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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.

 

Booty: Jamie Cole

Booty: Jamie Cole

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. 

 

Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care

Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care

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.

 

Let's Eat Cake

Let's Eat Cake

"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.

 

Original Box

Original Box

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

Mardi Gras Festival Club

Mardi Gras Festival Club

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

 

The Courtyard

The Courtyard

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.

 

Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours

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

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

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

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

 

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.

 

Green Park Hotel Celebrates Mardi Gras

Green Park Hotel Celebrates Mardi Gras

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.

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.

 

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.

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