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.

Posted in ON TODAY 22 FEB 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

Tagged Performance

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. 

It Takes 2!

It Takes 2!

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!

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Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday

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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Mosaic: LGBTIQ Artists of Western Sydney

Mosaic: LGBTIQ Artists of Western Sydney
This exhibition will showcase 7 artists from across the region at the Parramatta Artists Studios for 2 weeks starting 22 February 2018.

Mythology: Where is Hercules

Mythology: Where is Hercules

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

Pixel Party

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!

Planetdwellers Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise

Planetdwellers Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise

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

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

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

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

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

Polly's February Dance

Polly's February Dance

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”

Queer Families Documenting Stories of Adversity, Diversity and Belonging

Queer Families Documenting Stories of Adversity, Diversity and Belonging

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.

Register to attend here.

Queer Tarot Project: Multi-Media Exhibition

Queer Tarot Project: Multi-Media Exhibition

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.

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Queerstories: Western Sydney

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.

Rebel Bar - The Ultimate Madonna Party

Rebel Bar - The Ultimate Madonna Party

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!

Tagged Music, Parties

Rule 34 Presents CRISCO DISCO

Rule 34 Presents CRISCO DISCO

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.

Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service Since World War II

Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service Since World War II

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.

shhhOUT: Art from a GLBTQIA+ Perspective

shhhOUT: Art from a GLBTQIA+ Perspective

Examining 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

Image credit: Drew Holland, GWM/HWP/DDT/BB (2016) solvent transfer on handmade paper, 60 x 40 cm

Tagged Visual Arts

Songs Jessye's Sung

Songs Jessye's Sung

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!).

T Dance - Time Machine

T Dance - Time Machine

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

The Bedlam Cabaret - Mardi Gras Edition

The Bedlam Cabaret - Mardi Gras Edition

bed·lam {bedləm} noun “a scene of uproar and confusion”

The Rogues are back at the famous Red Rattler Theatre for a fearlessly rainbow-flavoured edition of The Bedlam Cabaret, presented as part of the Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival!

Showcasing exciting new and emerging Sydney performers alongside the city's coolest established artists, this is the pre-parade shindig you know you want - we're turning up the heat, and the talent, to get us in the mood for the party.

Nine local and international performers will take to the Rattler’s stage for an almost anything goes show. Highlights include the incomparable performance artist Marlena Dali; the dazzling burlesque wonder that is Kael Murray (Star Wars Strips Back); Ben Noir, star of the Paris Burlesque Festival, the risque talents of Curly Fries (The Leftovers Collective); Nerdy Comedian Debbie Zuckerman and international drag king sensation Poppy Cox, direct from Berlin.

Hosted by the one-and-only James ‘Breko’ Brechney, Bedlam Mardi Gras Edition will be a madcap, multi-genre, queer-themed cabaret blending burlesque, drag and song with circus, comedy and seriously sizzling performance art.

Discounted tickets for Mardi Gras Members!

The Duetaholics

The Duetaholics

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!

The Story of the Girls

The Story of the Girls

EXHIBITION DATES 8  – 25 February 2018 at STACKS Projects

Opening event: Wednesday 7 February 6-8pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Saturday 11am - 6 pm, Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

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!

 

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir and Wellington Glamaphones present 'Close Harmony'

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir and Wellington Glamaphones present 'Close Harmony'

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 music from Pet Shop Boys, Queen, Whitney Houston, Crowded House, Missy Higgins and a host of favourites from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. You’ll be uplifted, moved, and taken on a musical adventure through harmony and we might even get you singing along!
 
The Glamaphones are Wellington’s LGBTQI community choir. Like SGLC they are non-auditioned and place great emphasis on participation, inclusiveness and building community.
 
Come and celebrate Mardi Gras’ 40th Anniversary with us! Book here.

The View UpStairs

The View UpStairs

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

Ultimate Bar Kylie

Ultimate Bar Kylie

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!

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Wett Ones Swim Meet 2018

Wett Ones Swim Meet 2018

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.

City of Sydney's Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

City of Sydney's Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

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 Sydney Town Hall throughout the 2018 Festival from Friday 16 February until Sunday 4 March.

Parade

Parade
With 40 incredible years of passion, pride and protest, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade has grown to a bustling extravaganza that brings Sydney to a standstill, and shines a light on the issues affecting LGBTQI people around the world.

Party

Party

You better Believe it! This year's Mardi Gras Party will be one for the history books! Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is thrilled to confirm that pop superstar, LGBTQI icon and prolific tweeter CHER will headline the Official 2018 Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 3 March, 2018.

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.

 

Here's the full line-up:

Cher
Starley
Seann Miley Moore
101 Doll Squadron
Sheba Williams
Jo Kingston


Our international DJs:
From Chicago -> The Black Madonna
From Paris -> Kiddy Smile
From Chicago -> Shaun J. Wright
From London -> Hannah Holland

PLUS local DJs:
DJ Alex Taylor
DJ Dan Slater
DJ Kitty Glitter
DJ Dan Murphy
DJ Kate Monroe
Stephen Allkins
DJ Sveta
DJ Du Jour
DJ Gemma 
Ben Drayton 
Annabelle Gaspar
SEZZO SNOT
YO! MAFIA
Kate Doherty
Simona Castricum 
James Smithers
Victoria Anthony

And an EPIC Midnight show featuring Australia's legendary Drag Queens, Kings and Trans Showgirls! PLUS Mardi Gras legend Bob Downe!

PLEASE NOTE: Only official ticket outlets and links announced and provided here on mardigras.org.au are authorised to sell tickets. Sites such as Viagogo and Ticketmaster Resale are NOT authorised to sell Mardi Gras tickets.

You have the right to remain fabulous! Read the Inner City Legal Centre's guide to your rights at the Party here.

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Laneway

Laneway

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Only official ticket outlets and links announced and provided here on mardigras.org.au are authorised to sell tickets. Sites such as Viagogo and Ticketmaster Resale are NOT authorised to sell Mardi Gras tickets.

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Pool Party

Pool Party

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.

Pool Party DJ line-up:

DJ Tiny

Amanda Louise

Beth Yen

Andrew Gibbons (USA)

Matt Effect (USA)

Neil Singleton (UK)

Brett Austin

PLEASE NOTE: Only official ticket outlets and links announced and provided here on mardigras.org.au are authorised to sell tickets. Sites such as Viagogo and Ticketmaster Resale are NOT authorised to sell Mardi Gras tickets.

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Fair Day

Fair Day

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!

Every year, a melting pot of 70,000 smiling faces gather together in the park to celebrate not only the beginning of Mardi Gras, but also the power and beauty of diversity.

With over 250 stalls, Fair Day will spread out through the entire Park and features the Sports Village, Doggywood, the ANZ Main stage and the new Tropicana Bar featuring DJs Beth Yen and GI Jode.

Stalls that highlight the amazing diversity of the LGBTQI community include the 78ers, Queer Screen, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir, Dykes on Bikes, Gender Centre, Rainbow Families, Wett Ones Swimming Club, Sydney Roller Derby, Glitoris, Harbour City Bears, the Sydney Femme Guild and the Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives.  

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. Find all the details here!  

The ANZ Main Stage morning program will feature community performances from the NSW Police Band and the Swing Out Sydney dancers and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir to start the day off. The official ceremonies start at midday hosted by 78er and broadcaster Julie McCrossin. 

Mardi Gras legends Bob Downe and Cindy Pastel then take over proceedings as they host the start of an amazing early afternoon program of cabaret including performances by Shauna Jensen, Mama Alto, Greg Gould, Bogan Villea and Miss First Nations winner Josie Baker. Jordan Raskopolous then takes over the MC duties for a late afternoon, all women line-up of live music from Kira Puru and Asta. Two of Sydney’s iconic DJs Sveta and Kate Monroe will then get everyone up and dancing from the Main Stage from 5:30pm until close at 8pm.

See the full ANZ Main Stage line-up here!

Whoever you are, Fair Day is the must-do event of the year. See you there.

Found out about public transport to and from Fair Day here and read our Fair Day FAQ's here.

DOWNLOAD THE FAIR DAY MAP HERE!

 

Diamond Club Parade Viewing - SOLD OUT

Diamond Club Parade Viewing - SOLD OUT

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANZ

Mardi Gras' Diamond Club is now SOLD OUT - thank you to everyone who booked and we'll see you there on Saturday 3 March!

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Only official ticket outlets and links announced and provided here on mardigras.org.au are authorised to sell tickets. Sites such as Viagogo and Ticketmaster Resale are NOT authorised to sell Mardi Gras tickets.

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Parade Sideshow - SOLD OUT

Parade Sideshow - SOLD OUT

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!

SIDESHOW TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT. Thank you to everyone who booked - see you there on Saturday 3 March!

PLEASE NOTE: Only official ticket outlets and links announced and provided here on mardigras.org.au are authorised to sell tickets. Sites such as Viagogo and Ticketmaster Resale are NOT authorised to sell Mardi Gras tickets.

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Museum of Love & Protest

Museum of Love & Protest

OPEN EVERY DAY
Friday 16 February – Sunday 4 March 2018
Sunday – Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 10pm (6pm Saturday 3 March)

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.

Curated by Susan Charlton, the Museum’s theatrical design by Anna Tregloan combines visual spectacle and moments of intimacy for visitors to discover the extraordinary stories, artists, communities and images of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Participating photographers include William Yang, C.Moore Hardy, Mazz Image, Ann-Marie Calilhanna and Markham Lane. 1978 photographs include images by Sally Colechin, Geoff Friend and Branco Gaica. Commissioned Artists include Deborah Kelly, Gareth Ernst, Rene Rivas and Lewis Oswald. Plus original artworks by David McDiarmid.

Costumes by Brenton Heath-Kerr, Ron Muncaster and Pip Playford all feature in the exhibition, on loan from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, as well as costumes worn by Miss Ellaneous, Pauline Pantsdown, Bob Downe, Vanessa Wagner, Joyce Maynge, Peta Friend, AJ Brown, Ted Cook, Pisa Tufuga, and wigs by Maude Boate.

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.

Museum of Love & Protest
NAS Gallery
National Art School, cnr Forbes & Burton streets, Darlinghurst
Friday 16 February – Sunday 4 March 2018
Sunday – Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 10pm (6pm Saturday 3 March)

FREE

Mardi Gras volunteers will be on-hand helping visitors navigate the exhibition.

 

Mardi Gras Bar of Love & Protest at NAS
Each Friday and Saturday night: 
(16, 17, 23, 24 February and 2 March), 5:30–10pm  
Special Parade Day Bar: 
Saturday 3 March, 12–6:00pm  

Join us at the Bar for the Museum of Love & Protest to celebrate all that is Mardi Gras. Open for each Friday and Saturday night during the exhibition, the Bar is the perfect place to amplify the Museum of Love & Protest experience. Each night features a different era from Sydney’s queer dance floors, including classics such as Richard Weiss with Tudorstuart Friday 16 February, Heaps Gay Saturday 17 February and House of Mince Saturday 24 February. Save the dates now!

 

Family Workshops at NAS
Saturday 17 February
Kids $10/Parents $20 

In conjunction with the exhibition the National Art School have created a range of workshops where you can come together as a family to learn new skills and techniques. Enjoy experimental drawing, costume-making and ceramics for Rainbow Families of all ages!  There are three amazing workshops to choose between. Experimental drawing, costume-making and ceramics workshops for rainbow families! For families with children aged 6 and over.

FIND OUT MORE HERE

Sessions: 9.30 am–12.30pm and 1.30–4.30pm
Cost per session: parents $20 each, children $10 each
Bookings: 02 9339 8751; Alana.Ambados@nas.edu.au  

Mardi Gras Bar of Love & Protest

Mardi Gras Bar of Love & Protest

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

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

Family Workshops at NAS

Family Workshops at NAS

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

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

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

We have these amazing workshops on offer: 

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

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

BOOK HERE!

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Sissy Ball

Sissy Ball

SISSY BALL is SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who booked! See you at Carriageworks on Saturday 24 February!

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.

COMPETING HOUSES:
SLÉ (AU)
FAFSWAG (NZ)
HOUSE OF ENVY (NZ)


SISSY BALL HEAD JUDGE:
LEIOMY (USA)

SISSY BALL MC:
DASHUAN (USA)

MUSICAL LINE-UP:
MIKEQ (USA)
ELECTRIC FIELDS (AU)
QUAY DASH (USA)
ANGEL-HO (SA)


SISSY BALL 2018

CATEGORIES

Registration for competitors is now open for Sissy Ball 2018, presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Red Bull Music! Please email your name, number and the category/categories you wish to enter to iconic.houseofsle@gmail.com. Due to capacity, we have a limit on how many walkers we can allow for each category. Please register by Wednesday 21st February to avoid disappointment.

1. FEMALE FIGURE PERFORMANCE – SCHOOL GIRL TWIST


‘I’m pretty, I’m cute, I’m popular to boot!’ Schools back in, ladies! So you better bring it like the Craft! Points for those who bring it with a prop, every schoolgirl needs some books and a late pass! Don’t forget your high school sweetheart!


2. FACE – EVENING GLAM - OTA


She’s beat for the goddess! Flawless on every angle! Catch these cheekbones! Catch this HIGHLIGHT! Don’t let my wing cut you! This face is an evening beat set to last you the entire night, so give us glam!


3. HAND PERFORMANCE – OTA


Bring whatever look you want, just make sure your hands stand out! The hands say everything so tell us your story and don’t you dare start cat walking!


4. RUNWAY – NATIONAL COSTUME -OTA

Its time to call on the ancestors to get your 10s! Let us know where your from, what island, clan or nation is yours! Bring it with a traditional look or a hybrid twist! Whatever best describes your bloodline!  It’s a moment to show pride and strength, so head up and walk! Australian flags are an automatic chop!!


5. SEX SIREN – BODY ON SHOW - OTA


I may be bad but I’m perfectly good with it! Body-ody-ody, give us BODY! It’s time to define what sexy is for you!  Tonight it’s all about your body, your rules! So bring it in any form, flesh tone or size and let us know why you are the Sissy Ball Sex Siren! Points for those who bring it in latex look!


6. VOGUE FEM – SHINE SUPREME - OTA


Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the cuntiest of them all? To win grand prize and reign supreme you need a look that’s shines and elements all so clean! Bring it with a metallic effect, gold, silver, sequin! Its time to put on a show so blind these hoes with your reflection and slay your elements to win! Lets GO!

The term “Sissy”
"The term “Sissy” is used amongst Asian and Pacific queer communities as a term of endearment and sisterhood. The reason why I chose this is because it’s definitely a term widely used amongst the younger generation of queer people of colour and there’s a global understanding of reclaiming it as a positive affirmation opposed to its slur history” Bhenji Ra

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who booked!

PRESNTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MEDIBANK

SUPPORTED BY IVFAUSTRALIA

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, and the wildest kid’s dance party ever in the stunning Crystal Palace.
 
Mardi Gras legend Kate Monroe and Oxford Street favourite Victoria Anthony will be spinning tracks at the kids’ disco, while drag queens Coco Jumbo and Hannah Conda will delight everyone from young to old with their fabulous lip-syncing performances.
 
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

Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours returns after last year’s hugely successful inaugural event. Once again, the Art Gallery of New South Wales will go queer, with an explosion of queer art around every corner.
 
QUEER ART AFTER HOURS 2018 FEATURES:
GANG OF SHE
RAINBOW CHAN
MARCUS WHALE
MISTRESS TOKYO
BRENDAN DE LA HAY
FANCY PIECE
SEXY GALEXY
VERUSHKA DARLING
NICOLE BARAKAT
THE HUXLEYS
DJ YUNG BRUJO
DJ AYEBATONYE
 
On the main stage, MCs Fancy Piece host a line-up of Sydney’s cutting-edge queer musicians, DJs and performers: Marcus Whale, Rainbow Chan, Brendan de la Hay, Sexy Galexy, DJ Yung Brujo, DJ Ayebatonye, and performance collective Gang of She.

Elsewhere in the Gallery, take a tongue-in-cheek art tour with Verushka Darling, a life drawing class with dominatrix Mistress Tokyo as your model, or have a profound coffee cup reading with artist Nicole Barakat. Watch out for The Huxleys, whose iridescent and glamourous creations might pop out from any corner!

And don’t miss the chance to see the work of one of the most important figures in queer art history in the acclaimed exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium. Emerging during the wave of gay activism and pride that also birthed the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Mapplethorpe chronicled his deep involvement in New York’s gay scene and immortalised the idols of the 1970s and 1980s, including lifelong muse Patti Smith. Whether he was photographing a figure, a fetish or a flower, Mapplethorpe’s unflinching quest for beauty has an enduring political and artistic resonance.

Check out the full info on the performers and the Mapplethorpe exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW site here.

Black Nulla Workshops

Black Nulla Workshops

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.

REGISTER HERE!

Black Point

Black Point

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.

Speakers Platform

Speakers Platform

An international panel of influential thinkers and artists come together to discuss queer performance from First Peoples’ perspectives.
 
Facilitator:
Dr Sandy O’Sullivan: Associate Professor of Creative Industries at University of the Sunshine Coast,
 
Speakers:
Jacob Boehme: Creative Director of Yirramboi First Nations Art Festival and creator and performer of Blood on the Dancefloor (Sydney Festival)
 
Artists: 
Cherish Violet Blood (Alberta Canada),  Black Foot performance artist: Cherish Violet Blood is an actor, storyteller, natural comedian, vocalist and activist from the Blood Reserve, Alberta. A graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Toronto, she trained with Micah Barnes, Vocal Intensive, Banff Centre and enjoys traditional hand drumming and contemporary singing. Blood has performed across North America with Material Witness, Spiderwoman Theatre, The Red House in Syracuse, NY; Making Treaty 7 by Blake Brooker and Michelle Thrush, Calgary; and Maria Gets A New Life by Cliff Cardinal. (https://nbto.com/project.html?project_id=555)

Brian Fuata- Pacifica performance artist: Brian Fuata is a Samoan writer and performance maker born in Wellington, New Zealand and works and lives in Sydney. Alongside his solo practice, he is part of the duo Wrong Solo with Agatha Gothe-Snape. Fuata has performed internationally and nationally, such as at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2017), Performa, New York (2015); Carriageworks, Sydney (2015); The Poetry Project, New York (2015); UnionDocs, New York (2015); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015); Carriageworks, Sydney (2015); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2013); and Artspace, Sydney (2011). (http://www.ima.org.au/event/first-thursdays-brian-fuata/ )

Black Nulla Cabaret

Black Nulla Cabaret

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.

Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA

Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA

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.

Queer Screen's 25th Mardi Gras Film Festival

Queer Screen's 25th Mardi Gras Film Festival

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.

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Strangers In Between

Strangers In Between

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

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

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

Showtimes - 14 Feb – 2 Mar

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

Mitzi Macintosh: A Lifetime in Lipstick

Mitzi Macintosh: A Lifetime in Lipstick

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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtyard Sessions

Courtyard Sessions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 5pm-7pm – Fair Day Highlight

Hollow States and Rachel Maria Cox

Friday 23 February 6pm-9pm

Chicks With Picks

Playlist

Playlist

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: Symphonic Dance Anthems

IGNITE: Symphonic Dance Anthems

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.

TICKETS ON SALE SOON - CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE IGNITE MAILING LIST

Australian LGBTI Awards

Australian LGBTI Awards

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.

An Act of God

An Act of God

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.

Apollo The Party

Apollo The Party

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!

Daywash pres. Candyland

Daywash pres. Candyland

DAYWASH is rounding all the delicious men and women in town, from near and far, lick lick candy stick! CANDYLAND is THE Sydney Mardi Gras Finale you won’t want to miss out on in 2018

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 to mark the 40th year of Mardi Gras with a new look, feel, and sound at the Ivy.

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 CANDYLAND a brand new Sydney Mardi Gras Finale Party at a new venue, The Ivy.

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!

CANDYLAND is the biggest, baddest and boldest Daywash ever and it’s the only way to sign off an absolutely epic weekend.

DJ's DANI TORO (USA), GSP (GREECE), BEN BAKSON (GERMANY) & KINGSTONE (FRANCE) join a mind-blowing cast and audio visual 

So get your tickets to CANDYLAND, Daywash's Mardi Gras finale party 2018 pronto, or you’ll be all cried out.

BOOK TICKETS HERE!

Equality Dance Australia Festival 2018

Equality Dance Australia Festival 2018

UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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

Extra Dirty

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.

Finally ft. CeCe Peniston The Party

Finally ft. CeCe Peniston The Party

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 here.

Set to be one of the biggest events during Mardi Gras 2018 !

Fucking Men by Joe DiPietro

Fucking Men by Joe DiPietro

“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

GiRLTHING Mardi Pardi 2018: Vaults of Heaven

GiRLTHING Mardi Pardi 2018: Vaults of Heaven

It's Judgement Day
How will you arrive? 
Evil or angelic, devilish or virtuous? 

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 now HERE on Ticketek

Go to GIRLTHING's Facebook page for more details about GIRLTHING events!

Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

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!

www.facebook.com/heapsgayparties

KiKi Pool Party

KiKi Pool Party

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.

BOOK TICKETS HERE!

 Email info@daywash.com.au to reserve your own private cabana at no cost (just a min bar spend).

Luscious All Sorts - LOVE WON

Luscious All Sorts - LOVE WON

Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative Presents: "Luscious All Sorts - LOVE WON" 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
boomalliartgallery@gmail.com
www.boomalli.com.au

Mama Alto: Queerly Beloved

Mama Alto: Queerly Beloved

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.

Mama acknowledges the traditional owners of this land, the Cadigal people of the Eora nations. Sovereignty never ceded.

www.mamaalto.com / www.facebook.com/mamaalto

Matinee La Leche Main Event

Matinee La Leche Main Event

La Leche the legendary white party of Matinee returns to Mardi Gras to celebrate its 40th birthday. The main ingredients of this extravagant production are the sexy dancers, circuit soundtrack and jaw dropping costumes Matinee are famous for the world over.

Expect martini glasses overflowing with milk and men as your eyes are tantalized with spectacular shows full of sensuality complimented with state of the art lighting, lasers and LEDs. No less then 11 performers will keep you wanting more at harbour side iconic club Home The Venue.

Let the worlds no 1 circuit DJs Phil Romano and Thomas Solvert take you on a journey like no other. 

THE closing party of Mardi Gras from the largest circuit party on the planet. Need we say more?

Last year everyone was talking about our Matinee event ‘The Island’ and we can’t wait to put another premiere party for all of our sexy international visitors as they dance the day away with our hot Australian party goers. There is only one place to be. Australia this Mardi Gras, are you ready?

This event is close to selling out so make sure you grab you tickets now!

Mega Malebox

Mega Malebox

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.

METAMORPHOSES by Mary Zimmerman

METAMORPHOSES by Mary Zimmerman

**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

Oxtravanganza

Oxtravanganza

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 Black Party

Papa Black Party

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 Tours, Travel and Events

Planetdwellers Tours, Travel and Events

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!

Come meet the team in our new store on Oxford street.

Proudly In Love - Cancelled

Proudly In Love - Cancelled

APOLOGIES - EVENT CANCELLED

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

Rainbow Reflections 40 Years of LGBTI History

Rainbow Reflections 40 Years of LGBTI History

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 our past 40 years history in the context of the Sydney LGBTI community, and immerse ourselves in our Rainbow Reflections.

Join panellists from such fields as business, media, the law, policing, politics, 78-er’s, and religion as we discuss the major hurdles we’ve overcome, and then consider the future, to see how far we must go for equality in the broader community.

Discounted pricing is available for students.

Rainbow Run Sydney

Rainbow Run Sydney

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!

Rebellion and Subversion: 40 Years of Queer Art

Rebellion and Subversion: 40 Years of Queer Art

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.

Artworks featured include those by renowned photographers such as William Yang and C. Moore Hardy and contemporary artists such as Lisa Anderson, 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.

Ross Watson homines uniformis

Ross Watson homines uniformis

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 Underwear Party Gets Semi Naked

Sydney's Biggest Underwear Party Gets Semi Naked

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.

Grab your best underwear, footywear, jockstraps and swimwear. This is one SEMI NAKED underwear party you don't want to miss - tickets have sold out six years in a row. Sydney's Biggest MEN Only Underwear party returns to ARQ Sydney, celebrating 11 years. 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 a new laser lighting show.

Ticket outlets are : Teamm8, Sax, Bodyline, ASN Oxford and Oxford performance centre.

MEN ONLY, Strict Dress Code: Swimwear underwear and footywear jock straps.

www.underwhereparty.com.au

The First Mardi Gras: Was The Pain worth the Gain? An Afternoon with the 78ers

The First Mardi Gras: Was The Pain worth the Gain? An Afternoon with the 78ers

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

The King's Singers

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, 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 Act: Under the Covers

Courtney Act: Under the Covers

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.

Bear Essentials 22 - WET

Bear Essentials 22 - WET

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! Feat. WILLAM, AJA & TS MADISON LIVE!

WERK! Feat. WILLAM, AJA & TS MADISON LIVE!

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.