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Date: November 2018

Carriageworks

Carriageworks

Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia. Carriageworks engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks' commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking, and unrelenting in its support of artists.

The best way to get to events at Carriageworks is to walk, ride or use public transport. There are bike lanes on surrounding streets, and plenty of free bike parking at the venue. Use the public transport trip planner to catch a bus or train. Carriageworks is only about a 12 minute walk from Redfern or McDonaldtown stations.

Seymour Centre

Seymour Centre

Located conveniently at the Broadway end of the city, the Seymour Centre includes four performance venues, cafe, bars, expansive foyers and a large leafy courtyard. During the Mardi Gras 2019 festival, the Seymour Centre becomes Mardi Gras Central - over 12 nights leading up to the Parade, experience a wild mix of queer performance, theatre, circus, music, cabaret and burlesque!

Bianca Del Rio - It's Jester Joke

Bianca Del Rio - It's Jester Joke

After three consecutive sell-out Australian tours, comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio returns to Australia with her brand-new comedy show. The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” tells tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life of politics, travel, family and social media.

Don’t miss your chance to see the The Queen of Mean in her fiercely funny new show in 2019.

 

Thick 'n' Juicy

Thick 'n' Juicy

Join the THICK ‘N’ JUICY party family in Sydney to celebrate Mardi Gras with another massive Sunday party, serving high-profile local and international DJs / performers and hundreds of sexy friendly men from around the world!

Our popular dance parties are home to a big family of hunky men and their LGBTIQ+ friends. Famous for world-class entertainment, cheeky themes and awesome venue transformations. Come party with us!

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Luna Park

Luna Park

With spectacular views of the harbour, Sydney's much loved Luna Park is a superbly restored 1930's amusement park.

Trevor Ashley's Mardi Gala

Trevor Ashley's Mardi Gala

Bigger, better and dare we say, Gayer than ever, Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA returns to the Concert Hall for one fabulous night only. 

Live onstage with a 12 piece orchestra, this variety gala is jam-packed with surprises, laughs and power ballads, that will have everyone on their feet.

Joining "Mardi Gras Royalty" Trevor Ashley is the smooth vocal stylings of Hugh Sheridan, the deliciously camp Rhonda Burchmore, the electrifying Tim Campbell, the acerbic wit of Tom Ballard, Oxford St legends Shauna Jensen and Minnie Cooper, and more surprises!

Right after the show, the Northern Foyers play host to the best party in Sydney with breathtaking views in a sunset soiree like no other, sparkling with the sounds of DJ Victoria Anthony.

Come and join us for the ultimate Mardi Gras pre-party and celebrate with the stars!

Sydney Opera House presents in association with Trevor Ashley Enterprises.

 

Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

Happy Mardi Gras!

The City of Sydney's Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore at Sydney Town Hall is the first official welcoming event of the Festival each year.

The rainbow flag originated in San Francisco in 1978 and was designed by artist Gilbert Baker for the Californian city's Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Since then it has become a woldwide emblem of gay pride and gay-friendly areas. The red on the flag symbolises life, while orange signifies healing, yellow is for sunlight, green represents nature, blue stands for harmony and violet signifies spirit.

City of Sydney is proud to show support for its many LGBTQI residents, workers and visitors. As a government partner of Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival, the City will fly the rainbow flag above Sydney Town Hall throughout the 2019 Festival from Friday 15 February until Sunday 3 March.

 

Queer Screen's 26th Mardi Gras Film Festival

Queer Screen's 26th Mardi Gras Film Festival

Queer Screen’s 26th Mardi Gras Film Festival has searched high and low to create a powerful fusion of LGBTIQ+ characters, stories and filmmakers from all over world. The brilliance and the challenges of being queer will be screened from 13 – 28 February in Sydney before touring to Canberra, Parramatta, Lismore, Newcastle and the Blue Mountains in March and April.

The Festival boasts five world premieres, 75 Australian premieres and 15 Sydney premieres, screening 54 feature-length films and 66 short films across 70 sessions in Event Cinemas George Street and venues across Sydney.

Opening with Giant Little Ones from Canada in its Australian premiere. A coming-of-age film featuring Kyle MacLachlan and Maria Bello, it explores how 17-year-old Franky begins to question his sexuality after an incident at his birthday party. This touching drama looks at the pressure to pick a label when maybe you don’t need one.

Rafiki will close the Festival. A bold and powerful story about young lesbian love in a conservative society in Nairobi, it was the first Kenyan film selected for Cannes and was initially banned in its home country where homosexuality is still illegal.

Other highlights include, the Felix Maritaud double header in coming of age thriller Boys and the film that shocked Cannes, Sauvage, a Focus on Latin America including the World Premiere Gala screening of The Blonde One, a slow burn sexy drama from Argentina, the Australian Premiere of the much anticipated bio-pic Mapplethorpe, a nod to old Hollywood with Making Montgomery Clift and Scotty & the Secret History of Hollywood, important documentary from Tonga, Leitis in Waiting, romantic drama Snapshots and the Molly Shannon lead comedy Wild Night Nights with Emily.

 

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Community, Film

Stonewall Hotel

Stonewall Hotel

Stonewall is the camp and brash staple of the scene, attracting a young colourful crowd every night of the week.

 

ARQ

ARQ

ARQ is where many big nights out on Oxford Street end up. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights feature drag show extravaganzas and regular themed parties.

 

Universal

Universal

Oxford Street's beloved Midnight Shift is reborn as Universal, hosting a variety of events over two huge floors.

 

Palms

Palms

There's a long line outside this downstairs venue after midnight each weekend! Inside there's a modest dancefloor and a fun up-for-it crowd enjoying retro and pop-dance classics.

 

The Beresford Hotel

The Beresford Hotel

The Beresford hosts several LGBTQI special events at various times of year, and its large beer garden out the back heaves with gay locals on weekends.

 

The Oxford Hotel

The Oxford Hotel

A gay mainstay on the corner of Taylor Square with three levels for events and parties.

There's plenty of options to relax, meet, drink and eat at the Oxford. Enjoy cocktails and pub grub!

 

Kinselas Hotel

Kinselas Hotel

Kinselas is a geat place for a relaxed drink, and hosts trivia nights. It's also currently home to the Harbour City Bears' Friday evening drink sessions.