Articles for the Month of February 2020

1000 to 1 Projects Sunday Session

1000 to 1 Projects Sunday Session

1000 to 1 Projects brings a very special late night Sunday Session. For your dancing pleasure, our DJs will be spinning those hot and deep dance tunes. Don’t miss this feast of beats and super fun queer party!




1000 to 1 Projects are a crew of women and non-binary creatives who have come together to birth new innovative dance / DJ spaces for the queer community. Passionate about creating opportunity for emerging and established women and non-binary DJs we support and promoting cultural and gender diversity.

You can join us on Facebook or follow us on MIXCLOUD.

1000 to 1 Projects pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty, and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and culture.

Discover the Rainbow at the Library

Discover the Rainbow at the Library

Discover the Rainbow at the Library! is a celebration of the Northern Beaches LGBTQIA+ community following Warringah’s historic Yes vote in the Marriage Equality plebiscite in 2018.

It features LGBTQIA+ books, e-books, talking books, and films displayed throughout the six Northern Beaches Library branches, and the library website for the duration of Mardi Gras. Joining the library is free, enabling members of the public to browse and borrow from the collection.

Northern Beaches Libraries wishes everyone a happy Mardi Gras for 2020!

Parade Day Party at The Eddy!

Parade Day Party at The Eddy!

The Eddy is the perfect place for your pre & post Mardi Gras 2020 Parade celebrations!

Within dancing distance from the Parade join us to kick start the party, we'll have:

-FREE entry

-$7.50 Pride Yak schooner special!

-Rainbow cocktail & food specials

-DJs till late

We'll also be streaming all the Parade action live on the BIG screen so you won't have to worry about fighting the crowds!

You won't want to miss out on this Eddy party!

Botanic Antics - Twilight life-drawing in the Royal Botanic Garden

Botanic Antics - Twilight life-drawing in the Royal Botanic Garden

Join the cheeky Motel Sisters, Paris and Tacky, on a unique after-hours art adventure in the garden!

Let out your inner artiste whilst enjoying a friendly, party atmosphere within the seductive beauty of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden.

On arrival, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles at the beautiful Lion Gate Lodge and mingle amongst the flowers.

Then promenade to two other stunning Gardens locations for a life-drawing class like no other, with the Motel Sisters leading fun art games and sharing drawing tips and techniques to help you create your own unique artworks featuring nude models nestled in leafy settings.

This exclusive event will include:

• Glass of wine and nibbles on arrival
• Art materials (sketchbook to take home, and a range of pencils and pastels)
• Creative tuition by qualified art teachers
• Nude models
• Exclusive after-hours Garden experience

Please note: Bring your own blanket/folding chair and additional art materials if you wish. Also, the event does cover some uneven terrain so wear comfortable shoes.

An Evening with 500 Queer Scientists

An Evening with 500 Queer Scientists

At this event, you’ll hear stories from LGBTQI scientists in Sydney who have successfully followed a career path in academia while being out in the lab and to their peers. Let’s provoke positive debate and help promote science and academia as an inclusive, forward-thinking, and viable career path for bright young queer minds!

The 500 Queer Scientists initiative launched in June 2018 and highlights the real need for increased visibility of LGBTQI scientists in academia. The issues are complex, but visibility and role models are part of the solution.

The evening’s discussion will be moderated by Dr Alice Motion, Associate Professor, Chemist and Science Communicator at the University of Sydney. Alice is the founder of the Breaking Good citizen science project, the co-host of ABC Science podcast Dear Science and has been the host of a weekly science slot on FBi Radio's breakfast show since 2015.

The panel includes the co-creator of 500 Queer Scientists: Dr Lauren Esposito, Assistant Curator and Schlinger Chair of Arachnology at the California Academy of Sciences. Other panel members cover a broad spectrum - from early to late-career scientists - in a range of fascinating research fields.

This event is organized by Dr Hervé Sauquet (RBG Sydney), with Perry Beasley-Hall (University of Sydney), Dr Hannah McPherson (RBG Sydney) and Prof. Marie Herberstein (Macquarie University).

Presented in partnership with 500 Queer Scientists and Queers in Science. Proudly sponsored by the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Inspiring Australia, University of Sydney Pride Network, Macquarie University, University of NSW and the Australian Entomological Society.

FLAGCOM's Variety Show

FLAGCOM's Variety Show

FLAGCOM's Variety Show is an Award Winning Entertainment Variety Show showcasing the talents of the Multicultural Community in songs and dances.

The highlight of the show is the coronation of the Miss Mardi Gras International Queen 2020 and her court. The winners serve as ambassador of Flagcom in the community in their charity works.

The objective of the variety show is to educate people from Sexually Transmitted Diseases and to promote Social Cohesion and Community Harmony. It has been a constant nominee for ZEST community award in partnership with ACON, WSCF, Department of Philippine Tourism and NARRA Co-op Ltd.

Grandma Ngaire does Dulcies

Grandma Ngaire does Dulcies

Grandma Ngaire is a hilarious, award winning comedian fresh off the boat from her sell-out show in 2019's Edinburgh Fringe Fest. Wine soaked, witty and fast approaching death, Ngaire is here to help with her "inspirational" life lessons, misguided advice and razor sharp wit.

"Grandma Ngaire does Dulcies" is the ultimate start to your Mardi Gras evening. Located at the elegant Dulcies Bar on the beautiful strip of Sydney's Kings Cross, Grandma Ngaire lowers the tone wherever she goes. Join Grandma for a laugh and a drink at Dulcies Bar before heading out into the night uplifted, entertained and lubricated.

Described as "Graham Norton dressed up as 'Mrs Doubtfire' spritzed in Jack Nicholson fragrance," "the future of New Zealand comedy," and "the worst shag of my life" by Scott Morrison, Grandma Ngaire guarantees you an evening of laughter. Ngaire has been working in comedy since 2010 and as a "lady of the night" since 1952. She has travelled the world as a menace to society and is back in Sydney to celebrate Mardi Gras in her favourite city. Don't miss out, book today before tickets sell out.

Queer Plants Walk at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Queer Plants Walk at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Plants are queerer than we can imagine! Join Royal Botanic Garden Sydney botanists and volunteers on a 1.5 hour guided romp through the garden to learn how plants have been successfully embracing diversity for millions of years.

By day and night, we will reveal the sexy, scandalous and sweet secrets of our plants and why striving to understand them, matters to us all.

Where: Meet outside the Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
When. Tuesday 25th February and Thursday 27th February
Sessions: 10 am and 6 pm each day
Provided: Post Walk Sumptuous Morning Tea or Pre Walk Drinks and Nibbles
Bring: Sensible Shoes, Water and Wet Weather Gear

HI VIS + Fre$h Pair

HI VIS + Fre$h Pair


Event time: 1 February 2020, 2 - 4pm (Live Performance by Kilia Tipa, 3pm)
Exhibition dates: 1 February - 15 March 2020

Exhibition: HI VIS
Artists include: Nicole Oliveria, Leila el Rayes, JD Reforma, Joan Ross, Matthew Stegh (Haus of Helmutti) Angela Tiatia and Kilia Tipa.

HI VIS explores dancing and dressing as fabulous forms of empowerment.

Each of the artists demonstrate control through the spectacle of dance and dress. By being irresistible to look at, the artists can control an onlooker’s attention and push them to engage a range of complex political ideas while still being entertaining to watch.

The artists and their artworks are fabulous, but they are also using these art forms because they create a necessary form of defence. Through being impossible to ignore, they create a defence against violence, a defence against forgetting troubling histories, and a defence against not being seen at all.

Exhibition: Fre$h Pair
Artist include Gillian Kayrooz and Kimberley Peel
Fre$h Pair investigates self-expression in youth culture through the phenomenon of sneakers. The exhibition documents individuals and communities who showcase the nuances of sneakers worn by Millennials and Generation Z.

Fre$h Pair speaks to critical themes of street culture and its influence on fashion and pop culture at large.

For more information about Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, visit its website here.

Full Bush: Bushdance 2020

Full Bush: Bushdance 2020

Yeehaw! It’s time to pull on your boots, dust off your chaps and strip the willow.

The Sydney Spectres Basketball Club are calling all Queers, Lizzies and Poofs to do-si-do together at FULL BUSH: Bushdance 2020.

No shaving or waxing required, just show up in your best boot-scootin gear and be ready to heel-and-toe. There’ll be prizes on the night for best dressed and best dancer.

This event is supported by the Inner West Council and 100% of profits will go to Find a Bed Australia to support communities affected by the bushfire crisis. Round up your crew and get your tickets to biggest and babin bush dance of the year!


Tagged Parties

The Week Australia: MARATHON

The Week Australia: MARATHON

The Week Australia: MARATHON has landed in Sydney for Mardi Gras Weekend 2020.

Internationally revered party brand The Week is coming to Sydney for Mardi Gras with the biggest celebration of Carnaval outside of Brazil. Establishing itself as Sydney’s premier circuit party with 3 sell-out events in the last 12 months, the reputation for this official Mardi Gras closing party is established world-wide and within Sydney’s Latin and Latin-loving community alike.

The Week Australia: Marathon has stepped it up for Mardi Gras, operating a two day, fully immersive festival that feeds the senses. The exceptional facilities across the three levels of Universal in the heart of Oxford Street will bring this party to life. The captivating lighting, built-in CO2 cannons and pumping sound system are supplemented by a specially designed, world-class display system, and will become the playground for six headlining and ten supporting DJs sourced from across Australia, Brazil, and the USA, including Kitty Glitter, Breno Barreto (BRA), Nina Flowers (USA), Mauro Mozart (BRA), VMC (BRA), Fabricio San (BRA), JimJam, Du Jour (MEL), Ryan John, Dom De Sousa, Cris Pepper (BRA), Jason Conti (MEL), Amanda Louise, L.O.U, Jonny Marsh, James Alexandr & Sydney’s house music queen Kate Monroe.

Be entertained by Sydney’s drag royalty and stay energized with powerful house, hypnotic tribal and euphoric circuit music well into the morning. Closeout your Mardi Gras among the smiling faces and acclamatory celebrations of Sydney’s wonderfully diverse community.

If you’ve been before, then you already know; There’s no place like The Week.

The Week: Marathon spans two days and night 2 is the official Mardi Gras closing party, running from 10 pm on Sunday 1 March to 10 am Monday 2 March.

Saturday (PARADE) Night: 10pm-Midday

Sunday (CLOSING) Night: 10pm-10am

Tagged Parties

Mad Pride

Mad Pride

Come and celebrate the incredible work of people with lived experiences of mental illness at this year's Mad Pride!

An exciting night of performance featuring everything from Burlesque to Live Music.

Last year's Mad Pride was lauded as one of the best, most important events of the season - don't miss out this year!

Mental Health is still subject to prejudice, discrimination, and shame - and has a massive impact on the LGBTIQA+ community. Help us stop the shame and challenge the prejudice, and most importantly, celebrate what we can do BECAUSE of who we are, not in spite of it!

This event is being held on stolen Gadigal Wangal land - sovereignty never ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.

Venue is accessible and will be Auslan interpreted.

Safe people will be on-hand to assist people.

Please get in touch if you have accesibility needs or questions. No one will be turned away for lack of funds - please email so that we can reserve a ticket for you.

Hat Trick presents: Hello Again

Hat Trick presents: Hello Again

Seductive, intimate and nostalgic - LaChiusa’s Hello Again explores themes of lust and abandonment, and is a social commentary on how sex transcends time and status.

Set in ten different decades throughout the 20th century, the show follows ten characters who pursue each other in a daisy chain of various social classes. Whether it’s the Whore or the Senator, the roaring 20s or the wild 70s – everyone desires to be loved.

The show’s unique storytelling follows ten archetypes – The Whore, The Soldier, The Nurse, The College Boy, the Young Wife, The Husband, The Young Thing, The Writer, The Actress and The Senator – as they seduce one another, often mistaking lust for love and pleasure for happiness.

Under Jerome Studdy’s direction and choreography, the show transports the audience back in time, making every decade vividly come alive in their own unique dance styles, set and costume designs.

LaChiusa’s imaginative musical is based on the play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler, a satire of the Viennese society, which sparked riots after its premiere in 1900, ending in a production ban and obscenity charges.

An equally relevant and timely production in the Fusebox at the Factory Theatre in Marrickville of Hello Again will be performed as the inaugural production of Sydney-based theatre and music company, Hat Trick, from February 20-28 2020.

Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
Suggested by the play La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler