Lip-Sync Duels Auction Items

This years sold out Lip-Sync duels is also an important fundraising event. This year the monies raised will go towards important Museum and Archive Projects that are slated to commence later this year.

“Our community is often erased from history, either by omission, invisibility, silence or negative portrayal.” said the co-chairs of Mardi Gras, Fran Bowron and Greg Small.

“Mardi Gras has collected over 38 years of incredible images, video and other data which documents our communities’ rich contribution to the social history of our city. We need significant funds to be able to properly digitise and archive this material to ensure GLBTQI voices and stories are preserved, and also to enable new opportunities to showcase our important history in the years ahead. Lip-Sync Duels will be the main fundraising event for these projects. The financial success of the evening will determine how much of our history we can preserve over the coming year.”

Providing an opportunity for anyone not attending Duels to help contribute to the fundraising goals, Mardi Gras has launched an online auction of nearly 30 wonderful items, including two tickets to the ultra-exclusive Lord Mayor’s NYE party, as well as hot tickets, once in a life time experiences, rare limited edition prints, indulgence packages and professional services. Bidding is open now to everyone.

Thank you to our event Donors

We would like to thank the following companies for contributing to our fundraising efforts. Full listings of our experiences and prizes are below. We will be updating this page right up until the event so check back often. 


With Auctioneer extraordinaire Romany Brookes only people attending Lip-Sync Duels can bid on these incredible items and experiences so make sure you're there on 28 May at Paddington Town Hall.  More will be announced before the night. 

A VIP Sydney Swans experience

The Sydney Swans AFL football club is an institution in itself. What better way to experience all the drama, excitement and behind the game scenes than with club VIP seats for two to a game at the SCG. How about experiencing this with former Sydney Swan Players including 45 game legend Craig Nettlebeck and others. These former players will be your very own personal tour guide for the game experiencing everything with you, explaining all the ups and downs. Who knows where this prize will take you after the game... to the change rooms to celebrate? To the pub to drown your sorrows? It's a once in lifetime opportunity to experience the game through the eyes of the players.

Estimated: $Priceless
Bidding will commence at $1000 on the night

A portrait sitting with fashion photographer Jez Smith

Jez Smith is a British fashion and beauty photographer, best known as a judge on Australia's Next Top Model. Jez Smith is most famous for working with celebrities and fashion models such as Cate Blanchett, Jodhi Meares, Sarah Murdoch, Megan Gale, Jennifer Hawkins and Colin Friels.


Estimated: $2000+
Bidding will commence at $1000 on the night


Lunch for 4 people with the Parliamentary Friendship Group at Parliament house. 

In June last year The New South Wales Parliament launched the friendship group for the LGBTIQ community in a show of multi-partisan support. The group, which is made up of members from all major parties and an Independent member, will champion LGBTIQ issues in this House and across the State.  Here is your opportunity to spend a couple of hours over lunch wth the executives of that committee:

  • MLC The Hon. Penny Sharpe, 
  • The member for Coogee Bruce Notley Smith
  • The member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich
  • The Member for Newtown, Jenny Leong

Estimated: $Priceless
Bidding will commence at $1000 on the night

Biefield and Karina Chavez in Rehearsal for Party 2016

Biefield and Karina Chavez in Rehearsal for Party 2016

Ultimate Mardi Gras Experience

Get a VIP & behind-the-scenes experience at the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade and Party. You and someone you love will get access to a final tech and dress rehearsal from one of our star performers in the RHI on the afternoon before the Party; we'll take you on a guided walk through the Parade start area so you can see the floats up close; then we'll whisk you up the parade route to The Diamond Club viewing area. Lastly you'll get to hang out in the VIP area at the Party with the chance to meet some of the Party performers. 

Estimated: $2000+
Bidding will commence at $1000 on the night

Restrictions: Winner and guest must be 18+. Artist/Performer meet & greet subject to confirmation & approval.

Private Corporate Box at the Mardi Gras Parade

Experience the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade from you own private corporate box.

With room for up to 10 people, this private space will be directly on the road with your own private barricade. You can’t be any closer to the action as the parade flows but meters from you.  You will have your own seats and standing area and access to bar and catering facilities.

Estimated: $3000+
Bidding will commence at $2000 on the night

Restrictions: Winner and guest must be 18+. 

* Final placement of corporate box on parade route subject to 2017 plans