in the critically-acclaimed band LCD Soundsystem.
As someone who had never been comfortable in the fixed ideas which surrounded gender, the possibilities of analogue synth electronic production were a critical way for her to engage with the outside world and still be authentic to her internal world.
Known in the electronic community as “The Wizard” for her technical prowess, she has built custom analogue synthesizers for the likes of James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Tim Goldsworthy (UNKLE, The Loving Hand) and Bjorn Copeland (Black Dice).
Rayna performs a one-off live set exclusively at Mardi Gras Central.
Join the THICK ‘N’ JUICY party family in Sydney to celebrate Mardi Gras with another massive Sunday party, serving high-profile local and international DJs / performers and hundreds of sexy friendly men from around the world!
Our popular dance parties are home to a big family of hunky men and their LGBTIQ+ friends. Famous for world-class entertainment, cheeky themes and awesome venue transformations. Come party with us!
With spectacular views of the harbour, Sydney's much loved Luna Park is a superbly restored 1930's amusement park.
Bigger, better and dare we say, Gayer than ever, Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA returns to the Concert Hall for one fabulous night only.
Live onstage with a 12 piece orchestra, this variety gala is jam-packed with surprises, laughs and power ballads, that will have everyone on their feet. Joining "Mardi Gras Royalty" Trevor Ashley is the deliciously camp Rhonda Burchmore, the electrifying Tim Campbell, the acerbic wit of Tom Ballard, Oxford St legends Shauna Jensen and Minnie Cooper, and more surprises!
Right after the show, the Northern Foyers play host to the best party in Sydney with breathtaking views in a sunset soiree like no other, sparkling with the sounds of DJ Victoria Anthony.
Come and join us for the ultimate Mardi Gras pre-party and celebrate with the stars!
Sydney Opera House presents in association with Trevor Ashley Enterprises.
Happy Mardi Gras!
The City of Sydney's Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore at Sydney Town Hall is the first official welcoming event of the Festival each year.
The rainbow flag originated in San Francisco in 1978 and was designed by artist Gilbert Baker for the Californian city's Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Since then it has become a woldwide emblem of gay pride and gay-friendly areas. The red on the flag symbolises life, while orange signifies healing, yellow is for sunlight, green represents nature, blue stands for harmony and violet signifies spirit.
City of Sydney is proud to show support for its many LGBTQI residents, workers and visitors. As a government partner of Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival, the City will fly the rainbow flag above Sydney Town Hall throughout the 2019 Festival from Friday 15 February until Sunday 3 March.