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Sempre Libera - A New Australian Cabaret

Sempre Libera - A New Australian Cabaret
What happens when Opera meets feminism? Sempre Libera is a one woman cabaret which explores the physical and psychological destruction of female characters in Opera through a Celebration of song, poetry and art.

Southern Cross Outdoors Group Mardi Gras Bushdance

Southern Cross Outdoors Group Mardi Gras Bushdance


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 all there!



Porteno x Heaps Gay Presents SYDNY KINGS SUPPER CLUB 

Kings - Cocktails - Canapés & Late Night Party!

Grab your dapper suits, your button down or fancy labels and join us at SYDNY KINGS SUPPER CLUB, for one night only the infamous Argentinan Porteno & Gardels Bar will host a night of drag kings performances, music and late night dancing till real late as part of the Mardi Gras Festival 2019. 

We pay homage to kings past and present with roaming performances, kings on the decks and fly as F performances that will leave you gagging for more in this incredible space that we’ll own for one night only.

Full show, light canapes and kings $39 + BF. All booking fees from this event donated to Twenty10.

Limited tickets available now! 8pm - 2am, Friday 15 February at Porteno, 50 Holt Street.

Artwork: SLIT Magazine

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. Get tickets here.


The Bed Party

The Bed Party

As a woman, where can you go in your hour of need? For this family of queer intimates, the answer is: to bed. The Bed Party, a new Australian play with an all-female cast, is part slumber party, part consciousness-raising circle: a theatrical love letter to women’s lives with women.

In a Sydney sharehouse in 2016, five feminists come together, and come apart, as they navigate the turbulence of one eventful weekend. Around the central bed—their meeting place, their safe space and their rallying point of resistance—they confront difficult circumstances both personal and political.

The Bed Party dives deep into the nitty-gritty of relationships between women, to portray a slice of contemporary queer life in all its frequently messy glory. The characters devote their lives to women; as partners, as friends, as comrades-in-arms. The play devotes its attention to (the specificity of) their lives, giving voice to the complexities, and the significance, of women-centred experience.

The Bed Party will run 12th to 16th February 2019 as part of The Old 505 Theatre’s FreshWorks season.

Written & Directed by: Sophia Davidson Gluyas
Producer: Stacey Petersen
Stage Manager: Gelly Atkinson
Lighting Design: John Luna
Associate Director: Elaine Hudson
Intimacy Coordinator: Leah Pelinkhof
Sound Design: Naima Fine
Costume Design & Set Design: Stella North
Cast: Mathilde Anglade, Julia Billington, Brigitta Brown, Margarita Gershkovich, Suz Mawer and Alex Moulis

The 14th February performance will be Auslan Interpreted by Dalia Rozsa-Brown and Rosemary Profilio. If that time doesn't suit, another performance can be arranged to be interpreted on request.

Girlthing Mardi Pardi 2019

Girlthing Mardi Pardi 2019

It's time to get weird and wonderful at Sydney's most epic femme-queer party!

Sold out 9 years running, 2019 will be no different.

Held annually @ The Metro Theatre - this is one you don't want to miss.

Snatch and Grab is very proud to present:

GiRLTHING MARDI PARDI 2019 | Island of Lesbos

Greek goddesses, Roman bathhouses, olive groves, the learning of love and a virtual garden of Eden...

Kicking off directly after the Mardi Gras Parade on 2 March 2019. Celebrating LGBTQIA+ rights and freedom in ode of Sappho BC! Oh how far we have come.

Tickets available here through ticketek.

More info: www.facebook.com/GiRLTHINGPARTY/

Butch vs Femme Roller Derby: Pride Fight

Butch vs Femme Roller Derby: Pride Fight

Let's Jam! The hard hitting skaters of Sydney Roller Derby are back and battling it out in the annual Butch vs Femme Roller Derby Pride Fight. Will Team Butch continue their winning streak or is it time for a Femme revolution?

The night will feature two spectacular games of Roller Derby, great food, music, vendors and edge of your seat queer skating action. Bring the family and support your team.

Get tickets here!

Roxane Gay & Christina Hoff Sommers: #Feminist

Roxane Gay & Christina Hoff Sommers: #Feminist
What do you get when you bring together the self-proclaimed ‘bad feminist’ and ‘factual feminist’?

Control presents Lady Blacktronika and Anastasia Kristensen

Control presents Lady Blacktronika and Anastasia Kristensen

Estée Louder's CONTROL events are a celebration of electronic music & DJ’s, focussing on bringing the most accomplished queer & female local & international artists to the front.

For the Mardi Gras edition, Control is bringing two Internationals in their Aust debuts.

USA's/ Berlin's Lady Blacktronika aka "The First Lady of Beatdown AND The First Lady of Deep House" is a fierce WOC trans producer & DJ who’s star is deservingly on the rise around the world after almost 20 years in the music world.

Denmark’s Anastasia Kristensen is an upcoming, uncompromising force of nature who brings a whirlwind of emboldened intensity that can be felt equally through her productions and DJ sets.

Supported by local legends Kate Doherty, Sveta & Estée Louder.

Tickets on sale here.

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.

(Please note: this exhibition is a heartfelt response by Artist, Janice Raynor, to Hannah Gadsby's performance, "Nanette". It is in no way to be construed as part of Hannah's own work.)

Exhibition is on until 5 March and is open Mon - Sat 10am - 5.30pm / Thurs til 7pm.


Strictly Kaftan Party

Strictly Kaftan Party

A sparkling new all-inclusive event for Mardi Gras 2019, the STRICTLY KAFTAN PARTY at the Ivy Pool will be the epitome of poolside glamour, retro fun, dancing, comedy and plenty of splashing!

Join us anytime from 4pm for the cocktail hour, just make sure you and your friends are there by 7pm when the live entertainment kicks off!

Frolic by the pool and enjoy a wash of entertainment as New Zealand’s comedy music duo The Topp Twins perform live in concert. Your ‘hosts with the most’ are flying into Sydney especially for the summer soirée of the year!

Virginia Ferris also joins the party with the debut of the Fabulous Drowning Flamingos – a water ballet troupe like no other who will send you into a delicious watery swirl of synchronised simplicity.

Sip retro cocktails as the sunsets or get up and dance in or out of the pool as a selection of our favourite DJ’s play hits from the last 5 decades. Enjoy our Strictly Kaftan playlist on Spotify here.

We also encourage you to join in the fun and dress up in your most vibrant kaftan, comfy muu-muu, or equally glam colourful summer couture. The Topp Twins will be awarding prizes for Best Kaftan, Best Cabana Lounging Ensemble and Most Outrageous Summer Accessory.

Ivy’s Ucello dining room overlooking the pool will be open especially for Kaftan Party guests and is creating a special menu for the night. If you would like to like to book a table for dinner you will need to book dinner vouchers separately.

Book now for the Strictly Kaftan Party on Tuesday19 February. It’s fun, it’s playful, it’s dress up... it's decadent summertime fun at Mardi Gras like the good all days!

4pm-11pm, Tuesday 19 February
IVY Pool Club,
Level 4, 320 George Street, Sydney CBD

Tickets from $50+ booking fee for entry, entertainment and lots of fun. 

Dinner vouchers $65 for two course set menu, includes a glass of prosecco on arrival!

DJ Gemma
The +1s
GI Jode

If you've pre-booked your dinner voucher, you will enjoy an authentic Italian two-course meal in the chic poolside surroundings of Uccello restaurant on the ivy rooftop, you will be welcomed with a free glass of Prosecco at your table.

Select from this menu on the night:

Smoked eggplant puree, goats curd, peppers, chickpeas
Cured ocean trout, fennel, lemon, cippolini, parsley
Calamari Frito, lemon

Gnocchi, tomato, ricotta, basil
Mahi mahi, capers, cherry tomatoes, parsley
Gnocchi sardi, lamb ragu, green olive
Salad leaves, barrel-aged red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil
Sautéed Sebago potatoes in duck fat, rosemary

Frangelico ice cream sandwich, chocolate sauce, hazelnut croquant
Vanilla panna cotta, berries

Uccello restaurant will also be taking bookings on the night.

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

See the event on Facebook here

Heartbreaker 2019

Heartbreaker 2019

It FEELS so GOOD to be BAD. Heartbreaker Sydney partners up with Lemons with Twist to celebrate Sydney Mardi Gras 2019 with an exclusive dance party over 2 floors of the iconic Oxford Hotel.

Featuring an ALL FEMALE line up we’re taking over 2 floors at the iconic Oxford Hotel for our exclusive dance party this Mardi Gras eve.

International Line Up:

Alyson Calagna (USA)
DJ French Kiss (France)
Amanda Louise (Sydney)
Kate Monroe (Sydney)
Ladyhood (Melbourne)
Jo Samuels (UK)
Alyson Calagna (USA)

Calagna has perfected a sound that is globally influenced and instantly recognizable. She has remixed artists such as Yoko Ono, Ricky Martin, Rosabel, Akon and Audien feat Lady Antebellum. Alyson has headlined some of the top nightclubs around the world including Stereo, Pacha, Space, Beta, Mansion and The Week. Circuit Party & Festival goers have experienced her at Rapido, White Party, Winter Party, Alegria, Masterbeat, WE, Extra Dirty Sydney & BRUT NYC.

Ladyhood (Melbourne): Ladyhood’s commanding on-stage presence has drawn comparisons to enigmatic rock goddess Chrissy Amphlett, and her sweet tone to the pop matriarch, Rita Ora. While her fierce energy may have her standing in line to become the next female powerhouse in music, one thing is certain… Ladyhood ain’t no lady.

Dj French Kiss (France) French Born - Doris moved to London in the early naughties and became a big player on the gay scene there. She moved to the US for 10 years making her mark at some of the coolest clubs in Miami and Los Angeles not to mentioned Sydney Mardi Gras also.

Jo Samuels (Manchester / UK) Jo Samuels is a singer/songwriter that comes from Manchester/UK to seduce you with her powerful vocal performance. Jo enjoys collaborating with DJs and is frontwoman of a new wave synth band ’Meet You In The Maze'.

Tickets on sale now. Don’t miss out!

Queertopia - Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

Queertopia - Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

We’re going full bush for Mardi Gras 2019! Grab your RM's and ride on it into our regional wonderland! This year we have partnered with Beats By Dr.Dre to bring you the ultimate bush doof featuring a staked line of international musicians, dj’s performers and artists!

Introducing: Heaps Gay Camp Country!

HEADLINERS (Brought to you by Beats by Dre):