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Parade Sideshow

Parade Sideshow
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Don’t miss a moment of Mardi Gras magic! Round up your crew and watch the Parade dance past from our family-friendly parade viewing area Sideshow on Flinders St. Skip the crowds and guarantee a premium viewing experience of the 2020 Parade, complete with outrageous hosts who’ll provide a running commentary of all the evening’s sparkling, standout moments.

Your ticket includes a choice of seated or standing viewing with exclusive access to bars, food stalls, live screens and bathrooms. Sideshow is an all ages venue, children are welcome.

 

Myra DuBois: Dead Funny

Myra DuBois: Dead Funny
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Myra is dead; long live Myra! Realising that she stands to miss out on the most attention she’ll ever receive in one sitting, the “acid-tongued and funny to the bone” (TimeOut). Myra DuBois brings forward her own funeral to make sure people get it right!

An irreverently sardonic side-eye at death, dying and the theatrics of grief, with songs by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera) all wrapped up in Myra’s trademark acerbic wit, Dead Funny promises to be a show so funny you’ll R.I.Pee your pants. Unpredictable, intelligent character comedy, the self-declared siren of South Yorkshire works the room, sparing no-one her sharp tongue, and yet somehow keeping everybody affectionately on-side.

Having sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival, Underbelly Southbank Festival and Soho Theatre, and being described as “bust a gut funny” by Graham Norton, don’t miss your chance to catch her Australian debut.

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Comedy

Koori Gras: Yellamundie Queer Blak

Koori Gras: Yellamundie Queer Blak
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Off the back of the success of the 2019 drag creative development workshops, in 2020 Moogahlin will offer five emerging LGBTQI+ blak artists a one week writing intensive with internationally renowned queer playwright Victor Rodger and Moogahlin Co-Artistic Director Liza-Mare Syron. The focus of the writing workshops will be for performance, exploring the 2020 SGLMG theme WHAT MATTERS. The works developed will be presented as public readings at Seymour Centre.

Koori Gras: Blak Diva For The Day

Koori Gras: Blak Diva For The Day
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Come along and explore in a safe place your hidden Drag King or Queen. A one-day workshop for community members to come along and dress up and find your drag persona. Choose from a variety of donated glamorous outfits, participate in a makeup workshop, and select your song to perform.

Queer Screen’s 27th Mardi Gras Film Festival

Queer Screen’s 27th Mardi Gras Film Festival
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From romance to comedies, documentaries to dramas, and everything in between, Queer Screen delivers a huge 27th Mardi Gras Film Festival with an exciting array of diverse films that showcase the LGBTQI+ experience.

The 2020 festival will feature a raft of Australian and Sydney premieres from all corners of the globe. Highlights include Lizzie, a psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart. Dreamy Henry Golding from Crazy Rich Asians stars in Monsoon as a gay man who heads to Saigon, in a film that questions how family ties, culture and sexuality make us who we are. A massive hit in France, The Shiny Shrimps is a feelgood comedy based on the true story of a flamboyant amateur water-polo team striving to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia. Jon Hamm and Jennifer Jason Leigh narrate Sid & Judy, an amazing documentary about the talent and tragedy of gay icon Judy Garland. Unsound is a unique, Australian movie that explores the connection between Noah, a guitarist, and Finn, a deaf transman.

The teaser films listed above are on sale now ahead of the launch of the full festival program on January 8.

Laneway

Laneway
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A street party like no other, Laneway is the traditional closing event of Mardi Gras each year and the ultimate recovery party for 2020. Taking over The Beresford and Hill St laneway, farewell summer with old friends and new across multiple dancefloors, with entertainment taking you from day to night including the best local DJs and surprise pop-up performances.

VIP tickets are available for access to the Mardi Gras VIP Bar at Upstairs Beresford, featuring an exclusive dance floor, bar and amenities.

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Parties, Music

Party

Party
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Australia’s most treasured LGBTQI+ Party is back – but not as you know it. 2020 will see Mardi Gras transform the Hordern Pavilion and surrounding venues into a brand-new adult play land, bursting with music, light and performance across new fantasy worlds for you to immerse yourself.

Continue riding the joyous vibes post-Parade as our communities unite in this multi-sensory feast. Party will take you on a journey from the late-night and deep into the early hours, while eccentric and extraordinary performers and DJs from home and abroad fill the atmosphere with pulsing techno, tantalising house and euphoric gay anthems.

She’s got new rules, she’ll count ‘em! The electrifying Dua Lipa is set to headline this year’s Mardi Gras Party!

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Parties, Music

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.

Tickets to the DIAMOND CLUB Parade viewing stands in Taylor Square are now SOLD OUT.

Book tickets to the PARADE SIDESHOW viewing area in Flinders Street here.

Diamond Club

Diamond Club
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DIAMOND CLUB IS SOLD OUT!

Tickets are still available to our Parade Sideshow viewing area on Flinders Street. Book here!

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.

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Parties

Courtyard Sessions

Courtyard Sessions
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Courtyard Sessions offers free gigs at dusk in the Seymour Centre courtyard, with a diverse program that champions local LGBTQI artists.

Bigger than ever, the 2020 program includes nights presented by Sad Grrls Club and Queer as Fvck, with acts like Wolfjay, Gaia Rising, Lauren Neko, Kyva and more set to hit the stage. Bring your friends and enjoy a relaxed summer evening of good food, cold drinks and great live music.

Fri 21 Feb: Queer Trailblazers ft. Gussy, Moonsign and Reem
Sat 22 Feb:
Queer As Fvck ft. Gaia Rising, Lauren Neko, DJ Scruffamudda
Sun 23 Feb: Queer Trailblazers ft. KYVA and Wolfjay
Fri 28 Feb: Not Just Grrrls by Sad Grrrls Club

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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.

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.

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

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Music, Parties

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.

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

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Parties, Music

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. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras presents 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. Ticket includes entry to the Crystal Palace Dance Party and unlimited rides all day.

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.

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!

Photo credit: Hareth Tayam