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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.

 

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Southern Cross Outdoors Group Mardi Gras Bushdance

Southern Cross Outdoors Group Mardi Gras Bushdance

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!!

 

Taronga Zoo Walk - OPI

Taronga Zoo Walk - OPI

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.

 

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BIRDCAGE Masqueerade 2019

BIRDCAGE Masqueerade 2019

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

 

ALL SORTS Blackout & SATURgAY

ALL SORTS Blackout & SATURgAY

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!

 

Contemporary History Walk with the Sisters - Newtown

Contemporary History Walk with the Sisters - Newtown

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 Bottoms Disco On The Green

Sandy Bottoms Disco On The Green

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.

 

Australian Leatherman and Mr Bootblack Contest 2019

Australian Leatherman and Mr Bootblack Contest 2019

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

garden pARTy

garden pARTy

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.

 

Pop-Up Bear Bar

Pop-Up Bear Bar

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.

 

Bear Essentials 23 - Homo Bearectus

Bear Essentials 23 - Homo Bearectus

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

Yes! Yes! Nanette!

Yes! Yes! Nanette!

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.

 

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.

Engaging Gay Asian Men: Hard to research amongst the hard to reach?

Engaging Gay Asian Men: Hard to research amongst the hard to reach?

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.

 

Launch of Lightning Flash

Launch of Lightning Flash

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.

 

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Mardi Gras Ultimate Sydney Day

Mardi Gras Ultimate Sydney Day

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!

Lickerish All Shorts

Lickerish All Shorts

Theatre Festival of approximately 8 short LGBTQI themed plays. More details to be confirmed.

Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise

Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise

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.

Salon78: Rainbow Immigration and Refugees

Salon78: Rainbow Immigration and Refugees

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.

 

Sissy Ball

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

Luna Park Family Fun Day

Luna Park Family Fun Day

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.

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Queer Thinking Day 2

Queer Thinking Day 2

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?

Sunday All-Day Pass: $45 or $30 concession - BOOK HERE

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The Medical Pink Dollar12.00pm - 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?

$15 or $10 concession - BOOK HERE

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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?

$15 or $10 concession - BOOK HERE

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Death of the Gay Bar3.30pm - 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?

$15 or $10 concession - BOOK HERE

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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.

$15 or $10 concession - BOOK HERE

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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.
@LeeVanessa2011

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.
@drcolekat

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.
@jaxjackibrown

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.
@paulkidd

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.
@liz_beths

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.
@PeterPolites

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.
@smith_jinny

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.
@fistyscent

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.
@stereogamous

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.
@bunnymonroes

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.
@yasminpurba

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.
@vivekshraya

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.
Steven Oliver Official


ABOUT THE CURATORS:

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.
@maevemarsden

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.
@_nikkistevens

 

Queer Thinking Day 1: Young and Fearless

Queer Thinking Day 1: Young and Fearless

Curated by Charlie Murphy

Saturday All-Day Pass: $45 or $30 concession - BOOK HERE

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After Safe Schools: Queer Youth Still in Crisis12pm – 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.

$15 or $10 concession - BOOK HERE

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What It Means to Be Non-Binary2pm – 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.

$15 or $10 concession - BOOK HERE

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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.

$15 or $10 concession - BOOK HERE

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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.

$15 or $10 concession - BOOK HERE

Fair Day

Fair Day

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.

Keen to register a stall at Fair Day? Apply here.

WET SPOT Boat Party

WET SPOT Boat Party

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!

Strictly limited tickets available here

Koori Gras

Koori Gras

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
18-23 February
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.

Black Point
22 February
FREE

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
23 February
10am-11:30am
FREE

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
23 February
8pm
$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.

 

Pixel Party

Pixel Party

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.

 

Oxtravaganza

Oxtravaganza

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

 

Black Divaz Perform Live!

Black Divaz Perform Live!

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.

 

Leak Your Own Nudes

Leak Your Own Nudes

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.

 

Queerbourhood presents JANET

Queerbourhood presents JANET

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.

 

Queens Cross Hotel

Queens Cross Hotel

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.