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!
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!
With spectacular views of the harbour, Sydney's much loved Luna Park is a superbly restored 1930's amusement park.
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.
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.
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.
Stonewall is the camp and brash staple of the scene, attracting a young colourful crowd every night of the week.
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.
Oxford Street's beloved Midnight Shift is reborn as Universal, hosting a variety of events over two huge floors.
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 hosts several LGBTQI special events at various times of year, and its large beer garden out the back heaves with gay locals on weekends.
There's plenty of options to relax, meet, drink and eat at the Oxford. Enjoy cocktails and pub grub!
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.
Grab yourself a window seat and watch the talent drift by. Have a dance upstairs on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays. There's DJs, drag shows and games too.
Sydney's small gay bar is open at 2 Oxford Street every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 2am. Located at the city end of Oxford Street with its entrance located at the rear in Liverpool Street.
The Impy is located a short walk from Newtown's main drag. There's a friendly ground floor dining and drinking area, plus shows and parties upstairs.
Drink, dine, enjoy weekly drag shows, fundraisers and events.
There's a huge beer garden out the back, and The Harbour City Bears take over the upstairs bar from 4pm on Sundays.
With karaoke, comedy snd live music nights, the Sly Fox is a fun, no attitude venue that's easy to find on the corner at 199 Enmore Road.
Drink, dine and chat inside, or out back in the Caravan of Love. The Bearded Tit's located just a couple of minutes' walk from Redfern Station.
ACON is here for sexual health, mental health, safety, inclusion, training and consulting. Visit their website to learn more about the great work ACON do in our communities.
See the friendly staff for an amazing range of books, DVDs, magazines and more. Everything under the rainbow!
Get a fast, free and confidential rapid HIV and STI testing service for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
Get a fast, free and confidential rapid HIV and STI testing service for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
Get a fast, free and confidential rapid HIV and STI testing service for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.
With four floors of steamy adventure to explore, Bodyline is Sydney's most popular bathhouse for gay and bi men.
Cruisy, sexy, relaxing and safe, clean and welcoming.
3 serviced rooms, 2 levels, plenty of cruise areas, large cinema room, fully serviced cafe and wet area including spa, sauna & steam room.
Sydney's iconic must-visit harbourside performing arts venue, hosting a vibrant variety of music, shows and talks.
The beautiful sandy beach is perfect for travel snaps or selfies at any time of the year. Bondi is easy to get to by public transport, just 30 minutes from Sydney's Town Hall.
Welcome to Oxford Street. Sydney's Rainbow Flag is flying for equality and love. Its seven colours Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple stand for Life, Healing, Sunlight, Nature, Serenity and Sprit.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Seymour Centre present:
Get ready to be entertained and inspired at Mardi Gras Central. Our 2019 Festival hub is a wild mix of queer performance, theatre, music, dance, circus, cabaret and burlesque. Over 12 nights leading up to the Mardi Gras Parade, the Seymour Centre’s theatres, foyers and courtyard will be transformed, providing a welcoming space to share, celebrate and explore diverse queer identities through performance.
THE RISE AND FALL OF SAINT GEORGE
THE BUTCH MONOLOGUES
Experience unmissable performances from world-class local and international LGBTQI artists, grab a bite, enjoy a drink, then head upstairs to the late night Festival Club. Mardi Gras Central is the place to be seen, don’t be the one who misses out.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Seymour Centre present:
At the centre of this year’s Mardi Gras will be the official late-night festival club where everybody is welcome. Each night will be a party at the Festival Club where we will feature Sydney’s best DJs and artists, pop-up performances by festival guests and special events. With chillout areas and a dance floor, the Festival Club will be the place to meet friends, make new ones, create festival memories and have an absolute ball. Full details to be announced!
$5 entry on Sunday 17 February for Fair Day After Party
Featuring stars of the Vienna Boylesque Festival
Directed by Imogen Kelly
Hosted by Yana Alana
Over two spectacular nights, the inaugural Bent Burlesque will feature the crème de la crème of international and national queer burlesque artists. This is going to be Sydney’s number one event to experience the ever-bending and outrageous world of fabulous queer burlesque. Featuring direct from the Vienna Boylesque Festival, Jacques Patriaque (Vienna), Mr Gorgeous (New York) and Isaiah & Johnny (Portland USA) in a fruit cocktail of some of the very best and emerging artists of Australia’s bent burlesque scene, including Australian circus superstar Jess Love. Your host for this tantalising trip into the world of burlesque queens and kings is the award-winning queen of queer cabaret Yana Alana.
With an incredible and powerful voice, Yana is a diva in the true sense – brave, brash, unapologetic and larger than life. Expect underground cabaret, music, circus, satire, drag and performance art with a wild and eclectic mix of different acts each night. For ages 18+ Full line-up to be announced at mardigras.org.au
With its outdoor bar, food trucks, big trees and fairy lights, the Seymour Courtyard is the perfect summer spot to meet friends for a drink and a bite to eat before seeing a show.
The Courtyard will also feature the Courtyard Sessions – a series of free outdoor concerts bby emerging local LGBTQI musicians. Full lineup to be announced.
Australia’s favourite trash glamour disco circus is coming back to town for Mardi Gras. Cult cabaret hooligans and mischief-makers Briefs present a wild romp of disco dancing, circus, variety, and burlesque featuring a hand-picked selection of guests from across the world of queer cabaret. Expect a pumping soundtrack with your favourite dancefloor smashes and ridiculous performances from the Briefs boys plus a cavalcade of hand-selected guest cabaret and circus artists.
Stomp it out on the catwalk, dance until late, laugh until you ache and experience the club night that spawned the international touring sensation Briefs. Briefs pays homage to the traditions of circus, the extremities of physical theatre, the artistry of drag, the guts of burlesque, the imagery of theatre, the debauchery of speakeasies and the showmanship of cabaret. The company uses the circus and variety format as a vehicle for engaging audiences, challenging stereotypes, and exploring notions of gender, sexual orientation, race and politics.
SHAUN PARKER & COMPANY and Seymour Centre present:
KING is a new music-dance collaboration between award-winning director/choreographer Shaun Parker and internationally renowned Bulgarian-born songwriter/vocalist Ivo Dimchev.
Set in a theatrical world that is part cocktail lounge, part jungle, KING interrogates the notion of male power, control and group dynamics amongst men. Teasing out patterns of behaviour of the cis-hetero-alpha-male against homosexual, bisexual and pansexual perspectives, Parker’s highly physical and articulate choreographic world in KING will be intertwined with the scorching live sung narration of Dimchev’s deconstructed cabaret-esque vocals. The key protagonist and archetype in KING will be observed as a naked man, which will be created by, and instructed by Dimchev as the work progresses, and we shall witness the male body as a commodity for observation. Dimchev, as the gender-neutral narrator, creates a kingdom of men commenting on toxic masculinity.
The juxtaposition of Dimchev’s androgynous counter tenor vocal narration against the male dominated world created in KING, will provide a compelling counterpoint to the notion of power and brutality found within the context of historic masculinity and socio-sexual-political structures. KING shall deliver a biting, yet humorous theatrical expose, giving a well-deserved ‘nod’ to a society in revolt against an exhausted patriarchy. Full frontal nudity, violence, adult themes and sexual references.
Recommended ages 16+
By Paul Mac and Lachlan Philpott
George was a pioneer. A trailblazer. An icon. He was our saint. To celebrate the life of our much-loved star, a beautiful mural appeared across a wall in the Inner West. It became a local shrine, bringing a smile to the faces of thousands of commuters who passed every day on the train. It stood for eleven months with no hint of complaint or controversy. The dark forces unleashed and forced upon our community by the Marriage Equality campaign changed that. One day after we heard YES, a day to celebrate and heal after the divisive campaign, the mural was destroyed in a series of attacks.
Two of Australia’s leading queer artists, pop icon Paul Mac and playwright Lachlan Philpott, have teamed up to tell the story of St George through the eyes of our community. This is a special opportunity to see this work as it is being made. Join Paul Mac and a choice selection of collaborators from across his career and a community choir for a sneak peek of this big new work. The Rise and Fall of St George is a celebration of our achievements, a thank you to the allies who supported us, and an urgent call to arms to never let these hard-won freedoms go in these dark times. After the show, a Q&A will involve the audience in a discussion about creating work inspired by real events, and how Paul’s music will continue to be informed by the experience.
Performed by Ross Anderson-Doherty
Written by Ross Anderson-Doherty & Lachlan Philpott
Directed by Alyson Campbell
Stage Manager Siobhan Barbour
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in association with Theatre Works and wreckedAllprods present A delicious new interactive cabaret banquet, Cake Daddy will plunge you belly-deep inside one gorgeous queer man’s experience of fat/ness, laying bare both the fortitude and fabulosity required to step into the world as a fat person today. Cake Daddy is about being fat in a fat-phobic world. It’s about owning the word fat and refusing the scare-mongering and hatred-inspiring messages about an epidemic of obesity. It’s about not apologising for taking up space, not trying to diet, not trying to make oneself quiet, not trying to change one's body size. Ross Anderson-Doherty invites you into his world, one that veers like a set of dieter’s scales between the lightness of Cake Daddy and the heavy weight of public opinion.
For ages 16+
This event is supported by the British Council and Arts Council NI
Written by Laura Bridgeman
Directed by Julie McNamara
Stage Manager Siobhan Barbour
Developed by The Drakes, a London-based group of butches, transmen and gender rebels
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in association with Theatre Works present:
A powerful and often humorous collection of secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire taken from interviews with butches, masculine women, gender rebels and transmen living world-wide. Based on the true stories of butch-identified women living in the UK, Europe, USA, Caribbean and now Australia, this work offers fresh language and intonation on butch beginnings, butch desire and desirability, butch bravado and vulnerability, butch-on-femme sex, butch-on-butch sex, switches, stones, butch as a trap, the butch body, violence, heroes and clothing.
Reference to sexual violence, drug use, coarse language, sexual references, suicide, S&M sex
Suitable for ages 14+.
Siren Theatre Co and Seymour Centre present:
A hyper-theatrical and kinky homage to the Brontës; this play is about female power and what it is to write your own story. Two sisters and a dog live on the bleak English moors, and dream of love, power and notoriety. The arrival of a governess, the pointed schemes of a scullery maid, and the musings of a moorhen set this odd assembly on a strange and dangerous path.
A cleverly crafted black comedy about love, desperation, and visibility, The Moors is a brilliant new work by Jen Silverman, a fresh new voice who takes chances. From the company who made The Trouble with Harry, this is a play of subversive edginess toppling the male-oppressed milieus of the Brontës and taking strong, passionate female characters to new heights.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Siren Theatre Co and Seymour Centre present:
A peek, taste and celebration of new works by LGBTQIA+ writers. Where are the new gay Australian plays written, what are the stories and how are they told?
PLAYLIST is a selection of writers, theatre-makers and new talent who tell bold, unique LGBTQIA+ stories on stage for audiences hungry for new voices. Join us for a day of readings, pitches, presentations and performances with some special guests along the way! PLAYLIST is a partnership between Seymour Centre, Mardi Gras and Siren Theatre Co which celebrates the creation and development of original Australian theatre with a LGBTQIA+ focus.
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.
Celebrate Oxtravaganza as retail and hospitality in and around Oxford Street, Darlinghurst offer up a series of one-off events to celebrate the middle weekend of Mardi Gras. Catch any one of a number of shows in a midday to midnight programme at local clubs, bars and hotels.
Whether your choice is boutique beer, bookshop browsing or burlesque dancing, Darlo has you covered! With retail activations, live gigs and special offers, you’ll be spoiled for things to do and while you are at it, help raise money for Twenty10.
Photographer: Hareth Tayem
Proudly presented in partnership with ANZ.
Come one, come all. Fair Day’s an out-and-out, full-on fabulous day of fun and adventure where you can chill with a picnic spread, browse the community stalls or kick up your heels and have a dance. Fair Day 2019 will shine a light on rising LGBTQI music talent who are reshaping the arts and culture landscape and breaking new ground. Join us at the ANZ Main Stage to discover a mix of queer trailblazers including Mojo Juju and Electric Fields. Meanwhile, enjoy games in the Sports Village, the deliciousness on offer from the many food trucks, or watch precious pups from across Sydney lapping up the attention at Doggywood. All that and so much more.
Our communities shine bright at Fair Day. Whether you’re young or old, tame or bold, whoever you are, whoever you love, Fair Day is the must-do event which brings us all together.
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.
With your party hosts The Topp Twins!
Make a splash and float into the Strictly Kaftan Party, a pool party with a twist. It’s the kind of pool party with the most fabulous of dress codes. Please don’t dress down for this one – we want to see you hit the poolside in your most vibrant kaftan, comfy moo-moo or equally glamorous poolside couture. It’s fun, it’s playful, it’s dress up... it’s where you need to be. Let your worries drift away and enjoy a fabulous wave of outrageous entertainment, with special guests the Topp Twins from New Zealand, DJs and more. Win fabulous prizes for categories including Best Kaftan, Best Cabana Lounging Ensemble and Most Outrageous Summer Accessory.
Strictly Kaftan Party is an all-inclusive summertime social by the pool, where everybody is welcome. Enjoy an authentic Italian two-course meal in the chic poolside surroundings of Uccello restaurant on the ivy rooftop for an additional charge. Bookings are essential. For ages 18+.
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.
Our action-packed day for the whole rainbow family premiered at last year’s Mardi Gras festival and was a sell-out success. For 2019, we're turning Luna Park rainbow again, giving LGBTQI families with kids a super exciting day of unlimited rides, plus DJs and surprise performances in the Crystal Palace Kids Dance Party.
This will be a special fun-filled treat for kids of all ages with activities for the whole family. Ticket includes entry to the Crystal Palace Dance Party and unlimited rides all day.
Curated by Charlie Murphy
After Safe Schools: Queer Youth Still in Crisis | 12pm – 1pm
Moderated by Liz Duck-Chong
In the wake of the national conversation on Safe Schools, our queer youth in schools continue to be a vulnerable target for conservative politics, often with youth shut out from the discussion themselves. By including the voices of the queer school students themselves, this panel opens a proper dialogue and lets the youth tell their own stories, their way.
Liz Duck-Chong is a writer, sexual health nerd and filmmaker who has had articles, poetry and essays in a range of publications. A transgender and non binary woman, she co-hosts wholesome sex ed show @letsdoitpodcast, and is on Twitter at @lizduckchong.
What It Means to Be Non-Binary | 2pm – 3pm
Moderated by Kaya Wilson, with panelists Riley J Dennis, Mara Maya Devi, and Nevo Zisin.
In the new millennium, non-binary identities broke into the mainstream consciousness, emerging largely in online communities, including Tumblr and other social media networks. A conversation exclusively with millennial non-binary identities, including artists and media commentators, they will share their own experiences and views of the future for non-binary people.
Kaya Wilson is a writer and scientist based in Sydney, Australia. He writes lyrical non-fiction essays with a focus on queer identity and researches the tsunami hazard to Australia. His work has been published widely, including by The Guardian, Overland, Archer, Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation.
Riley J. Dennis is a queer girl who makes videos about politics, social justice, and whatever else is on her mind, while drawing from a leftist and intersectional feminist perspective. She uses both she/her or they/them pronouns.
Māra Māyā Devi is a local performance artist who has performed at the MCA, Oyster Club: Glamdrogynous Freakshow, Heaps Gay Parties, and much more.
Nevo Zisin is a Jewish, queer, non-binary writer, activist and public speaker with a particular focus on issues surrounding gender, sex, religion and sexuality. They run workshops in schools and workplaces around trans issues. They are also the author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition.
Queers vs Capitalism: Reform or Revolution? | 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Millennials and Gen Z have been strongly represented in popular support for the resurgent leftist Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders campaigns. As the coming generations drift further left, in this panel young, queer, pro- and anti-capitalist voices ask, should we reform capitalism or have revolution?
Panel to be announced.
Iraq and Queer Rights: In Conversation with Amir Ashour | 5pm – 6pm
Interviewed by Mon Schafter
An intimate conversation with Amir Ashour, One Young World Ambassador and the founder of IraQueer, the first and only support network for queer Iraqis. Fleeing from his native Iraq to Sweden, and now based in the United States, Ashour joins us to tell his story and share his vision for progressive change for Iraq.
Mon Schafter is a Walkley Award winning journalist, documentary maker and podcast host who reports for the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7.30. She has interviewed icons such as Academy Award winner Jodie Foster and Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, and has sought out the voices of young asylum seekers, LGBTQI warriors, domestic violence survivors and indigenous trailblazers. Previously, Mon co-hosted the ABC’s ground-breaking current affairs comedy program Hungry Beast, produced by Andrew Denton.
Amir Ashour is a human rights defender with almost 10 years of experience working with Iraqi and International organisations. He is the founder and executive director of IraQueer, Iraq’s first and only LGBT+ organisation. He holds a masters degree in human rights from Columbia University, and he has been nominated for several human rights awards including the Raoul Wallenberg Academy Prize and the David Kato Voice and Vision Award.
Curated by Maeve Marsden
The brightest minds and biggest mouths of the broad queer church descend on Carriageworks in Darlington to discuss and dissect, to dissent and disagree about the fights and focus of our community. After more than 40 years of pride and protest, what can we do better and who are we leaving behind? What is the future of LGBTQI+ culture and activism? And who will be leading the way?
The Medical Pink Dollar | 12.00pm - 1.00pm
FEATURING Dr. Vanessa Lee, Dr. Nicole Vincent, Jax Jacki Brown, Paul Kidd and Stephanie Lum
An ageing HIV+ population and an unreliable aged care sector, the prohibitive cost of medical transition and a lack of informed care, profiteering by the IVF industry, and forced surgeries on intersex people: our community has serious bones to pick with the medical industrial complex. With disparate needs, how do we join forces to tackle public health policy and increasing privatised profiteering of LGBTQI+ Australians in medical care? Is equity in our public health system possible?
POVO: On Class and Community | 2pm - 3pm
FEATURING Dr. Elizabeth Humphrys, Peter Polites, Jinny-Jane Smith, Annaliese Constable and more to be announced
LGBTQI+ people are more likely to live in poverty than the wider population, but with a community that thrives on participation, and tends to gather in the ever expensive inner city - is our class divide dividing us? Not everyone has the time or education to be up on the latest language, enough cash to hop a train to queer events or data to reply to a Grindr message; is our community truly flourishing if we’re leaving people behind? Can the LGBTQI+ community transcend class?
Death of the Gay Bar | 3.30pm - 4.30pm
FEATURING Bhenji Ra, William Yang, Joy Ng, jonny seymour and more to be announced.
In the midst of Australia’s biggest pride festival, cultural leaders gather to explore the history and future of LGBTQI+ space(s): with ‘community’ increasingly being sought online and queer venues are being shut down around the world, and in Sydney, gentrification, the lock out laws and shifting cultures have seen major changes to traditionally LGBTQI+ dominated areas. Add to this increasing intolerance of sex-on-premises venues and ‘respectability politics’ – can queer nightlife survive or is the party fading?
Decolonise NOW | 5pm - 6.30pm
Three keynotes exploring the impact of colonialism, diaspora and race on the LGBTQI+ experience, delivered by Indonesian human rights lawyer Yasmin Purba, Canadian artist and academic Vivek Shraya and Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi writer, comedian and poet Steven Oliver.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Dr. Vanessa Lee, from the Yupungathiand Meriam people, is a social epidemiologist, educator and public health/ health sciences researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. Dr. Lee is a director for Suicide Prevention Australia and she chairs the National Public Health Indigenous Leadership in Education Network, and she also holds a number of current expert advisory positions, including the National Advisory Group Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Informatics and Data, Australian Health Care Reform Alliance, and Close the Gap. She has a PhD (social epi.), MPH (epi.) and BTEC degree.
Dr. Nicole A Vincent is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney. She has taught, written, and delivered talks on topics including transgender-related public policy, gendered cyberhate and cybercrime, smart drugs (aka cognitive enhancement), biomedical moral enhancement, free will and determinism, and how emerging technologies can foster human flourishing. Although her work spans many fields the common thread that ties it all together is the notion of responsibility.
Jax Jacki Brown holds a BA in Cultural Studies and Communication where she examined the intersections between disability and LGBTIQ identities and their respective rights movements. She is a producer of Quippings: Disability Unleashed a disability performance troupe in Melbourne and has written for Junkee, Daily Life, The Feminist Observer and Archer Magazine among others. Jax is published in: Queer Disability Anthology (2015), Doing It (2016), Queerstories (2018) and Kindred, a queer YA anthology which will be released in 2019.
Paul Kidd is an activist and writer with a particular interest in legal issues affecting people living with HIV. He has been living with HIV for almost 30 years, during which time he was editor Positive Living for five years, President of Living Positive Victoria from 2009 to 2011 and served on the Boards of Living Positive Victoria, the Victorian AIDS Council, and Hepatitis Victoria. He founded the online HIV group OzPoz in 1996, and was Australia’s first openly HIV-positive blogger. He is currently chair of the Victorian HIV Legal Working Group and a member of the Victorian government LGBTI Taskforce Justice Working Group, while completing a law degree law.
Dr. Elizabeth Humphrys is a political economist with a focus on work, trade unions and social movements. Elizabeth is an Associate of the Centre for Future Work at The Australia Institute, she is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Working Class Studies, and was a founding co-editor of Interface: A Journal For and About Social Movements (2009-2017). She has worked as an investigator for the NSW Ombudsman, in research and policy for a number of universities and non-government organisations, and as an advisor to a member of the NSW Parliament. Her book, How Labour Built Neoliberalism, was published in 2018.
Peter Polites started writing with SWEATSHOP: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. His first novel is Down the Hume, a queer working class noir. He has also written performance for Urban Theatre Projects. Previously he has worked for a senator, in community services and at a porno book shop. In 2019 his second novel The Pillars will come out, it is a suburban gay satire and is published by Hachette.
A proud Wirdajrui and Yuin woman, Jinny-Jane Smith is an Aboriginal Liaison Officer at Inner Sydney Voice, ensuring Aboriginal people’s history, culture and existence are incorporated into the Waterloo Redevelopment plans. A previous employee of City of Sydney Council, National Maritime Museum, NSW Transport and Telstra, among others, Jinny-Jane sits on the Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation Management Committee and and is the Secretary of Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Women’s Corporation.
Annaliese Constable is a writer, activist, performer and advocate who has significant experience working with marginalised communities such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, sex worker communities, young people and the LGBTIQ communities. Annaliese has conducted research into family and domestic violence in the LGBTIQ community, created resources around sexual health for the LGBTIQ and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and has facilitated over 200 peer education workshops.
Bhenji Ra is an interdisciplinary artist currently based on the stolen land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. Her practice combines dance, choreography, video, installation and club events and her work is often concerned with the dissection of cultural theory and identity, centralising her own personal histories as a tool to reframe performance. She belongs to the collective Club Ate, alongside artist Justin Shoulder. She is the overall mother of the house of Slé, a western Sydney based community performance group belonging of queer-identifying Asia Pacific artists.
DJ and composer jonny seymour (AKA Seymour Butz) is half of of Stereogamous, a Sydney-based duo he formed with Paul Mac. They have remixed or collaborated with Kylie, Ngaiire, George Michael, Sia, Sam Sparro, Brendan Maclean, LCD Soundsystem, The Presets, JD Samson’s MEN and more. jonny is the cofounder of legendary Club Kooky. He has composed scores for theatre shows including Sydney Theatre Company /ATYP collaboration M.Rock and Force Majeure’s Nothing To Lose.
Coming from a queer creative background, Joy Ng opened The Bearded Tit four years ago with two friends as a place for the Redfern artistic and queer community to congregate, experiment and dance together. This neighbourhood bar has over the years become a fun and safe haven for those that resist categories and become a watering hole for locals and internationals alike. Her investment in diversifying and creating space for Sydney’s alternative nightlife see her also on the City of Sydney’s new Nightlife and Culture Advisory Panel.
William Yang is principally known as a photographer exploring issues of cultural and sexual identity, integrating this practice with writing, performance and film. He recorded the emergent gay community and Sydney party scene of the 1970s and 80s, later exploring his Chinese heritage, with his photographic themes expanding to include landscapes and the Chinese in Australia. Yang’s work is held in the collections of many institutions both in Australia and abroad.
Yasmin Purba is a human rights lawyer and an expert member of the Arus Pelangi, a prominent civil society organisation focussing on the advocacy of the human rights of the LGBTIQ communities in Indonesia. Yasmin is also a founder and a board member of the Community Legal Aid (LBH Masyarakat), a human rights-based legal aid organisation focussing on the abolition of the death penalty, prohibition of torture, and the elimination of stigma and discrimination against LGBTIQ people in Indonesia. She is currently working for UNAIDS Indonesia as a Senior Human Rights Consultant.
Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, literature, visual art, and film. Her album with Queer Songbook Orchestra, Part‑Time Woman, was included in CBC’s list of Best Canadian Albums of 2017, and her first book of poetry, even this page is white, won a 2017 Publisher Triangle Award. Her best-selling new book, I’m Afraid of Men, was heralded by Vanity Fair as “cultural rocket fuel.” A Polaris Music Prize nominee and four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, Vivek was a 2016 Pride Toronto Grand Marshal, and has received honours from The Writers’ Trust of Canada and CBC’s Canada Reads. She is currently a director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.
Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi (in other words, biggest mob) peoples. He was born in Cloncurry in North West Queensland and grew up in Townsville before moving to Perth to study performing arts. He has worked with numerous theatre companies and arts organisations across Australia but became notorious with ABC’s hit sketch show Black Comedy as a writer/actor/associate producer. He is also a published playwright and poet and flies about the country working as either an actor, writer, mc, keynote speaker, poet, wannabe cabaret performer or as he simply likes to refer to himself, a black of all trades.
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Maeve Marsden is a writer, producer and theatre maker who works across comedy, cabaret, live music and storytelling. Her work has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, Guardian Australia, Junkee, ABC Online, SBS Online, Daily Review and Archer Magazine, among others. In 2018, she edited at the ABC’s Sydney Mardi Gras 40th Anniversary Magazine, and since 2016 she has curated and hosted Queerstories around the country, a storytelling event, book and podcast. As a child of same-sex parents, she is passionate about the rights of diverse families, and she writes and speaks on the issue often. Maeve likes gin, dancing, cheese, and TV melodramas with good ethics and bad dialogue.
Nikki Stevens is a film editor who works in documentary and drama. Jirga (2018) was screened at Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, it also took home top honors at Cinefest Oz. Black Divaz (2017) won Audience Choice at Queerscreen 2017, Heart of the Queen (2016) won Best Short at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival in 2016, and Hanson: Please Explain?! (2016) won a best director AACTA award. She lives and works in Sydney, and she is often accompanied to edit suites by her dog-friend Frank; he has an excellent eye and is prone to incisive critical feedback.
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.
Moogahlin Performing Arts in association with Carriageworks and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras present a series of creative cultural arts events featuring local, interstate and international First Nations qweer artists, thinkers and communities.
Black Nulla - Qweer Blak
Moogahlin Performing Arts in association with Carriageworks and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras present Creative development workshops, pushing the boundaries of Black Qweer Drag Five qweer black emerging drag artists will undertake a one-week intensive creative development workshop program with local First Nations performance artists to push the boundaries of what is Qweer Black Drag. Participants will perform their developed works at Black Nulla Club Night alongside your favourite local and interstate drag artists.
A communal “feed” and open mike night for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guests to share stories and discuss relevant issues for qweer black artists. Black Point will be presented in partnership with First Nations Rainbow a local community social support group that aims to celebrate, and reduce stigma and discrimination against the qweer black community.
Blak Speakers Platform - Sequin and Giggles
Renowned First Nations Drag artists come together to discuss their practice and issues of performing in a multitude of spaces, places and communities. Is it all just sequins and giggles?
Black Nulla Club Night
$25 / $20 Concession +bf
Carriageworks will come alive with celebrated and renowned black drag performers and DJ sets, also featuring participants who have developed works during the Black Nulla development workshop. Party! Community tickets will be available at the door. Get tickets here.
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+
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force, in which some 78ers were key movers in the 1980s, assists overseas partners of LGBTIQ Australians to migrate here.
Today, 78ers are outraged by the plight of LGBTIQ refugees and asylum seekers. Hear about services and campaigns to support these vulnerable members of our community.
Let's Jam! The hard hitting skaters of Sydney Roller Derby are back and battling it out in the annual Butch vs Femme Roller Derby Pride Fight. Will Team Butch continue their winning streak or is it time for a Femme revolution?
The night will feature two spectacular games of Roller Derby, great food, music, vendors and edge of your seat queer skating action. Bring the family and support your team.
Celebrate Mardi Gras in true Sydney style and sail the Harbour Pink. Enjoy four full hours of mouth-watering canapes, drinks and our awesome party tunes and chilled beats spun live by Sydney's DJ Dom de Sousa.
View the breathtaking sights you've always wanted to see, mingle with our hosts, get your party selfies posted and don't forget the obligatory kiss as we cruise under the Harbour Bridge.
Sydney has the finest Drag in the world and we want you to join us at an intimate cabaret. Hosted by Candy Box and introducing some of Sydney’s premier drag queens to the stage in the upstairs Stonewall Cabaret bar. This is a seated event filled with glitz, glamour and a lot of talent. Drag Queens are the voices, celebrities and the activists of our wonderful gay scene. Let them entertain you.
The Harbour City Bears are going pre-historic! Bear Essentials is a yearly beary festival for the hairier and larger guy. Expect cave-man themed parties, larger-than-life food experiences, and casual den nights in which you can relax and get to know other bears from far and wide.
Mega Malebox at Stonewall Hotel is Sydney's hottest pick-up night and is heating up this Mardi Gras. Held over three floors and four bars, it is a night not to be missed with DJs Shanie D Sydney, DJ Dom De Sousa, DJ Mickey, DJ Ryan John and DJ Tom Pritchard and shows featuring Sydney's hottest male dancers from Boys Bar Up.
Join your hostess Marilyn Mootrub and Sexy Maleman Jeanluca. Malebox started 20 years ago at Stonewall Hotel and continues to be the busiest Wednesday night on the strip.
A Mardi Gras celebration isn’t complete until you’ve tripped the light fantastic and rocketed through the fabulous, fantastical and fanciful world of Apollo.
Get ready for a day like no other as we twist, bend, warp and re-awaken your sense of wonder. It’s a day of delight, surprises, rainbows and magic set inside an extraordinary playground of other-worldly Apollo touches: maximum fun, all-out mischief, hands-in-the-air, anthems and ridiculousness. Get your jetpacks ready… and brace yourself!
Arabian Knights is an LGBTQI Party featuring Arabic, Greek, & RnB Music for Wogs who love Middle Eastern and Mediterranean music. Get ready to shake your ass and clap to the rhythm with Celebrity DJ Ray Isaac from Channel 7 TV Show, All Together Now, spinning your favourite hits. Surprise Shows and Giveaways on the night!
Its going to be another E P I C Candyland circuit, starring international DJs Dani Toro (Spain), Guy Schieman (Israel), GRIND (USA), Toy Armada (Philippines)
Rounding all the delicious men and women in town, from near and far, lick lick candy stick!
Candyland will be the sweetest closing party of the Mardi Gras weekend finale and will be another sell out again.
It’s the biggest, baddest and boldest Daywash ever and it’s the only way to sign off an absolutely epic weekend.
The last Candyland Mardi Gras was the most talked about event, so be part of the experience and secure your place now.
By now you know Daywash never fails to deliver the finest beats, flyest tunes, heart-pounding DJs and electric performances.
More info to follow in the coming months, but we promise you another E P I C experience like no other.
Tickets are limited, so get your tickets pronto or you’ll be all cried out.
Celebrate and Dance to the music of the Divas Cher, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Ariana Grande and more! With celebrity DJ Ray Isaac from Channel 7 TV Show, All Together Now, Spinning the Diva hits. Surprise Drag Show by Madanni.
Sydney's biggest Mardi Gras after party for girls/women & their pals. Sold out 9 consecutive years! 3 rooms, 40 + acts and loads of immersive queer performances.
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It FEELS so GOOD to be BAD. Heartbreaker Sydney partners up with Lemons with Twist to celebrate Sydney Mardi Gras 2019 with an exclusive dance party over 2 floors of the iconic Oxford Hotel.
Featuring an ALL FEMALE line up, sexy Go-Go dancers, local and international DJs over 2 floors; Heartbreaker is your place to be this Mardi Gras eve as we kick off a massive weekend full of love, celebration and glitter.... so much glitter!
We love a good long edging session, so we’re gonna keep you begging for it right through to the day with Kiki - GAY DAY POOL PLAY at the glamorous ivy Pool.
Your dancefloor mojo will be on overdrive. This fabulous flesh fest of fly guys spans across one of the most incredible rooftop venues in the country.
Grab a cabana and chillax with a cock (tail) in your hand while the Ibiza inspired tunes, smooth sunset and pumpin’ pool eases the crowd into automatic flirt mode.
The biggest and best Madonna Party in Australia is back! Celebrate Madonna’s new album release and dance to non-stop Madonna music all night long with celebrity DJ Ray Isaac from Channel 7 TV Show, All Together Now, spinning the Madonna Records. Exclusive Madonna Impersonator Show By Madanni
Material Girls and Toy Boys Get Together every year for this huge event to Cause A Commotion. So prepare your Rebel Hearts to meet Unapologetic Bitches from all over the Drowned World. Once you decide to start Living For Love you’ll only get 4 Minutes to buy your tickets!
The worldwide phenomena La Leche is back due to popular demand with one almighty bang at waterside state of the art club, Home The Venue.
La Leche will bring the finest circuit music on the planet and we are thrilled to welcome DJ/Producers Nacho Chapado (Spain) & Oscar Velazquez (Mexico) who will set fire to the dance floor with more DJs to be announced.
This Mardi Gras, the Stonewall Hotel Cocktail bar on level 1 will transform into a Sexy Strip Club, for one night only. Starring Rhys Bobridge and the hottest strip boys and dancers who will entertain you.
Hostess Maxi Shield will keep you entertained through the evening with a host of gorgeous men. Get your dancers dollars and enjoy the night.
It's back! Sydney’s BIGGEST Underwear party is back at ARQ Sydney for Mardi Gras 2019.
Come and join some of the hottest men from around the world. Headlining DJs: DJ Dan De Leon (USA), DJ Jesus Montanez, DJ Bret Law, DJ Sacha Belle and more to be announced. Tickets also available at Daily Jocks, Teamm8, SAX Fetish, Bodyline Spa and Sauna, Oxford performance centre and ASN.
THE WHITE PARTY! – Sydney Mardi Gras Opening Night Party!
Starring The Age Of Aquaria Show (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race)
With DJ’s Chip, ACraig, Justin Scott and more to be announced.
A 2019 Official Sydney Mardi Gras Event
The White Party 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 mind-blowing production and a sea of thousands of the hottest gays & gals, a feature length show by AQUARIA the Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race season 10 with her dancers from the US hosted by Karen From Finance.
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.
Undeniably one of the most significant gay artists of the 20th century, Stephen Sondheim defined an urbane, literate and uniquely New York voice that many would call the most important in musical theatre history. Sondheim’s sweeping repertoire expresses the ache of the metropolitan man; his disappointments, his loves and his secrets.
For the first time in Australia, audiences will be able to experience Bond on the big screen accompanied by the power of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing composer David Arnold’s thrilling musical score live and in sync to the picture!
A three-day comedy festival at Darlinghurst Theatre Company featuring Rhys Nicholson, Jordan Raskopoulos and Maeve Marsden. In this special three-day event, we invite some of Australia’s most positive voices in the LGBTQI+ community for a giggle and a kiki. 27 February: Jordan Raskopoulos. 28 February: Fat Musicals with Maeve Marsen & Libby Wood 1 March: Rhys Nicholson.
Direct from a successful New York run, ‘Confessions of a Mormon Boy’ is a one man show which chronicles the life story of writer/actor Steven Fales, a married-with-kids-Mormon missionary who rocks his family and community by coming out as gay, plunging head-on into a reckless world on his journey to self-acceptance and love.
En Vogue superstar Maxine Jones & her musical partner-in- crime Greg Gould are about to send hearts pulsing with the biggest hits of the ‘90s!
You’re invited to an unforgettable evening of songs, stories and magical moments, from the sassy silvery sounds of Jones, to the vulnerable powerhouse Gould, the pair glide effortlessly through a repertoire jam packed with some of the greatest songs of all time.
At Guy's London flat, old friends and new gather to party through the night. This is the summer of 1985, and for Guy and his circle the world is about to change forever. Deliciously funny and bittersweet, My Night With Reg captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself.
A tragic-comic gay comedy of manners, Kevin Elyot's Olivier Award-winning play has been hailed by critics and audiences alike, confirming its status as a classic of modern British theatre.
An Olivier Award-winning musical comedy by Jim Cartwright. Little Voice has a hidden talent: she can emulate every chanteuse from Judy Garland to Edith Piaf. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her dishevelled mother, Mari, mistakes a seedy agent’s interest as affection rather than enthusiasm for the gold mine buried in her daughter’s throat.
This is an engaging fairy tale of despair, love and finally hope as Little Voice finds a voice of her own.
"It's lovely to see you - here's to a pleasant evening. And a few surprises.”
G.bod Theatre present an extraordinary double bill.
Peter Wyngarde, best known for playing the character Jason King, the inspiration for Austin Powers, was an accomplished actor until his fall from grace in 1975.
Bette Davis was a true movie legend. She fought hard all her life, had four husbands, two Oscars and a reputation as the biggest bitch in Hollywood.
Wyngarde! A Celebration and Queen Bette tells the whole story.
‘A ‘Wow’ moment on Sydney’s stage’ - SMH
With Garth Holcombe & Jeanette Cronin
Booty is a solo exhibition by Jamie Cole of men "I haven't known!" The collection of mixed media artworks, explores the raw booty of desire and lust, under darkness and shadow, gold ejaculate and visceral colour.
Samuel Leighton-Dore is a queer artist and writer based on the Gold Coast. With work spanning ceramics, painting, film and writing, Leighton-Dore is consistently interested in deconstructing and examining themes of sexuality, gender and mental health.
‘Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care’ is Leighton-Dore's first solo exhibition and sees the artist incorporate contemporary ceramic pieces, acrylic paintings and multimedia works in order to tease popular notions of masculinity. Drawing inspiration from phrenology, a pseudomedicine popular in 19th century, as well as diagrams of the penis distributed by pharmaceutical brands including Viagra, Leighton-Dore presents a cynical portrait of the modern man while maintaining a lightheartedness that is inherently optimistic.
"It's personal. I have always marched and have felt it important to document our journey, our fight for equality. I am thrilled and am proud that this has happened in my (our) life-time…" Maylei Hunt is a Social Documentary Photographer.
This exhibition and book launch will be celebrating and commemorating all those who participated in the historical Marriage Equality marches in Sydney and Melbourne and follows the journey right to the end to Canberra’s announcement in December 2017.
25th Anniversary of Boomalli’s Mardi Gras Exhibition: “Original Box”.
An art exhibition featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI Artists. Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative provides a safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI artists to express their sexual orientation and communities.
Pixel Party is putting the gay in gaming! Sydney Gaymers is back again for another awesome night as part of this years Official Mardi Gras Festival! Join us 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!
More details coming soon. Connect with the Sydney Gaymers on Facebook here.
SCOG’s SUMMER BUSHDANCE IS BACK FOR MARDI GRAS 2019 Get out your Akubra, dust off your chaps and bale that hay. Our most popular event is on again.
Get set to meet old friends and new, cowboys and cowgirls all enjoying our live bush band “Sydney Coves” . Soft drinks bar. Nibbles provided. BYOG See you al there!!
In 2019 Rebel Bar - The Ultimate Madonna Party celebrates its second year in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. From the producers of Bar Kylie, Rebel Bar is a non-stop Madonna-thon with Melbourne’s DJ Argonaut and DJ Magnus getting you into the groove, whilst Sasha Starr and her dancers will be performing in very special tribute performances throughout the event.
Strap on your cone bras and ready your kimonos, this will be one dance party you’ll vogue the house down!
In 2019 Bar Kylie celebrates its fourth 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, '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.
The Things I Could Never Tell Steven is a one-act (70-minute) musical for four people, with music and lyrics by Australian Composer/Lyricist, Jye Bryant.
Although we never meet Steven, we learn all about him from disclosures of four people in his life: his Wife, Mother, Father and Ex-Boyfriend. The characters share intimate details about their life with Steven and the things they struggle to tell him. Performance season from February 21 - March 2 2019.
A guided walk through the suburban precinct of Newtown/Sydney, looking at 20th Century G&L History in the Newtown area. Led by Robert French, Cardinal of the Order and eminent historian and accompanied by members of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence - Sydney House who co-host the event.
To be noted this will represent 30 years of History Walks as conducted by our Historians and the OPI together.
Start the day at Circular Quay for a relaxing ferry ride on beautiful Sydney harbour and then spend the day exploring the poetry and culinary delights of our native flora and fauna.
As accompanied by your fabulous hosts the Sisters from the Order of Perpetual Indulgence, Taronga Zoo Helpers and Volunteers.
Sandy Bottom returns with her 7th Instalment with Disco on The Green, presenting a new and old range of local and interstate drag and transgender illusionist entertainers, International and local Glbti Dj’s and a fun social Mardi Gras in a Wrap Up Party for all the family.
This year finish your post camp Mardi Gras by joining us with our Drag Meat and Greet Raffles, Sandys Poof Bowling Competition, Celestes Gayest Lawn Bowls and Predictable Camp Tunes and Fab Foods, there is something for every age, and every gay in our annual disco heaven.
Androgynous drag superstar Dusty Glass teaches a flowing vinyasa sequence to prepare the body for a night of dancing and/or hardcore anal/vaginal penetration.
Learn the ancient pranayama practice of lip synching in homage to Swami Ru Paul and Lip Synch for your Savasana.
For the second year running we transform and activate our venue from Kings Cross Hotel into Queens Cross Hotel. All year round we pride ourselves on being a safe and inclusive space for our entire local community. We work with and support groups and organisations like Twenty10, For the Love and Sydney Fringe.
Through this activation we continue to support organisations like Twenty10 through raising funds from our food and drink specials, where we work with companies who show an active support the the LGBTQI community. Last year we worked with Gayle. We offer entertainment throughout with drag shows and hosts as well as parade night with a live performance.
We activate the venue with an external rainbow light projection as well as theming throughout, much of which shows the history of the Mardi Gras festival. While some details are yet to be finalised on our end we hope you will allow us to be included as a safe and inclusive venue for the entire community throughout the Mardi Gras festival and all year round. We activate this from 15th Feb - 3rd March 2019.
After selling out season in Melbourne and the Gold Coast, “37 Ways To Say I’m Gay”, by acclaimed dramatist, Wayne Tunks (After Nightfall / According to Otto), is set to make it’s Sydney premiere for Mardi Gras.
94 characters, 29 short plays, 12 actors, 37 Ways To Say, “I’m Gay”. "You'll get a lot more than you bargained for with this honest, stimulating and perceptive look at what it has meant to be gay since mankind emerged from caves... [Tunks] paints a marvellous, uniquely magnanimous picture..." - Aussie Theatre
Playing at the brand new Limelight on Oxford from Feb 20 to Mar 9.
Whether you're in lingerie, long johns, granny panties, matching separates, binders, jock straps, g-bangers, boxers or like... whatever you feel comfy in. ALL BODIES are welcome.
Yup, that's everyone and anyone who wants to hang out in their undies, have a drink and a dance to our DJs in a room full of cuties! There will be a gold coin donation cloak room where all proceeds go to Camp Out.
After packing out a full house last year in their live performance at The Bearded Tit, this year's contestants of the Miss First Nation Pageant will perform again in Redfern's club house for creatives, queers and misfits.
Space is extremely limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please note, the venue will give priority entry to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Sydney's favourite queer sneaky mid weeky Queerbourhood, are holding a special Mardi Gras tribute party to the godess herself Janet Jackson.
With performances and dance-offs, join Jonny Seymour and guests and be ready to dance.
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 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. Our Extra Dirty Mardi Gras Edition always sells out in advance so make sure you secure your place on Sydney’s sexiest dance-floor.
This special Friday evening event is a dynamic combination of live beats, social artmaking and entertainment in the beautiful Australian Botanic Garden.
Join the fabulous Motel Sisters and learn how to best capture the human form in Australia’s beautiful flora.
Grab your sketch pad and be guided by those two amazing artists and entertainers. They will help you find your inner artist.
Or join us for a glass of wine, listen to DJ Shorty’s vibes and watch the creative process of the life-drawing class unfold
Participants will expand their drawing skills and enjoy using a variety of materials to capture the human figure amongst the blooming flowers and a truly ‘au naturel’ setting.
Please note: We will be working with nude models from 7pm.
Mad Pride is a movement to address stigma facing people with lived experiences of mental illness. The MAD Pride concert as part of Mardi Gras 2019 will showcase some of the "maddest" performers - celebrating madness and creativity.
It will be a concert including a variety of performances, from Burlesque to spoken word, hosted by the Fabulous Falstaffian Sisters.
More details coming soon!
This public dialogue provides a rare opportunity to illustrate how HIV social and behavioural research has been part and parcel of a visible transformation of local gay Asian men, their network formation and community building over the past two decades.
Associate Professor Limin Mao, from the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) at UNSW Sydney, will give the third annual CSRH Sex Lecture, reflecting on her research in this area, alongside shifting approaches towards engaging and collaborating with ethnic minorities that are often marginalised. Supported by Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Join us on February 27th as we celezbrate Mardi Gras week in true rainbow fashion, at the iconic SLYFOX in Enmore. 9PM DOORS • PRIZES FOR BEST DRESSED • FREE ENTRY
The Bed Party is a new lesbian play about friendship, solidarity and sarcasm. An interrupted fuck turns into an impromptu ‘bed party’ as a group of flatmates support each other through assault, heartache and hope.
These women don’t want weddings or babies. They’re not U-haulers and they don’t have any cats (yet). The Bed Party will run 11 - 16th February as part of 5o5 theatre's Fresh Works season.
It’s high tide this Pride with Rule 34 Club’s WET SPOT.
Heeyyy sailors! Calling all nauti buoys and gay gulls, kinky crabs, mer-creatures, sea-men, harbour homos, sexy starfishes and all other queer seafarers who like to get wet.
Join 300 queers for an evening of dirty dancing, perverted performances and more sea-prises aboard the WET SPOT – a spacious 84 ft catamaran – as we mince our way across the Sydney Harbour to the beats of DJ Maxxxy T and DJ Betts.
All aboard! Camp costumes serving maritime realness highly encouraged! Seas the gay at WET SPOT this Sydney Mardi Gras!
All genders and sexualities welcome!
Sponsored by Here's Looking at you, Kid!
2 fabulous parties, 1 ticket! This Mardi Gras do not miss Lansdowne’s special edition of SATURgAY and ALL SORTS all in one! Hosted by the hilarious duo Miss Ellaneous & Marzi Panne from Party Passport! SATURgAY downstairs - Disco, fabulous, hands in the air good times!
ALL SORTS Blackout upstairs – Drop it like it’s hot with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA+ mob, Brotha Boys, Sista Girls and their supporters! ALL SORTS is the best blackfella event this side of the lolly jar! Special shows from Divas, Miss First Nation finalists and much, much more!
QUEERTOPIA,- It started with Noah’s arc and ends with Queertopia – a futuristic world where the queers are the Qweens!
Mesmerising, dazzling, larger than life. A journey into a new world of he/she, them/they & everything in between.
3 rooms of a magical land + 2 outdoor garden stages where you can dance under the stars till 3am!
Dress code -Future Queer World! (whatever the hell you want)
AH MER AH SU (USA)
HTML FLOWERS (MELB)
CURATED BY The Oyster Club: Glamdrogynous Freakshow Ft:
THE BIRD GIRL ALIVE
DIVA OF INDIA
RUBBER BOY (IN HEELS)
MAIN ROOM QUEERTOPIA – (LIVE, SHOWS, DANCIN):
SIMO SOO + YES RAVE
POP PARTY GARDEN – (POP, 90’S & PARTY):
POPCHOPS PARTY (MELB)
PLEASURE OF GWEN (No Lights No Lycra)
BALCONY – (HIP HOP RAP AND THROW BACKS):
HOT BOX POP UP – (TECHNO, HOUSE & EXPERIMENTAL):
DANCE BY WUNDERSAFT
STUFF BY GINA COLADA
VISUALS BY FRESH JAMS TV
THE AGWA SHAGWA LOUNGE + BOYS
Yes! Yes! Nanette! is our response to Australian comedian, Hannah Gadsby's stand-up-and-be-proud performance, "Nanette"; her personal exploration of the reality of sexual violence and homophobia while growing up Lesbian in Tasmania. She reminds the world that we need to demonstrate our support for the LGBTQI+ community, especially our Rainbow Youth.
We want to show our support for Gadsby by saying YES! - an echo of the Same Sex Marriage campaign and a celebration of our LGBTQI+ community.
Our Artists work with clay, glitter, feathers, fabric and beads to celebrate this remarkable and poignant performance.
Celebrate Bear Culture this Mardi Gras at the pop-up Bear Bar, taking over the ground floor of the Burdekin Hotel at the start of Oxford Street.
Running for 9 days from February 22nd, Bear Bar showcases the cream of the local and international Bear scene including DJ Corey Craig from NYC, Berlin based performer Rica Shay, popular Sydney DJ Hamo and outrageous Comedian Dean Arcuri from Melbourne. As well as the pub style nights and parties there'll be special events geared to visitors to Sydney, including an Australian wine tasting and a walking tour exploring Sydney’s secret gay history.
Bear Bar will once again be the friendly focal point of the Australian Bear Community during the Mardi Gras celebrations. Festivities wrap up with a massive Mardi Gras Parade Party on March 2nd, overlooking Oxford Street with amazing views of the parade.
Control presents 'The First Lady of Beatdown' Lady Blacktronika for her very first Australian tour alongside Denmark's uncompromising force of nature, Anastasia Kristensen.
Join us for an evening of underground music splendour.
Launch of an ebook anthology titled Lightning Flash — Best New Australian Queer Writing 2019. Seven long short stories by previous winners of the OutStanding Short Story Competition.
A diverse collection that reflects where we've come from as a community, where we are in 2019 and where we're headed. All held together by the theme of Lightning Flash, that single moment in LGBTQIA+ existence when one realises one's life won't be ordinary and predictable, in fact the opposite, extraordinary and amazing!
Launch will feature readings by anthology contributors.
Internationally known singer/songwriter Mary Kiani performs the music of the amazing Donna Summer while taking you on a journey of her life. Known as the "Queen of Disco," Summer will be remembered as perhaps the greatest singer in disco history. ... Mary delivers an amazing live set filled with the classic hits of Donna Summer complete with synths & sequencers, lights and glitterball.
An amazing live band of Sydney's finest musicians will produce a sound that will make you want to dance and reminisce. From seductive disco track "Love to Love You Baby, to the classic 'I Feel Love' and who can forget MacArthur park? The hits are classics and the journey is Donna's x We have DJ Dan Dan on the decks.
Thursday 28 February at the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville - doors 7pm
Go west this Mardi Gras as Sydney’s favourite LGBTQI+ storytelling night returns to Western Sydney for a second year. Join host Maeve Marsden and an eclectic line up of stars and strangers for an evening 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 two years, 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 and in a collection of stories published by Hachette in 2018.
This event is Auslan interpreted. Presented by Riverside Theatres.
Any trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without seeing Sydney Harbour, and this tour covers every possible vantage point, in one day!
This ultimate day tour will take you up, over, across and around the harbour, in a variety of ways. The day starts with an escorted journey with the highly sought after Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb. After you have soared your way to the summit and been thrilled by the heights of one of the most spectacular climbs in the world, we head back down to earth for your harbourside lunch! A walking tour around the central harbour districts, followed by an unforgettable escorted tour inside the Sydney Opera House! Finally, our afternoon gently sails into evening with the exclusive VIP boarding on to the Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise! An evening of fantastic vibes, entertainment and sunset behind the bridge, from the best stage in Sydney, the Harbour! As the cruise comes to an end, this extraordinary day will become one of the stories you tell forever!
Absurdist sketch show devised and featuring three experienced queer performers, specifically exploring gender and mental health. Featuring poetry, song and performance art as well as sketch.
Venue and more details coming soon!
Opera Singer Adrian Tamburini makes his Mardi Gras Festival debut in GRATEFUL: the Songs of Bolcom, Brown & Bucchino.
Join Adrian in this retrospective cabaret as he leads you through the past decade of his life featuring the moving and poignant music of living legends William Bolcom, Jason Robert Brown and John Bucchino. This show is not to be missed!
Theatre Festival of approximately 8 short LGBTQI themed plays. More details to be confirmed.
The Green Park is set to celebrates its BIGGEST Mardi Gras yet, with an epic line up of events over 7 colourful days.
FREE ENTRY all week.
From white trash kid, to decorated U.S. Marine, to bodybuilder, to world record powerlifter, Matt Kroczaleski faces his most challenging feat of strength yet: becoming a woman. An Australian premiere of the Transformer film, including an intimate Q&A session with Janae Marie Kroc.
Leathermen and women from around the world come together to witness the selection of our Australian Leatherman and Mr Bootblack for 2019. The competition, features Leathermen and Bootblacks from around the country vying for the coveted national title. With an international line up of judges and emcees, witness for yourself the highs and lows of our contestants journey. Presented in a kink friendly environment with events scheduled over three action packed days.
Friday – Uniform/Gear party / Meet the Contestants
Saturday – Australian Leatherman Contest
Sunday - Victory Brunch and T-Dance