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Mardi Gras Festival Club Opening Night

Mardi Gras Festival Club Opening Night

At the centre of this year’s Mardi Gras will be the official late-night festival club where everybody is welcome.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Seymour Centre present the Opening Night of the MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL CLUB.

Doors open and entertainment kicks off at 9pm and keeps going 'till the wee early hours, featuring:

Your hosts



With chillout areas and a dance floor, the Festival Club will be the place to meet friends, make new ones, create festival memories and have an absolute ball.

Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

Happy Mardi Gras!

The City of Sydney's Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore at Sydney Town Hall is the first official welcoming event of the Festival each year.

The rainbow flag originated in San Francisco in 1978 and was designed by artist Gilbert Baker for the Californian city's Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Since then it has become a woldwide emblem of gay pride and gay-friendly areas. The red on the flag symbolises life, while orange signifies healing, yellow is for sunlight, green represents nature, blue stands for harmony and violet signifies spirit.

City of Sydney is proud to show support for its many LGBTQI residents, workers and visitors. As a government partner of Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival, the City will fly the rainbow flag above Sydney Town Hall throughout the 2019 Festival from Friday 15 February until Sunday 3 March.


Sandy Bottoms Disco On The Green

Sandy Bottoms Disco On The Green

Sandy Bottom returns with her 7th Instalment with Disco on The Green, presenting a new and old range of local and interstate drag and transgender illusionist entertainers, International and local LGBTI DJ’s and a fun social Mardi Gras in a Wrap Up Party for all the family.

This year we are featuring April Fools, Felicity Frockachino, Sandy Bottom, DJ Justin Scott, DJ Flash and Glenn. Plus a special guest to be announced.

This year finish your post camp Mardi Gras by joining us with our Drag Meat and Greet Raffles, Sandys Poof Bowling Competition, Celestes Gayest Lawn Bowls and Predictable Camp Tunes and Fab Foods, there is something for every age, and every gay in our annual disco heaven.

Its more than a "Disco" it's on the Green!

FREE event - visit the Disco on the Green website here!

Green Park Hotel Celebrates Mardi Gras

Green Park Hotel Celebrates Mardi Gras

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

Forget tickets, queues or cover charges when 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 25th 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: A Locals Night with the Liquor Sisters, The Ultimate Drag Bingo, hosted by Annie Mation, before we launch into the serious business of being fearless and footloose, with 3 nights of parties until 2am!

FREE ENTRY all week. Visit the Green Park Hotel website here to read more!


Engaging Gay Asian Men: Hard to research amongst the hard to reach?

Engaging Gay Asian Men: Hard to research amongst the hard to reach?

This public dialogue provides a rare opportunity to illustrate how HIV social and behavioural research has been part and parcel of a visible transformation of local gay Asian men, their network formation and community building over the past two decades.

Associate Professor Limin Mao, from the Centre for Social Research in Health (CSRH) at UNSW Sydney, will give the third annual CSRH Sex Lecture, reflecting on her research in this area, alongside shifting approaches towards engaging and collaborating with ethnic minorities that are often marginalised. Supported by Darlinghurst Theatre Company.


Homophobia, Antisemitism and the Politics of Othering

Homophobia, Antisemitism and the Politics of Othering

Homophobia, Antisemitism and the Politics of Othering

The Sydney Jewish Museum is partnering with Dayenu - Sydney’s Jewish LGBT+ Group, to present a panel that will explore the intersectionality between homophobia and antisemitism.

Panel: Julie McCrossin, Simon Holloway, Lynda Ben Menashe, Kim Gotlieb.

The panel will be followed by a discussion to reflect on experiences of marginalisation, oppression and ‘othering’, and consider the path towards greater equity in all aspects of communal life.

This forum is part of the lead up to the 25th World Congress Jewish LGBT+ Conference being held in Sydney, 21-24 March 2019.
This is a free event. Booking is essential through Sydney Jewish Museum.

For further information, feel free to contact World Congress.


Mardi Gras Festival Club

Mardi Gras Festival Club

At the centre of this year's Mardi Gras will be the official late-night festival club where everybody is welcome.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Seymour Centre present the MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL CLUB.

Each night will be a party at the Festival Club featuring Sydney’s best DJs and artists and pop-up performances by festival guests!

Hosts: Jess Love, Kryptonite, Miss Poodle, Nicola
DJs: Beth Yen, Betty Grumble (Official Fair Day After Party), DJ Charlie Villas, Estée Louder, Fox Force II, DJ Harry K, HipHopHoe,  Jonny Marsh, Nick Spurway,  Seymour Butz, Smithers, Stereogamous (Opening Night).
With Pop Up Performances by: Aaron Manhattan, Andrew Bukenya, Bunni Lambada, Garret Lyon, Trigger Happy, Jeremy Santos, Kilia Tipa, Lillian Starr, Rhys Bobridge, Rosie Rivette, Yana Alana.

With chill out areas and a dance floor, the Festival Club will be the place to meet friends, make new ones, create festival memories and have an absolute ball.

$5 entry on Sunday 17 February for Fair Day After Party


The Courtyard

The Courtyard

With its outdoor bar, food trucks, big trees and fairy lights, the Seymour Courtyard is the perfect summer spot to meet friends for a drink and a bite to eat before seeing a show.

The Courtyard will also feature the Courtyard Sessions – a series of free outdoor concerts by emerging local LGBTQI musicians.

Kicking off our 2019 Mardi Gras program and part of Fair Day on Sunday 17th February, from 4:30pm to 7pm will be TANZER, who is heading to the courtyard from Melbourne for a special DJ set feat. Drag Superstars Betty Grumble and Aaron Manhattan.

Drop-dead devastating diva Tanzer is a dark and shimmering DJ force, injecting romance and glamour into crossover dancefloors in Australia and beyond.

Celebrated for her diversity and originality behind the decks, Tanzer’s flair for plucking irresistible jams, seamlessly switching up genres and getting the party started has seen her driving dancefloors wild on a weekly basis.

Her deliciously broad music knowledge comes from a life ruled by music. She’s fronted punk bands, twerked in an electro-pop duo, turned a girl gang into a ‘bad bitch choir’ and produced her own precocious pop jams since moving to the big smoke with an armful of records. Now a full-time performer, director and diva in her own right – an ecstatic night of music is just second nature.

Tanzer’s cheekily curated sets have set fire to the festival hotness of Secret Garden, Falls Festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, Melbourne Fringe Festival, GrrlFest and Midsumma, sexy Sydney party destinations The Beresford Hotel, Girlthing, Birdcage, Heaps Gay, Newtown Hotel, and the Imperial Hotel, as well as Melbourne’s legendary party nights Thursgay, Honcho Disko and Closet.

Original Box

Original Box

25th Anniversary of Boomalli’s Mardi Gras Exhibition.

Curated by Kyra Kum-Sing

An art exhibition featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI Artists.

Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative provides a safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQI artists to express their sexual orientation and communities.

Exhibiting Artists: Jeffrey Samuels, Arone Meeks, Jenny Fraser, Jasmine Sarin, Ella Bancroft, Peter Waples-Crowe, Dennis Golding, Wild Barra Co, Hayley Pigram, Peta-Joy Williams, Jai Walker, Dodie Eggmolesse, Luke Close, Clint Lingard and Matthew Cook.

Opening Night: Thursday 21st February 19

Starts: 6pm-8pm

MC: James Saunders

Performances on open night by Kirren Brown, Nova Gina and more.

This exhibition continues until 24th March 2019


Let's Eat Cake

Let's Eat Cake

Iconic queer photographer William Yang and long time Activist Rachel Evans will officially launch the Sydney Mardi Gras show LET’S EAT CAKE at Tortuga Gallery by artist Maylei Hunt.

The series is a historical and personal collection of street documentary images that follows the journey to marriage equality in Australia from 2009 to 2018. Images capture the vibrant fighting spirit of the LGBTI community and its allies marching together to demonstrate the support for equal marriage rights in Australia for all.

In 2009 Hunt attended her first marriage equality march and made a promise to herself that she would participate in as many marches for marriage equality as she could. Hunt always brought her camera with her, with the belief that “We needed to capture our journey of making history”.

The photographs follow marches in Sydney and Melbourne and capture key events such as the plebiscite announcement on 15th November 2017 and the Marriage Bill amendment at Parliament House on 7th December 2017 and with the additions of the celebrations afterwards by community.

The exhibition celebrates and allows the audience to reflect on the first year of marriage equality in Australia. Over eighty vibrantly colourful images of the community will cover the walls of the gallery. This is a large and ambitious series that captures our recent history.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 160 page hardcover book with over 120 colour images. It includes a foreword by Melbourne EQUAL LOVE convener Ali Hogg and an essay by Sydney marriage equality campaigner Rachel Evans. It has been produced as a limited edition of 300 copies published by the artist.

The LET’S EAT CAKE exhibition and book was produced to commemorate and to honour ALL those who have fought and marched for marriage equality. It is a record of a campaign that was won for the People by the People.

Artist Maylei Hunt is a Photomedia Artist, Community Arts worker and Teacher whose works have a strong connection to photographic documentation, storytelling, social justice and equality. Hunt is an alumni of National Art School Sydney, and has exhibited extensively in Sydney and Melbourne for over eighteen years and has works in various private and public collections.

Address: Tortuga Gallery. 31 Princes Hwy, St Peters NSW.

Opening Hours:  Tue-Wed 1.30- 4pm    Thur – Fri 10am-4pm     Sat 11am-4pm.

Website: www.mayleihunt.com Instagram: mayleihunt

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1977805812307166/

Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care

Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care

Samuel Leighton-Dore is a queer artist and writer based on the Gold Coast. With work spanning ceramics, painting, film and writing, Leighton-Dore is consistently interested in deconstructing and examining themes of sexuality, gender and mental health.

‘Fragile Masculinity, Handle With Care’ is Leighton-Dore's first solo exhibition and sees the artist incorporate contemporary ceramic pieces, acrylic paintings and multimedia works in order to tease popular notions of masculinity. Drawing inspiration from phrenology, a pseudomedicine popular in 19th century, as well as diagrams of the penis distributed by pharmaceutical brands including Viagra, Leighton-Dore presents a cynical portrait of the modern man while maintaining a lightheartedness that is inherently optimistic.