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Ultimate Bar Kylie

Ultimate Bar Kylie
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In 2020 Bar Kylie celebrates its fourth year in association with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Since its inception in 2014, Bar Kylie has become a national icon of the Australian Gay scene, touring nationally and spreading its own special brand of glitter and camp to the nation.

Featuring the most Kylie-krazed of all DJ's, Argonaut and specially produced Mardi Gras exclusive performances by Melbourne icon Millie Minogue, 'Ultimate Bar Kylie' is not to be missed! Get your gold hot pants ready, this will be one dance party you can't get out of your head!

Posted in Premier Events Tagged Parties

Divas Forever

Divas Forever
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Join the queen of the lounge acts, Gayna Tension in her celebration of the world’s most iconic leading ladies. In true Gayna style, audiences will be dazzled as she takes on the persona of the greats including Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Shirley Bassey. As well as Gayna’s show stopping vocal abilities performed live, you can’t help but be starstruck, feeling as though you are truly in the presence of the goddesses themselves.

A recent finalist on Australia’s Got Talent and with decades of experience, Gayna Tension is the perfect host for every celebration, especially during Sydney’s Mardi Gras! She astounds audiences with her vivacious vocals and will undoubtedly have the entire bar in laughter through her wit and effervescent personality. Doors open at 7pm with Gayna Tension as the world’s finest dazzling divas from 8pm.

Start spreading the news, join Gayna over the rainbow and let’s get the party started! Celebrate with Gayna Tension, as each night she brings you two of the world’s finest dazzling divas:

February 20, 26 – There is Nothing like a Dame Shirley Bassey and Julie Andrews
February 21, 27 – Diva with a D Liza Minnelli and Bette Midler
February 22, 28 – When Stars Collide Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand

Maison De Danse (House of Dance)

Maison De Danse (House of Dance)

Celebrate the 'joie de vivre' of house/ballroom culture Mardi Gras style at an inclusive electronic dance music community event featuring awesome DJ’s, live VJ’ing and dance artists working with real-time technology and inter-active videoart. Immerse yourself in the 'pop-up performance spaces' with a live vocal performance and #thestylecollaborative's stellar show cast.

@thestylecollaborative is a multi-disciplinary boutique production house developing innovative artistic work and content through diverse stage settings, performative contexts and the corporeal body.

Ross Watson Exhibition and Book Launch

Ross Watson Exhibition and Book Launch
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Following Watson’s highly successful WorldPride NYC Exhibition and Book Launch, this unmissable exhibition features new artworks and the artist signing copies of his highly anticipated second volume, the new luxurious art book Untitled II. See why the New York Times included the artist’s exhibition in their top picks for WorldPride NYC, and learn first-hand about his style, intentions and the stories behind the artworks, which possess a distinctive cross-cultural milieu, and celebrate the male form. A full multi-media experience awaits each visitor into the exhibition with video presentations on the artist’s work giving insight into the creative process and final sentiment.

“Ross Watson has become one of the world’s foremost painters of the male figure, creating some of the most stunning erotic art.” - Gay Star News, London

Posted in Premier Events Tagged Visual Arts

Misplaced and Dangling Euphemisms

Misplaced and Dangling Euphemisms
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MISPLACED AND DANGLING - Linguistic furniture, not for (the) Mass(es). OMG - where the bloody hell is the apostrophe meant to go... and what about the comma! Forget the exclamation mark - that says it all.... and who said brackets were “de rigueur”! “Not Tonight Josephine.” - was it Napo(leon) to Joseph(ine) or Joseph(ine) “Not Tonight, Josephine.” to Napo(leon). and don’t say this was never said or Leon and Joseph will upset the quotation marks! And what’s this about colons having followers and semicolons being joiners? (more embroidery required)

Posted in Premier Events Tagged Visual Arts

The John Rowe Show

The John Rowe Show
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Join John and his live band in this kitschy kool lounge room party chat show. With his favourite vintage tea set, his mum’s best doilies and a plate of iced donuts, John pulls out all the stops to entertain his guests with a fabulously fun mix of groovy music, daggy dancing, silly segments and internet frivolity. Throw in a surprise visit from a celebrity guest and you’ve got yourself a night of unforgettable fun.

Following a sensational season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, John brings his lounge room back home to Sydney. Get your silly on, get your groove on and come out in style at The John Rowe Show.

The Gays Are Revolting Live

The Gays Are Revolting Live
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Hosted by Thomas, Mykiii, Kyle and Luke, Australia’s premier queer podcast The Gays Are Revolting will record live in Sydney for the very first time! Recorded in Melbourne, The Gays Are Revolting is a definitive weekly news source for contemporary gays, bringing you a healthy dose of smutty lovemaking stories and trivial pop culture nonsense, without all that hetero hoopla. Helping you be the best ‘G’ you can be, the boys serve a candid, informative and hilarious take on modern life as gay men. The Gays Are Revolting has been featured by Apple Podcasts and nominated at the Australian Podcast Awards.

Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours
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For the fourth year running, the Art Gallery of NSW bursts with queerness! It’s spectacular, it’s glorious, it’s powerful: it’s Queer Art After Hours.

Strut through a creative wonderland of art, ideas, colour, movement and sound, inspired by WHAT MATTERS, and experience an extraordinary array of performances, music, talks and installations.

Explore the treasure of queer art history with highlights from the archives, and watch screenings of rare queer film shorts in a tribute to 20 years of the Gallery’s pioneering film program. Discover new perspectives on artworks from the collection with eye-opening tours, raise a glass at our pop-up bars and make an exhibition of yourself with hands-on art workshops. Drawing on the brilliance of Sydney's dazzling and diverse queer communities, this is a night to revel in your rainbow palette and be your own masterpiece.

Mardi Gras Festival Hub

Mardi Gras Festival Hub
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A hive of activity over 14 days and nights, the Mardi Gras Festival Hub is the place to meet new and old friends with something for everyone.

Celebrating our diverse communities, the Festival Hub will showcase a wild mix of queer performance, theatre, music, dance, circus and cabaret, plus thought-provoking talks, workshops and a free, late-night club from Thursday to Sunday each week of the Festival.

Posted in Festival Hub Tagged Free Events

Pavlovabar Mardi Gras Edition

Pavlovabar Mardi Gras Edition
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Bringing the hedonistic electronics of Berlin to Sydney, Pavlovabar occupies a vital place in the diverse tapestry of Sydney nightlife. Curated by queer institution House of Mince, this debaucherous little slice of Berghain will make for a huge Fair Day after party.

Posted in Festival Hub Tagged Parties

Hudson & Halls

Hudson & Halls
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And we're live! The oven's caught fire. David is drinking and Peter has bad news. Travel back to 1986 for a live taping of the acclaimed TV cooking show, Hudson & Halls.

Join the outrageously camp and extremely alcoholic chefs Peter Hudson and David Halls on the most important night of their lives. Immerse yourselves in the world of a 1980s TV cooking studio and watch Peter and David battle with a working kitchen and about 16 bottles of sherry to create a flawless five-course meal (they hope). Expect big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns, and some very questionable cooking.

New Zealand’s most successful gay comedy of the last ten years, Hudson & Halls won Best Production at the 2015 Auckland Theatre Awards and Production of the Year at the 2016 Wellington Theatre Awards. Now, it comes to Mardi Gras for the first time.

Co-created by theatrical daredevil Kip Chapman, Hudson & Halls extends the audience experience beyond the walls of the black box to create a truly memorable night filled with mayhem, decadence and love.

HUDSON & HALLS LIVE! Teaser from Silo Theatre on Vimeo.

Koori Gras: Blak Nulla

Koori Gras: Blak Nulla
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Sydney's most prestigious Blak drags and drag kings return for your beloved performance event Blak Nulla.

This year will see the return of all your favourites in one venue, featuring local elder Nana Miss Koori, Darwin celebrity Miss Ellaneous, radio personality Felicia Fox, Drag Kings Bran Nu Boi and Bedazzled Shanks – the prince of Redfern, Nova Gina, plus many more! Kick on afterwards in the Mardi Gras festival lounge.

Laugh Out Proud

Laugh Out Proud
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Experience the best and brightest queer comedy stand-up from Australia and abroad, together for one-night only in a variety night that can’t be missed.

Laugh Out Proud will feature a stellar lineup of queer acts in a comedy extravaganza hosted by the hilarious Nath Valvo, alongside Zoë Coombs Marr, Rhys Nicholson, Cassie Workman, Karen from Finance, Demi Lardner, Myra DuBois, Geraldine Hickey and Tom Ballard.

Spice Night

Spice Night
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Trailblazing queer comedy from across Asia. These four international comedy stars are the new sound of the Asian century. Breaking the rules and queering the mic from Mumbai to Manila, these out, proud and hilarious performers are furiously funny and hot, hot, hot.

Featuring Singaporean Youtube star, Hirzi Zulkiflie (Hirzi and Munah), the Queen of Malaysian Comedy, Joanne Kam (Boom Boom Room), India’s only out gay stand-up, Navin Noronha, and Australian-Filipino shooting star, Margot Tanjutco.

Coming from countries where homosexuality still is or until recently was criminalised, these jokers are sharp and salty, and pack more punch than a pound of pepper. It should be illegal to be this funny, not this gay.

Posted in Festival Hub Tagged Comedy