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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 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

From romance to comedies, documentaries to dramas, and everything in between, Queer Screen delivers a huge 26th Mardi Gras Film Festival with an exciting array of diverse films that showcase the LGBTQI experience.

The 2019 festival will feature a raft of Australian and Sydney premieres from all corners of the globe. Highlights include the hotly anticipated Sauvage, a powerful portrait of a gay hustler on the streets of France that sent shockwaves through Cannes for its unrelenting and visceral imagery.

Snapshots will transport you back to the 60's and a sexy secret love affair between two women, whilst Freelancers Anonymous fills the screen with a fabulous, mostly female cast in a hilarious screwball comedy without the heteronormativity.

One of the many documentary highlights comes to us from Tonga, as we meet the incredible Leitis In Waiting and their spirited flight for equality; and don't miss the sparkling documentary that raises the curtain and shines a spotlight on acclaimed playwright and LGBTQI activist Terence McNally.

The teaser films listed above and more are on sale now, ahead of the launch of the full festival on January 9.

 

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Community, Film

Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras Party

After the spectacular Parade, come and enjoy the night with us... and over 12,000 of our newest and closest friends! The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s biggest LGBTQI event of the year. It’s our tribe, our people... our time to let loose and dance all night.

Last year’s Mardi Gras Party sold out as the new year dawned, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. We’ve got plenty of surprises up our sleeves for 2019, with specially themed fantasy worlds for you to experience including The Neon Playground, Black Palace and The Powder Puff.

The Mardi Gras Party is Sydney’s party of the year, renowned for its incredible DJ line-up, spectacular live performances and hedonistic happenings.

 

Laneway

Laneway

The ultimate recovery event to close the Mardi Gras festival’s final weekend, Laneway features the hottest DJs, surprise live performances, an eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor party spaces to dance, strut or take the edge off the night before.

VIP tickets are available for access to the Mardi Gras VIP Bar at Upstairs Beresford, featuring an exclusive dance floor, bar and amenities. All good things must come to an end – and there’s no ending quite like Laneway.

 

Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite

Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and City Recity Hall present Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite. An evening length original choral work by American singer and composer Holcombe Waller, that invokes remembrance and peace for the dead who suffered persecution for their sexual orientation or gender expression.

The piece is an emotional and personal work informed by research into the pivotal gay history from the 1980s through present day. Driven by community engagement and local community input, Waller’s Requiem explores the theatricality of ceremony as a means for collective catharsis and cultural introspection around the intersection of religion and LGBTQI identity.

Working with local singers, musicians, artists and faith leaders, the performance invites collaborative participation to make it most relevant to its particular time, venue, and cultural context, reflecting on the shifting and complex local narrative of the evolution of social justice for LGBTQI people. The work will be performed by Sam Allchurch and the Sydney Chamber Choir, inviting participation from singers of all abilities who feel called to the project’s mission, supported by professional singers and instrumentalists. Building off of millennia of queer leadership in religious ceremony, Requiem Mass audaciously plays with the intersection of music, theatre and ceremony to propose a claim for Queer power within our most sacred cultural spaces.

The Australian premiere of Requiem Mass was originally produced by Performance Space for Day for Night: 24 HRS, 2016.

 

Pool Party

Pool Party

Cocktails, tan lines and good times... Every year we fill Sydney’s most decadent poolside venue with local friends and beautiful strangers who’ve just arrived from around the globe for an unforgettable Mardi Gras holiday.

Our Pool Party is the epitome of Sydney’s sexy summertime madness. Frolic with style and lap up the atmosphere, perhaps take a dip, get wet and wild, or just check out the talent. We’re serving up delicious cocktails, cabana lounges, and cool local DJs. The Mardi Gras Pool Party is the perfect way to make a splash. For ages 18+

 

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Music, Parties

Parade Sideshow

Parade Sideshow

Enjoy an upfront and personal view of every stunning oat at our family-friendly viewing precinct on Flinders Street.

There’s a choice of seated or standing viewing, each with exclusive access to bars, food stalls, live screens, bathrooms and delightful hosts who’ll give you an outrageous running commentary as the Parade shimmies past. Take the hassle out of Mardi Gras and join us at Sideshow... you’ll be glad you did! Children are welcome.

 

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Parties

Diamond Club

Diamond Club

Proudly presented in partnership with ANZ

Take your Mardi Gras viewing experience to the next level. Come and join us at Taylor Square, right in the heart of the action, where you won’t miss a moment of our dazzling Parade. Diamond Club is our exclusive standing cocktail area, featuring a private bar, gourmet food trucks and DJs. With unparalleled views, it’s the ultimate place to enjoy the Parade for the ultimate VIP experience. Diamond Club is an over 18’s venue.

 

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Parade

Parade

Proudly supported by Destination New South Wales

Building on four decades of powerful protest and LGBTQI celebration, the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is our biggest night of the year. A bustling extravaganza that brings Sydney to a standstill and shines a global spotlight on LGBTQI lives, culture, communities and creativity. With spectacular floats, thousands of participants, a veritable smorgasbord of glittering colour and dynamic shape, the parade showcases the glitz and glamour of our community.

Drag Queens, Dykes on Bikes, Sydney Lifesavers, community heroes and much much more, come together to produce what has become the parade that stops the nation. Expect colour, expect life, expect huge crowds of excited parade viewers lining the streets. Make your way to Oxford Street or Flinders Street early to secure a good spot!

 

Queer Contemporary

Queer Contemporary

The National Art School’s iconic site (the former Darlinghurst Gaol) is a part of the queer past and the queer future, from the infamous Wall to today’s Queer Contemporary, which includes exhibitions, conversations, workshops, kids activities and the boutique Moonlite pop up bar named in honour of former inmate - Bush Ranger Captain Moonlite and his lover James Nesbitt.

Queer as Folklore - Exhibition of works from the collection of Dr Dick Quan and Holdsworth House Medical Practice Works from the Refracted Light exhibition Created by Insideoutdelhi - India’s first queer art competition Moonlite Tour led by artist Todd Fuller Full program to be announced.

 

 

    

Fair Day Official After Party

Fair Day Official After Party

Join us at Mardi Gras Central’s Festival Club for the official Fair Day after-party, where very special guests will delight partygoers with pop-up performances while our esteemed DJs will fill the floor with the ultimate dance and party tunes until the early hours. $5 or entry with a Mardi Gras Central show ticket for 17 February.

 

Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and The Art Gallery of New South Wales present:

Now in its third year, Queer Art After Hours returns in 2019 with a sparkling line-up of art, music, performance and much more.

Experience the Art Gallery of New South Wales after the sun goes down with some of Australia’s best queer creatives bringing the art to life both on and off the walls.

Featuring pop-up bars, tongue-in-cheek art tours, hands on workshops, live music, queer art history stories and your last chance to see the major exhibition Masters of modern art from the Hermitage, this is one fabulous night not to be missed.

 

My Trans Story - The Next Generation

My Trans Story - The Next Generation

In 2018, Trans Stories sold out and audiences gave it a triple standing ovation. In 2019 we present My Trans Story featuring fearless next generation story-tellers.

Meet 14 year old Evie Macdonald, the girl who faced off with the PM on The Project and star of ABC’s First Day, Liz Duck-Chong, writer, sexual health nerd, pun a cionado and self-described post-fertile funny girl and Nevo Zisin, Jewish, queer, non-binary, activist and author of award-winning Finding Nevo. Plus young trans and gender diverse people who will be stepping into the spotlight for the first time.

My Trans Story – The Next Generation launches where Trans Stories – 40 Years left off. In 2018 we looked back at our activists who fought for the early hard-won rights and toward a brighter and more inclusive future. In 2019 we will be looking at the future. Traversing the next generation’s struggles, loves, triumphs and pursuit of a society that celebrates multiple intersecting gender identities. These are the kids we whispered to, grab your ticket and hear them roar.

My Trans Story – The Next Generation is presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and FEM in association with Trans Pride Australia.

Sissy Ball

Sissy Ball
Following last year’s dazzling sold out debut, Australia’s biggest vogue ball returns with more attitude than ever.