Events: Kids

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!

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!

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!

Fair Day

Fair Day
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Presented in Partnership with ANZ, Sydney’s most vibrant free queer community event of the season returns to picturesque Victoria Park on Sunday 16 February for an all-day rainbow adventure for the whole family.

Join over 80,000 revellers as you enjoy the summer sunshine with a picnic, shop the community stalls for your Festival outfit or join the fun and games in the Sports Village. There is something on offer for everyone, including your precious fur babies who can strut their stuff at the world-famous Doggywood competition.

See the Fair Day map and stall listings here!

Fair Day 2020 will proudly showcase up-and-coming queer performers who are redefining the Australian music landscape and bringing LGBTQI+ voices and stories to the forefront of the industry. Hosted by Faustina Agolley, this year’s ANZ Main Stage line-up will see performances from trailblazing queer hip hop artists Jess B, JamarzOnMarz, Jamaica Moana and Hoodzy, electric live sets from Ngaiire, Bec Sandridge, Architects Of Sound and Huntly, show stopping drag performances by Felicia Foxx, plus sets from beloved community DJs Division 4, MzRizk, Ben Drayton and Victoria Anthony.

Set under the popular big top at The Arena, from 10am-2pm Doggywood will showcase Mardi Gras-themed dog shows hosted by the ever popular Bingay host with the most, Naomi Palmer. Naomi will MC our Doggywood pageants where cute canines will battle it out for prizes and the title of Best Dressed & Most Talented. Making their Doggywood Debut, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will be hosting two Guide Dog Puppy Preschool sessions showcasing their cutest recruits.

Victoria Park Pool will be open on Fair Day, so be sure to pack your swimmers if you want to take a dip. Especially for Fair Day, Victoria Park Pool will be offering free entry for children under the age of 10 years.

Fair Day stall applications have now closed.

DONATE UPON ENTRY

FAIR DAY is FREE to attend. Your donation upon entry to Fair Day is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Our volunteer teams will be there with donation buckets for gold coins and cash donations. No cash? Just Tap and Go on our mobile donation devices and receive a tax deductible receipt for donations over $2.

Mardi Gras is a registered charity and your donation will help us provide support grants to LGBTQI community groups, support Australian and international LGBTQI arts, support Mardi Gras to create more free events for LGBTQI people and provide access to events for elders in our communities.

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day
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For the third consecutive year, Mardi Gras transforms Sydney’s world famous Luna Park into a rainbow wonderland for LGBTQI+ families and friends.

Enjoy unlimited rides, plus DJs and surprise performances. Children will marvel at the array of materials on offer for them to get crafty, and create their own piece of Mardi Gras art.

The ticket price of $37.89 includes unlimited rides all day plus all the excitement and entertainment awaiting inside the Crystal Palace, featuring:

Drag queen performance by Nana Miss Koori
Pop-up live show by JamarzOnMarz
Drag king performance by Marlena Dalí
Drag storytime with Joyce Maynge
Creative workshop with Jeff McCann
Creative workshop with Mell O'Dell
Roaming birds - Deep Sea Astronauts
And DJs:
Kate Monroe
ChaCha+BB

Parade

Parade
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Celebrating the colourful collision of creativity and culture across our communities, the world renowned Mardi Gras Parade unites hundreds of thousands of revellers for the biggest night on the LGBTQI+ calendar.

The iconic procession down Oxford St is sure to dazzle and delight as 200 mesmerising groups and floats roll past, inviting everyone into a world of all things camp, queer, glitz and glamour. Parade remains a vehicle of protest, honouring those who have marched the street over the last four decades, continuing to showcase WHAT MATTERS to LGBTQI+ lives around the globe now, and taking us into the future.

Crowds line the streets for hours in anticipation of the Parade, which is open for all to enjoy - so make your way to Oxford Street or Flinders Street early to get the best viewing place and experience this creative playground under the stars.

See a map of the Parade route and tips on having a great night at the Parade here.

Information about Accessible Viewing Area at the 2020 Mardi Gras Parade is here.

悉尼同性恋狂欢节 (Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras) 将于 2月29日 (周六) 迎来盛大的狂欢游行 。
想知道如何观看今年的游行? 快看看這個围观指南!

Tickets to the DIAMOND CLUB and SIDEHOW Parade viewing stands in Taylor Square are now SOLD OUT.
The Parade is free to view from Oxford and Flinders Streets, so arrive early to get a good spot!

PICNIC Surry Hills

PICNIC Surry Hills
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Grab your mates, family and dog and come along to a new food, culture and community day-festival. Enjoy summer vibes with delicious picnic offerings, specially curated by local institutions, pubs and cafes.

Use the PICNIC Surry Hills map to find everything from fresh summer snacks, delicious desserts and hearty lunches from any of the participating food outlets in Surry Hills. Pick up your preferred menu option, take it away in provided eco-friendly packs and enjoy any of the new neighbourhood pocket parks and spaces, as well as old favourite spots like Shannon, Ward and Harmony Parks.

Blankets, deck chairs and beanbags will be available at parks as well as entertainment, artists and DJs.

City Recital Hall and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs present: Considering Matthew Shepard

City Recital Hall and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs present: Considering Matthew Shepard
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In 1998 Matthew Shepard, a first-year college student in Wyoming, was kidnapped, beaten and left to die. This brutal anti-gay hate crime inspired anguish and outrage. Nearly 20 years later it inspired composer Craig Hella Johnson to contemplate suffering, death and the flame of love and led him on a challenging creative journey. “In composing Considering Matthew Shepard,” he says, “I wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration and unity around his life and legacy.”

The result is a fusion-oratorio, stylistically eclectic music that moves between Lutheran hymnody, chant, blues, cowboy songs and Broadway as it captures the fullness of Matthew’s life and the legacy of his death. In the background are the Passion settings of JS Bach – offering musical comfort as their listeners reflect on a story of intense suffering. And Considering Matthew Shepard begins with Bach: the serene sounds of the first prelude from the Well-Tempered Clavier (the music that underpins Gounod’s Ave Maria).

Considering Matthew Shepard will be performed by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' VOX choir – some of its members the same age as Matthew himself when he died – in a semi-staged presentation that reverberates with hope and serenity.

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