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Date: October 2017

Koori Gras

Koori Gras
Koori Gras is a vibrant showcase of unique First Peoples culture and community, produced By Moogahlin Performing Arts In Association With Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras And Carriageworks.

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2018 Little Black Dress Run

2018 Little Black Dress Run

The Little Black Dress Run is Sydney Frontrunners' annual fundraiser for Twenty10. This year it's the Little Black Dress or Tux run in black or white for a wedding theme. The event is back at its traditional home, Centennial Park. 

A family friendly event for everyone. Frock up in your best LBD or T or any old haute couture to help a great cause. We're running in a park so wear your bling bling sneakers.

Laugh so much you won’t even know you are exercising! Who will win prizes and wear the sash for most glamorous runner and fundraiser?

Telling Tales - a portrait book with tales

Telling Tales - a portrait book with tales

'Telling Tales' Offical Book Launch at East Sydney Community and Arts Centre is now SOLD OUT

Telling Tales - 40 Fabulous Years of Floats, Fun, Fantasy and Fortitude of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney portrait photographer, Richard Hedger, has shot 40 original portraits of members of the LGBTI+ community. In parallel, Richard has documented each individual’s personal story to tell of the ever-evolving role the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras has played in their life.

Portrayed in Richard’s book are the faces of the familiar, the famous and not so famous, of sung and unsung heroes both local and international. They are the images of people who have been brought together to share their experiences, thoughts, reflections, memories and insights with regard to the impact and relevance to them of the SGLMG. They consist of political activists, actors, academics, athletes, authors, carers, chefs, comics, designers, directors, DJs, editors, entertainers, entrepreneurs, historians, journalists, lawyers, performers, playwrights, photographers, politicians, professionals, retailers and stylists.

Each of them has contributed to the life blood of the city in which they live and love. They speak of what the SGLMG means to them and how they see its role as a powerful past, present and future influence on the LGBTI+ community and beyond.

Faustina Agolley | Mark Alsop | Rafae lBonachela | Steph Sands | Fran Bowron | Jayson Brunsdon | Aaron Elias Brunsdon | Tom Campbell | Morgan Carpenter | Casey Conway | Teddy Cook | Andrew Creagh | Joel Creasey | Brendan de la Hay | Peter de Waal | Melinda Dimitriades | Robert Tait | Angelo Doulgeris | Robert French | Jackie Braw | Vicki Harding | Brenna Harding | Alex Greenwich | Victor Hoeld | C.Moore Hardy | Manda Hatter | Nic Holas | Bettina Holmes | Michael Kirby | Marc Kuzma aka Claire de Lune | Jane Marsden | Les McDonald | Jenni Millbank | Jonathon "J.Mo' Moran | Tommy Murphy | Justin Koonin | Joy Ng | NORRIE | Ian Roberts | Sally Rugg | Teresa Savage | Vanessa Wagner aka Tobin Saunders | Colleen Windsor | Garry Wotherspoon | Annie Wright | Danling Xiao | Kevin 'Kabi' Yarwood

ORDER THE BOOK ON RICHARD HEDGER'S WEBSITE HERE!

According to Otto

According to Otto

According to Otto is the latest play by acclaimed dramatist, Wayne Tunks (Fag Boy & the Married Guy, The Girlie Show, Bitch and Diva Wars). Otto Brooks is 16 with a massive imagination and a big secret he’s ready to reveal he’s gay.

Otto has the usual family, parents who love and embarrass him, a Uni student sister who wants to change the world, a pop culture loving Nana and a best friend, Max, who he’s secretly in love with. Add to that, a school bully out for a blood and Otto has a lot to go through before he becomes what he really wants, to be out, happy and in love. Time to delve into the world according to Otto.

Starring Felicity Burke, Alice Furze, Jacinta Moses, Jasper Musgrave, Tasha O’Brien, Wayne Tunks and Andrew Wang.

Tagged Performance

Airlock: A Nihilistic Indie Pop Cabaret About the End of the World

Airlock: A Nihilistic Indie Pop Cabaret About the End of the World

The end of the world is almost upon us and the lucky few that are rich or powerful enough to afford survival have hunkered down in a bunker to witness humanity’s final moments. An MC keeps the mood light while we wait for “THE END” and welcomes the last few stragglers stumble through the Airlock… humankind’s last best hope.

Are they scientists? Artists? Teachers? Leaders?

No, of course not. They’re all awful, selfish hypocrites who contribute nothing of value to society and no one gets redeemed.

But there’s booze, so that makes it a bit okay.

Consisting of a bunch of all-original songs, a gloriously camp Frankenstein’s Monster of music theatre, cabaret, pop, and experimental electronica. Grab a cocktail and watch the world burn from behind the safety of the Airlock.

Featuring a random cross section of fabulously talented performers from all over the place including Raelene Isbester, Stephanie Grace, Tim Hansen, Will Hannagan, Kate Leabeater, Dyan Tai, Alistair Stewart and Fiona Pearson.

Written, composed, produced, sworn at, and talked about ad nauseam at dinner parties by Tim Hansen.

Costume design by Fabiana Figueira Abreau

Produced by Liz Alexander

 

This project was supported through The Red Rattler Theatre: RatTrap Artist in Residence Program.

An Alternative Gaze: A Guided Tour of LGBTQ Highlights at the Art Gallery of NSW

An Alternative Gaze: A Guided Tour of LGBTQ Highlights at the Art Gallery of NSW

Tours at 3pm at 6pm

Issues of gender and sexual identity are an intrinsic aspect of every age and culture. Art is often the arena in which such issues are articulated, debated and challenged. In this guided tour, artist and curator Dr David Sequeira highlights a range of gay and lesbian themes raised by some of the world’s most important artists and art movements.

Your ticket includes entry to the exhibition, Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium.

Tagged Visual Arts

Bear Bar

Bear Bar

Celebrate Bear Culture during Mardi Gras.

Sydney’s pop-up Bear Bar is back bigger than ever to celebrate 40 years of Mardi Gras.

Located on the ground floor of the Burdekin Hotel, at the start of Oxford Street, doors swing open on February 23rd for another action packed 9 days of fun events.

Showcasing the cream of the international bear scene, this year’s entertainment line-up includes comedian Dean Arcuri from Melbourne, US DJ Corey Craig from NYC and Sydney’s Colin Gaff who has headlined at bear parties across the globe including the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party.

As well as the pub style nights, there will be art showcasing local bear artists and some special events geared to visitors to Sydney, including an Australian wine tasting run by United Cellars and a walking tour exploring Sydney’s secret gay history.

Spread over two levels of the Burdekin Hotel, Bear Bar will be the focal point of the Australian Bear Community during the Mardi Gras celebrations.

Festivities wrap up with a massive Mardi Gars Parade Party on March 3rd, overlooking Oxford Street with amazing views of the parade.

Dungeons and Drag Queens

Dungeons and Drag Queens

Four fab drag queens bring RuPaul to roleplaying in this hilarious live game of Dungeons & Dragons! Along with dice rolling there'll be dancing, singing and entertaining audiovisuals to compliment their comedic quest. If you thought Frodo should have walked to Mordor in sequin heels, this is the show for you.

The fierceness and fantasy runs for four nights only so fetch your tickets fast!

SHOWTIMES:

Wednesday 28/2 - 7pm-8:30pm
Thursday 1/3 - 7pm-8:30pm
Friday 2/3 - 7pm-8:30pm
Saturday 3/3 - 3:30-5pm

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Equali-TEA

Equali-TEA

We are proud to support equality with our equali-TEA! Our signature high tea will be covered with rainbow colours and extra sprinkles to celebrate the 2018 Sydney Mardi Gras Festival. Come enjoy this most English of traditions in the understated elegance and warm ambience of Sir Stamford at Circular Quay, the perfect setting for an afternoon of indulgence. 3-tier high tea stand includes savoury canapes and finger sandwiches, decadent sweets, fluffy scones, coffee or tea and a glass of champagne.

Tagged Community

Forty Years of Fabulous Frocks and Friction!

Forty Years of Fabulous Frocks and Friction!

Kerrie Lowe Gallery has PRIDE in presenting our 23rd Mardi Gras exhibition in 2018.

Members of the "Little Sisters of the Nimble Finger" artist collective work their magic in clay, wood, paint, feathers and glitter to celebrate that first march down Oxford Street in 1978!

We celebrate the amazing artistic contributions of past Parade organisers, MCs, marchers, dancers, costume and wig makers and Queer "floatilla" decorators! We delight in celebrating the past and present LGBQTI communities and the sense of pride and joy it brings when we gather together at the exhibition opening with our resident Mother Abyss to sing ‘Ave Mardi Gras’ to the accompaniment of the piano accordion. We're still reeling in our stilletoes from our 2017 exhibition where we celebrated Marriage Equality (pre-plebiscite) with Ceramic Same-Sex Wedding Cakes: one of which was presented to Peter and Bon, that amazing couple of 50 years, lifelong activists, awarded the Order of Australia and famous for that first boy on boy kiss on ABC TV.

Forty Years of Fabulous Frocks believes that Gay Rights are Human Rights and there can never be too many colours in a rainbow! Keep the Date and celebrate with us in King Street (that thinks it is Queen Street) in Newtown at the Kerrie Lowe Gallery

Forty Years of Femme

Forty Years of Femme

Sydney Femme Guild is delighted to produce 40 Years of Femme, a celebration of 4 decades of Femme history in Sydney during the 2018 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras festival.

A fundraiser for Sydney Femme Guild and the inaugural event signalling a new era of growth for the Guild, the night will be an exploration and celebration of Femme identity - raw, sassy, strong, proud, dangerous.

The night will be set to explore the many faceted aspects of femme identity, lifestyle, desire, pleasure, and beauty from within. Featured Femme performers will grace the stage with their own stories of Femme experience in the form of burlesque, spoken word, artistic expression and demonstrations. 

In addition, we will be hosting an exhibition of Femme as Fuck images - telling a story of pride and history from the many diverse Femmes in our beautiful LGBTQI community over the past 40 years!

Greg Gould - Intimate + Live

Greg Gould - Intimate + Live

GREG GOULD is one of Australia’s most exciting entertainers, connecting with audiences around the globe through his powerhouse vocals, charismatic stage presence and heart provoking music videos. Greg dominated Australia’s Got Talent in 2013 where his stirring rendition of Prince's ‘Purple Rain’ propelling him through to the final where he finished as Runner Up. Greg has toured the world with his band The Chase, performed to sold out shows the Full Moon Fest in New York City, the 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras official after party and headlined 2017 Hamburg Pride in Germany where his original single ‘Today’ was chosen as the official anthem.

Greg's cover of En Vogue's hit ‘Don’t Let Go’ went to #5 in Australia, #4 in Bulgaria, #27 in Italy and #7 in Germany, with its accompanying music video taking the internet by storm, viewed by more than 19 million people. This amazing video features true stories of discrimination within the LGBTI community and caught the eye of En Vogue's lead singer Maxine Jones, who praised the version saying Greg’s cover gave her goosebumps. The two e-released the song as a duet and have embarked on an international tour.

Following in the footsteps of great artists who aren't defined by any one genre, Greg promises to deliver honest, soulful music that's straight from the heart. A promise he continues to live up to.

To book tickets, e-mail marc@claireskitchen.com.au or phone (02) 9283 1891.

Guy James Whitworth Presents Gentlemen of a Certain Reputation

Guy James Whitworth Presents Gentlemen of a Certain Reputation

A dynamic group exhibition that examines identity, sexuality, gender and reputation and challenges what those issues mean in Australia after the postal vote and its recent outcomes. Award winning Sydney based artist Guy James Whitworth presents current works selected from his favourite queer artists based all around Australia, an event which he describes as ‘less of a passing on of the torch, but more of a sharing of the talking stick. With so many artists referencing inspiration from the same events and cultural reference points, it’s amazing to see so many different styles and statements.’ Multi media artists such as Dan Gladden, Michael Willard, Andrew Batt-Rowden and Dim Fim (whose works are all featured above) head a stellar line up, in this not to be missed exhibition. The M2 Gallery in Surry hills will host a week long festival of events such artists talks and evenings of performance art, with dates to be announced closer to the opening night.

Watch this space…

Isaac Julien: 'Film-Noir Angels' Looking for Langston

Isaac Julien: 'Film-Noir Angels' Looking for Langston

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is pleased to present seminal work Looking For Langston (1989/2017) by Isaac Julien, acclaimed British filmmaker / installation artist. The solo exhibition Isaac Julien: Looking for Langston will feature newly-conceived, large-scale and silver gelatin photographic works and Julien’s award-winning film. The film’s narrative focuses on the life of poet Langston Hughes and his relationship to fellow Harlem Renaissance artists. Its focus on a Black, Queer experience within the American cultural landscape retains its urgency and relevance.

Our exhibition coincides with a special screening of Looking for Langston in its original 16mm format at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Wednesday 14th of February 2018 at 7:15pm. Following the screening, Isaac Julien will be in conversation with the Art Gallery of New South Wale's Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Maud Page. Referencing works by James Van der Zee, George Platt Lynes and Robert Mapplethorpe, the celebrated film is a lyrical study of the history of 1930s black-and-white African American photography and 1980s Queer cultures. The 1989 film is a landmark in the exploration of artistic expression, a hallmark of New Queer Cinema and regarded as a touchstone for the African-American Studies for nearly 30 years.

Isaac Julien's 1991 film Young Soul Rebels will also be screening for the Queer Film Festival at the Golden Age Cinema on the 18th of February 2018.Exhibition runs: 23 January 2018 - 3 March 2018.

Exhibition runs: 23 January 2018 - 3 March 2018
Exhibition opening night: 16 February 2018
Screening and 'In Conversation' at AGNSW: 14 February 2018, 7:15 pm
Screening of Young Soul Rebels for the Queer Film Festival at the Golden Age Cinema: 18 February 2018, 8pm.