Shelly Silberman (2015 Champion)

Shelly Silberman enjoys meeting horses and riding women. She is a corporate power pussy working for liquor company Brown-Forman (who are major partners with Mardi Gras for more than 5 years).  She won the 2015 Lip-Sync title with show stopping performances from Nana Mouskouri, The Lion King, It's Raining Men and Goldfinger. We await in anticipation for what she will do next!

Shelly is performing on behalf of Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.

Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco

Giovanni is the current president of Queer Screen and is no stranger to rocking a pink suit complete with hot pink stilettos.

He is a community powerhouse and is sure to bring along a troop of Giovanni supporters set to rival last years defending champion Shelly Silberman.  This competitor will be fierce and super fun and you won’t want to miss a thing.

Giovanni is performing on behalf of Queer Screen Film Completion Fund.

Monique Schafter

Monique Schafter is a Walkley award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker who reports for the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7.30. Prior to 7.30 she co-hosted the ABC’s ground-breaking current affairs / comedy program Hungry Beast (ABC), produced by Andrew Denton and co-directed (with Mat Govoni) the short documentary In My Shoes (ABC2) exploring the issues faced by young transgender Australians.

Monique is performing on behalf of Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW.

Robb Barwick and Peter Conway

This duo is much more than a teddy bear's picnic although we expect there to be a great one at Lip-Sync duels. 

Robb is the current President of the Harbour City Bears and Peter is the current Mr Harbour City Bear.  We wonder how the sash will come into play on the night!


Rob and Peter are performing on behalf of Harbour City Bears.

Shelly and Jim Argent

Shelley and Jim are the quintessential mother and son duo of our community. Shelley has been campaigning for the rights of her gay son for the past 25 years and has re-invigorated PFALG in the process. She and James are often found, mega phones in hand, at marriage equality rally’s and on the steps of parliament house. Shelley was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2011. 

Shelly and Jim are performing on behalf of PFLAG

DJ Amanda Louise

DJ Amanda Louise is a permanent fixture on Sydney’s clubbing scene having headlined most of our usual parties including the Mardi Gras after party. She has toured extensively internationally including  Ibiza, Berlin and New York clubs during NYC Pride.

She often lip-syncs from behind the DJ booth so expect some fierce competition!

Amanda is performing on behalf of Minus 18.

Damien Hodgkinson

Damien is a chartered accountant type person and the current treasurer of the Mardi Gras board and organisation. He is also on the Audit and Risk committee.  We hope he can count to the beat of the music and move his lips in time as well.

Damien is performing on behalf of Adopt Change.

Kat Vass

Kat juggles her time between flying, working at the DIVA award winning Venue of the Year Stonewall Hotel, as one half of the afternoon show Shredded with Kat & Joel on  OX LIVE and socialising every weekend at her favourite venues on Oxford St.  With every Drag Queen in Sydney as a friend Kat will be pulling out all the moves, wigs and costumes to claim the title.

Kat is performing on behalf of Stanford House.

Ruby & Louis Hudson

One of Mardi Gras favourite volunteer duos, brother and sister, Louis and Ruby Hudson have been involved with Mardi Gras for over 15 years. The siblings are always willing to take up a new challenge for the good of the organisation and Lip-Sync Duels is the next big adventure.

Louis Hudson hasn’t missed a Mardi Gras since 1999 and has been a volunteer since he turned 18. Starting out as a parade marshal today he is the 2IC for the community team, planning the parade and managing entrants. By day he is a project manager for a builder in Sydney. 

Ruby Hudson was roped into her first parade in 2010 when last minute marchers were needed for the History of the world float. From there she became part of the community team looking after everything from pre parade dressing rooms to Parade judges and VIP’s. By day Ruby is an event manager who runs the volunteer program for the National Folk Festival in Canberra. 

Ruby and Louis are performing on behalf of The Pinnacle Foundation


Markham Lane

Markham Lane is a true Sydney local and has a been a friend of our community since he came out in 1989. Performing in his first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party opening show in 1994, he developed a love for the camaraderie that the community shows provided and he went on to do eight shows in total - most recently featuring in the Mardi Gras tribute video for Madonna. 

As one of our local photographers and a lover of all things creative, Markham brings a passion and flair to Lip Sync Duels that can best be described as from the heart. 

Markham is performing on behalf of ACON's Womens Health

Frankie Shin

FRANK SHIN loves art, multimedia and DJ'ing. Whatever Frankie Shin does, he does it with PASSION. From the early beginnings as a DJ in Seoul to his latest audio engineer and multimedia art in Sydney, he brings a flamboyant style that captivates the masses. His creative mind communicates through music and visuals to give energy to his audiences. Whether spinning the music, exploring multimedia, or dancing on the dance floor he enlivens the space and the patrons experience.

Frankie is performing on behalf of Mature Age Gays

Lip-Sync Duels Fundraiser

A Mardi Gras Fundraiser
Presented in partnership with IVF Australia

Paddington Town Hall, Paddington
Saturday 28 May 2016
6.30pm til 11.30pm

Included in your ticket is a tapas style supper, plus a cash bar will be operating throughout serving beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks.

Ticketing Information
Tables of ten $790 + $16.80 booking fee
Individual tickets $79 + $2.58 booking fee


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