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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.