An update on our 2022 Festival

 Last week the NSW Government extended the Public Health Order prohibiting singing and dancing until at least February 28. Because of this extension, Paradiso Pool Party, Kaftana Pool Party and Sissy Ball can no longer proceed as part of our 2022 Festival, and will be postponed to new dates in the coming months.

Having the freedom to dance is integral to the experience of these events, and even if we tweaked the format so that they were in line with the Health Order, it just wouldn’t be the same experience that our community has come to love, nor the experience we had promised.

If you have tickets to Paradiso Pool Party, Kaftana Pool Party, or Sissy Ball, keep a hold of them. Your tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates, which we will announce shortly. Full refunds will be available to those that cannot make the new dates and all ticket-holders will be contacted with further details as soon as possible.

We know just how much these events mean to our community and look forward to uniting in the near future, to celebrate and dance together when it is safe to do so.

There are still many fabulous events taking place as part of the Festival this year including our queer comedy gala Laugh Out Proud, Fair Day, Laneway, Mardi Gras Film Festival, Queer Art After Hours and of course Parade, as well as countless other theatre and visual art shows.

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we celebrate and work.

We pay our respects to Elders past and present and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges that our events take place on Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidigal, Darug and Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.