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Trevor Ashley's Mardi Gala

Trevor Ashley's Mardi Gala

Bigger, better and dare we say, Gayer than ever, Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA returns to the Concert Hall for one fabulous night only. 

Live onstage with a 12 piece orchestra, this variety gala is jam-packed with surprises, laughs and power ballads, that will have everyone on their feet. Joining "Mardi Gras Royalty" Trevor Ashley is the deliciously camp Rhonda Burchmore, the electrifying Tim Campbell, the acerbic wit of Tom Ballard, Oxford St legends Shauna Jensen and Minnie Cooper, and more surprises! 

Right after the show, the Northern Foyers play host to the best party in Sydney with breathtaking views in a sunset soiree like no other, sparkling with the sounds of DJ Victoria Anthony. 

Come and join us for the ultimate Mardi Gras pre-party and celebrate with the stars!

Sydney Opera House presents in association with Trevor Ashley Enterprises.

 

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!

 

Bianca Del Rio - It's Jester Joke

Bianca Del Rio - It's Jester Joke

After three consecutive sell-out Australian tours, comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion Bianca Del Rio returns to Australia with her brand-new comedy show. The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” tells tales of her world travels and the outrageous circus that is her life of politics, travel, family and social media.

Don’t miss your chance to see the The Queen of Mean in her fiercely funny new show in 2019.

 

Boys of Sondheim

Boys of Sondheim

Undeniably one of the most significant gay artists of the 20th century, Stephen Sondheim defined an urbane, literate and uniquely New York voice that many would call the most important in musical theatre history. Sondheim’s sweeping repertoire expresses the ache of the metropolitan man; his disappointments, his loves and his secrets.

 

Casino Royale in Concert

Casino Royale in Concert

For the first time in Australia, audiences will be able to experience Bond on the big screen accompanied by the power of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing composer David Arnold’s thrilling musical score live and in sync to the picture! 

 

Comedy Kiki: Queer Comedy Festival

Comedy Kiki: Queer Comedy Festival

A three-day comedy festival at Darlinghurst Theatre Company featuring Rhys Nicholson, Jordan Raskopoulos and Maeve Marsden. In this special three-day event, we invite some of Australia’s most positive voices in the LGBTQI+ community for a giggle and a kiki. 27 February: Jordan Raskopoulos. 28 February: Fat Musicals with Maeve Marsen & Libby Wood 1 March: Rhys Nicholson.

 

Confessions of a Mormon Boy

Confessions of a Mormon Boy

Direct from a successful New York run, ‘Confessions of a Mormon Boy’ is a one man show which chronicles the life story of writer/actor Steven Fales, a married-with-kids-Mormon missionary who rocks his family and community by coming out as gay, plunging head-on into a reckless world on his journey to self-acceptance and love.

 

37 Ways To Say I'm Gay

37 Ways To Say I'm Gay

After selling out season in Melbourne and the Gold Coast, “37 Ways To Say I’m Gay”, by acclaimed dramatist, Wayne Tunks (After Nightfall / According to Otto), is set to make it’s Sydney premiere for Mardi Gras.

94 characters, 29 short plays, 12 actors, 37 Ways To Say, “I’m Gay”. "You'll get a lot more than you bargained for with this honest, stimulating and perceptive look at what it has meant to be gay since mankind emerged from caves... [Tunks] paints a marvellous, uniquely magnanimous picture..." - Aussie Theatre

Playing at the brand new Limelight on Oxford from Feb 20 to Mar 9.

 

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Sydney Drag Stars

Sydney Drag Stars

Sydney has the finest Drag in the world and we want you to join us at an intimate cabaret. Hosted by Candy Box and introducing some of Sydney’s premier drag queens to the stage in the upstairs Stonewall Cabaret bar. This is a seated event filled with glitz, glamour and a lot of talent. Drag Queens are the voices, celebrities and the activists of our wonderful gay scene. Let them entertain you.

 

Lady & Her Tramp

Lady & Her Tramp

En Vogue superstar Maxine Jones & her musical partner-in- crime Greg Gould are about to send hearts pulsing with the biggest hits of the ‘90s! 

You’re invited to an unforgettable evening of songs, stories and magical moments, from the sassy silvery sounds of Jones, to the vulnerable powerhouse Gould, the pair glide effortlessly through a repertoire jam packed with some of the greatest songs of all time.

 

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.

 

Lip Synch for your Savasana - Drag Yoga

Lip Synch for your Savasana - Drag Yoga

Androgynous drag superstar Dusty Glass teaches a flowing vinyasa sequence to prepare the body for a night of dancing and/or hardcore anal/vaginal penetration.

Learn the ancient pranayama practice of lip synching in homage to Swami Ru Paul and Lip Synch for your Savasana.

 

Art Vs Garbage

Art Vs Garbage

Absurdist sketch show devised and featuring three experienced queer performers, specifically exploring gender and mental health. Featuring poetry, song and performance art as well as sketch.

Venue and more details coming soon!

 

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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.

 

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Go west this Mardi Gras as Sydney’s favourite LGBTQI+ storytelling night returns to Western Sydney for a second year. Join host Maeve Marsden and an eclectic line up of stars and strangers for an evening of our city’s queerstories, unexpected tales of lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour.

The LGBTQI+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family and community. In its usual home in Redfern, Queerstories has been selling out every month for two years, bringing storytellers from all walks of life to the stage. Funny, moving, surprising and engaging, the stories from Queerstories are also available on the podcast and in a collection of stories published by Hachette in 2018.

This event is Auslan interpreted. Presented by Riverside Theatres.

 

The Bed Party

The Bed Party

The Bed Party is a new lesbian play about friendship, solidarity and sarcasm. An interrupted fuck turns into an impromptu ‘bed party’ as a group of flatmates support each other through assault, heartache and hope.

These women don’t want weddings or babies. They’re not U-haulers and they don’t have any cats (yet). The Bed Party will run 11 - 16th February as part of 5o5 theatre's Fresh Works season.

 

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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.

 

The Things I Could Never Tell Steven

The Things I Could Never Tell Steven

The Things I Could Never Tell Steven is a one-act (70-minute) musical for four people, with music and lyrics by Australian Composer/Lyricist, Jye Bryant.

Although we never meet Steven, we learn all about him from disclosures of four people in his life: his Wife, Mother, Father and Ex-Boyfriend. The characters share intimate details about their life with Steven and the things they struggle to tell him. Performance season from February 21 - March 2 2019.

 

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Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras Party

After the spectacular Parade, come and enjoy the night with us... and over 12,000 of our newest and closest friends! The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s biggest LGBTQI event of the year. It’s our tribe, our people... our time to let loose and dance all night.

Last year’s Mardi Gras Party sold out as the new year dawned, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. We’ve got plenty of surprises up our sleeves for 2019, with specially themed fantasy worlds for you to experience including The Neon Playground, Black Palace and The Powder Puff.

The Mardi Gras Party is Sydney’s party of the year, renowned for its incredible DJ line-up, spectacular live performances and hedonistic happenings.

 

Laneway

Laneway

The ultimate recovery event to close the Mardi Gras festival’s final weekend, Laneway features the hottest DJs, surprise live performances, an eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor party spaces to dance, strut or take the edge off the night before.

VIP tickets are available for access to the Mardi Gras VIP Bar at Upstairs Beresford, featuring an exclusive dance floor, bar and amenities. All good things must come to an end – and there’s no ending quite like Laneway.

 

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.

 

Fair Day Official After Party

Fair Day Official After Party

Join us at Mardi Gras Central’s Festival Club for the official Fair Day after-party, where very special guests will delight partygoers with pop-up performances while our esteemed DJs will fill the floor with the ultimate dance and party tunes until the early hours. $5 or entry with a Mardi Gras Central show ticket for 17 February.

 

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.

 

The Moors

The Moors

Siren Theatre Co and Seymour Centre present:

A hyper-theatrical and kinky homage to the Brontës; this play is about female power and what it is to write your own story. Two sisters and a dog live on the bleak English moors, and dream of love, power and notoriety. The arrival of a governess, the pointed schemes of a scullery maid, and the musings of a moorhen set this odd assembly on a strange and dangerous path.

A cleverly crafted black comedy about love, desperation, and visibility, The Moors is a brilliant new work by Jen Silverman, a fresh new voice who takes chances. From the company who made The Trouble with Harry, this is a play of subversive edginess toppling the male-oppressed milieus of the Brontës and taking strong, passionate female characters to new heights.

 

Playlist

Playlist

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Siren Theatre Co and Seymour Centre present:

A peek, taste and celebration of new works by LGBTQIA+ writers. Where are the new gay Australian plays written, what are the stories and how are they told?

PLAYLIST is a selection of writers, theatre-makers and new talent who tell bold, unique LGBTQIA+ stories on stage for audiences hungry for new voices. Join us for a day of readings, pitches, presentations and performances with some special guests along the way! PLAYLIST is a partnership between Seymour Centre, Mardi Gras and Siren Theatre Co which celebrates the creation and development of original Australian theatre with a LGBTQIA+ focus.

 

My Night With Reg By Kevin Elyot

My Night With Reg By Kevin Elyot

At Guy's London flat, old friends and new gather to party through the night. This is the summer of 1985, and for Guy and his circle the world is about to change forever. Deliciously funny and bittersweet, My Night With Reg captures the fragility of friendship, happiness and life itself.

A tragic-comic gay comedy of manners, Kevin Elyot's Olivier Award-winning play has been hailed by critics and audiences alike, confirming its status as a classic of modern British theatre.

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.

 

The Rise and Fall of Saint George

The Rise and Fall of Saint George

By Paul Mac and Lachlan Philpott

George was a pioneer. A trailblazer. An icon. He was our saint. To celebrate the life of our much-loved star, a beautiful mural appeared across a wall in the Inner West. It became a local shrine, bringing a smile to the faces of thousands of commuters who passed every day on the train. It stood for eleven months with no hint of complaint or controversy. The dark forces unleashed and forced upon our community by the Marriage Equality campaign changed that. One day after we heard YES, a day to celebrate and heal after the divisive campaign, the mural was destroyed in a series of attacks.

Two of Australia’s leading queer artists, pop icon Paul Mac and playwright Lachlan Philpott, have teamed up to tell the story of St George through the eyes of our community. This is a special opportunity to see this work as it is being made. Join Paul Mac and a choice selection of collaborators from across his career and a community choir for a sneak peek of this big new work. The Rise and Fall of St George is a celebration of our achievements, a thank you to the allies who supported us, and an urgent call to arms to never let these hard-won freedoms go in these dark times. After the show, a Q&A will involve the audience in a discussion about creating work inspired by real events, and how Paul’s music will continue to be informed by the experience.

 

Bent Burlesque

Bent Burlesque

Featuring stars of the Vienna Boylesque Festival
Directed by Imogen Kelly
Hosted by Yana Alana

Over two spectacular nights, the inaugural Bent Burlesque will feature the crème de la crème of international and national queer burlesque artists. This is going to be Sydney’s number one event to experience the ever-bending and outrageous world of fabulous queer burlesque. Featuring direct from the Vienna Boylesque Festival, Jacques Patriaque (Vienna), Mr Gorgeous (New York) and Isaiah & Johnny (Portland USA) in a fruit cocktail of some of the very best and emerging artists of Australia’s bent burlesque scene, including Australian circus superstar Jess Love. Your host for this tantalising trip into the world of burlesque queens and kings is the award-winning queen of queer cabaret Yana Alana.

With an incredible and powerful voice, Yana is a diva in the true sense – brave, brash, unapologetic and larger than life. Expect underground cabaret, music, circus, satire, drag and performance art with a wild and eclectic mix of different acts each night. For ages 18+ Full line-up to be announced at mardigras.org.au

 

Wyngarde! A Celebration & Queen Bette: Double Bill

Wyngarde! A Celebration & Queen Bette: Double Bill

"It's lovely to see you - here's to a pleasant evening. And a few surprises.”

G.bod Theatre present an extraordinary double bill.

Peter Wyngarde, best known for playing the character Jason King, the inspiration for Austin Powers, was an accomplished actor until his fall from grace in 1975.

Bette Davis was a true movie legend. She fought hard all her life, had four husbands, two Oscars and a reputation as the biggest bitch in Hollywood.

Wyngarde! A Celebration and Queen Bette tells the whole story.

‘A ‘Wow’ moment on Sydney’s stage’ - SMH

With Garth Holcombe & Jeanette Cronin

 

Lickerish All Shorts

Lickerish All Shorts

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

KING

KING

SHAUN PARKER & COMPANY and Seymour Centre present:

KING is a new music-dance collaboration between award-winning director/choreographer Shaun Parker and internationally renowned Bulgarian-born songwriter/vocalist Ivo Dimchev.

Set in a theatrical world that is part cocktail lounge, part jungle, KING interrogates the notion of male power, control and group dynamics amongst men. Teasing out patterns of behaviour of the cis-hetero-alpha-male against homosexual, bisexual and pansexual perspectives, Parker’s highly physical and articulate choreographic world in KING will be intertwined with the scorching live sung narration of Dimchev’s deconstructed cabaret-esque vocals. The key protagonist and archetype in KING will be observed as a naked man, which will be created by, and instructed by Dimchev as the work progresses, and we shall witness the male body as a commodity for observation. Dimchev, as the gender-neutral narrator, creates a kingdom of men commenting on toxic masculinity.

The juxtaposition of Dimchev’s androgynous counter tenor vocal narration against the male dominated world created in KING, will provide a compelling counterpoint to the notion of power and brutality found within the context of historic masculinity and socio-sexual-political structures. KING shall deliver a biting, yet humorous theatrical expose, giving a well-deserved ‘nod’ to a society in revolt against an exhausted patriarchy. Full frontal nudity, violence, adult themes and sexual references.

Recommended ages 16+

 

Sissy Ball

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

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

An Olivier Award-winning musical comedy by Jim Cartwright. Little Voice has a hidden talent: she can emulate every chanteuse from Judy Garland to Edith Piaf. She hides in her room, crooning and dreaming of love, while her dishevelled mother, Mari, mistakes a seedy agent’s interest as affection rather than enthusiasm for the gold mine buried in her daughter’s throat.

This is an engaging fairy tale of despair, love and finally hope as Little Voice finds a voice of her own.

 

Strictly Kaftan Party

Strictly Kaftan Party

With your party hosts The Topp Twins!

Make a splash and float into the Strictly Kaftan Party, a pool party with a twist. It’s the kind of pool party with the most fabulous of dress codes. Please don’t dress down for this one – we want to see you hit the poolside in your most vibrant kaftan, comfy moo-moo or equally glamorous poolside couture. It’s fun, it’s playful, it’s dress up... it’s where you need to be. Let your worries drift away and enjoy a fabulous wave of outrageous entertainment, with special guests the Topp Twins from New Zealand, DJs and more. Win fabulous prizes for categories including Best Kaftan, Best Cabana Lounging Ensemble and Most Outrageous Summer Accessory.

Strictly Kaftan Party is an all-inclusive summertime social by the pool, where everybody is welcome. Enjoy an authentic Italian two-course meal in the chic poolside surroundings of Uccello restaurant on the ivy rooftop for an additional charge. Bookings are essential. For ages 18+.

Girlthing Mardi Pardi 2019

Girlthing Mardi Pardi 2019

Sydney's biggest Mardi Gras after party for girls/women & their pals. Sold out 9 consecutive years! 3 rooms, 40 + acts and loads of immersive queer performances.

Follow GiRLTHING for more info https://www.facebook.com/GiRLTHINGPARTY/

 

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

Queertopia - Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

Queertopia - Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

QUEERTOPIA,- It started with Noah’s arc and ends with Queertopia – a futuristic world where the queers are the Qweens!
Mesmerising, dazzling, larger than life. A journey into a new world of he/she, them/they & everything in between. 

3 rooms of a magical land + 2 outdoor garden stages where you can dance under the stars till 3am!

Dress code -Future Queer World! (whatever the hell you want) 

LINE UP! 

LIVE: 
AH MER AH SU (USA)
SOPHIEGROPHY (MELB)
HTML FLOWERS (MELB) 

PERFORMANCES: 
CURATED BY The Oyster Club: Glamdrogynous Freakshow Ft:

THE BIRD GIRL ALIVE
MANNEQUIN WOMAN
PASTEL PRINCE
PORCELAIN JELLY
DIVA OF INDIA
RUBBER BOY (IN HEELS)
SYNCHRONISED SINNING

MAIN ROOM QUEERTOPIA – (LIVE, SHOWS, DANCIN): 
DUNNY MINOQUE 
AYEBATONYE 
SIMO SOO + YES RAVE 

POP PARTY GARDEN – (POP, 90’S & PARTY): 
POPCHOPS PARTY (MELB)
PLEASURE OF GWEN (No Lights No Lycra) 

BALCONY – (HIP HOP RAP AND THROW BACKS): 
MZRIZK (MELB) 
MOWGLI MAY 
MATKA 

HOT BOX POP UP – (TECHNO, HOUSE & EXPERIMENTAL): 
ANDY GARVEY 
ALEX PYE 
BRAD KEANE 
SIDEBOOB 
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DANCE BY WUNDERSAFT 
STUFF BY GINA COLADA
VISUALS BY FRESH JAMS TV
THE AGWA SHAGWA LOUNGE + BOYS

Mardi Gras Central

Mardi Gras Central

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Seymour Centre present:

Get ready to be entertained and inspired at Mardi Gras Central. Our 2019 Festival hub is a wild mix of queer performance, theatre, music, dance, circus, cabaret and burlesque. Over 12 nights leading up to the Mardi Gras Parade, the Seymour Centre’s theatres, foyers and courtyard will be transformed, providing a welcoming space to share, celebrate and explore diverse queer identities through performance.

Featuring:

CLUB BRIEFS
THE RISE AND FALL OF SAINT GEORGE
KING
THE BUTCH MONOLOGUES
BENT BURLESQUE
THE MOORS
PLAYLIST
CAKE DADDY

Experience unmissable performances from world-class local and international LGBTQI artists, grab a bite, enjoy a drink, then head upstairs to the late night Festival Club. Mardi Gras Central is the place to be seen, don’t be the one who misses out.

#MardiGrasCentral

 

Cake Daddy

Cake Daddy

Performed by Ross Anderson-Doherty
Written by Ross Anderson-Doherty & Lachlan Philpott
Directed by Alyson Campbell
Stage Manager Siobhan Barbour

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in association with Theatre Works and wreckedAllprods present A delicious new interactive cabaret banquet, Cake Daddy will plunge you belly-deep inside one gorgeous queer man’s experience of fat/ness, laying bare both the fortitude and fabulosity required to step into the world as a fat person today. Cake Daddy is about being fat in a fat-phobic world. It’s about owning the word fat and refusing the scare-mongering and hatred-inspiring messages about an epidemic of obesity. It’s about not apologising for taking up space, not trying to diet, not trying to make oneself quiet, not trying to change one's body size. Ross Anderson-Doherty invites you into his world, one that veers like a set of dieter’s scales between the lightness of Cake Daddy and the heavy weight of public opinion.

For ages 16+

This event is supported by the British Council and Arts Council NI

 

The Butch Monologues

The Butch Monologues

Written by Laura Bridgeman
Directed by Julie McNamara
Stage Manager Siobhan Barbour
Developed by The Drakes, a London-based group of butches, transmen and gender rebels
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in association with Theatre Works present: 

A powerful and often humorous collection of secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire taken from interviews with butches, masculine women, gender rebels and transmen living world-wide. Based on the true stories of butch-identified women living in the UK, Europe, USA, Caribbean and now Australia, this work offers fresh language and intonation on butch beginnings, butch desire and desirability, butch bravado and vulnerability, butch-on-femme sex, butch-on-butch sex, switches, stones, butch as a trap, the butch body, violence, heroes and clothing.

Reference to sexual violence, drug use, coarse language, sexual references, suicide, S&M sex

Suitable for ages 14+.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Club Briefs

Club Briefs

Australia’s favourite trash glamour disco circus is coming back to town for Mardi Gras. Cult cabaret hooligans and mischief-makers Briefs present a wild romp of disco dancing, circus, variety, and burlesque featuring a hand-picked selection of guests from across the world of queer cabaret. Expect a pumping soundtrack with your favourite dancefloor smashes and ridiculous performances from the Briefs boys plus a cavalcade of hand-selected guest cabaret and circus artists.

Stomp it out on the catwalk, dance until late, laugh until you ache and experience the club night that spawned the international touring sensation Briefs. Briefs pays homage to the traditions of circus, the extremities of physical theatre, the artistry of drag, the guts of burlesque, the imagery of theatre, the debauchery of speakeasies and the showmanship of cabaret. The company uses the circus and variety format as a vehicle for engaging audiences, challenging stereotypes, and exploring notions of gender, sexual orientation, race and politics.

CAST:
Fez Faanana
Mark Winmill
Dallas Dellaforce
Thomas Worrell
Louis Biggs

MAD Pride

MAD Pride

Mad Pride is a movement to address stigma facing people with lived experiences of mental illness. The MAD Pride concert as part of Mardi Gras 2019 will showcase some of the "maddest" performers - celebrating madness and creativity.

It will be a concert including a variety of performances, from Burlesque to spoken word, hosted by the Fabulous Falstaffian Sisters.

More details coming soon!

 

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