Mardi Gras and Merivale celebrate gay at the Beresford with ‘We Are Colourful’ exhibition

It’s Mardi Gras time and that means colour, glitter and whole lotta gay descend upon not only Sydney, but the country in an explosion of acceptance, gender equality and happiness the country-over.

And what better way to celebrate all this goodness than with a colourfully-charged photography exhibition by photographer Mat Baker in conjunction with this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Beresford Sundayswho now do brunch on Sunday for MG – and Absolut Vodka?

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Merivale’s Beresford Sundays and Absolut Vodka have launched the We Are Colourful exhibition at the Beresford on Bourke Street, Surry Hills, a totally new campaign that celebrates community, freedom, self-expression and above all, equality.

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Through a series of vibrant photographs, the We Are Colourful profiles some of the bright, talented and diverse members of the Beresford Sundays community and shines a light on what equality means to them.

The collection of ten portraits will be showcased in venue from 18 February, featuring a shot of Maxi Shield, famed Oxford Street performer and face of We Are Colourful, as well as:

  • Odetta Quinn, Actor and Writer – “Equality means embracing diversity and differences, and giving everyone a chance to succeed in what they want to do”.
  • Victoria Anthony, Showgirl / DJ – “When everyone has the same right to be who they are, express ourselves freely and be supported by other people.”
  • Byron Alexander, Bartender – “Equality would end so much unnecessary pain in the world, I’m glad that we are on our way!”
  • John Wilson, Creative Director – “The ability to be able to move freely in the world.”
  • Maxi Shield, Drag Queen – “It’s that warm feeling, that I AM the same as you.”
  • June ChangRestaurant Manager – “Every day is like falling in love”.
  • Dan Murphy, DJ – “That we’re all equal… togetherness.”
  • Amanda Louise, DJ – “No stigma. It heals a lot that has been done in the past”
  • Coco JumboDrag Queen – “Our community is recognised. We can love who we want to love and being fabulous at it”.
  • Lauie Dok, Model – “Equality to me, means freedom”

In the lead-up to the 40th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the We Are Colourful exhibition will be brought to life through a series of events and experiences at Beresford Sundays including a new brunch series, a special edition Absolut cocktail, and the first ever Beresford Sundays and Absolut Mardi Gras float.

This year, Beresford Sundays and Absolut will make their debut in the 40th annual parade, with a spectacular float designed in collaboration with AZB Creative. On the We Are Colourful float will be some of the amazing people who took part in the campaign, alongside other members of the Beresford Sundays community.

Located in the heart of Surry Hills, The Beresford is an iconic destination for the LGBTQI community. Beresford Sundays officially launched in 2011, with the vision to create the ultimate Sunday afternoon party session in Sydney.

See more of what’s in store for the 40th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras right here.

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