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Mardi Gras Ultimate Sydney Day

Mardi Gras Ultimate Sydney Day

Any trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without seeing Sydney Harbour, and this tour covers every possible vantage point, in one day!

This ultimate day tour will take you up, over, across and around the harbour, in a variety of ways. The day starts with an escorted journey with the highly sought after Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb. After you have soared your way to the summit and been thrilled by the heights of one of the most spectacular climbs in the world, we head back down to earth for your harbourside lunch! A walking tour around the central harbour districts, followed by an unforgettable escorted tour inside the Sydney Opera House! Finally, our afternoon gently sails into evening with the exclusive VIP boarding on to the Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise! An evening of fantastic vibes, entertainment and sunset behind the bridge, from the best stage in Sydney, the Harbour! As the cruise comes to an end, this extraordinary day will become one of the stories you tell forever!

Art Vs Garbage

Art Vs Garbage

They’re here, they’re queer, they have everything to fear

Dumpster Divas is an absurd sketch comedy show written and performed by Danni Paradiso, Salem Barrett-Brown and Rory Nolan as part of the Mardi Gras Festival. Following the success of their sold out 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival show, join them as they continue to explore the meaning of sketch comedy and life itself.

The performers portray three queer friends who are rocketed to a garbage landfill in space, for the entirety of the show they must rifle through the trash to find the art (turns out its sketch comedy). Over the course of 50 minutes, Dumpster Divas blend performance art and sketch to make a surreal experience for the audience.

Danni Paradiso, Rory Nolan and Salem Barrett-Brown are Sydney-based comedians / artists with over nine years of experience in performance art, improvisation, stand up, sketch comedy, writing, musical theatre and theatre.

Written, performed and directed by
Danni Paradiso, Rory Nolan and Salem Barrett-Brown
Produced by The Jackrabbit Theatre

Tickets: General Admission - $20 Concession - $15 > BOOK HERE <

Posted in Premier Events Tagged Performance

Green Park Hotel Celebrates Mardi Gras

Green Park Hotel Celebrates Mardi Gras

This year, the Green Park Hotel is throwing a WHOLE WEEK of Mardi Gras events in partnership with Yak Ales, and they’re all completely FREE.

Forget tickets, queues or cover charges when your favourite local will be blacking out the windows, bringing out the disco balls and turning on the lasers parties the likes of which the Greeny has never seen before!

And we’ve got something for everyone.

Stuck for a date for Mardi Gras? Our 7 COLOURFUL DAYS OF FREE EVENTS kick off on Monday 25th Feb, with a very special edition of ‘Bachelor in the Park’, our very own speed dating night. Once you’ve found your Mr Right (or Mr Right now), we roll into the rest of the week: A Locals Night with the Liquor Sisters, The Ultimate Drag Bingo, hosted by Annie Mation, before we launch into the serious business of being fearless and footloose, with 3 nights of parties until 2am!

FREE ENTRY all week. Visit the Green Park Hotel website here to read more!

 

Australian Leatherman and Mr Bootblack Contest 2019

Australian Leatherman and Mr Bootblack Contest 2019

Leathermen and women from around the world come together to witness the selection of our Australian Leatherman and Mr Bootblack for 2019.  The competition, features Leathermen and Bootblacks from around the country vying for the coveted national title. With an international line up of judges and emcees, witness for yourself the highs and lows of our contestants journey. Presented in a kink friendly environment with events scheduled over three action packed days.

Friday – Uniform/Gear party / Meet the Contestants
Saturday – Australian Leatherman Contest
Sunday - Victory Brunch and T-Dance

Posted in Premier Events Tagged Community, Parties

ALL SORTS Blackout & SATURgAY

ALL SORTS Blackout & SATURgAY

2 fabulous parties, 1 ticket! This Mardi Gras do not miss Lansdowne’s special edition of SATURgAY and ALL SORTS all in one! Hosted by the hilarious duo Miss Ellaneous & Marzi Panne from Party Passport! SATURgAY downstairs - Disco, fabulous, hands in the air good times!

ALL SORTS Blackout upstairs – Drop it like it’s hot with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA+ mob, Brotha Boys, Sista Girls and their supporters! ALL SORTS is the best blackfella event this side of the lolly jar! Special shows from Divas, Miss First Nation finalists and much, much more!

 

Queertopia - Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

Queertopia - Heaps Gay Pardi Gras

We’re going full bush for Mardi Gras 2019! Grab your RM's and ride on it into our regional wonderland! This year we have partnered with Beats By Dr.Dre to bring you the ultimate bush doof featuring a staked line of international musicians, dj’s performers and artists!

Introducing: Heaps Gay Camp Country!

HEADLINERS (Brought to you by Beats by Dre):

LE1F (US)
NIMMO (UK)
TT - THE ARTIST (US)

LIVE:

TANZER (MELB BRUX (LIVE)
LAVERENCE (LIVE)
FLORIAN (LIVE)

DJS:

LORD FASCINATOR
LOVE DELUXE
FLOWERBOY
MIMI
CUPITS CUT
MATKA
POPCHOPS
MOWGLI MAY

PERFORMANCE ARTISTS:

GLITTER SUPERNOVA
KIERAN BUTLER
ZELDA MOON (MELB)
LEXI GALEXY (MELB)
HOUSE OF LUNA GAFF E (BERLIN)
"FAB" FEATURING ERICA ENGLERT
DOEY
MARA
MAYA DEVI
MARLENA DALÍ
MATT GRANT
RUMAH
YOLANDA FROST

Mardi Gras Central

Mardi Gras Central

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Seymour Centre present:

Get ready to be entertained and inspired at Mardi Gras Central. Our 2019 Festival hub is a wild mix of queer performance, theatre, music, dance, circus, cabaret and burlesque. Over 12 nights leading up to the Mardi Gras Parade, the Seymour Centre’s theatres, foyers and courtyard will be transformed, providing a welcoming space to share, celebrate and explore diverse queer identities through performance.

Featuring:

CLUB BRIEFS
THE RISE AND FALL OF SAINT GEORGE (SOLD OUT!)
KING
THE BUTCH MONOLOGUES
BENT BURLESQUE
THE MOORS
PLAYLIST
CAKE DADDY

Experience unmissable performances from world-class local and international LGBTQI artists, grab a bite, enjoy a drink, then head upstairs to the late night Festival Club.

Mardi Gras Central is the place to be seen, don't be the one who misses out!

Join us for the Festival Club Opening Night on Saturday 16 February from 9pm.

#MardiGrasCentral

 

WET SPOT Boat Party

WET SPOT Boat Party

It’s high tide this Pride with Rule 34 Club’s WET SPOT.

Heeyyy sailors! Calling all nauti buoys and gay gulls, kinky crabs, mer-creatures, sea-men, harbour homos, sexy starfishes and all other queer seafarers who like to get wet.

Join 300 queers for an evening of dirty dancing, perverted performances and more sea-prises aboard the WET SPOT – a spacious 84 ft catamaran – as we mince our way across the Sydney Harbour to the beats of DJ Maxxxy T and DJ Betts.

All aboard! Camp costumes serving maritime realness highly encouraged! Seas the gay at WET SPOT this Sydney Mardi Gras!

All genders and sexualities welcome!

Sponsored by Here's Looking at you, Kid!

Strictly limited tickets available here

Butch vs Femme Roller Derby: Pride Fight

Butch vs Femme Roller Derby: Pride Fight

Let's Jam! The hard hitting skaters of Sydney Roller Derby are back and battling it out in the annual Butch vs Femme Roller Derby Pride Fight. Will Team Butch continue their winning streak or is it time for a Femme revolution?

The night will feature two spectacular games of Roller Derby, great food, music, vendors and edge of your seat queer skating action. Bring the family and support your team.

Get tickets here!

Pool Party

Pool Party

Cocktails, tan lines and good times... Every year we fill Sydney’s most decadent poolside venue with local friends and beautiful strangers who’ve just arrived from around the globe for an unforgettable Mardi Gras holiday.

Our amazing DJ lineup: Beth Yen, Corey Craig, DJ Dom de Sousa, Estée Louder and Jonny Marsh.

Featuring pop-up performances by extraordinary burlesque and circus artist Kryponite!

Our Pool Party is the epitome of Sydney’s sexy summertime madness. Frolic with style and lap up the atmosphere, perhaps take a dip, get wet and wild, or just check out the talent. We’re serving up delicious cocktails, cabana lounges, and cool local DJs. The Mardi Gras Pool Party is the perfect way to make a splash. For ages 18+.

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Music, Parties

Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours

Now in its third year, Queer Art After Hours returns in 2019 with a sparkling line-up of art, music and performance, co-presented with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Experience the Art Gallery of New South Wales after the sun goes down with some of Australia’s best queer creatives bringing the art to life both on and off the walls.

Hosted by MCs Fancy Piece in the entrance court, catch spoken word by Steven Oliver, performances from Kilia and The Huxley’s, live music from LadyHood and DJ sets from Sophie Forrest and the Dollar Bin Darlings. Examine the stunning art-shoe creations of choreographer and designer Novy, in Stiletto NB or fall in love with one of Sydney’s most beloved drag kings, Jayvante Swing.

Verushka Darling returns with her outrageously popular art tours and Sheba Williams gives you the chance to star in her immersive pantomime Shebalicious. Discover juicy facts about famous artworks with Queer art history talks from the Gallery’s library and archive team or draw inspiration from the performances with our mass drop-in drawing workshop. With live experiences taking place all over the Gallery, this is one magnificent celebration of the LGBTQI creative community that is not to be missed.

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The Dollar Bin Darlings - 5-6pm, 8-8:45pm

The Dollar Bin Darlings believe that the joy and passion of disco is so infectious and so danceable that, armed with records that cost no more than one dollar, they can create a dancefloor so heaving and unrelenting that no one could say disco is dead. As well as regular gigs around Sydney, The Dollar Bin Darlings host their live analogue talk show Don’t go to bed (with the Dollar Bin Darlings) and ran parties in the Spiegeltent at the 2019 Sydney Festival. The Dollar Bin Darlings will kick off the night with their wild, disco tunes in the entrance court.

Location: Entrance court

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Verushka Darling - Each half hour 5:30pm-9pm

Verushka Darling is Australian drag royalty. She has changed the face of drag in Sydney and opened doors into the world of media, pop-culture and the mainstream through which others are now following. Returning for the third year of Queer Art After Hours, Verushka Darling will lead tours of the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection, revealing the real meanings behind the works.

Location: 19th & 20th c European art

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The Huxleys - 5:30pm – 6:15pm

Performance art duo The Huxleys are Will and Garrett Huxley, whose shared background in design, photography and performance has informed their practice—a living, ever-evolving collage of still images, moving image, costume and performance. The Huxleys have exhibited artwork in installations, fashion shows, performances and festivals across the world. Their work creates an iridescent hyper-real world, full of arresting shapes, lurid colour, extreme theatrics and an ethos of glamorous androgynous abandon.

Location: Front of the Gallery

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Drop in and draw - 6pm – 8pm

Our models leave some clothes on for these fun life-drawing workshops, featuring an array of models from the queer community. Get inspired by the performances in the entrance court as you get creative. With the guidance of our artist-educators, explore the nuances of line and form in this mass life drawing workshop. All levels of ability welcome. All materials are provided.

Location: Lower level 2

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Steven Oliver - 6pm – 6:15pm

Steven Oliver is an indigenous poet and rapper, actor, singer, dancer and writer. He is the creative force behind the ABC’s cult TV show, Black comedy. Since appearing at Art After Hours as the fabulous host of quiz show Faboriginal, Steven Oliver returns to the Gallery for a very special spoken word performance as part of Queer Art After Hours.

Location: Entrance court

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Queer Art History Talks - 6:15-6:30pm, 7:15-7:30pm, 8-8:15pm

Learn stories from the Galleries archive and discover juicy facts about famous artworks in the collection, artists and their subjects with Queer Art History Talks from the Archive and Library team. Steven Miller, head of the Gallery’s archive and research library and Gallery archivist Eric Riddler share this rare chance for visitors to get a new insight into some of the Gallery’s collection.

Location: 20th & 21st c Australian art

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Sophie Forrest - 6:20pm – 7:30pm

Sophie is a Musician/Composer/DJ/Chef. Born in South Africa emigrating to Australia as a young child Sophie has a broad musical history, playing many instruments as a child eventually moving into electronic music in high school. Tonight she takes the stage with her DJ set which is inspired by soul, hip hop and jazz, while incorporating a focus on trans and womens rights.

Location: Entrance court

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Sheba Williams - 7pm-7:30pm

Sheba Williams is a singer, MC and DJ who creates interactive performance pieces with a vivacious flair. She has performed around the world from Berlin to Shanghai, and has been part of sell-out seasons on the international festival circuit. For Queer Art After Hours, Sheba will perform her immersive pantomime Shebalicious – an intergalactic, interspecies, queer love-myth, starring members of the audience

Location: Grand Courts

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Novy Bereber - 7:30pm-7:40pm

The frantic claquetty-racket of heels against polished mahogany are Novy’s first memories as he was brought up by five aunts and a grandmother in the old Spanish town of Ilo Ilo in the Philippines. Novy is a dancer, choreographer and designer who began his dancing career in his mid-teens. Novy moved to Sydney in 2010 and with partner Ignatius Jones, started the famous Stiletto Parties in Surry Hills. With a motto of ‘No stilettos, no entry’, the parties were renowned for amazingly creative stilettos and the art-shoe concept was born. This year, in a special commission with Mardi Gras, Novy will present Stiletto NB, an installation and performance work for Queer Art After Hours 2019.

Location: Entrance court

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Jayvante Swing - 8:45pm – 8:50pm

Jayvante Swing is one of Sydney’s most beloved drag kings. Taking to stage when the scene was just emerging in 2003 at the Sly Fox for Kingki Kingdom, he is known for pioneering a smooth, sexy side to the artform. Performing at Sydney’s best-known nights and venues, like The Imperial Hotel for Drag’N’Dine, DTF, Queer Central, Queerbourhood at The Bearded Tit, Heaps Gay, Heartbreakers and Butch Stud. Jayvante Swing mixes his signature debonair style with gender illusion, guaranteeing that you too, will fall in love with this king.

Location: Entrance court

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Fancy Piece - 8:55pm – 9pm

Fancy Piece is the unholy union of Holly Bennett and Simone Craswell — and they’re coming for your soul. This queer performing arts duo have been stripping it off and whipping it out on stages from the Enmore Theatre to London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern and the glamorous guts of Sydney’s queer wonderground. Always celebrating community and challenging assumptions with an iron fist in a sequinned glove, Fancy Piece will whip up a special performance on the main stage for Queer Art After Hours. As MC’s for the event, Fancy Piece will also host an array of performances on the main stage in the entrance court throughout the night.

Location: Entrance court

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LadyHood - 9-9:30pm

LadyHood’s lightning-fast rise on the international music scene followed the success of their debut EP Finger On The Pulse, in 2015. Since then, LadyHood has been touring in the US and Europe. LadyHood’s musical style combines the well-crafted pop sensibilities of Sia, with the pumping, disco, glam-rock of Goldfrapp. Inspired by luminaries such as Prince and Freddy Mercury, LadyHood’s commanding on-stage presence is totally fearless. For the first time performing at Mardi Gras, LadyHood is excited to show Australia just why international audiences are getting 'wood’ for the ‘Hood.

Location: Entrance court

Parade

Parade

Proudly supported by Destination New South Wales

Building on four decades of powerful protest and LGBTQI celebration, the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is our biggest night of the year.

A bustling extravaganza that brings Sydney to a standstill and shines a global spotlight on LGBTQI lives, culture, communities and creativity. With spectacular floats, thousands of participants, a veritable smorgasbord of glittering colour and dynamic shape, the parade showcases the glitz and glamour of our community.

Drag Queens, Dykes on Bikes, Sydney Lifesavers, community heroes and much much more, come together to produce what has become the parade that stops the nation. Expect colour, expect life, expect huge crowds of excited parade viewers lining the streets. Make your way to Oxford Street or Flinders Street early to secure a good spot!

悉尼同性恋狂欢节 (Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras) 将于 3月2日 (周六) 迎来盛大的狂欢游行 。
想知道如何观看今年的游行? 快看看這個围观指南!

Download a map of the Parade route here.

PLAN YOUR PARADE EXPERIENCE - to ensure everyone has a safe and fun night, please read the important information on this page.

Tickets for our Parade viewing stands in Taylor Square and seating on Flinders Street are sold out.

 

2020 Parade and Party

2020 Parade and Party

SAVE THE DATE!​

The next Sydney Gay and Lesbian Parade and Party is scheduled for Saturday 29 February 2020. Applications for Parade floats will open in Spring 2019.

The annual Parade is a bustling extravaganza that brings Sydney to a standstill and shines a global spotlight on LGBTQI lives, culture, communities and creativity. With spectacular floats, thousands of participants, a veritable smorgasbord of glittering colour and dynamic shape, the Parade showcases the glitz and glamour of our community.

And after the spectacular Parade, we'll dance the night away at the biggest LGBTQI Party in the southern hemisphere.

We'll share more information here in spring 2019, when the full 2020 season of festival events will be revealed.

Keep in touch - subscribe to our email newsletter here and you'll stay informed as we plan for 2020's Parade.

 

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Parties

Diamond Club

Diamond Club

Proudly presented in partnership with ANZ

TICKET UPDATE: Our Diamond Club viewing area is now SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who booked!

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Take your Mardi Gras viewing experience to the next level. Come and join us at Taylor Square, right in the heart of the action, where you won’t miss a moment of our dazzling Parade. Diamond Club is our exclusive standing cocktail area, featuring a private bar, gourmet food trucks and DJs. With unparalleled views, it’s the ultimate place to enjoy the Parade for the ultimate VIP experience. Diamond Club is an over 18’s venue.

 

Posted in Mardi Gras Events Tagged Parties

Laneway

Laneway

The ultimate recovery event to close the Mardi Gras festival’s final weekend, Laneway features the hottest DJs, surprise live performances, an eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor party spaces to dance, strut or take the edge off the night before.

Our LANEWAY line-up for 2019:

SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM
Jess Love
Kryptonite
Miss Poodle
Rhys Lightning
Beth Yen
Butch le Butch
DJ Dan Murphy
DJ Alex Taylor
DJ Charlie Villas
DJ Rob Davis
Estée Louder
GI Jode
DJ Sveta
Greg Boladian
James Alexandr
Jonny Marsh
DJ Kate Monroe

All good things must come to an end – and there’s no ending quite like Laneway.

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