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The 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras theme and program has been revealed and it’s magical

Mardi Gras 2020

What Matters has been revealed as the theme for the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and it promises to be bigger and bolder than ever.  The theme builds on the legacy of Mardi Gras – a platform for activism, encouraging the community to think about creating a more inclusive future.  “This year we celebrate those at the forefront of the fight for equality. From ground-breaking queer artists to trailblazing thought leaders, Mardi Gras 2020 is an opportunity to visit the next destinations on our journey of diversity, inclusion and social justice,” says Mardi Gras Arts Interim CEO, Grant Lowe.  Mark it on your calendars! Friday 14 February 2020 is when the festivities kick off, with a diverse program of events running until Sunday 1 March 2020. They’ll be dazzling dance parties, top-tier theatre, music, world-class workshops and family-focused fun, with the iconic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade taking place on Saturday 29 February, 2020. The post-Mardi Gras Parade celebrations will continue with the iconic Mardi Gras Party happening at the Hordern Pavilion with the electrifying Dua Lipa headlining. The pavillion and its surrounding areas will be transformed into a brand-new adult playland with the party starting at 11pm – 8am. Fourth release tickets are on sale now.  There’s a supersized program on offer including the pre-eminent vogue ball, Sissy Ball and iconic festival classics such as Fair Day and Laneway, the traditional closing event of Mardi Gras. There’s no shortage of thought-provoking workshops and community events, with Queer Thinking taking over… Read More

Mardi Gras gives planet a shimmery glimmer of hope and goes green

Maxi Shield drag queen Mardi Gras 2

There is arguably no more a glittery or gay an event than that of the topless men, drag queens and colourful parade goers at Sydney’s annual Gay and Lesbian Mari Gras. This year though, offers something different. Revellers are trading in their sparkly rainbow stripes for something a little more eco-friendly with event organisers revealing that the major event is going green. Sydney Mardi Gras has not only committed to phasing out glitter (shock), but balloons and single-use plastic water bottles from their major events, too. When talking to The Sydney Morning Herald, Terese Casu, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras chief executive revealed, “we used to bring in about three tonnes of glitter from China.” “That goes in the gutter, it ends up in our oceans, our fish eat it, you find it in crab shells and oysters. We must be responsible and make really urgent changes,” she said. Production manager, Liz Carter, is joining the campaign helping many of the parades iconic floats “go green” by encouraging the use of LEDs, lanterns and fluorescent lights. “You have to think about the environment. Every festival has a carbon footprint and everyone has to think about that,” she said. For those looking for an equally shimmery environmentally friendly option, there are plenty of options available such as BioConfetti or Glitterazzi. See more at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras website.

What’s on at the Sydney Mardi Gras after party 2019

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Last year, we had Cher headline the biggest LGBTIQ party in Sydney, the Mardi Gras after party. This year, we have Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters as well as over nine other acts from literally all over the world. From Australia’s own Courtney Act – fresh off the back of her attempt at saving Australia in Eurovision – to Boris and Late Nite Tuff Guy from Berlin’s Berhain, there’s something for all kinds of party people and what they need to keep them going until the party shuts down at 8am on Sunday. The Royal Hall of Industries at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion will be turned into a Neon Playground, a fluro-pop inspired wonderland featuring performances by International pop star Kim Petras (USA), and local legends PNAU, Courtney Act and Briefs. The DJ lineup features international DJs Toy Armada & DJ GRIND (Singapore/USA) and Kitty Glitter and local favourites Amanda Louise and Dom De Sousa. Couple with that, performances by Briefs, HANDSOME, Paul Capsis and Vogue dancing masters House of Slé featuring special guest Leiomy Maldonado who’ll join PNAU and Kim Petras. It’s going to be huge. uge enough to consider renaming the whole Pavillion to The Black Palace for this night-of-nights, becoming a seductive and decadent underground world in a heady mix of the Palace of Versailles meets Versace socked in the decadence of the underground Berlin club scene. Check out more at the Mardi Gras website.

Queer stand-up comedy series launches 17 January

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There are a lot of comedy options out there, but none quite as gay as what’s coming in 2019. In association with Dekkoo Films, a bunch of gays will take to the stage for a stand-up comedy explosion that is OUT On Stage. It’s the latest instalment of the outrageously hilarious, diversely queer, stand-up comedy series hosted by Zach Noe Towers. It’ll be released on 17 January 2019. The gay comedy series features an eclectic lineup of renowned LGBTQ stand-up comedians, like Jonathan Rowell, Brendan Scannell, Casey Ley, Julian Michael, Irene Tu, JaredGoldstein, Raneir Pollard, Kyle Shire, Jordan Pease, Chris Bryant, Eric Hahn, DanielWebb, Joe Dosch, Gloria Bigelow, Anthony Desamito, Janine Brito, A.B. Cassidy and Zach Noe Towers. See more at their website.