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1000 to 1 Projects Sunday Session

1000 to 1 Projects Sunday Session
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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!

THIS IS A FREE EVENT!

DJ LINE UP:

SNOW WHITE
SEX
JAREZ
HOMO DEUS
BOWRANGER


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
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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!
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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!

HI VIS + Fre$h Pair

HI VIS + Fre$h Pair
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JOIN CASULA POWERHOUSE ARTS CENTRE FOR THE LAUNCH OF HI VIS AND FRE$H PAIR, TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS EXPLORING CONTROL, AND THE COMPLEX POLITICS OF GETTING DRESSED AND FEELING FABULOUS.

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.

Chicks With Picks Fair Day After Party

Chicks With Picks Fair Day After Party
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Chicks With Picks has been running monthly showcase events for woman and non-binary performers for ten years, and our party after Fair Day every year is always a big night! We have live bands as well as open mic sets from a mixture of established acts and fresh new talents.

This year our show features indie rock queens Bandintexas; tasty jams from Cookbook Book Club; the cheeky country tunes of The Cassy Judy Experience and music you hear in your pants from Sepora. If you'd like to play an open mic set you can sign up by emailing us at chickswithpicks.sydney@gmail.com

Mardi Week 2020 at the Green Park Hotel

Mardi Week 2020 at the Green Park Hotel
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This year, the Green Park Hotel is throwing a WHOLE WEEK of Mardi Gras events in partnership with Pride Yak, and they’re all completely FREE.

Forget tickets, queues or cover charges.... your favourite local will be blacking out the windows, bringing out the disco balls and turning on the lasers parties the likes of which the Greeny has never seen before!

And we’ve got something for everyone...

Stuck for a date for Mardi Gras? Our 7 COLOURFUL DAYS OF FREE EVENTS kick off on Monday 24th Feb, with a very special edition of ‘Bachelor in the Park’, our very own speed dating night.

Once you’ve found your Mr Right (or Mr Right now), we roll into the rest of the week: Drag Trivia with the Liquor Sisters, The Ultimate Drag Bingo, hosted by Cassie Nova, before we leap into the serious business of being fearless and footloose, with 4 nights of parties until 2am from Thursday 27th Feb to Sunday 1st March!

SEE THE EVENT SCHEDULE HERE


LINE UP INCLUDES:

Kate Monroe
Special Guest Peyton
DJ FrenchKiss (FRA)
Corey Craig (USA)
Jason Conti (Melb)
Hamo Tevita
Wayne G (UK)
Colin Gaff
Rob Davis
James Turnbull
Kristy Jade
Deejay Chip
Alex Taylor
Baby Bear


See you on the dance floor!

Queer Daze - A SaturGay Arvo Session

Queer Daze - A SaturGay Arvo Session
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A dedicated time and place to catch up with your queer family in the middle of the Mardi Gras season.

Accessible, casual, affordable, as always. Disability friendly, family friendly, all genders and sexualities.

Tunes and beers and queers, but without the flashing lights and thumping bass. Dance if you want to, dress up or down. It’s time to chill out and have a debrief.

Entry is free. Donations to our running costs appreciated. All profits will go to our chosen charity, the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown.

See the Queer Daze Facebook page here for updates!

The EAGLE Sydney

The EAGLE Sydney
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A new name on the Sydney fetish scene. A space to be yourself.

The EAGLE Sydney - a pop up fetish bar from Feb 22-28. Located in the Dugout Bar, Burdekin Hotel Darlinghurst - entrance Liverpool Street.

Each night a different fetish theme - come in the fetish of the night and receive a free drink. Leather, Rubber, Pups, Sports Gear+Sneakers and more. All fetishes welcome every night. GEAR is encouraged, not enforced - come explore yourself.

Free Entry every night. DJs most nights
All sexes and sexualities welcome.

Sat 22 - BLUF Social and OPENING NIGHT
Sun 23 - RUBBEr
Mon 24 - BIKEr
Tues 25 - MAXIMUM FETISH
Wed 26 - KICKr
Thu 27 - WROOF
Fri 28 - UN:RUL:LE

Details and information on facebook or the website!
 

SPARK Annual History Walk

SPARK Annual History Walk
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Join us for SPARK’s Youth History Walk this Mardi Gras season!

Well before Oxford Street became the Gay Golden Mile, King’s Cross was the centre of Sydney’s gay nightlife. How did the community grow and why was there a later move to Oxford Street? Along the walk down King’s Cross and Oxford Street, we will be revisiting Sydney’s LGBTQ history with stories about important bars and venues that carved out spaces for members of the community in those early days, and the legacy of the first Mardi Gras in 1978.

Commentary will be by former gay activist and community historian, Robert French, who has been leading history tours for over 30 years, often in conjunction with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. He has also published on homosexuality in Colonial and mid-20th Century Sydney.

The walk will take roughly 90 minutes. We encourage you to bring a water bottle and wear some sun screen on the day.

This event is for people of diverse sexualities and genders aged 26 years and under.

Bear Bar

Bear Bar
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Sydney's small gay bar for Bears and their friends has supersized for Mardi Gras and pops up in the main bar of the Burdekin Hotel on Oxford street for a week of fun and games. Expect comedy & drag, pool & pizza plus great party nights with some of the best Australian and International DJs.

Appearing at Bear Bar for Mardi Gras 2020 are comedian Dean Arcuri, popular London DJ LCB and Sydney based DJ Hamo who'll also be spinning at the Mardi Gras Party.

Join the friendly crowd at Bear Bar for eight action packed days including a special Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party on Feb 29th. This will be the place to be this Mardi Gras, everyone welcome ...not just Bears!

Open Saturday, February 22nd to Saturday February 29th. Visit BearBar.com.au for all the event details!

Sex (and Drugs) Lecture

Sex (and Drugs) Lecture
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Understanding drugs in social and sexual lives

Substance use has long played a role in the social and sexual lives of gay, bisexual and queer men. Dr Max Hopwood and Dr Kerryn Drysdale from the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW will present the fourth annual Sex Lecture, drawing on insights from the Crystal, Pleasures and Sex between Men research project on gay, bisexual and queer men who use crystal methamphetamine for sex. The lecture will be followed by an expert panel who will discuss how we can better encourage practices of safety and care for people who use drugs for sex or socialising in our communities.

This is a free public lecture, delivered by the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW. Tickets are $0 to attend, but attendees must register via our Eventbrite page here.

Introduction: Emeritus Professor Gary W. Dowsett
Gary Dowsett, PhD, FASSA, is Emeritus Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW

Event MC: Scientia Professor Carla Treloar

Panellists include Leon Fernandes, Joël Murray and Suzie Hudson.


Leon Fernandes is a harm reduction and adult educator for over 20 years, with intimate knowledge of illicit and injecting drug use and its relationship with sex.

Joël Murray is a queer person living with HIV. Their experience is both professional, having worked as a Senior Policy Advisor on the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’, and personal, having the lived experience of substance use and supporting people who use substances in the context of sex.

Dr Suzie Hudson is an accredited mental health Social Worker, with over 20 years’ clinical experience, and is the Clinical Director at NADA as well as maintaining a private counselling and clinical supervision practice.

#homosapiens Exhibition

#homosapiens Exhibition
The #homosapiens Exhibition pursues an interrogation of the human body as a ‘site’ of intimacy. Starr’s works revisit the Sexual Revolution of the 1970s, 80s and 90s that critiqued gender roles, gender politics and gender stereotyping.

Super-Hero Drag Story Time with The Fabulous Wonder Mama!

Super-Hero Drag Story Time with The Fabulous Wonder Mama!
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Sydney’s very own Super-Hero Drag Queen and Glambassador of Love and Equality, The Fabulous Wonder Mama, will be hosting a FREE 'Super-Hero Drag Story Time' at the Inner West’s Club Five Dock RSL On Friday February 21, 2020 from 4.00-5.30pm!

Wonder Mama is the semi-retired super-hero that has attended many charity fundraisers, comic conventions, and community events and has even travelled to New York for World Pride and Wonder Con in Anaheim California!

Join Wonder Mama as she reads some of her favourite super-hero stories plus the kids can come dressed as their favourite super-hero and a chance to home a prize for best super-hero costume! Super-Hero Story Time with Wonder Mama will be followed by Club Five Dock RSL’s Monthly Jitterbugs Kids Disco at 6pm which kids can also attend for just $7 a ticket.

Club Five Dock RSL Promotes inclusitivity and acceptance of the LGBTIQ Community hosting a number of events for Sydney Dykes on Bikes and other LGBTIQ functions so come along for a FREE Story Time Family Event open to everyone!