Date: October 2017
The Little Black Dress Run is Sydney Frontrunners' annual fundraiser for Twenty10. This iconic event is a must do during the Mardi Gras Festival…. from under the Harbour Bridge to the Sydney Opera House.
A family friendly event, welcoming everyone; frock up in your best Little Black Dress (don’t have one, join one of our shopping days) and raise money for Twenty10.
Laugh so much you won’t even know you are exercising!!! Entertainment, LBD auction, nibbles and celebratory drinks are all included.
Sydney portrait photographer, Richard Hedger, has shot 40 original portraits of members of the LGBTI+ community. In parallel, Hedger 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 Hedger’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..
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.
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 Margi de Ferranti, Stephanie Grace, Tim Hansen, Will Hannagan, Kate Leabeater, Dyan Tai and Benny J. Ramsay.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Sydney Femme Guild is proud to host an evening of visual and performance based celebration from the past 40 years of Femmes. Come celebrate Femmes of our community with spoken word, performance and photography on the night.
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.
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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…
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 daytime screening of Looking for Langston in its original 16mm format at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Saturday 24 February 2018. Following the screening, Isaac Julien will be in conversation with the Art Gallery of New South Wales curator. 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.
IT TAKES TWO!
A hilarious night of fun, laughter and DRAG!
What happens when two ex-NZ drag artistes, now living in separate Australian Cities get together to put on a show? A MESS... errr... we mean.... DRAG MAGIC!
Inspired by Pop Culture, Film and TV shows, music and fashion tastes - Drag Performers Polly Filla (Melb) and Felicity Frockaccino (Syd) poke fun at and pay homage to their icons in an hour of zany fun and laugh out loud comedy!
Relax at a luscious summer picnic in Enmore Park. Bring your kids, your dogs, your friends and a picnic lunch as we lounge about in the summer sun. Acoustic musicians, laid back DJs and chillout tunes will serenade us as we live our best damn lives. We’ll have a Mocktail bar and platters of fresh fruit – all for free. All LGBTIQ women are welcome. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers for the nearby Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre.
This event is part of ACON’s #TalkTouchTest breast cancer campaign, and we would love to see you there.
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Artwork: You & Me, 2013-2017, Participatory community embroidery facilitated by Liam Benson photo by Zan Wimberley
Western Sydney is home to a diverse and vibrant community of some 2 million people including a large LGBTIQ community - a mosaic of Australian life.
This exhibition will showcase 7 artists from across the region at the Parramatta Art Society Gallery for 2 weeks starting 23 February 2018.
Mosaic includes artists Liam Benson, George Tillianakis and Geoff Sellman and the launch will include a performance by Melodiqa as well as other musical performances and readings from Western Sydney LGBTIQ writers.
Come and experience the unique voices and perspectives of Sydney’s booming west.
Mosaic: LGBTIQ Artists of Western Sydney is a partnership between ACON, Parramatta Queer Forum, City of Parramatta Council and the City of Parramatta Art Society.
What does it mean to be Hercules in the 21st century? Artist Miriam Cabello offers a host of unique artistic responses to this ambitious question.
MLC Gallery at 5 Eliza St., Newtown hosts a compelling art exhibition with the aim of picturing the 21st-century Hercules. Brazenly titled Mythology: Where is Hercules? This exhibition features some of the finest figurative contemporary paintings of Australian heroes from the celebrated to the conspicuous.
Hercules finds its origins in Cabello’s 2011 exhibition held at the National Art Museum of Sport titled ‘Australian Aboriginal Boxing Legends’, highlighting Lionel Rose. American Sports Illustrated wrote of his 1968 fight in Tokyo,
“all across Australia that night people clung to radios as if the ringside announcer were Winston Churchill … women wept over Lionel Rose and men shouted … Lionel Rose was Hercules, Charles Lindbergh and the Messiah all rolled into one.”
From athletes to activists, 2016 Community Hero Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon’s portrait is included in the exhibition for championing acceptance and inclusion of LGBTI people in faith-based organisations for over 30 years.
This Herculean exhibition proudly celebrates the historic 40 years of struggles, triumphs and the beauty of acceptance and tolerance. Highlighting the sociological evolution of social justice, activism and diversity.
Pixel Party is putting the gay in gaming! Sydney Gaymers takes over Valve Bar for a night of multiplayer console action, gaming themed drag shows and fun dance beats. Hardcore or casual, come along for a chance to win fabulous loot in our prize raffle or just dance and game the night away!
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, 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!
The Pollys Club was formed in 1964 and is the longest running LGBTIQ social club in Australia. We hold dances throughout the year which provide an alternative social scene to the traditional bar and club environment. Our dances provide a safe and friendly environment for the LGBTIQ community, supporters and friends to gather and enjoy an evening of dancing and entertainment and at the same time raise funds for our grants program. Over our long history, The Pollys Club have donated over $350,000. towards many charities and organisations through our Annual Grants Program.
Come and join in the fun at our 2018 February dance – “Two Of Hearts”
One of the distressing consequences of the marriage equality survey was the reminder that some people view queer sexuality and family life as incommensurable. Yet the marriage debate also prompted the documentation and dissemination of highly moving stories of queer belonging within Australian families. Associate Professor Christy Newman from the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health (CSHR) will review a number of qualitative research studies conducted at CSRH in which LGBTQ+ participants provided rich accounts of what family means to them and how they have overcome continuing prejudices to forge a sense of resilience and belonging in the context of family life.
Supported by Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
The Queer Tarot Project is a multi-media exhibition, telling stories of the queer community through Tarot. When rejected by traditional religion, the queer community has often turned to Tarot for guidance and or spiritual belonging. This project aims to de-mystify and bring Tarot back to its story telling roots, and remove the white, patriarchal and religious overtones of the traditional Tarot decks. A Queer Tarot deck, for and by the Queer community, representing our gender and sexual identities; telling our stories through Tarot archetypes.
Exhibition includes large prints of the Tarot cards and visual projection of the Queer stories.
Go west this Mardi Gras with Sydney’s favourite LGBTQI storytelling night. Join host Maeve Marsden and an eclectic line up of stars and strangers at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta for a night of our city’s queerstories, unexpected tales of lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour.
The LGBTQI community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family and community.
In its usual home in Redfern, Queerstories has been selling out every month for over a year, bringing storytellers from all walks of life to the stage. Funny, moving, surprising and engaging, the stories from Queerstories are also available on the podcast.
This event is Auslan interpreted. This Western Sydney special event is presented by Riverside Theatres.
From the producers of Bar Kylie, 'Rebel Bar' – celebrating the music and artistry of the queen of pop Madonna – is joining the fun of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival for the very first time in 2018!
Getting fans into the groove at our ultimate non-stop Madonna party are Melbourne's own mega-Madge fans Argonaut and Magnus spinning the decks alongside specially produced Mardi Gras exclusive performances by Melbourne starlet Sasha Starr and her boys.
Cone bras and wedding veils at the ready boy toys, it's time to confess on the dancefloor!
To celebrate Mardi Gras, performance art perverts - Rule 34 - are throwing a party! CRISCO DISCO offers up a late night dirty discotheque of dancing and disco mischief, dotted with hot, hilarious and perverse performances that celebrate the diversity of sexuality and gender. Mix, mingle, dance, party, party and blot out everything but the disco beat at CRISCO DISCO. All genders and sexualities welcome. Dress to impress (yourself). R18.
In November 1992, the Australian government overturned a longstanding ban on gays, lesbians and bisexuals serving in the Australian Defence Force. Transgender service would continue to be banned until September 2010. Yet, LGBTI people were serving in the military long before these milestones, with a range of experiences.
To commemorate 25 years since lifting the LGB ban, this exhibition showcases the history of LGBTI military service in Australia since World War II. The exhibition brings together photographs, objects, documents and the life stories of current and former service personnel to explore how LGBTI Defence members navigated their lives in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Royal Australian Air Force. The exhibition includes tales of lesbian subcultures, witch-hunts targeting homosexuals for expulsion, kamp men in Papua New Guinea, participation in Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the changing Defence approaches to LGBTI service.
This exhibition derives from a larger research project on the history of LGBTI military service and is being co-sponsored by the Australian Lesbian and GayArchives and Sydney Pride History Group.
Examing the personal experiences, political influences, attitudes and ideologies, shhhOUT: art from a GLBTQIA+ perspective is a thought-provoking exhibition bringing together Sydney and NSW-based artists who respond to the contrasting worlds included in our daily lives. Whether it is a conflict or sense of belonging, the desire to be out and proud – to celebrate, or constantly hitting a barrier of non-acceptance, shhhOUT: art from a GLBTQIA+ perspective unmasks the dual-lives GLBTQIA+ artists live in.
Exhibiting artists: Cameron Stead, Drew Holland, Elyssa Sykes-Smith, Francis and Spaghetti, Jean Kearney, Kit Ball, Liam Benson, Lisa Tolcher, Maree Azzopardi, Rachel Buch, Ruben Cuda, Sally Clarke and Steven Cavanagh.
Curated by Lisa Tolcher
Soprano Julia Wee and pianist Lucus Allerton present a musical program inspired by the great African-American soprano Jessye Norman and the struggle for civil liberties and freedoms. The program includes spirituals and songs by Mahler and Strauss. Come and be enveloped in this rapturous program of music that will move you with its tales of battles fought and won in the journey of life and love.
The September 2017 debut performance of this program for Artsong Canberra led one reviewer to write: Julia “established an immediate, genuine rapport with her audience” and “invested the song with a strength and emotion that was very moving.” “The piano accompaniment for this work by Lucus Allerton was especially fine.”
For this performance, Julia and Lucus will be joined by guest artist Pamela Andrews. All three first met as students at the ANU School of Music, Canberra. Each finding their own way after graduating, this is the first time they have come together again to give this very special presentation (which may involve Julia in more than just a little bit of drag!).
Mary Kiani presents T Dance. Celebrate the music of the past - Remember the days when we loved the nightlife and got to boogie?” Mary Kiani presents “T Dance” so lets play that funky music again and everybody dance! Young hearts will run free as we take you back to the days when the disco divas ruled the dance floor. Let’s groove and freak out under the glitter ball at home terrace. Decadence delivered to you in the heart of the famous Darling Harbour. As we turn back the clock jump in my Accidental-Transcendental-Fuel-injected "TIME MACHINE" and prepare to dance yourself dizzy! DJ's DAN DAN - MIKE KELLY & JAKE KILBY KEEPING THE DANCE FLOOR BUSY! Playing DANCEFLOOR CLASSICS
MAKE UP ARTISTS ON SITE (ADULT FACE PAINTING LOL)
LIVE SHOWS/DIVAS/DRAG & SURPRISE GUESTS & SO MUCH MORE. ESPRSSO MARTINIS & LONG ISLAND ICE T'S ONLY $10 FOR THE FIRST 2 HOURS X
PLEASE NOTE - ENTER UP THE ESCALATORS IN THE MIDDLE OF COCKLE BAY...BEHIND THE IRON FLAMINGOS WATER FEATURE AND WALK AROUND.
REMEMBER TO BRING I.D. NO MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE LOL
Presented by Company of Rogues and hosted by the fabulous James Breko we’re creating our own slice of Bedlam inside the famous Red Rattler, just for Mardi Gras.
Showcasing new and emerging LGBTQI and allied artists, musicians and performers - plus a surprise or two - it's going to be a Wednesday night like no other!
Bedlam Mardi Gras Edition will be a madcap multi-genre cabaret blending burlesque, music and song with cutting edge circus, contemporary performance and sizzling drag art.
The incredible Marlena Dali will lead Bedlam’s queerest ever line-up which will also feature Sydney’s rising burlesque superstar Kael Murray (of Star Wars Burlesque fame). And when the stage isn't being lit up by Bedlam's inmates you can play with madhouse activations and soak up some cray cray at the bar before the final party hour kicks off!
So slip into your formal straight jacket and dust off your bed straps because this is one cabaret you don’t want to miss.
Entertainment’s least-likely newlyweds are trapped in a sexless marriage and loving every minute of it!
Melbourne’s kitsch cabaret comedian Dean Arcuri and Tasmanian entertainment supernova Miz Ima Starr have tied the knot in an aural extravaganza and they’ll never sing alone again… or will they?
If you’re looking to re-ignite your relationship, then have they got the solution for you. These improbable belters reinvent the wedding reception as the ultimate gay celebration of song, and you’re invited to the head of the table as they delve into dynamic evening of delectable duets that won’t just have you tapping your toes, but dancing in the isles as well.
Fresh from their all-singing all-dancing honeymoon in Vegas, The Duetaholics unveil their entirely unpatented recipe for everlasting marital bliss. From ‘We Got Tonight’ in a go-go bar… to ‘Adele’s Guide to Stalking’… Dean and Ima are ready and sharing their love across the country as they end their nationwide tour in Sydney for Mardi Gras 40th Anniversary.
Go on, give love a chance!
Since when has playing with dolls been this fagulous?
The Story of The Girls is a high-camp exhibition of artworks resulting from 25 years of creative play between two gay best friends Ben Mercer & Tom Pender.
As young gay men in early 90’s Australia, Ben & Tom used Barbie-style dolls to develop a group of outrageous female characters known as The Girls.
Unconstrained by the homophobic world that Ben & Tom found themselves growing up in, The Girls became both their artistic muses and the outward expression of their inner drag queens - in doll form!
The Story of The Girls draws from a rich archive of creative material and features a selection of drawings, photographs, videos and handmade doll fashions. It seeks to tell an alternative story of friendship and self expression that hopes to resonate with and empower a queer audience, while also sharing a queer perspective with our allies.
Ultimately The Story of The Girls celebrates and honours a true friendship.
In the face of rising conservatism, and equality still very much a life-or-death struggle for many LGBTQI people around the world, Ben & Tom feel that now, more than ever, the world needs The Girls!
Bringing together two fabulous LGBTQI choirs, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir and Wellington Glamaphones, ‘Close Harmony’ is a celebration of the power of voice to promote acceptance, inclusion, harmony and community between people and nations.
Featuring songs from 40 years of Mardi Gras, and a host of favourites from across the Tasman, you’ll be singing along and dancing in the aisles. You’ll be uplifted, moved, and taken on a musical adventure through harmony.
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir has been promoting harmony through song since 1991. We are an inclusive non-auditioned choir open to all and have performed across Sydney, Australia and around the world.
The Glamaphones are Wellington’s 60 strong LGBTQI community choir. Also non-auditioned, they place great emphasis on participation, inclusiveness and building community.
The View UpStairs pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant 70s gay bar in New Orleans. The forgotten bar regulars come to life when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the now abandoned space and is transported back in time. He gets to know the joys and struggles of this community and in turn learns about his place in the world. From the opening piano chords of this Off-Broadway sensation, the five-piece band and cast of ten blast into the glam rock world of the 1970s. In our ever-changing world, this show looks at the then and now to explore our ideas of love, regret, defiance and resilience. The music will give you goosebumps, the story will make you both laugh and cry. See why Ru Paul said the show was “FABULOUS! It was fantastic.”
“Vibrant and jubilant. The show swells with heart, a moving homage to LGBT culture, past and present.” - Entertainment Weekly
In 2018 Bar Kylie celebrates its third year in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Since its inception in 2014, Bar Kylie has become a national icon of the Australian Gay scene, touring nationally and spreading its own special brand of glitter and camp to the nation.
Featuring the most Kylie-krazed of all DJ's, Argonaut and specially produced Mardi Gras exclusive performances by Melbourne icon Millie Minogue, 'Ultimate Bar Kylie' is not to be missed!
Get your gold hot pants ready, this will be one dance party you can't get out of your head!
Throwing Shade Theatre Company presents Brad Fraser’s modern classic about life, love, identity and death.
Set in Edmonton, Alberta, the story revolves around a pair of self-absorbed twenty-somethings: Candy and David. Candy is your typical sexually active young woman desperately looking for a soulmate; David is a gay waiter, who's harbouring a secret past and is utterly jaded about life and love.
While Candy turns to lesbianism, David finds himself torn between Kane, a teenager that has a crush on David who recognises him from his days as a child star, and Bernie, an old friend who harbours his own dark secret…
First presented by Alberta Theatre Projects at the playRites '89 Festival in Calgary, Alberta, Unidentified Human Remains was immediately controversial for its violence, nudity, frank dialogue, and sexual explicitness. It nevertheless received critical acclaim; it was named one of the 10 best plays of the year by TIME.
"Off-Broadway's newest and best play... it stunningly blends punk popular appeal and poetic power." - TIME
"Pungent dialogue and highly graphic sexuality, the play repeatedly arrests the audience's attention." - NEW YORK TIMES
This year Wett Ones are bringing it back! A swim meet during Mardi Gras! A classic event on the LGBTIQ sports calendar from years gone by makes its return to the beautiful Andrew Boy Charlton pool. With harbour views and ample space for spectators come join us for a swim or just come to see the swimmers in action. This event is OPEN TO ALL – all ages can join and no Swimming Australia membership is required. The meet will be run according to MSA event rules, click buy tickets for more information.
Happy Mardi Gras! The Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony hosted by Sydney 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 about 30 years ago and was designed by artist Gilbert Baker for the Californian city's Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Since then it has become a worldwide emblem of gay pride and gay-friendly areas. The red in 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 its 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 Syden Town Hall throughout the 2018 Festival from Friday 16 February until Sunday 4 March.
The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s biggest LGBTQI Party of the year. It’s our tribe, our people… our time for excess.
If you’ve never been… this is the year to do it. Expect big surprises, incredible DJs and entertainers, mind-boggling lighting and extraordinary theatrics… both on and off stage!
As reality becomes a faintly-remembered dream, you and 12,000 of your newest and closest friends will dance until dawn. Join revellers from the Parade and beyond bring their light and energy to Moore Park for the ultimate all-night adventure.
Laneway returns to its ancestral glory as the Beresford joins forces with The Flinders Hotel to produce the ultimate recovery party.
Featuring the hottest DJs, surprise performances and an eclectic mix of spaces catered for every part of your journey.
A cherished tradition, Laneway has evolved from a portable stereo and a couple of milk crates on Hill Street into a spectacular street party celebration that takes over the Beresford and Flinders Hotels, and the street in between.
All good things must come to an end, but there is no ending quite like Laneway. VIP tickets also available.
An elegant oasis awaits you. Every year Mardi Gras fills Sydney's sleekest poolside venue, creating a decadent event that’s the epitome of summertime glamour.
Set among gently swaying palm trees and uniting a cast of outrageous friends and beautiful strangers, Mardi Gras’ Pool Party transforms the Ivy Pool Club into a sexy and intimate playground, where you can frolic with style as handsome lifeguards survey the stunning scene.
Delicious cocktails, cabana lounges, cool local DJs… and Speedos galore. The Pool Party is the perfect way to make a splash this Mardi Gras season. Let’s get wet.
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANZ
Our communities shine in the sun at Fair Day, Mardi Gras’ free family-friendly carnival of rainbow festivities, featuring a plethora of activities for the young and old, the tame and the bold!
Kick off your heels and enjoy a picnic with friends and family, and kick up your heels at the dance tent. See an amazing array of performers on the Main Stage, get amongst it in the Sports Village, sample the food stalls and admire the drag queens in all corners of the park.
There is always something for everyone at Fair Day, even our fur babies are a part of the action. Bring your most fabulous dog down to Fair Day to strut their stuff at our world-famous Doggywood competition.
Whoever you are, Fair Day is the must-do event of the year. See you there!
Presented in partnership with ANZ.
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANZ
Treat yourself, you deserve it. Upgrade your Parade experience at Diamond Club, our exclusive cocktail event in the heart of Taylor Square.
New multi-tiered standing areas will ensure you are heads above the crowd and don't miss a moment, as you mingle at the private bar, gourmet food trucks, or dance to our party-starting DJs.
No bustling crowds, our Diamond Club is better than ever so you can enjoy the stunning Parade in style.
Diamond Club is an over 18s venue.
PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ABSOLUT VODKA
Take your spot and enjoy an unparallelled view of the Parade in our family-friendly area. There’s a choice of either seated or standing access, each with exclusive access to bars, great food stalls, live screens, bathrooms and delightful hosts Portia Turbo and Andrew Mercardo who’ll give you an outrageous running commentary as the Parade rolls past.
Take the hassle out of Mardi Gras and join us at Sideshow… you’ll be glad you did!
Our 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, rarely-seen film and video footage, iconic posters, storytelling, music and artefacts. Presented in association with the National Art School (NAS), the Museum celebrates 40 years of love, protest, diversity, acceptance, humour, pride, family, passion and creativity.
The Museum’s theatrical design combines visual spectacle and moments of intimacy for visitors to discover the extraordinary stories, artists, communities and images of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Featuring interactive elements, the Museum invites visitors to contribute their own memories and stories of Mardi Gras for others to share.
As a special treat, on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6pm, the Museum of Love & Protest really comes alive as fabulous Mardi Gras identities entertain you with their unique spin on Mardi Gras history.
Come together with friends for a drink after the exhibition in the heart of Darlinghurst at the Mardi Gras Bar of Love & Protest.
Express yourself in our experimental drawing, costume-making and ceramics workshops for rainbow families! Create exciting and abstract artworks inspired by the Museum of Love & Protest, as you learn new skills and techniques in drawing, textiles and ceramics. For families with children aged 6 and over. All materials are included but please bring along old clothes or interesting fabrics for the costume-making workshop. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESENTED BY SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS AND RED BULL MUSIC.
For one night only, clubbers will be transported to a dancefloor born from the living history of New York’s underground Ballroom scene.
Expressions of identity become the focal point as bodies collide in the ultimate Vogue throwdown of style, precision, and attitude in a showcase set to transfix.
In true Vogue style, extravagance on the runway will be met with a Ballroom soundtrack that will weave through disco, house, bounce, pop, performance and much more.
Curated by local interdisciplinary artist and club icon Bhenji Ra, this premier event at Carriageworks is sure to be a festival highlight. Full line-up to be announced soon.
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For one day of the year Luna Park will be rainbow for this fun and fabulous party for kids and their LGBTQI families and friends. All the fun of the fair - featuring unlimited rides all day, the wildest kid’s dance party ever in the stunning Crystal Palace and surprise performances by Sydney’s favourite drag queens.
This will be a special fun-filled treat for kids of all ages and an awesome action-packed day for the whole family.
Queer Art After Hours returns in 2018 after last year’s hugely successful inaugural event. Once again the Art Gallery of New South Wales will go queer, featuring a star-studded shimmering line-up of queer performances, fabulous DJs, live music, gallery tours and delicious drinks.
Come face-to-face with some of Australia’s sensational new queer performance artists set against the charming backdrop of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Grab a glass of sparkling and sashay your way around the Gallery discovering incredible art and performances around every corner.
Queer Art After Hours coincides with Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium. This comprehensive survey exhibition of one of the most influential American artists of the late 20th century showcases an extraordinary selection of his photographic work. From floral still lifes to portraits, figure studies and erotic imagery that charted his involvement in New York’s gay scene of the 70s and 80s.
A series of creative development workshops for First Peoples queer performers, facilitated by Black Foot (Alberta Canada), performance artist Cherish Blood and local guest artists. Workshop participants will be given the opportunity to perform as part of the Black Nulla Cabaret; a First Peoples’ queer performance event with local, national and international guest artists.
Koori Gras present a community forum with dinner and drinks for local and interstate guests to discuss relevant issues and challenges for First Peoples’ communities.
An international panel of influential thinkers and artists come together to discuss queer performance from First Peoples’ perspectives. Guest speakers include Associate Professor of Creative Industries at University of the Sunshine Coast, Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, Creative Director of Yirramboi First Nations Art Festival, Jacob Boehme, Cherish Blood (Alberta Canada), performance artist Black Foot, and more to be announced.
Dance the night away and enjoy the rich diversity of queer performances by leading local, national and international guests, plus the Black Nulla workshop participants and your favourite drag artists and DJs.
In this unforgettable Queer Thinking co-presentation with Trans Sydney Pride, a diverse range of trans people will share their experiences and truth in an evening of storytelling covering Struggle and Sequins, Love and Life. Hear stories of survival, resilience and finding happiness in their authentic selves throughout the four decades of Mardi Gras.
With speakers covering four decades, discover just how very far we’ve come with trans visibility, acceptance and pride. There in the melee of 1978, in every festival, every parade and on stage at every party since. Hear about the early struggles, the glamour of the sequins, the resilience in creating a successful trans life and the power to love ourselves, our family’s and partners.
Meet the storytellers:
Karen is a true pioneer and living legend in the history of Sydney drag. At the very young age of 15 Karen decided she would pursue a feminine lifestyle, being drawn into the glamorous world of fashion and the catwalk. Karen was hired by June Millinery in Sydney to create her style of ladies headdress, and being the first male milliner in Australia drew enormous publicity - from there her star status began.
In the early 1960s Karen debuted as the compare of the first all-male revue in Australia, The Jewel Box coffee shop in Kings Cross. What followed was an extraordinary career that saw Karen perform at arguably every historical venue of the last century: The Purple Onion 62, Les Girls 63, Ivy’s Birdcage 67 and her own club Karen’s Kastle 68.
Karen was a big star, who throughout the 70s headlined (along with Rose Jackson) the most well-known of gay showrooms Capriccio’s, also known as International Vanities. These excellent production shows are now the source of fond memories for all who visited.
Karen went on to make guest appearances at the Balmain Town Hall hotel and Polly’s Follies at both the Albury Hotel and Stonewall. For the past 40 years Karen has been performing for The Pollys Club, the longest running gay social club in Australia, and now at 86 years old occasionally performs for charity at The Venue in Pattaya, Thailand donating her time for the street kids of Pattaya.
Katherine is an experienced Senior Project Manager, who is a member of the Complex Programme Management practice within IBM. She is highly respected within IBM as a person who is driven and can deliver projects without the compromise of quality.
Katherine leads the A/NZ IBM’s Employee Alliance for LGBTI Empowerment, otherwise known as EAGLE. This is a Business Resource Group for LGBTI employees and their allies at IBM. The objective is to promote a safe and open working environment for our members and all employees, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The aim is to foster a strong sense of community within IBM and to facilitate networking, mentoring and ongoing education.
As a Transgender woman, Katherine uses her standing in the corporate world to influence, to effect change and continue the fight of equality in the workplace.
Kaya is both a scientist and a writer, studying the impact of tsunami on Australian coastlines and writing about all things queer and wonderful. He is part English, part African and wholly Australian. Kaya tells stories because that is how we share our humanity and the humanity of trans people is something we can't forget. He is a visible and out trans man who wants to make things better for our community and entertain you along the way.
It seems little known now, that way back in the late 1970s our little part of the world here in Sydney experienced a phenomenon with the existence of a subculture of transgender women in such large numbers that remains unexplainable.
I was an active participant of this subculture and as a Les Girls showgirl I worked hard doing three shows, six nights a week, entertaining locals and tourists. We were seen as freaks on the one hand and as the most beautiful boys in the world on the other. But in Kings Cross, along with the strippers, the callgirls and other associated misfits we were at the heart of Sydney’s then exciting nightlife.
These days as a writer, I tell the stories of Sydney’s LGBTI history, Gay Sydney and my memories of Kings Cross – I love to share the connection of the past and the present.
Peta is a Trans Advocate, public speaker and founder of Trans Sydney Pride.
Born in 1961 and raised in Sydney, Peta transitioned in the year 2000 from male to female. “Transitioning enabled me to live an authentic life, after years of living in the dark I felt I was finally able to step into the light”. Peta is a Skin Therapist with a career spanning over 30 years, she is the owner and operator of Will And Peta Skin Clinic.
Peta’s passion is to raise awareness of Transgender issues through education and support.
Trans Stories was conceived and developed by Peta and she is the producer of this event for Trans Sydney Pride.
Lisa Freashwater and AJ Brown
AJ Brown is a proud transman, trans activist, landscape designer and artist. He was born in Derbyshire in the UK in 1967. He’s a qualified horticulturalist, structural landscaper, landscape designer and director of Evolve Garden Concepts.
After medically transitioning FTM in 2015 AJ turned his focus to trans activism and is an admin for the online groups Trans Sydney Pride (TSP), TSP Family, Friends and Allies, Trans Melbourne Pride and Transgender International. He’s spoken in TSP’s Trans Stories and modelled for the Aurora foundations [STYLE] aGender.
Lisa is a theatre director and producer and co-founder of The Theatre Division. Currently TTD are producing the national tour of Miracle City which opened at Sydney Opera House in October 2017 and Thai-riffic! which opened this year and will tour nationally in 2019. In 2014 TTD produced and Lisa directed the critically acclaimed and award winning production of Ruthless! The Musical at The Seymour Centre.
Lisa and AJ have been together for thirteen years, eleven of those years in a same sex relationship. They have a sixteen-year-old son.
Chrissy Doyle is a 34-year-old trans woman who grew up in Wollongong. Chrissy began her transition at 31 and works as a personal assistant for The Theatre Division in Sydney. She is very family oriented and loves spending time with her friends and lives with her amazing partner Ray. Chrissy has told her story of life and love for Trans Sydney Pride’s Trans Stories on previous occasions - with not a dry eye in the house!
The only way to kick-off the 2018 Mardi Gras season - join “Mardi Gras Royalty” Trevor Ashley on stage at the iconic Sydney Opera House Concert Hall along with a veritable fruit bowl of his famous friends.
Wear your best black-tie or outrageous outfit at the perfect replacement for the iconic “Stars Come Out” of yesteryear. This variety gala is part concert, part chat show but ALL fun! Together with a 14-piece orchestra, the season will kick off right with a night of laughs, music and fabulosity, celebrating forty years of Mardi Gras.
After his sell-out concert last year with Diamonds Are For Trevor, Trevor Ashley will be joined by the incredible showman Todd McKenney, uber-diva Paul Capsis, pop-queen & jungle-queen Casey Donovan, the crown prince of comedy Joel Creasey and the legend herself, Carlotta!
The Gala will conclude with a post-show party, featuring DJ Richard Weiss boasting the best views of Sydney Harbour. Don't miss out on this night-of-nights!
$5 from every ticket goes to support Mardi Gras’ community grant program.
From romance to comedies, documentaries to dramas, and everything in between, Queer Screen delivers a huge 25th Mardi Gras Film Festival with an exciting array of diverse new films and classics. Celebrating the massive achievement of reaching 25 years, Queer Screen is very proud to continue showcasing queer stories on the big screen.
The 2018 festival will feature a raft of Australian and Sydney premieres from all corners of the globe. Highlights include the hotly anticipated Beach Rats, a multi-award winning film that the Hollywood Reporter called “Dark, dreamy and entirely engrossing”, and Signature Move, a comedic and heartfelt look at the complexities of love in its many forms as a Pakistani, Muslim lawyer begins a new romance with a confident and sexy Mexican-American.
After premiering at Cannes, the arty and quiet They comes to the Mardi Gras Film Festival. Following two years of medication and therapy, 14 year old J has to make the decision whether or not to transition.
One of the many documentary highlights arrives to us from Japan, diving into the world of the “Urisen”, young guys who have sex with men in Boys For Sale. Insightful and candid, with superb use of animation, it’s one film not to miss.
Delving into our past we will showcase a number of retrospectives and new films that investigate the history of the LGBTQI community including a celebration of the remarkable strength of the 78ers, with a screening of the digitally restored 1980 Australian documentary Witches, Faggots, Dykes and Poofters. The teaser films listed above and more will be on sale from November 8 ahead of the launch of the full festival program on January 10.
Shane has fled his family and is seeking refuge in Kings Cross. Confused and naïve, he struggles to reconcile himself with events from his past. But how can he move on when he can't even use laundry powder?
A contemporary Australian classic from the playwright of Holding the Man, this exciting new production stars AACTA and Logie winner Simon Burke, and is directed by Daniel Lammin.
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 1 Mar. 7:30pm
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.
Thu 22 Feb 8pm
Fri 23 Feb 7pm
Sat 24 Feb 7pm
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 Elizabeth Hughes
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
IGNITE recreates your favourite dance floor anthems with a full orchestra, live singers & electronic musicians.
Those tracks that you’ve thrown your hands in the air to since the Mardi Gras party began. Sia, Whitney Houston, Massive Attack, Madonna, Kylie & Chicane. House, trance and pop anthems as you’ve never heard them before!
This euphoric audio-visual spectacular is on for one night only at the Enmore Theatre.
Courtney Act, Kyle Sandilands, Conchita Wurst and The Veronica’s are just some of the names nominated for Australia’s biggest awards celebrating the LGBTI community and their allies.
The Australian LGBTI Awards is a chance to say thank you to individuals and to celebrate the diverse community that we have in Australia.
Mitchell Butel stars as GOD in David Javerbaum’s hit comedy An Act of God. Sinfully funny and wickedly satiric, God comes to correct mankind’s dire misconceptions about His teachings and deliver a radical re-write of the Ten Commandments. Accompanied by a couple of A-List Angels, God arrives like a celestial talk show host to set the record straight and encourage us to do unto others as we would like to be done unto.
From 13 time Emmy Award winning comedy writer for The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum’s hit Broadway production makes its Australian Premiere at Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
It’s time to trip the light fantastic as we celebrate a super-fun, super-silly and super-fantastic day of glitter and gay at Sydney’s most over-the-top dance party! It’s a day of play like no other filled with colour, sound, smiles and just a few hands in the air…. the perfect finish to a perfect weekend. Expect the unexpected and the truly insane as we rocket towards our fabulous, confetti-filled climax!
Our super-charged playdate begins in the Launch Pad where vocal, uplifting house is the order of the day. It’s the perfect place to meet old friends, make new friends and catch up with the friends you made the night before.
Then, behold the Apollo Arena: a multi-levelled playground designed to push you to your absolute limits. It’s a sensory overload like nothing else. Our signature production values are all set against a backdrop of high-energy, hands-in-the-air anthems and music that will keep you smiling until the last piece of confetti falls to the ground. Apollo prides itself on pushing the limits of party production and you should expect nothing less than fabulous at our next instalment. We’ll see you on the dance floor!
Mardi Gras is turning 40, and as we celebrate four decades of marching, dancing and rallying for our rights, Daywash explodes with a supercharged, fully engorged, and extra hung edition of Daywash to mark the 40th year of Mardi Gras with a new look, feel, and sound at the Ivy.
Rounding all the delicious men and women in town, from near and far, lick lick candy stick!
By now you know Daywash never fails to deliver the finest beats, flyest tunes, heart-pounding DJs and electric performances – but this year we go one better with a brand new venue at The Ivy - Home of Ministry of Sound & Pacha.
With our most glam setting in Daywash history, the Ivy will be ready to rock you to your core as you party-hardy in the finest company, among the most electrifying energy ever thanks to a kick-ass weekend that’s been 40 years in the making!
It’s the biggest, baddest and boldest Daywash ever and it’s the only way to sign off an absolutely epic weekend.
So get your tickets pronto or you’ll be all cried out.
Headlining International DJ DANI TORO (EU) and more to be announced.
Day Session: Ballroom Competition doors open 10.30am; first event 11am- 5pm
Evening Session: EDA Gala Ball, Buffet Dinner, Live Music, Social Dancing, Floorshows 6pm- 11pm
Equality Dance Australia Festival offers a day session of Ballroom competition for All and an evening of wild excess at the Gala Ball.
The Ballroom and Latin Dance Festival showcases Same Sex Dance teams competing in full equality with mainstream opposite sex dancers as well as competing for the Mardi Gras Same Sex Dance Championships; and a Social competition for all levels of dancer. We embrace diversity and gender equity in dance sport.
The Gala Ball celebrates 40 years of Mardi Gras with a Buffet Dinner, Live Music, Floor Shows and Social Dancing and featuring a special Tribute to the 78-ers.
We offer a safe, friendly, inclusive environment where the LGBTQI+ community is encouraged to join in the competition and the evening festivities to highlight our dancing and partying skills.
Extra Dirty is one of Sydney’s hallmark events, developing a worldwide reputation as an unmissable entry on the circuit party calendar. A devoted fan base flock to regular club nights, and the annual larger-scale Mardi Gras Edition is always a sold-out affair with legendary status.
Starting life in 2008, Extra Dirty brings a dark and dirty sound to Sydney’s gay underground. Cult DJs, featuring both International and local talent, unite a diverse crowd with every raw and sexy beat connecting the packed dance floor.
Of course, the music is just one half of the equation. The real driving force behind Extra Dirty is the extraordinary community filling the dance floor. The crowd skews toward queer, gay, leather and fetish but can’t just be classified into one club culture or clique.
This is a place where all tribes are welcome, all bodies are celebrated, and all aesthetics have an equal claim to space.
Our Extra Dirty Mardi Gras Edition always sells out in advance so make sure you secure your place on Sydney’s sexiest dance-floor.
Considered to be one of the most successful dance club artists in the history of the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Charts,1990’s Multi Platinum International sensation CeCe Peniston is coming to Australia. CeCe Peniston will be performing a 20 minute show at Sydney’s leading Dance Club, ARQ Sydney on Sunday 25th February 2018 which will feature her signature Dance Hit “Finally”, a world wide smash that became one of the biggest dance records in history and was also featured on The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Not only will CeCe be performing live at ARQ Sydney, you will also get the chance to meet her in person at the Club for an exclusive VIP Meet & Greet and photo op prior to her performance.
General admission and VIP Meet & Greet tickets are available from https://finally-ft-cece-peniston-tickets.eventbrite.com.au. Set to be one of the biggest events during Mardi Gras 2018 !
“Why does any guy have sex with strangers? Cause it feels fan-fuckin’-tastic. That’s it. End of story.”
The Australian premiere of a sharp, provocative and very funny play dealing with a chain of hook-ups amongst a group of gay men.
American writer Joe DiPietro has loosely adapted La Ronde, Arthur Schnitzler’s notorious 19th century satire about sexual adventuring, and turned it into a revealing panorama of contemporary gay life.
Take ten guys: The Escort, The Soldier, The Tutor, The Uni Student, The Married Guy (and his partner), The Porn Star, The Playwright, The Actor and The Journalist, put them into a series of one-on-one encounters, and the result is a very sexy, confronting and thought-provoking comedy of gay sexual manners.
Like good sex, each moment leaves you wanting more. But underneath the hot man-on-man action is an ironic and truthful look at the conflict many gay men experience between the desire for monogamous love and the thrill of sexual freedom.
Note: this production contains nudity, strong language and sexual references
Snatch and Grab Presents… GiRLTHING MARDI PARDI 2018: Vaults of Heaven
3 Rooms / 30+ acts /sold out 8 consecutive years!
March 3 / 9pm - 3am / The Metro Theatre
Tickets on sale soon - Go to GIRLTHING's Facebook page for more details!
Indie Westie Party Starters Heaps Gay are transforming Manning Bar in Chippendale into an a party spectacular! An all immersive and inclusive festival of music, art and performance featuring local aussie acts across 3 stages! Indoor and Outdoor vibes! Expect the unexpected yo! Check them out on Facebook for more deets and line up info!
We all love a Kiki, especially after a Daywash extravaganza – but in 2018 we’ve got the most divine, delectable and delicious Kiki yet and it unfurls in style at the sensational Ivy Pool – complete with al fresco cabanas!
It’s hard to decide what we love most about our upcoming Kiki.
Is it the gorgeous smattering of half naked guys and girls getting funky by the pool? Perhaps it’s the legion of international hotties bringing their very own global warming town? Or is it the top-shelf array of DJs and performers who serve up their extraordinary talents fresh, fly and funky?
Ah, f**k it, let’s just go with all three!
Here, locals and visitors dance free in the fresh air like they just don’t care while the summer sun tops up their man-tans and amphibious hotties splash about the pool like an all-gay nature documentary – but with a rockin’ soundtrack.
As the closing party of the weekend to end all weekends, you will not want to miss our extra juicy, thick and meaty, totally loved-up kiki, so grab a gaggle of gays and get your tickets nice and early to ensure you don’t miss out and nobody’s mascara runs.
Email email@example.com to reserve your own private cabana at no cost (just a min bar spend).
Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative Presents: "Luscious All Sorts" for our Mardi Gras Exhibition.
Showcasing works from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI Artists from across Australia.
Boomalli provides a safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders LGBTQI Artists, to exhibit and express their sexual orientation as well as representing their communities through Art.
Join us in Celebrating being lush, fabulous and unique for Boomalli’s Mardi Gras Exhibition “Luscious All Sorts”.
Opening Night: Friday 23rd February from 6-8pm
Special Guest: Casey Conway, Former NRL player and Indigenous Model.
Performances on opening night.
This exhibition continues until 1st April 2018
For more information:
Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative
55-59 Flood St, Leichhardt NSW 2040
Phone: 02 9560 2541
Queerly Beloved, we are gathered here today in celebration of our divine love. Gender transcendent diva, jazz singer and cabaret artiste Mama Alto leads you over the rainbow to empowerment, empathy and ecstasy. Mama’s national tour of fierce queer affirmation proudly comes out at the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras, before touring across the country: love is love is love.
Mama Alto is a gender transcendent diva, cabaret artiste, jazz singer & community activist. She is a non-binary trans femme person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness & power in vulnerability. Fierce, femme & fabulous, she has been lauded as “divine” (Havana Tribune, Cuba), “near flawless” (The Age) and “a knockout” (The Herald Sun).
Each edition of “Mama Alto: Queerly Beloved” will feature special local guest artists. “Queerly Beloved” aims to tour across as much of regional Australia as possible in the coming year.
La Leche the white party of Matinee returns to Mardi Gras to celebrate its 40th birthday. The main ingredients of this extravagant production are the sexy dancers and jaw dropping costumes Matinee are infamous for the world over.
Expect martini glasses overflowing with milk as your eyes are tantalized with spectacular shows full of sensuality complimented withstate of the art lighting, lasers and LEDs.
You can guarantee the worlds no 1 circuit DJs to take you on a journey like no other, THE closing party of Mardi Gras from the largest circuit party on the planet.
Last year everyone was talking about ‘The Island’ and we can’t wait to put another premiere event for all of our international visitors as they dance the day away with our Australian party goers. There is only one place to be. Australia, are you ready?
Stonewall Hotel is one of Sydney’s Premier Gay and Lesbian venues in the heart of Gay Oxford Street. Malelbox has been a wed night fixture for 19 years and attracts a very busy boy crowd local and international. Sydney's Hottest Male pick up night is heating up this Mardi Gras. Held over 3 floors and 4 bars this is a night not to be missed. DJ's Dom De Sousa, DJ Ryan John and Tom Pritchard will have you dancing all night. Shows featuring Sydney's hottest male dancers from Boys Bar Up. Join your Hostess Marilyn Mootrub and our sexy Maleman Cristiano who will help you find love. Malebox is now in its 19th year at Stonewall Hotel and is definitely Sydney's busiest Wed night on the strip. How does Malebox work? When you arrive everyone is given a number by our sexy Maleman. Mailboxes around the bar where you write messages. The messages are collected and given to the Mail Mistress and your number comes up on the TV’s if you have Mail. Collect you’re Mail and the rest is up to you. Face to face dating with the hottest men from around the world. Great DJ’s, Friendly staff and hot men make this a stand out night in the Gay community. The midnight strip show where customers can enter and win cash is also a highlight of the night.
**NOMINATED FOR 3 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST PLAY
Re-imagined for the 40th Anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
“Bodies, I have in mind…”
Set in and around a body of water, Metamorphoses collides the ancient and the modern to celebrate the primal body and the staying power of love and desire in the face of constant and inevitable change.
Savage and tender, queer and irreverent, with vivid imagery and visionary theatricality, Ovid’s poem of ancient Greek tales is roused to soul-stirring life.
Suitable for audiences 18+
Presented by Apocalypse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions
Darlinghurst and Oxford St has forever been an iconic stomping ground for artists, queers, bohemians, and outcasts, whose influences delightfully combine to form this unique cultural hub. From the iconic gay bars, to live music venues and fiercely independent retail, artistic expression has always underpinned the Darlinghurst community, making it an unconventional and nonjudgmental space for everyone and anyone. Join us Saturday the 24th of February as we celebrate the Pink Mile with a collection of events put on by the local business and entertainment community. 2017’s highlights were live Shibari window displays, DJs performing on the street, burlesque dancers in display windows & drag cover bands, so you get the idea :)
There’ll be a string of free events within venues and the strip will be transformed to highlight the unique character of the spectacular Darlinghurst community. The event will be covered by local media partners at GAY RADIO & BBR, who will be also banging out tunes live on air from Taylor and Oxford Squares. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW, who provide social and mental health support, counselling and housing for Sydney’s LGBTIQA+ youth.
Full a full list of events and times visit www.oxtravaganza.com.au closer to the date. Photo by Robert Knapman
Papa Party returns to Mardi Gras after their 2017 wold tour sell out at ARQ Sydney, Founded by Eliad Cohen during Tel Aviv Pride 2010, PAPA PARTY has become one of the most well-respected brands in the world. Taking each city worldwide by storm with world-class DJs, unique concepts, exceptional performances and an incredible energy throughout the night, PAPA PARTY presents it's black party concept: black and sexy.
Planetdwellers LGBT+ sought after tour and events are back in 2018 and bigger than ever for the 40th!
Our Marquee Event, is your Sunset Cruise on Sydney Harbour!
Flirt with your MC Extraordinaire as we glide past all the postcard moments you know and love. Enjoy the DJ’s chilled tunes and raise a glass to the most heartstopping sunset you'll ever see!
Leave the big city and join us on one of our Iconic Blue Mountains nature adventures where you can get up close and personal with our cuddly and friendly Koalas, Kangaroos, Dingoes, Tassie Devils - the whole Aussie Noah's Ark! Be awed by the oldest mountain range in the world, and enjoy the historic Paragon Cafe for a fantastic lunch, ending with an exclusive visit to their chocolate factory - free samples guaranteed!
There are endless things to do from our Sydney Gay Village walking tours, Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, visit backstage at the Opera House and all done with our signature Planetdwellers friendliness and Aussie smiles.
Enjoy Gourmet food and wines with breathtaking backdrops on our Hunter Valley Winery or South Coast beach day tours.
Only Planetdwellers has been giving you these amazing experiences over the past decade!
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PROUDLY IN LOVE is Australia's first same sex wedding festival and expo that celebrates love, bringing together the finest and most sought-after wedding suppliers, unique venues, hotels and destinations along with the best entertainment, design, living and luxury travel. The inaugural event will be held at the iconic Fox Studios on Sunday, 25 February 2018. Across 150 stands, as part of the 2018 Mardi Gras Festival’s 40th Anniversary, PROUDLY IN LOVE will curate an expo that will inspire, influence and motivate you and the LGBTQI community to celebrate your love, and plan your wedding at your own dedicated event, so come and get LovedUp! www.proudlyinlove.com.au
Presented by Lander & Rogers Lawyers and the SGLBA
Over the last 40 years, the LGBTI community has achieved a great deal. However, most would agree there is still much to be done.
Please join us for this special event, in partnership with Lander & Rogers Lawyers, as we reflect on the past 40 years of legal history in the context of the Sydney LGBTI community and immerse ourselves in our Rainbow Reflections.
We will bring together the past, present and future community members and discuss the major hurdles we’ve overcome and then consider the future, to see how far we must go for equality in the workplace and more broadly, the wider community.
Our discussion will be joined by business owners, legal professionals, journalists, politicians, NSW police, 78’s and millennials each sharing their perspective from a historical point of view and their insight into the next 40 years (and beyond) of LGBTI rights in Australia.
Discounted pricing is available for students. Click Buy Tickets for more information and venue details.
Come and join the award winning event that welcomes everyone. Walk or run the 2km, 4km or 6km course around the beautiful Sydney Park. Wear a colour from the rainbow (prizes for best fancy dress) .. but be warned we have our infamous drag queens who have water pistols and aren’t afraid to use them! To help you through the course we have our International DJ SVETA pumping out her amazing beats.
A fun day out for all the family for such a current cause for our community. All proceeds go to the hard working, policy changing Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.
RUN FOR LOVE!
A celebration of 40 years of queer art in Australia showcasing works by over 20 LGBTQI artists who have created sexy, thought provoking, stylistically varied works that subversively engage with the politics of identity, community and activism from 1978 to now.
The works range across painting, drawing, prints, posters, photography and multimedia. The exhibition highlights the role of queer artists in changing societal attitudes, subverting the politics around LGBTIQ and contributing to queer culture.
Art works featured include those by renowned photographers such as William Yang and C. Moore Hardy and contemporary artists such as Kim Leutwyler and Tina Fiveash. There is the opportunity to see works by artists David McDiarmid and Frances Phoenix, who contributed to the first Mardi Gras exhibition at Watters Gallery in Sydney in1978; as well as to be introduced to lesser-known, later generations of queer artists.
The exhibition also includes rarely seen photographs, posters and imagery from the 1970s and 1980s reflecting the fight for LGBTIQ rights, including the first Mardi Gras.
The exhibition has been curated by artists who participated in the first Mardi Gras.
Opening Night Wednesday 21st February, 6.00pm-8.00pm
Opening night has been supported by Young Henrys, Wicked Foods, Pyrmont Cellars and Flavours Events + Catering.
Watson’s world renowned paintings are a celebration of the male form, both in it’s uniformed and it’s natural glory. This exciting exhibition, homines uniformis at the iconic Yellow House Gallery features gay rugby players, naked surfers and pop-star Alfie Arcuri in various states of dress.
Uniformed, or in complete contrast, naked - MEN unite the artworks. Military, mounty, rugby or surfer - does the clothes make the man?
Singer, Alfie Arcuri features in a striking new artwork. His recent single, 'If They Only knew', written from personal experience, explores covert same sex love and coming out.
Stephen Fry exclaimed “Watson has created another dazzlingly provocative, witty and enchanting take on a classic painting!” after viewing the artwork featuring Alexis, a gay UK rugby player who caught Watson’s attention posting on Instagram about important and inspiring queer themes and mental health issues.
With the artist in residence throughout the exhibition, this will be a rare chance to learn first-hand about his style, his intentions and the stories behind the artwork on display. A full multi-media experience awaits each visitor into the exhibition with video presentations on the artist’s work giving insight into the creative process and final sentiment.
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Sydney's Biggest MEN Only Underwhere? party GETS SEMI NAKED with Mardi Gras for the 3rd year in a row for the biggest male only party ever seen in Sydney, Thursday 1st March 2018.
This is one SEMI NAKED underwear party you don't want to miss. Sydney's Biggest MEN Only Underwear party returns to ARQ Sydney, celebrating 11 years. After selling out 6 years in a row this is one party you do not want to miss. Sydney's most iconic gay venue, ARQ Sydney, our home for the last 11 years. Sydney's Biggest MEN Only Underwear party are bringing out the BIG guns this year with new lasers, lighting show.
So grab your best underwear, footywear, jockstraps and swimwear this is one party not to be missed (strict dress code)
Ticket outlets are : Teamm8, Sax, Bodyline, ASN Oxford and Oxford performance centre.
MEN ONLY, Dress Code: Swimwear underwear and footywear jock straps.
For a street party, the first Mardi Gras Parade certainly wasn’t fun for the participants.
But, for all the trauma and pain inflicted, was it worthwhile?
Did it change the dynamics between men and women in the gay, lesbian and transgender movements of the time?
Did it re-vitalise and influence our own movements and political agendas?
Did it influence other political movements and parties in terms of their approach to our communities and issues?
These are just some of the issues to be explored in an Afternoon with the 78ers.
This event is by gold coin donation.
The King’s Singers - GOLD
With “voices of spun gold” (BBC Music Magazine), The King’s Singers are masters of vocal harmony. These polished entertainers will sing a mix of ancient and contemporary, classical and popular, all delivered with “pinpoint precision and total rapport” (The Times, UK).
This irresistibly charismatic ensemble performs on their whistle-stop ‘Gold’ world tour to celebrate 50 years in the business. Double Grammy® Awards winners, The King’s Singers are beloved the world over, from London’s Royal Albert Hall to New York’s Carnegie Hall, and now – for one perfromance only – at Sydney’s majestic St Mary’s Cathedral.
They will be joined by special guests the Choristers of St Mary’s Cathedral Choir – who will themselves be celebrating the 200th anniversary of their founding.
This celebratory programme will feature especially commissioned anniversary pieces by some of the worlds great contemporary choral composers including Nico Muhly, Bob Chilcott and Alexander L’Estrange.
Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and heart-gripping harmonies, The King’s Singers take you on a mesmerising musical trip from the Renaissance to now.
“ The superlative vocal sextet” THE TIMES (UK)
“…a musical group of the very highest order.” GRAMAPHONE MAGAZINE
In Conversation with Justice Michael Kirby and Uncle Jack Charles, Actor, Musician, Potter and Gifted Performer Celebrating the Contribution of the LGBTQI Community to Law and Theatre
In conversation with Justice Michael Kirby and Uncle Jack Charles, this event will explore the changing portrayal and treatment of the LGBTIQ community by both law and theatre and will celebrate the contributions made to both fields by the LGBTIQ community. By looking back at how law and theatre have each engaged with the LGBTIQ community, this event will frankly ask where the LGBTIQ community presently stands with respect to these institutions and consider what the future holds.
A collaboration between Belvoir, NSW Young Lawyers and the Inner-City Community Legal Centre, this event will entertain, inform and challenge. All proceeds from the event will go to the Inner-City Community Legal Centre to support programs of legal assistance to the LGBTIQ community.
Courtney has been under the covers with many, but not usually in front of a live audience. It's time to get tucked in with all your favourite songs that have been covered in one way or another by all your favourite artists. Lay back and enjoy the caress of those romantic satin sheets as she strips some songs down and flips others on their back to show you just how gender fluid and genre fluid a great song can be! The sweet dreams Courtney spins will leave you pillow fighting and pillow biting.
GRRR! Harbour city bears celebrates its 22nd year of incorporation with its festival the runs alongside Mardi Gras Bear Essentials 22 - just like the bingo call two little ducks 22 - WET. WET is a celebration of events for the hairy, larger man and their friends and admirers themed all around water. With a whirlwind program of 15+ events, there is something for everybody - and we mean everybody. We welcome all to come and party with the big guys - just like our bodies, we party large.
All our regular events like Underbear and Wet Furr are there, PLUS new events to get your heart pumping and hirsute bodies moist like a visit to Wet and Wild, a naughty night after at Wild and Wet and a reworked Friday evening event Bear Pit. You can buy tickets individually or as a pack, which gets you extras and member rates for the duration of the Mardi Gras season. Harbour City Bears and its members wish all a safe, but eventful, festival of gayety. WOOF!
WERK! is a huge dance party on the opening night of Sydney Mardi Gras weekend held at Australia's biggest superclub on the harbour, Home. Expect mindblowing production and a sea of thousands of the hottest gays & gals, shows by Rupaul's Drag Race Stars Willam, AJA & hosted by TS Madison.
Full lineup of DJs and performers online. 10pm till SUPER late.