Events

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!

Darlinghurst Life Drawing - LGBTI Naked Model Art Classes

Darlinghurst Life Drawing - LGBTI Naked Model Art Classes
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Darlinghurst Life Drawing is a BYO drinks & nibbles art class. We have professional teachers and local models - as a life drawing class there will be some fully naked poses. We have 25 places for learning the art of life drawing. Working with charcoal, graphite pencils and sepia ink on cartridge paper. Choose your model from the photos online. We can also organise private classes for groups of up to 30 people. Rear courtyard for BYO drinks.

This is a really fun, relaxed class perfect for everyone from beginners to serious artists. We play music throughout and have a great time. Best works collected at the end for photographs and framing!

During Mardi Gras period there will be multiple class times each week. See www.darlinghurstlifedrawing.com for upcoming dates and times.

Tagged Visual Arts

Annual Dayenu Shabbat Dinner

Annual Dayenu Shabbat Dinner
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Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dayenu (Sydney’s Jewish LGBT+) Group, in association with Emanuel Synagogue, invites you to their annual Shabbat Service, followed by a communal dinner.

Emanuel Synagogue takes pride in its long history of support for the LGBT+ community, including offering same-sex marriage ceremonies and a raft of political initiatives in support of LGBT+ issues.



The service is free of charge and open to everyone.

Booking required for our strictly Kosher-catered dinner - last year sold out so don’t wait! (BYO wine)
$50 for Emanuel Synagogue / Dayenu members, and $65 for non-members.

For more information: (02) 9389 6444 or info@emanuel.org.au

Service commences 18:15
Dinner to follow from 19:30

Male Man

Male Man
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Alun Rhys Jones’ newest exhibition Male Man investigates and deconstructs the traditional tropes of masculinity today with a series of works which analyse, question, and subvert both masculinity itself and its portrayal in mainstream media.

Explored through hyper real drawings, photography and installation, the artist captures a flawed push for perfection at a time in which masculinity itself appears to be crumbling.

In the words of the artist: "Masculinity is in flux. The effects of traditional masculinity on the male psyche have revealed the extent to which men are both the jailors and prisoners of their own emotional wellbeing. Gender stereotypes are being questioned and broken down allowing men to open up, to show emotion and be vulnerable."

The upcoming exhibition 'Male Man' will run from the 24th February to the 10th March 2020.

24 February–8 March
10am–5pm Daily
Bondi Pavilion Gallery

FREE ADMISSION

Exhibition Launch
Wednesday 25 February 6–8pm

Visit Alun Rhys Jones on Instagram here.

This project was assisted by a grant from Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

Free Self Defence Workshop

Free Self Defence Workshop
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Free Self Defence Workshop for LGBTQI community and allies to keep you safe when you're out and about.

The workshop will include:
Prediction
Prevention
Physical Strategies
Dealing with being punched, ground techniques, being attacked by a group

Tips For Safety:
1. Keep your eyes and ears open
2. Make sure you have back up and know where the nearest Safety Zone is (where there are sympathetic people or people in authority)
3. Keep emergency phone numbers on speed dial
4. Run to safety rather than from danger
5. If you have no choice strike vulnerable areas of your attacker/s and run if you feel you don’t have a choice, but talk them down if you can 

For these and more detailed tips and techniques, come to the Free Self Defence Workshop.

Bookings via SMS to 0411808451 or email Keepsafe@ihug.com.au

www.selfprotectionconsultancy.com.au

Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony
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Happy Mardi Gras! The 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 worldwide emblem of pride and LGBTQI+ friendly areas. The red in 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 2020 Festival from Friday 14 February until Sunday 1 March.

Koori Gras

Koori Gras
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A series of creative cultural arts events featuring local, interstate, and international First Nations qweer artists, thinkers, and communities.

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

Mary Kiani presents 'I Feel Love': The Music of Donna Summer
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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! Book a table at 'Pricillas' before the show.
 

Tagged Music, Parties, Women

Britney Bar

Britney Bar
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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'!

Tagged Parties

Sandy Bottoms Disco on the Green

Sandy Bottoms Disco on the Green
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Every year the inner west comes to celebrate Mardi Gras, 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.

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Queerstories: Western Sydney
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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.

Hosted by Maeve Marsden, with Enoch Mailangi, Liam Benson, Gary Paramanathan, Rebekah Robertson, Francisco Lopez and Danni Wright.

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.

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

Launch of OutStanding Short Stories MINIATURE Competition

Launch of OutStanding Short Stories MINIATURE Competition
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OutStanding Short Story Competition presents … The Launch of the MINIATURE Competition (for micro-stories of 50 words or less).

A special event for the Mardi Gras season! Great prizes! And a fun get-together for Sydney’s Queer Lit community! The competition theme will be announced at the event.