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PICNIC Surry Hills

PICNIC Surry Hills

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.

FABalice Festival

FABalice Festival

The FABalice Festival is a three day rainbow celebration in the beating heart of Australia, Alice Springs, for Kings, Queens and everything in-between. 6-8 March 2020, the weekend after Mardi Gras, extend your LGBTQI celebrations across the country and head to outback Northern Territory.

The festival pays homage to the iconic Australian film, 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert', which was filmed in Alice Springs over 25 years ago. However Alice Springs is not the community portrayed in the film, we are a diverse and accepting community. Bucking the sterotype of an outback Northern Territory town, Alice Springs has one of the highest proportions of lesbian couples in the country, and same-sex couples represent about one in 100 of all co-habiting couples in town. The celebrations include a Drag Crawl, Paint the Town, Festival Pageant, Drag Racing, ExDRAGvaganza, Pool Party and an Outdoor Cinema with shows set amongst the glittering landscape of Alice Springs. Alice Springs is a melting pot of diversity and multiculturalism and the proud home of the FABalice Festival.

For more information and to grab your tickets, head over to www.fabalice.com. It won't be a drag!

FRIDAY 6 March 2020:
DRAG CRAWL featuring comedy and cabaret across a few venues including the famous Lasseters Casino where the movie Priscilla was filmed $55pp or Rainbow Wristband

SATURDAY 7 March 2020:
PAINT THE TOWN - This is where we colour the Todd Mall in a fabulous rainbow Free Community event
FESTIVAL PAGEANT - Camp and glittering colour featuring our performers alongside the community of Alice Springs Free Community Event
DRAG RACING - These are hilarious running races, dressed in drag, for the entire community Free Community Event
EX-DRAG-VAGANZA - an outdoor party at an outback quarry, layered with drag performances and DJs $65pp or Rainbow Wristband
THROB ON TODD - The iconic NT Nightclub features in Alice Springs as part of the FABalice Festival $10-$20 or Rainbow Wristband

SUNDAY 8 March 2020:
POOL PARTY - Time to de-wig and cool down Free Community Event
OUTDOOR CINEMA - Featuring a screening of 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' alongside healding act drag performances (Free Community Event)
RAINBOW WRISTBAND - all access pass to the FABalice Festival celebrations - $99pp

Bear Essentials 24 – 12” Remix

Bear Essentials 24 – 12” Remix

You won’t find a radio edit here - you’re gonna get the full 12” remix. Harbour City Bears is a not-for-profit community group that caters to large, hairy gay men, their friends and admirers. This year for their festival Bear Essentials, they are serving a mix tape of party tracks such as Wet Furr and the largest event on the HCB calendar Underbear, old favourites like our regular nights at Kinselas and afternoons at The Bank, intermingled with a few easy listening social events when the music gets too loud.

There's bound to be an event that you will like in this set list - so come along, bears and admirers, and socialise and party with the bears this Mardi Gras!

Posted in Premier Events Tagged Parties, Community

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

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

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 VOX choir – some of its members the same age as Matthew himself when he died – in a presentation that reverberates with hope and serenity.

Posted in Premier Events Tagged Music, Community, Kids

Obsessed Boylesque

Obsessed Boylesque

Burlesque ain't just for girls anymore! Now the boys are bringing brash, ballsy and bombastic brilliance to the newly refreshed Stonewall stage.

Come and see some of Sydney’s best and upcoming Boylesque performers, featuring Mr Boylesque Australia 2018 Rhys Lighting plus special interstate guests this Mardi Gras season. A night unlike any other in Sydney to tickle your funny bone and titillate your senses. From traditional burlesque to contemporary performance art you’d best leave all expectations at the door but come curtain call you’ll beg for more. Addictive personalities be warned... you’ll soon be OBSESSED!

Queer Contemporary at the National Art School

Queer Contemporary at the National Art School

QUEER CONTEMPORARY at the National Art School is the Mardi Gras hub for queer art and visual culture. Queer Contemporary is a series of exhibitions, films, performances, gatherings and new art – topped off with the art-inspired Moonlite Pop-Up Bar.

Premiering at Mardi Gras 2020 is Misfit: Collage and Queer Practice, an exhibition exploring the power of collage to disrupt and reconfigure dominant constructs of identity.

Program Highlights:
• Misfit: Collage and Queer Practice An exhibition of contemporary artwork by LGBTQI+ artists curated by Scott Elliot
• NAS Salons: Queer art and cultural happenings featuring artists and celebrities
• Captain Moonlite: Man, Myth and Love Story An interactive storytelling experience
• Moonlite Pop-Up Bar

Exhibiton dates: Saturday 15 February - Sunday 15 March
Opening event: Friday 14 February, 6pm-10pm

Sandy Bottoms Disco on the Green

Sandy Bottoms Disco on the Green

Every year the inner west comes to celebrate Mardi Gra's, Diversity and Family with a good old fashioned Disco On The Green, join Sandy Bottom and her Stella "Drag Girlfriends" as she welcomes everyone to recover over a good old fashioned meat raffle, special shows on the green, International DJs and Sandy's "Poof Bowling" on the green. Dance, Laugh and be with friends as we celebrate another wonderful gay year.

Twenty Twenty Vision

Twenty Twenty Vision

2020 Vision is an art exhibition by gay artist, Stuart Meyer-Plath. It features limited fine art prints, paintings, silver jewellery and figurative male nude bronzes.

2020 Vision celebrates the theme of same-sex relationships and attraction as underpinned by the basic human right of 'Equality' and 'Respect'. Meyer-Plath’s exploration of the issues of 'Equality' and 'Respect' came to fruition due to the series of political circumstances stemming from the 2017 Marriage Equality plebiscite. This event highlighted the fact that contemporary Australian society still possesses diverse and opposing opinions and attitudes towards lifestyles, religion, workplace equality and discrimination. Meyer-Plath’s jewellery depicting the subtle political statement of 'Equality' and 'Respect', in the form of ambigrams, alluding to the fact that despite the current spin-doctoring surrounding these issues we as a society still need to establish and enforce these values across all aspects of society; ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age and religion.

2020 Vision runs from 23rd -29th February, 2020, 11am - 6pm at the Sheffer Gallery, 38 Lander Street, Darlinghurst.

Stuart Meyer-Plath was born in Sydney, Australia to European parents in 1965. He spent his formative years growing up in Spain and Germany before his family settled in Australia. These early childhood travel experiences and exposure to stories and art depicting ancient mythology, religious constructs, relationships and diversity encouraged his interest in classical art and sculpture which has continued to this day. Meyer-Plath’s journey in art has seen him express aspects of his personal experience. This is particularly reflected through his sculpture where the human form has been expressed in both figurative and abstracted forms. Meyer-Plath has explored the notion of what it has meant for him to be both a gay man, a father and in a long-term same-sex relationship for over twenty years. The 3-D male form has been represented throughout history but what makes Meyer-Plath’s sculpture unique is that the male form takes on a sensuality that is rarely expressed. For this reason, his sculpture is both refreshing and inspiring as well as challenging as it questions the notion of sexuality, but in particular, homosexual attraction as depicted in relaxed male, nude poses.

Sisters - Order of Perpetual Indulgence - Taronga Zoo Walk

Sisters - Order of Perpetual Indulgence - Taronga Zoo Walk

A very special event with the Sisters escorting our guests to the Zoo.

We will share recipes and cooking details (from the 19th Century) of Australian animals, and may read poems to some of the inmates (who never seem to take heed). We will be accompanied by Zoo Volunteers who will talk in depth about some of the Australian animals that we will see. A wonderful opportunity to see a little of Sydney Harbour, and visit a truly wonderful Zoo.

Ferry departs at 9.20 am (Ferries don't wait) Wear block out, a hat, and wear sensible shoes.

Bring money for ferry, entry, and possibly having lunch at the Zoo.

Sisters - Order of Perpetual Indulgence - 30th Annual History Walk - A Colonial History through the heart of the City

Sisters - Order of Perpetual Indulgence - 30th Annual History Walk -  A Colonial History through the heart of the City

An annual History Walk with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, led by eminent historian and author, Cardinal Robert French.

This year's Walk will focus on the Colony of Sydney - and its Gay history - in the heart of the city. A very special Walk to mark the 30th annual walk undertaken by the Sisters and Robert French together with other historians over the past 30 years.

Do wear comfortable shoes. Duration of walk is approximately two hours.

Mary Kiani presents 'I Feel Love': The Music of Donna Summer

Mary Kiani presents 'I Feel Love': The Music of Donna Summer

After a sell out show for Mardi Gras 2019, Mary Kiani is back at the iconic Imperial hotel to deliver the songs and music of Donna Summer.

Internationally known singer/songwriter Mary Kiani performs the music of the amazing Donna Summer while taking you on a journey of her life. Known as the "Queen of Disco," Summer will be remembered as perhaps the greatest singer in disco history. Mary delivers an amazing live set filled with the classic hits of Donna Summer complete with synths & sequencers. An amazing live band of Sydney's finest musicians will produce a sound that will make you want to dance and reminisce. From seductive disco track "Love to Love You Baby, to the classic 'I Feel Love' and who can forget MacArthur park? The hits are classics and the journey is Donna's x DJ - DAN DAN will spin all the classics before and after... KEEP ON DANCING X Book a table at 'Pricillas' before the show.

Posted in Premier Events Tagged Music, Parties

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Enter the raucous, radical and wildly funny world of Queerstories and listen to an unexpected tale or two from some of Australia’s finest LGBTQI+ storytellers. Fast becoming an institution around the country, Queerstories returns to Riverside Theatres, Parramatta for the third year running. Join host Maeve Marsden and an eclectic line up of stars and strangers for an evening of our city’s queerstories, unexpected tales of lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour. The LGBTQI+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family and community.

In its usual home in Redfern, Queerstories has been selling out every month for more than three years, bringing storytellers from all walks of life to the stage. Funny, moving, surprising and engaging, the stories from Queerstories are also available on the award-winning podcast and in a collection of stories published by Hachette in 2018. This event is Auslan interpreted.

Britney Bar

Britney Bar

Britney Army, check your 'Radar' because in 2020 Britney Bar is bringing the 'Circus' to Mardi Gras for the very first time!

From the producers of Bar Kylie, Britney Bar is a non-stop Britney-thon with Melbourne’s DJ Argonaut making you 'Scream and Shout' on the dance floor, while Sasha Starr and her dancers having you begging 'Gimme More' as they perform in very special tribute performances throughout the night.

It's time to iron your school uniforms, re-learn your 'Slave 4 U' choreography and party with us 'Til The World Ends'! You bet we're ready to 'Work, B*tch'!

Posted in Premier Events Tagged Parties

Our Blood Runs in the Streets

Our Blood Runs in the Streets

‘Our blood runs in the streets and in the parks and in casualty and in the morgue...
‘Our own blood, the blood of our brothers and sisters, has been spilt too often…
‘Our blood runs because in this country our political, educational, legal and religious systems actively encourage violence against us…
‘We are gay men and lesbians.’
- From the ‘One in Seven’ Manifesto, Sydney Star Observer, 5 April 1991

OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREETS is a new verbatim physical-theatre work inspired by Bondi’s true gay and transgender hate crimes of the late 20th century. Constructed from interviews with individuals who have had first-hand experience with gay and transgender hate crimes the show investigates how cultural prejudice and bias has contributed to violence against gay and transgender people in Australia. The real words of family members of victims, witnesses, historians, police officers, journalists, researchers and more will feature, shining a powerful light on a dark chapter in Sydney’s history.

OUR BLOOD RUNS IN THE STREETS is a creation of physical poetry and an ode to human resilience. The show is a recognition of past injustice and trauma and a celebration of cultural shifts and community hopes. Our Blood Runs in the Street was developed with the assistance of Metro Arts and NIDA Open Pilot Program with creative development residencies in 2019. We acknowledge ACON for their generous support in the development of this production.