Step into the illustrious world of queer ball culture as we unite Australia’s boldest houses to see who shines brightest at Sissy Ball. Our glam throwdown will be upping the ballroom game this year too, making its debut at the opulent Sydney Town Hall. Celebrating self-expression, identity, fluidity and finesse, it’s time to showcase our thriving ballroom scene with legendary house battles, music, DJs and phenomenal performing artists.
Want to up the glam? Treat yourself to the ultimate Sissy Ball experience with a VIP ticket, giving you exclusive access and premier seating in the upper gallery.
Please note: we do not recommend purchasing tickets from unauthorised ticket sellers, such as Viagogo, eBay, Queen of Tickets, Stubhub or Gumtree. Individuals who buy through these methods do so at their own risk as they cannot be 100% verified as genuine and not copies.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the traditional owners of the land this event will take place on. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.
Mardi Gras is working closely with NSW Health and the venue to deliver a COVID-Safe event. In line with the current health orders around large-scale events, we will require all participants, attendees, and staff over the age of 16 to show proof of vaccination or a valid medical exemption. You can read our COVID-Safe FAQs here.
Categories and prizes
Virgin Vogue VF $250
In 2019, House of Slè walked their first ball in New York together. In the name of the Neon Ball, virgin walkers will have to bring it in a neon yellow effect. Not including shoes. Must be voguing for less than 2 years and no wins in performance.
Hands Performance $500
You must bring a customised face mask! Think statement, design and overall look. Above all else give us your nastiest hands!
BQ Vogue Fem $500
Since this is the first category of its kind in our scene, we wanna see you bring it one by one and show us why you’re not like the rest. Your look is inspired by the baddest BQ of them all Lil Nas X and his infamous video clip “Industry Baby”. Bring an all pink ‘fit to vogue in, and don’t forget the shoes.
Sponsored by Sydney WorldPride
The bird of paradise is your mood board! Incorporate it into your effect whether it is in a big or small way, shape, design or colour. Make it vibrant and carnival! The judges will notice everything. Just bring it to life down the runway with your walk!
FQ Face $1000
The belle of every ball is forever fem queen face and that’s on Grand Prize! Create a production with your own music and if you choose a set and dancers and bring it as a queen for $1K. Serve us face! The word is royalty but always make it make work for you Kween!
Female Figure VF Performance $500
FF performance is officially back ladies! One of the most anticipated categories at every ball! Bring it back to life in a look interpreted from Normani’s music clip “Wild Side”. Give it everything you got cause these battles are gonna get wild.
Big Body SS $500
This category is for big bodies/parts only! Whatever that means to you! Savage X Fenty lingerie is the vibes but not no ones checking labels over here so do you! Bring sexy like no one has ever seen it before and remember to shake up the room baby.
It’s an Antigen world! Create a sickening look as a Coronavirus. The more bizarre the better. Think choreography, character or evolution of your costume. We want variant energy and to see you stand out.
A nod to the Latex Ball in New York, this category calls for an all-black latex, leather or lace effect! Winner takes all!
Walker registrations are now open, closing midday 1 April 2022.