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Culture Up Late: Another View

Culture Up Late: Another View
A provocation for the curious, Culture Up Late turns the Australian Museum inside out.

The Sydney Queer Erotic Festival

The Sydney Queer Erotic Festival
The Sydney Queerotic Festival is a full day clothes-on festival of over 20 workshops and performances exploring different aspects and variations of queer eroticism.


To celebrate Mardi Gras, esteemed UK Theatre Company Milk Presents bring their award-winning Drag King play JOAN to Sydney for the first time.

Gretel Killeen and the Gretsky's: The Love Love Klub

Gretel Killeen and the Gretsky's: The Love Love Klub
Join us for this ridiculously hilarious and joyful celebration of love and agony expressed through comedy, song, poetry, philosophy and interpretive dance. Featuring Gretel Killeen (one of the nation's big hearts and minds), her band The Gretsky's (what they lack in talent they make up for with enthusiasm) and a smorgasbord of their infamous, brilliant and occasionally untalented friends. Lovebirds, singles & cynics will all love it! Come along, get happy, get groovy.

Shaken Not Stirred

Shaken Not Stirred
For lovers of the greatest James Bond themes, this is a night not to be missed. Glam it up and join Penelope Sai as she delves into the seduction and fun of all things 007.

Sandy Bottoms “Disco On The Green”

Sandy Bottoms “Disco On The Green”
Sandy Bottom presents her 6th Instalment with Disco on The Green, presenting a range of local and interstate drag and transgender illusionist entertainers, International and local Glbti Dj’s and a fun social Mardi Gras Wrap Up Party for all the family. Offering Meat Raffles, Sandys Poof Bowling Competition, Gayest Lawn Bowls and Camp Tunes and Fab Foods, there is something for every age, and every gay in disco heaven.

Koori Gras

Koori Gras
Koori Gras is a vibrant showcase of unique First Peoples culture and community, produced By Moogahlin Performing Arts In Association With Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras And Carriageworks.

Polly's February Dance

Polly's February Dance

The Pollys Club was formed in 1964 and is the longest running LGBTIQ social club in Australia. We hold dances throughout the year which provide an alternative social scene to the traditional bar and club environment. Our dances provide a safe and friendly environment for the LGBTIQ community, supporters and friends to gather and enjoy an evening of dancing and entertainment and at the same time raise funds for our grants program. Over our long history, The Pollys Club have donated over $350,000. towards many charities and organisations through our Annual Grants Program.

Come and join in the fun at our 2018 February dance – “Two Of Hearts”

Songs Jessye's Sung

Songs Jessye's Sung

Soprano Julia Wee and pianist Lucus Allerton present a musical program inspired by the great African-American soprano Jessye Norman and the struggle for civil liberties and freedoms. The program includes spirituals and songs by Mahler and Strauss. Come and be enveloped in this rapturous program of music that will move you with its tales of battles fought and won in the journey of life and love.

The September 2017 debut performance of this program for Artsong Canberra led one reviewer to write: Julia “established an immediate, genuine rapport with her audience” and “invested the song with a strength and emotion that was very moving.” “The piano accompaniment for this work by Lucus Allerton was especially fine.”

For this performance, Julia and Lucus will be joined by guest artist Pamela Andrews. All three first met as students at the ANU School of Music, Canberra. Each finding their own way after graduating, this is the first time they have come together again to give this very special presentation (which may involve Julia in more than just a little bit of drag!).

T Dance - Time Machine

T Dance - Time Machine

Mary Kiani presents T Dance. Celebrate the music of the past - Remember the days when we loved the nightlife and got to boogie?” Mary Kiani presents “T Dance” so lets play that funky music again and everybody dance! Young hearts will run free as we take you back to the days when the disco divas ruled the dance floor. Let’s groove and freak out under the glitter ball at home terrace. Decadence delivered to you in the heart of the famous Darling Harbour. As we turn back the clock jump in my Accidental-Transcendental-Fuel-injected "TIME MACHINE" and prepare to dance yourself dizzy! DJ's DAN DAN - MIKE KELLY & JAKE KILBY KEEPING THE DANCE FLOOR BUSY! Playing DANCEFLOOR CLASSICS





Queerstories: Western Sydney

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Go west this Mardi Gras with Sydney’s favourite LGBTQI storytelling night. Join host Maeve Marsden and an eclectic line up of stars and strangers at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta for a night 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 over a year, 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.


This event is Auslan interpreted. This Western Sydney special event is presented by Riverside Theatres.

Rule 34 Presents CRISCO DISCO

Rule 34 Presents CRISCO DISCO

To celebrate Mardi Gras, performance art perverts - Rule 34 - are throwing a party! CRISCO DISCO offers up a late night dirty discotheque of dancing and disco mischief, dotted with hot, hilarious and perverse performances that celebrate the diversity of sexuality and gender. Mix, mingle, dance, party, party and blot out everything but the disco beat at CRISCO DISCO. All genders and sexualities welcome. Dress to impress (yourself). R18.

Forty Years of Femme

Forty Years of Femme

Sydney Femme Guild is delighted to produce 40 Years of Femme, a celebration of 4 decades of Femme history in Sydney during the 2018 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras festival.

A fundraiser for Sydney Femme Guild and the inaugural event signalling a new era of growth for the Guild, the night will be an exploration and celebration of Femme identity - raw, sassy, strong, proud, dangerous.

The night will be set to explore the many faceted aspects of femme identity, lifestyle, desire, pleasure, and beauty from within. Featured Femme performers will grace the stage with their own stories of Femme experience in the form of burlesque, spoken word, artistic expression and demonstrations. 

In addition, we will be hosting an exhibition of Femme as Fuck images - telling a story of pride and history from the many diverse Femmes in our beautiful LGBTQI community over the past 40 years!

Dungeons and Drag Queens

Dungeons and Drag Queens

Four fab drag queens bring RuPaul to roleplaying in this hilarious live game of Dungeons & Dragons! Along with dice rolling there'll be dancing, singing and entertaining audiovisuals to compliment their comedic quest. If you thought Frodo should have walked to Mordor in sequin heels, this is the show for you.

The fierceness and fantasy runs for four nights only so fetch your tickets fast!


Wednesday 28/2 - 7pm-8:30pm
Thursday 1/3 - 7pm-8:30pm
Friday 2/3 - 7pm-8:30pm
Saturday 3/3 - 3:30-5pm

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The Duetaholics

The Duetaholics

Entertainment’s least-likely newlyweds are trapped in a sexless marriage and loving every minute of it!

Melbourne’s kitsch cabaret comedian Dean Arcuri and Tasmanian entertainment supernova Miz Ima Starr have tied the knot in an aural extravaganza and they’ll never sing alone again… or will they?

If you’re looking to re-ignite your relationship, then have they got the solution for you. These improbable belters reinvent the wedding reception as the ultimate gay celebration of song, and you’re invited to the head of the table as they delve into dynamic evening of delectable duets that won’t just have you tapping your toes, but dancing in the isles as well.

Fresh from their all-singing all-dancing honeymoon in Vegas, The Duetaholics unveil their entirely unpatented recipe for everlasting marital bliss. From ‘We Got Tonight’ in a go-go bar… to ‘Adele’s Guide to Stalking’… Dean and Ima are ready and sharing their love across the country as they end their nationwide tour in Sydney for Mardi Gras 40th Anniversary.

Go on, give love a chance!

It Takes 2!

It Takes 2!


A hilarious night of fun, laughter and DRAG!

What happens when two ex-NZ drag artistes, now living in separate Australian Cities get together to put on a show? A MESS... errr... we mean.... DRAG MAGIC!

Inspired by Pop Culture, Film and TV shows, music and fashion tastes - Drag Performers Polly Filla (Melb) and Felicity Frockaccino (Syd) poke fun at and pay homage to their icons in an hour of zany fun and laugh out loud comedy!

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Airlock: A Nihilistic Indie Pop Cabaret About the End of the World

Airlock: A Nihilistic Indie Pop Cabaret About the End of the World

The end of the world is almost upon us and the lucky few that are rich or powerful enough to afford survival have hunkered down in a bunker to witness humanity’s final moments. An MC keeps the mood light while we wait for “THE END” and welcomes the last few stragglers stumble through the Airlock… humankind’s last best hope.

Are they scientists? Artists? Teachers? Leaders?

No, of course not. They’re all awful, selfish hypocrites who contribute nothing of value to society and no one gets redeemed.

But there’s booze, so that makes it a bit okay.

Consisting of a bunch of all-original songs, a gloriously camp Frankenstein’s Monster of music theatre, cabaret, pop, and experimental electronica. Grab a cocktail and watch the world burn from behind the safety of the Airlock.

Featuring a random cross section of fabulously talented performers from all over the place including Raelene Isbester, Stephanie Grace, Tim Hansen, Will Hannagan, Kate Leabeater, Dyan Tai, Alistair Stewart and Fiona Pearson.

Written, composed, produced, sworn at, and talked about ad nauseam at dinner parties by Tim Hansen.

Costume design by Fabiana Figueira Abreau

Produced by Liz Alexander


This project was supported through The Red Rattler Theatre: RatTrap Artist in Residence Program.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir and Wellington Glamaphones present 'Close Harmony'

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir and Wellington Glamaphones present 'Close Harmony'

Bringing together two fabulous LGBTQI choirs, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir and Wellington Glamaphones, ‘Close Harmony’ is a celebration of the power of voice to promote acceptance, inclusion, harmony and community between people and nations.

Featuring music from Pet Shop Boys, Queen, Whitney Houston, Crowded House, Missy Higgins and a host of favourites from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. You’ll be uplifted, moved, and taken on a musical adventure through harmony and we might even get you singing along!
The Glamaphones are Wellington’s LGBTQI community choir. Like SGLC they are non-auditioned and place great emphasis on participation, inclusiveness and building community.
Come and celebrate Mardi Gras’ 40th Anniversary with us! Book here.

According to Otto

According to Otto

According to Otto is the latest play by acclaimed dramatist, Wayne Tunks (Fag Boy & the Married Guy, The Girlie Show, Bitch and Diva Wars). Otto Brooks is 16 with a massive imagination and a big secret he’s ready to reveal he’s gay.

Otto has the usual family, parents who love and embarrass him, a Uni student sister who wants to change the world, a pop culture loving Nana and a best friend, Max, who he’s secretly in love with. Add to that, a school bully out for a blood and Otto has a lot to go through before he becomes what he really wants, to be out, happy and in love. Time to delve into the world according to Otto.

Starring Felicity Burke, Alice Furze, Jacinta Moses, Jasper Musgrave, Tasha O’Brien, Wayne Tunks and Andrew Wang.

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Bear Bar

Bear Bar

Celebrate Bear Culture during Mardi Gras.

Sydney’s pop-up Bear Bar is back bigger than ever to celebrate 40 years of Mardi Gras.

Located on the ground floor of the Burdekin Hotel, at the start of Oxford Street, doors swing open on February 23rd for another action packed 9 days of fun events.

Showcasing the cream of the international bear scene, this year’s entertainment line-up includes comedian Dean Arcuri from Melbourne, US DJ Corey Craig from NYC and Sydney’s Colin Gaff who has headlined at bear parties across the globe including the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party.

As well as the pub style nights, there will be art showcasing local bear artists and some special events geared to visitors to Sydney, including an Australian wine tasting run by United Cellars and a walking tour exploring Sydney’s secret gay history.

Spread over two levels of the Burdekin Hotel, Bear Bar will be the focal point of the Australian Bear Community during the Mardi Gras celebrations.

Festivities wrap up with a massive Mardi Gars Parade Party on March 3rd, overlooking Oxford Street with amazing views of the parade.

The Bedlam Cabaret - Mardi Gras Edition

The Bedlam Cabaret - Mardi Gras Edition

bed·lam {bedləm} noun “a scene of uproar and confusion”

The Rogues are back at the famous Red Rattler Theatre for a fearlessly rainbow-flavoured edition of The Bedlam Cabaret, presented as part of the Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival!

Showcasing exciting new and emerging Sydney performers alongside the city's coolest established artists, this is the pre-parade shindig you know you want - we're turning up the heat, and the talent, to get us in the mood for the party.

Nine local and international performers will take to the Rattler’s stage for an almost anything goes show. Highlights include the incomparable performance artist Marlena Dali; the dazzling burlesque wonder that is Kael Murray (Star Wars Strips Back); Ben Noir, star of the Paris Burlesque Festival, the risque talents of Curly Fries (The Leftovers Collective); Nerdy Comedian Debbie Zuckerman and international drag king sensation Poppy Cox, direct from Berlin.

Hosted by the one-and-only James ‘Breko’ Brechney, Bedlam Mardi Gras Edition will be a madcap, multi-genre, queer-themed cabaret blending burlesque, drag and song with circus, comedy and seriously sizzling performance art.

Discounted tickets for Mardi Gras Members!

The View UpStairs

The View UpStairs

The View UpStairs pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant 70s gay bar in New Orleans. The forgotten bar regulars come to life when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the now abandoned space and is transported back in time. He gets to know the joys and struggles of this community and in turn learns about his place in the world. From the opening piano chords of this Off-Broadway sensation, the five-piece band and cast of ten blast into the glam rock world of the 1970s. In our ever-changing world, this show looks at the then and now to explore our ideas of love, regret, defiance and resilience. The music will give you goosebumps, the story will make you both laugh and cry. See why Ru Paul said the show was “FABULOUS! It was fantastic.”

“Vibrant and jubilant. The show swells with heart, a moving homage to LGBT culture, past and present.” - Entertainment Weekly

Guy James Whitworth Presents Gentlemen of a Certain Reputation

Guy James Whitworth Presents Gentlemen of a Certain Reputation

A dynamic group exhibition that examines identity, sexuality, gender and reputation and challenges what those issues mean in Australia after the postal vote and its recent outcomes. Award winning Sydney based artist Guy James Whitworth presents current works selected from his favourite queer artists based all around Australia, an event which he describes as ‘less of a passing on of the torch, but more of a sharing of the talking stick. With so many artists referencing inspiration from the same events and cultural reference points, it’s amazing to see so many different styles and statements.’ Multi media artists such as Dan Gladden, Michael Willard, Andrew Batt-Rowden and Dim Fim (whose works are all featured above) head a stellar line up, in this not to be missed exhibition. The M2 Gallery in Surry hills will host a week long festival of events such artists talks and evenings of performance art, with dates to be announced closer to the opening night.

Watch this space…

Greg Gould - Intimate + Live

Greg Gould - Intimate + Live

GREG GOULD is one of Australia’s most exciting entertainers, connecting with audiences around the globe through his powerhouse vocals, charismatic stage presence and heart provoking music videos. Greg dominated Australia’s Got Talent in 2013 where his stirring rendition of Prince's ‘Purple Rain’ propelling him through to the final where he finished as Runner Up. Greg has toured the world with his band The Chase, performed to sold out shows the Full Moon Fest in New York City, the 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras official after party and headlined 2017 Hamburg Pride in Germany where his original single ‘Today’ was chosen as the official anthem.

Greg's cover of En Vogue's hit ‘Don’t Let Go’ went to #5 in Australia, #4 in Bulgaria, #27 in Italy and #7 in Germany, with its accompanying music video taking the internet by storm, viewed by more than 19 million people. This amazing video features true stories of discrimination within the LGBTI community and caught the eye of En Vogue's lead singer Maxine Jones, who praised the version saying Greg’s cover gave her goosebumps. The two e-released the song as a duet and have embarked on an international tour.

Following in the footsteps of great artists who aren't defined by any one genre, Greg promises to deliver honest, soulful music that's straight from the heart. A promise he continues to live up to.

To book tickets, e-mail marc@claireskitchen.com.au or phone (02) 9283 1891.

Mosaic: LGBTIQ Artists of Western Sydney

Mosaic: LGBTIQ Artists of Western Sydney
This exhibition will showcase 7 artists from across the region at the Parramatta Artists Studios for 2 weeks starting 22 February 2018.

Sissy Ball

Sissy Ball

SISSY BALL is SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who booked! See you at Carriageworks on Saturday 24 February!


For one night only, clubbers will be transported to a dancefloor born from the living history of New York’s underground Ballroom scene.

Expressions of identity become the focal point as bodies collide in the ultimate Vogue throwdown of style, precision, and attitude in a showcase set to transfix.

In true Vogue style, extravagance on the runway will be met with a Ballroom soundtrack that will weave through disco, house, bounce, pop, performance and much more.

Curated by local interdisciplinary artist and club icon Bhenji Ra, this premier event at Carriageworks is sure to be a festival highlight.







Registration for competitors is now open for Sissy Ball 2018, presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Red Bull Music! Please email your name, number and the category/categories you wish to enter to iconic.houseofsle@gmail.com. Due to capacity, we have a limit on how many walkers we can allow for each category. Please register by Wednesday 21st February to avoid disappointment.


‘I’m pretty, I’m cute, I’m popular to boot!’ Schools back in, ladies! So you better bring it like the Craft! Points for those who bring it with a prop, every schoolgirl needs some books and a late pass! Don’t forget your high school sweetheart!


She’s beat for the goddess! Flawless on every angle! Catch these cheekbones! Catch this HIGHLIGHT! Don’t let my wing cut you! This face is an evening beat set to last you the entire night, so give us glam!


Bring whatever look you want, just make sure your hands stand out! The hands say everything so tell us your story and don’t you dare start cat walking!


Its time to call on the ancestors to get your 10s! Let us know where your from, what island, clan or nation is yours! Bring it with a traditional look or a hybrid twist! Whatever best describes your bloodline!  It’s a moment to show pride and strength, so head up and walk! Australian flags are an automatic chop!!


I may be bad but I’m perfectly good with it! Body-ody-ody, give us BODY! It’s time to define what sexy is for you!  Tonight it’s all about your body, your rules! So bring it in any form, flesh tone or size and let us know why you are the Sissy Ball Sex Siren! Points for those who bring it in latex look!


Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the cuntiest of them all? To win grand prize and reign supreme you need a look that’s shines and elements all so clean! Bring it with a metallic effect, gold, silver, sequin! Its time to put on a show so blind these hoes with your reflection and slay your elements to win! Lets GO!

The term “Sissy”
"The term “Sissy” is used amongst Asian and Pacific queer communities as a term of endearment and sisterhood. The reason why I chose this is because it’s definitely a term widely used amongst the younger generation of queer people of colour and there’s a global understanding of reclaiming it as a positive affirmation opposed to its slur history” Bhenji Ra

Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA

Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA

The only way to kick-off the 2018 Mardi Gras season - join “Mardi Gras Royalty” Trevor Ashley on stage at the iconic Sydney Opera House Concert Hall along with a veritable fruit bowl of his famous friends.

Wear your best black-tie or outrageous outfit at the perfect replacement for the iconic “Stars Come Out” of yesteryear. This variety gala is part concert, part chat show but ALL fun! Together with a 14-piece orchestra, the season will kick off right with a night of laughs, music and fabulosity, celebrating forty years of Mardi Gras.

After his sell-out concert last year with Diamonds Are For Trevor, Trevor Ashley will be joined by the incredible showman Todd McKenney, uber-diva Paul Capsis, pop-queen & jungle-queen Casey Donovan, the crown prince of comedy Joel Creasey and the legend herself, Carlotta!

The Gala will conclude with a post-show party, featuring DJ Richard Weiss boasting the best views of Sydney Harbour. Don't miss out on this night-of-nights!

$5 from every ticket goes to support Mardi Gras’ community grant program.

Fair Day

Fair Day


Our communities shine in the sun at Fair Day, Mardi Gras’ free family-friendly carnival of rainbow festivities, featuring a plethora of activities for the young and old, the tame and the bold!

Every year, a melting pot of 70,000 smiling faces gather together in the park to celebrate not only the beginning of Mardi Gras, but also the power and beauty of diversity.

With over 250 stalls, Fair Day will spread out through the entire Park and features the Sports Village, Doggywood, the ANZ Main stage and the new Tropicana Bar featuring DJs Beth Yen and GI Jode.

Stalls that highlight the amazing diversity of the LGBTQI community include the 78ers, Queer Screen, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir, Dykes on Bikes, Gender Centre, Rainbow Families, Wett Ones Swimming Club, Sydney Roller Derby, Glitoris, Harbour City Bears, the Sydney Femme Guild and the Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives.  

There is always something for everyone at Fair Day, even our fur babies are a part of the action. Bring your most fabulous dog down to Fair Day to strut their stuff at our world-famous Doggywood competition. Find all the details here!  

The ANZ Main Stage morning program will feature community performances from the NSW Police Band and the Swing Out Sydney dancers and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir to start the day off. The official ceremonies start at midday hosted by 78er and broadcaster Julie McCrossin. 

Mardi Gras legends Bob Downe and Cindy Pastel then take over proceedings as they host the start of an amazing early afternoon program of cabaret including performances by Shauna Jensen, Mama Alto, Greg Gould, Bogan Villea and Miss First Nations winner Josie Baker. Jordan Raskopolous then takes over the MC duties for a late afternoon, all women line-up of live music from Kira Puru and Asta. Two of Sydney’s iconic DJs Sveta and Kate Monroe will then get everyone up and dancing from the Main Stage from 5:30pm until close at 8pm.

See the full ANZ Main Stage line-up here!

Whoever you are, Fair Day is the must-do event of the year. See you there.

Found out about public transport to and from Fair Day here and read our Fair Day FAQ's here.



Black Nulla Workshops

Black Nulla Workshops

A series of creative development workshops for First Peoples queer performers, facilitated by Black Foot (Alberta Canada), performance artist Cherish Blood and local guest artists. Workshop participants will be given the opportunity to perform as part of the Black Nulla Cabaret; a First Peoples’ queer performance event with local, national and international guest artists.


Black Nulla Cabaret

Black Nulla Cabaret

Dance the night away and enjoy the rich diversity of queer performances by leading local, national and international guests, plus the Black Nulla workshop participants and your favourite drag artists and DJs.

Strangers In Between

Strangers In Between

A funny and moving Australian classic from the playwright of Holding the Man.

Shane has fled his family and is seeking refuge in Sydney's Kings Cross. Confused and naive, Shane struggles to reconcile himself with events from his past. But how can he move on when he can't even use laundry powder? Directed by Daniel Lammin (Master Class at the Hayes Theatre), this timely new production features a stellar cast – AACTA and Logie winner Simon Burke (Griffin Theatre’s The Homosexuals and Foxtel’s Devil’s Playground), recent Helpmann Award winner Guy Simon (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones), and Wil King (The Production Company’s La Cage aux Folles).

Presented by Cameron Lukey (Resident Alien at the Seymour Centre), Don’t Be Down Productions and the Seymour Centre.

Showtimes - 14 Feb – 2 Mar

Wed 14 Feb. Preview 7:30pm
Thu 15 Feb. Opening Night 7:30pm
Fri 16 Feb. 7:30pm
Sat 17 Feb. 3pm, 7:30pm
Tue 20 Feb. 7:30pm
Wed 21 Feb. 7:30pm
Thu 22 Feb. 7:30pm
Fri 23 Feb. 7:30pm
Sat 24 Feb. 3pm, 7:30pm
Tue 27 Feb. 7:30pm
Wed 28 Feb. 7:30pm
Thu 1 Mar. 7:30pm
Fri 2 Mar. 7:30pm

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Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours returns after last year’s hugely successful inaugural event. Once again, the Art Gallery of New South Wales will go queer, with an explosion of queer art around every corner.
On the main stage, MCs Fancy Piece host a line-up of Sydney’s cutting-edge queer musicians, DJs and performers: Marcus Whale, Rainbow Chan, Brendan de la Hay, DJ Yung Brujo, DJ Ayebatonye, and performance collective Gang of She.

Elsewhere in the Gallery, take a tongue-in-cheek art tour with Verushka Darling, a life drawing class with dominatrix Mistress Tokyo as your model, or have a profound coffee cup reading with artist Nicole Barakat. Watch out for The Huxleys, whose iridescent and glamourous creations might pop out from any corner!

And don’t miss the chance to see the work of one of the most important figures in queer art history in the acclaimed exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium. Emerging during the wave of gay activism and pride that also birthed the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Mapplethorpe chronicled his deep involvement in New York’s gay scene and immortalised the idols of the 1970s and 1980s, including lifelong muse Patti Smith. Whether he was photographing a figure, a fetish or a flower, Mapplethorpe’s unflinching quest for beauty has an enduring political and artistic resonance.

Check out the full info on the performers and the Mapplethorpe exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW site here.

IGNITE: Symphonic Dance Anthems

IGNITE: Symphonic Dance Anthems

IGNITE recreates your favourite dance floor anthems with a full orchestra, live singers & electronic musicians.

Those tracks that you’ve thrown your hands in the air to since the Mardi Gras party began. Sia, Whitney Houston, Massive Attack, Madonna, Kylie & Chicane. House, trance and pop anthems as you’ve never heard them before!

This euphoric audio-visual spectacular is on for one night only at the Enmore Theatre.


GiRLTHING Mardi Pardi 2018: Vaults of Heaven

GiRLTHING Mardi Pardi 2018: Vaults of Heaven

It's Judgement Day
How will you arrive? 
Evil or angelic, devilish or virtuous? 

Snatch and Grab Presents… GiRLTHING MARDI PARDI 2018: Vaults of Heaven

3 Rooms / 30+ acts /sold out 8 consecutive years!

March 3 / 9pm - 3am / The Metro Theatre

Tickets on sale now HERE on Ticketek

Go to GIRLTHING's Facebook page for more details about GIRLTHING events!

Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

Indie Westie Party Starters Heaps Gay are transforming Manning Bar in Chippendale into an a party spectacular! An all immersive and inclusive festival of music, art and performance featuring local aussie acts across 3 stages! Indoor and Outdoor vibes! Expect the unexpected yo! Check them out on Facebook for more deets and line up info!


Equality Dance Australia Festival 2018

Equality Dance Australia Festival 2018


Day Session: Ballroom Competition doors open 10.30am; first event 11am- 5pm

Evening Session: EDA Gala Ball, Buffet Dinner, Live Music, Social Dancing, Floorshows 6pm- 11pm

Equality Dance Australia Festival offers a day session of Ballroom competition for All and an evening of wild excess at the Gala Ball. 

The Ballroom and Latin Dance Festival showcases Same Sex Dance teams competing in full equality with mainstream opposite sex dancers as well as competing for the Mardi Gras Same Sex Dance Championships; and a Social competition for all levels of dancer. We embrace diversity and gender equity in dance sport. 

The Gala Ball celebrates 40 years of Mardi Gras with a Buffet Dinner, Live Music, Floor Shows and Social Dancing and featuring a special Tribute to the 78-ers. 

We offer a safe, friendly, inclusive environment where the LGBTQI+ community is encouraged to join in the competition and the evening festivities to highlight our dancing and partying skills. 

The King's Singers

The King's Singers

The King’s Singers - GOLD

With “voices of spun gold” (BBC Music Magazine), The King’s Singers are masters of vocal harmony. These polished entertainers will sing a mix of ancient and contemporary, classical and popular, all delivered with “pinpoint precision and total rapport” (The Times, UK).

This irresistibly charismatic ensemble performs on their whistle-stop ‘Gold’ world tour to celebrate 50 years in the business. Double Grammy® Awards winners, The King’s Singers are beloved the world over, from London’s Royal Albert Hall to New York’s Carnegie Hall, and now – for one perfromance only – at Sydney’s majestic St Mary’s Cathedral.

They will be joined by special guests the Choristers of St Mary’s Cathedral Choir – who will themselves be celebrating the 200th anniversary of their founding.

This celebratory programme will feature especially commissioned anniversary pieces by some of the worlds great contemporary choral composers including Nico Muhly, Bob Chilcott and Alexander L’Estrange.

Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and heart-gripping harmonies, The King’s Singers take you on a mesmerising musical trip from the Renaissance to now.

“ The superlative vocal sextet” THE TIMES (UK)

“…a musical group of the very highest order.” GRAMAPHONE MAGAZINE

In Conversation with Justice Michael Kirby and Uncle Jack Charles, Actor, Musician, Potter and Gifted Performer Celebrating the Contribution of the LGBTQI Community to Law and Theatre

In Conversation with Justice Michael Kirby and Uncle Jack Charles, Actor, Musician, Potter and Gifted Performer Celebrating the Contribution of the LGBTQI Community to Law and Theatre

In conversation with Justice Michael Kirby and Uncle Jack Charles, this event will explore the changing portrayal and treatment of the LGBTIQ community by both law and theatre and will celebrate the contributions made to both fields by the LGBTIQ community.  By looking back at how law and theatre have each engaged with the LGBTIQ community, this event will frankly ask where the LGBTIQ community presently stands with respect to these institutions and consider what the future holds.
A collaboration between Belvoir, NSW Young Lawyers and the Inner-City Community Legal Centre, this event will entertain, inform and challenge.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Inner-City Community Legal Centre to support programs of legal assistance to the LGBTIQ community.

An Act of God

An Act of God

Mitchell Butel stars as GOD in David Javerbaum’s hit comedy An Act of God. Sinfully funny and wickedly satiric, God comes to correct mankind’s dire misconceptions about His teachings and deliver a radical re-write of the Ten Commandments. Accompanied by a couple of A-List Angels, God arrives like a celestial talk show host to set the record straight and encourage us to do unto others as we would like to be done unto.

From 13 time Emmy Award winning comedy writer for The Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum’s hit Broadway production makes its Australian Premiere at Darlinghurst Theatre Company.

Fucking Men by Joe DiPietro

Fucking Men by Joe DiPietro

“Why does any guy have sex with strangers? Cause it feels fan-fuckin’-tastic. That’s it. End of story.”

The Australian premiere of a sharp, provocative and very funny play dealing with a chain of hook-ups amongst a group of gay men.

American writer Joe DiPietro has loosely adapted La Ronde, Arthur Schnitzler’s notorious 19th century satire about sexual adventuring, and turned it into a revealing panorama of contemporary gay life.

Take ten guys: The Escort, The Soldier, The Tutor, The Uni Student, The Married Guy (and his partner), The Porn Star, The Playwright, The Actor and The Journalist, put them into a series of one-on-one encounters, and the result is a very sexy, confronting and thought-provoking comedy of gay sexual manners.

Like good sex, each moment leaves you wanting more. But underneath the hot man-on-man action is an ironic and truthful look at the conflict many gay men experience between the desire for monogamous love and the thrill of sexual freedom.

Note: this production contains nudity, strong language and sexual references

Mama Alto: Queerly Beloved

Mama Alto: Queerly Beloved

Queerly Beloved, we are gathered here today in celebration of our divine love. Gender transcendent diva, jazz singer and cabaret artiste Mama Alto leads you over the rainbow to empowerment, empathy and ecstasy. Mama’s national tour of fierce queer affirmation proudly comes out at the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras, before touring across the country: love is love is love.

Mama Alto is a gender transcendent diva, cabaret artiste, jazz singer & community activist. She is a non-binary trans femme person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness & power in vulnerability. Fierce, femme & fabulous, she has been lauded as “divine” (Havana Tribune, Cuba), “near flawless” (The Age) and “a knockout” (The Herald Sun). 

Each edition of “Mama Alto: Queerly Beloved” will feature special local guest artists. “Queerly Beloved” aims to tour across as much of regional Australia as possible in the coming year.

Mama acknowledges the traditional owners of this land, the Cadigal people of the Eora nations. Sovereignty never ceded.

www.mamaalto.com / www.facebook.com/mamaalto

METAMORPHOSES by Mary Zimmerman

METAMORPHOSES by Mary Zimmerman


Re-imagined for the 40th Anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

“Bodies, I have in mind…”

Set in and around a body of water, Metamorphoses collides the ancient and the modern to celebrate the primal body and the staying power of love and desire in the face of constant and inevitable change.

Savage and tender, queer and irreverent, with vivid imagery and visionary theatricality, Ovid’s poem of ancient Greek tales is roused to soul-stirring life.

Suitable for audiences 18+

Presented by Apocalypse Theatre Company in association with Red Line Productions

Luscious All Sorts - LOVE WON

Luscious All Sorts - LOVE WON

Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative Presents: "Luscious All Sorts - LOVE WON" for our Mardi Gras Exhibition.
Showcasing works from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI Artists from across Australia. 

Boomalli provides a safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders LGBTQI Artists, to exhibit and express their sexual orientation as well as representing their communities through Art. 

Join us in Celebrating being lush, fabulous and unique for Boomalli’s Mardi Gras Exhibition “Luscious All Sorts”. 

Opening Night: Friday 23rd February from 6-8pm  

Special Guest: Casey Conway, Former NRL player and Indigenous Model. 

Performances on opening night. 

This exhibition continues until 1st April 2018

For more information:
Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative 
55-59 Flood St, Leichhardt NSW 2040 
Phone: 02 9560 2541



WERK! 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 mindblowing production and a sea of thousands of the hottest gays & gals, shows by Rupaul's Drag Race Stars Willam, AJA & hosted by TS Madison.

Full lineup of DJs and performers online. 10pm till SUPER late.