Events

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
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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.

Sisters - Order of Perpetual Indulgence - Taronga Zoo Walk

Sisters - Order of Perpetual Indulgence - Taronga Zoo Walk
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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.

Visit the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence's website here to get in touch and find out more about their activities during Mardi Gras 2020.

Twenty Twenty Vision

Twenty Twenty Vision
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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.

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!

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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.

Here's the schedule of events for our action-packed two weeks at the Festival Hub:

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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.

Diamond Club

Diamond Club
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DIAMOND CLUB IS SOLD OUT!

Get amongst the action of Mardi Gras at the premier, tiered platforms at Diamond Club, our must-do cocktail party and viewing area at Taylor Square. Elevate your Mardi Gras experience with an unparalleled view of the tremendous Parade, with VIP access to a private bar and gourmet food, plus special guest DJs to soundtrack this night of nights with your favourite dance and pop hits. Diamond Club is strictly an over 18s venue. Diamond Club is a raised viewing platform and does not give street level access to the Parade.

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Sissy Ball

Sissy Ball
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Grandiose, gritty, sexy and sublime. After two phenomenal sell-out years, Sissy Ball has established itself as Australia’s pre-eminent vogue ball.

Returning to shine a spotlight on Asia Pacific’s thriving ballroom scene, 2020 sees Sissy Ball take over the revered Enmore Theatre for the first time, soundtracked by renowned ballroom DJs and featuring appearances by international legends of the vogue scene.

WINNER FBI RADIO SYDNEY MUSIC ARTS AND CULTURE AWARD. Best Arts Program in NSW.

Announcing our line-up of vogue scene legends and competing houses:

Omari Wiles
DJ MikeQ
Princess Precious
Kevin Jz
Star Amerasu
KILIMI
DJ ATRO

House of Slé
House of Silky
House of Dévine
House of IMAN
House AITU
House of Lunar
House of Alexander

Curated by multidisciplinary artist and House of Slé mother Bhenji Ra, expect attitude, fluidity and finesse on the runway in an evening of extreme excess, celebrating self-expression and identity as vogue houses and individual walkers take centre stage and fiercely battle it out for each category title.

From its beginnings in New York City’s underground queer nightclubs to 2020 where the influence of ball culture is felt across all art forms, vogue has become a canonized genre where everyone is welcome.

Here are the categories and prizes for SISSY BALL 2020:

Runway OTA: $500
Heavy metal and reflective. Inspired by Azealia Bank’s track, we want you to bring it turbo and in charge - hot chaps, reflective glasses and studs! Show us your walk matched with a badass effect!

Femme Figure x Butch Queen TAG TEAM:  $1000
Prom King and Queen! Interpret this effect as you will, but we want to see creative flair, gender bending and sashes! Show us tonight why you both are the reigning royal couple of the ballroom scene in Australia. 

Face OTA: $500
Face of the Oceanic. Last year we answered the call of Gaia and now we are emerging from the seven seas! Bring face as an Oceanic Goddess/God, siren or guardian. An ode to those who protect our seas and islands, think Tangaroa, Yemaya, Maui... any Disney interpretations of our cultural deities will be CHOPPED.

Femme Queen Performance: $500
Sexy like Sinia!! For the first time, Femme Queen Performance will be introduced to the Sissy Ball stage. Femme Queens around the world have been inspired by the Icon Sinia Ebony and tonight we want you to bring in a Sinia effect - whether it’s the black PVC two piece or the pink fur and matching skirt, we want to see you giving Femme Queen Performance in a recognisable Sinia LOOK.  You do not have to give it in the name of, just the effect.

Bizarre: $500
Future Folklore. As we enter the year 2020 we look back to the past for today’s answers, we take what our ancestors taught us and move forward as the latest models of our cultures. Inspired by Afro-futurism, Pacifica-futurism, Asiatic-futurism, we want you to interpret your own culture in a futuristic effect, merging the old with the new to give us a vision of cultural resilience. Creativity and imagination will win you the grand prize.

Sex Siren: $500
90s sex appeal.  The 90s was a decade of sleek and cheeky sexuality, defined by models such as Tyson Beckford and Tyra Banks. To be sexy in the 90s was about giving more than just a lip liner and a Calvin Klein brief… it was about essence! Bring it in a 90s effect that will have the judges feeling themselves to a D’Angelo slow jam with a sip of Janet Jackson velvet rope. Take us all the way back, baby!

OTA Performance: $1000
Apocalyptic Future. A new era of survival and resilience is amongst us. We want you to bring it as the last voguer of the ballroom scene in an apocalyptic-inspired effect. Think Mad Max meets Blade Runner meets the five elements of vogue! Show us why you will be the last bitch standing to take out the grand prize.

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN HERE!

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Pool Party

Pool Party
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Warm up for the closing week of Mardi Gras 2020 at this sun-soaked affair, held high up in the city’s favourite rooftop oasis, ivy Pool Club. Sip on delicious cocktails by the poolside, survey the talent from the decadent cabana lounges and make a splash as local DJs spin the funkiest, vocal house.

DJ LINE UP:
DJ Alex Taylor
DJ Kristy Jade
Joelby
DJ Hayley Maree
Colin Gaff

A summertime tradition amongst locals and visitors from around the globe, Pool Party is the hottest party of the summer – let’s get wet!
 

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Kaftan Party

Kaftan Party
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Sydney’s most stunning tropical rooftop ivy Pool Club transforms into La Isla Bonita for Kaftan Party, our inimitable retro poolside soirée.

ANNOUNCING our fabulous Kaftan Party line-up:

The effervescent Bob Downe
The sweet sounds of Sugar Fed Leopards
Synchro pool choreo with The Clams
The sultry Coco Jumbo
Vintage vibes with Retro Equality
DJ Rob Davis, DJ Justin Scott and The Pleasure of Gwen

Join us with cocktail in hand as the summer sun sets, wearing your finest poolside couture – all kaftans, moo moos and chic loungewear welcome, with prizes for Best Kaftan, Best Cabana Lounging Ensemble and Most Outrageous Summer Accessory.

Expect a wash of camp entertainment including special guest hosts, DJs and playful live performances, with tunes from the '70s, '80s and '90s to transport you back in time. Kaftan Party is an all-inclusive event where every body is welcome!

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

Oxtravaganza

Oxtravaganza
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Celebrate OXTRAVAGANZA as 100+ businesses in and around Oxford Street, Darlinghurst (The Pink Mile) offer up a variety of fun events from midday to very late. Check out retail activations, live gigs and special offers.

Oxtravaganza is an all-day celebration of the Pink Mile - with meals and deals, drinks and drag, sexiness and subversion.

Kick on into the evening with live rock, drag cover bands, DJ’s, or comedy acts.

Darlinghurst has historically been a stomping ground for oddballs, queers, bohemians, and artists, whose influences delightfully combine to form a unique cultural hub - an unconventional and non-judgmental space where anything goes and everyone is welcome. Join our community as we celebrate Mardi Gras in our own, very special, way!

FIND OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND OXFORD STREET FOR OXTRAVAGANZA HERE

Photo credit: Hareth Tayam

Minus18 Queer Formal

Minus18 Queer Formal
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The Minus18 Queer Formal® is returning to Sydney in 2020, and in a most spectacular fashion: for its first ever Mardi Gras!

Queer Formal is an unforgettable evening of live music, dancing, glamour stations, activations, dinner, dessert and much, much more - for all LGBTIQ young people aged 13-19 and their friends. Minus18 celebrates every identity, in an inclusive space where anyone can bring a same-sex partner, embrace their identity and express themselves however they want.

WHAT TO KNOW

● All tickets are gloriously FREE
● One ticket booking per person
● If you find out you’re unable to attend, please un-register your spot via Eventbrite so someone else can attend
● No allocated seating or tables – the vibes at this formal are casual, and primed for friend-making ACCESSIBILITY
● Tram station pick-up and drop off
● Completely drug, alcohol and smoke-free zone
● Wheelchair accessible
● Youth workers on-site

Visit our website for more information around volunteering and supporting our event - every ticket is made available free thanks to donations and community support.

Minus18 is now fundraising so 500 LGBTQI teens can attend the Queer Formal FREE. You can help make this the most amazing, sparkling night of their lives!

Minus18 acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of our land – Australia. We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney.

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.