EVENTS - SYDNEY PRIDE FESTIVAL IS BACK IN JUNE!

The Sydney Pride Festival starts next week and continues through June (6-30) with a month of festivities that include art, cinema, trivia nights, debates, literary salons, sports, fundraising activities and club events across Sydney. Its one of the biggest fundraising events on the LGBTIQ calendar bringing together a host of grassroots activities. Gold coin donations and big ticket events support a myriad of LGBTIQ charities.

Iconic Sydney venue Stonewall will host Pride launch night as well as Pride Bingo nights and an Orgy of Drag will be a highlight of the festival. Dungeons and Drag Queens at the Imperial Erskineville promises a live action drag show, combining comedy, fashion and fantasy.

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pic: Robert Knapman

If you fancy a singalong, try The Carpenters of Kempsey or a supper cabaret night with drag royalty Minnie Cooper, at Claire's PopUp Petit Cabaret on Oxford St.

This year’s Pride theme is “RIOT 69” One Moment in Time remembering the Riots of 1969 at the Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village in New York City and the heroes that led the way and fought for LGBTIQ rights 50 years ago. This was the beginning of the modern gay movement and the inspiration to the 78er’s who paved the way here in Sydney.

Talks with the original 78’ers ensure that this history is celebrated and understood.

For the literary minded there is a writer’s talk with Maeve Marsden at Kogarah Library, the Phoenix Ink book launch, Alpha girls book launch, art exhibitions and a short story competition. Kogarah Library is also hosting Rainbow Family Story-time.

The BONDI BADLANDS Historical Walking Tour will be delivered by true crime author Greg Callaghan and will explore local LGBTIQ history whilst shedding light on the circumstances that gave rise to the wave of violence during the 80’s and 90’s and pays respect to the many lives impacted.

pic: Robert Knapman

pic: Robert Knapman

If you feel like dressing up, the Winter Circus Costume Ball at the Fairmont Resort Ballroom or the The Aurora Ball’s 20th Anniversary night is for you! The Aurora theme is ‘creatures of the night sky’ so embrace your spirit animal and expect to see horns and beaks, goddesses and galaxy warriors.

And can anything be more worthy of “legendary status” than a Homage to Hollywood Tribute to the legendary Doris Goddard, at the legendary Hollywood Hotel, featuring the legendary Carlotta? The Sydney Pride Festival coincides with VIVID and the Sydney Film Festival, so check out their sites for more Pride fun times.

Sydney Pride Festival is a not for profit event which supports a wide range of LGBTQI charities, organisations and businesses. The Festival has events throughout Sydney and the Blue Mountains that are fun and affordable for everyone, whilst raising much needed funds for charity and showcasing our community and achievements.

The Sydney Pride Festival is a special time for the LGBTQI community as we remember our history, celebrate the present and look forward to a day when all are EQUAL.

Pic: Robert Knapman

Pic: Robert Knapman


ART+DESIGN - A READING LIST FOR MUM

It's coming up to Winter and chances are Mum would love a good book to curl up with sometime soon. The Potts Point Bookshop, has curated a list just for us, and we are itching to get our hands on one (or all) of them. 

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In The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone, debut Australian novelist Felicity McLean explores the long echoes of emotional trauma and guilt born of the disappearance of three siblings twenty years ago. It is a compelling and deeply resonant coming-of-age tale, and an absolutely enthralling account of a young woman’s effort to heal deep wounds that don’t easily show, whose voice will stay with you for a long time.

Writing with an assurance and grace that signals the arrival of an important literary voice, Laveau-Harvie’s Stella Prize-winningThe Erratics tells the story of the author’s return home to Alberta, Canada, to confront her mother’s legacy of abuse. Imbued with a dark, savage wit, this memoir completely subverts the social expectations of motherhood as it explores the cancer within Laveau-Harvie’s family.

In this New Map Italy, Herbert Ypma maps out eighty-five experiences and tips that will elevate your next trip to Italy from a good experience to a truly memorable one. This is the must-have guide for the contemporary traveller.

Good Food editor Ardyn Bernoth selects 100 recipes by nine of Australia's best-loved chefs in Good Food Favourite Recipes. It features easy weeknight meals as well as jaw-dropping dishes certain to impress. 

In Small Garden Design, Australia's leading landscape designer, Paul Bangay, applies his 25 years of experience to provide expert advice on how to transform any area — no matter what the size — into a garden paradise. He shows us 'how to make the most of small space you have, and how to transform it into the paradise that we all aspire to.

If you've already snapped these goodies up then check out the other book stores scattered around Eastside, The Bookshop in Darlinghurst has some great LGBTQI texts and some steamy reads or Ariel further down Oxford Street can provide the best in coffee table books, art texts and gorgeous gifts and accessories. We also love the setup at Berkelouw where you can't turn down a coffee in their upstairs library/cafe whilst you flick through your latest purchase. If you want some music with your fiction then TITLE further down Crown Street can help with memorabilia, literature and vinyl, and of course the masters of recommendation over at Oscar and Friends are always willing to help out. 

(photo courtesy Potts Point Bookshop)

EVENTS - Mum and Moet at the Golden Age Cinema

The stunning Golden Age Cinema will be hosting a special screenings for Mother's Day. "Mother's Day with Moet"  is a beautiful gift for the mums out there who want to spend quality time with the ones they love or are more inclined to experiences. 

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Pair your tickets to fashion-forward Audrey Hepburn musical Funny Face, positively dotty art doco Kusama — Infinity or festival hit Icelandic comedy Woman at War with a bubbling glass of Moët and a hand-made Gelato Messina choc top – all for just $40 Adult and $35 Concession.

EVENTS - That's a wrap! Oxtravaganza makes a splash over the weekend.

After a wet weekend Oxtravaganza is done and dusted! Eastside was awash in glitter, music and laughter as the third annual Oxtravaganza kicked off!

The marketplace was colourful and bright in Foley Street and as the day progressed Oxford Street ramped up the action! We had Sax Fetish and their Naked Barber pulling the crowds and the stunning musical performance from Cherry Earhart rang out strong.

Wayside Chapel had the most delicious treats on sale outside Ariel Bookstore. Darlinghurst Primary School had their “love darlo” stall up and running. Swim and undies models braved the rainy weather. And our very own, favourite Queen, Maxi Shield was spruiking outside ACON in a warm up before her show later at The Oxford. Around the corner in Bourke St bikes were being pimped (Lekker Bikes), rainbow cakes served (Christophers Cakes), DJ’s and BBQ’s were warming up (Lumiere Cafe) and rum cocktails were on the menu (BRIX Distillery).

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Oxtravaganza ambassador Sheldon Riley was wandering up and down the event popping in and out of shops, with a quick performance here and there. He was glowing after being given the rockstar treatment at Kryolan and this showed up beautifully as he posed for pictures outside Cork and Canvas for their fingerprinted Pride Tree.

If you didn’t make it to Oxtravaganza this year then don’t worry they will be back in 2020, bigger and better than ever. If you are a business who would like to participate next year then let the organisers know by emailing info@oxtravaganza.com.au.

STYLE - Oxtravaganza is the place to be for the local makers and creatives.

Not only are Foley Street and Oxford Square being activated for Oxtravaganza, the East Sydney Community Arts Centre will be hosting a locals clothing swap! The Clothing Exchange will be supporting sustainability from 3pm at the Community Centre on Burton Street in Darlinghurst. Starting at 3pm it’s the perfect addition to your Oxtravaganza plans! We recommend bringing 8 pieces of clothes to swap.

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For the marketplace on Foley Street we will have some amazing businesses showing their stylish and quirky designs. Oleu Life will be there with some intoxicating natural oils and therapies, whilst Scallywag Society will have a range of repurposed cushions and bags.

12pm will see Grace Grove Band kicking off the day with their soul and RnB groove, which will be driven home by local rising star Cherry Earhart from 2pm. If you are a fan of local music then make sure you are around for these sets.

For all event details of Oxtravaganza head to the website.

ART - Queer Art After Hours... don't neglect your creativity this Mardi Gras

If you are craving some creativity in your life then get amongst the amazing partnership between Mardi Gras and the Art Gallery of NSW. At this year's Queer Art After Hours, Mardi Gras is celebrating queer tattoos. The project is discussing a number of questions like, Is it a phenomenon with a unified queer aesthetic? Do tattoos created by and for queer people have meanings and traditions that break from the tattooing mainstream? Or are there no categories or boundaries (and that is actually the point)? Overall exploring the complex language and significance of tattoos in our queer communities.

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They are collecting images of queer tattoos as well as looking for six fearless people to participate in Queer Tattoos, a living display of queer tattoos at Queer Art After Hours at the Art Gallery of NSW on Wed 27 Feb, 2019.  If you have some ink to share you can simply tag your images with #queerarttattoos.

Add this event to your Mardi Grad Calendar and for all the details head to the official Mardi Gras website.

ART - Cork and Canvas are taking bookings for their Mardi Gras Activation 'Paint Your Queen'

Darlinghurst’s art and wine collective Cork and Canvas have pulled out all the stops to deliver a stellar activation for the 2019 Mardi Gras celebrations and Oxtravaganza on the 23rd of February. Titled Paint Your Queen Canvas Night you will have the opportunity to put pen to paper and pay homage to your favourite member of the LGBTIQ+ community, there’s no better way to capture the Mardi Gras moment!

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There will be a special guest performance from the amazing Diabolique, who has come all the way from New York City. This one of experience comes at the same time as the highly anticipated Oxtravaganza. Make sure you stay tuned to the event’s Facebook page for all the details on what’s happening near you.

So call up your friends, get a group going and come on down to Cork and Canvas for the night of your life.

COMMUNITY - Oxtravaganza is live!

The community is buzzing with the news that Oxtravaganza is now launched and live. If you didn’t make it to the official launch party last week then here is all the info for you!

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Oxtravaganza is held on the 23rd of February throughout Oxford Street and the Darlinghurst area and is a way for local businesses to activate their shops and get amongst the Mardi Gras spirit. The event is an official part of the Mardi Gras program and includes pretty much all of your favourites. Sax Fetish will be hosting their infamous Naked Barber, Pearsons Florist is showing off with stunning rainbow bouquets and the East Sydney Arts and Community Centre will be hosting drag yoga.

There is something for the whole family and with the party continuing into the night, there is no excuse for everyone in Eastside to not get involved. If you want all the info as well as the official program and a way to get in contact with the organisers visit their official website.

EVENTS: The Domain has an awesome summer lineup

The weather has been pretty perfect this summer and there is no better way to soak up the rays and balmy nights than at The Domain! They have some awesome shows lined up for the next few weeks, everything from kids concerts to international superstars.

Here are a few which we won’t be missing!

The Summer Series - January 12th

Catch The Jacksons, The Kool Gang, Village People and heaps more, bringing the groove all night long! What a way to relive the classics and soak in the best Sydney has to offer! Tickets and full details here.

Florence and The Machine - January 26th

The British phenomenon Florence Welch returns with her band to deliver a spectacular performance. Known for her ethereal and powerful stage presence, seeing Florence and The Machine is a once in a lifetime event. Get your tickets here.

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Florence and The Machine is one of the world’s most spectacular performers and a show not to be missed.

Mazda Opera in The Domain - January 19th

If you are a diehard opera fan then the Mazda Opera in the Domain is where you should be. Hosted by ABC Classic FM and backed by the incredible Opera Australia Orchestra the evening features performances from our brightest operatic stars taking on history’s most celebrated arias.

MUSIC - Open mic nights and jam sessions in Eastside, the best new talent in the area.

Eastside is full of new talent waiting to be discovered. If you’re after a night of entertainment, whether that be a soulful acoustic jam session or a belly ache of laughs with a fresh new comedian, there are so many spots to choose from!

1. Wednesday - The Wanderer Surry Hills (Open Mic Night)

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2. Monday - Venue 505 Surry Hills (Weekly Jazz Jam Session)

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3. Thursday - Cafe Lounge Surry Hills (Jam Jazz Session)

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4. Monday - The Bourbon Potts Point (Latin Open Mic Jam Night)

5. Comedy Open Mic Night - The Forrester’s Surry Hills(Comedy Night)

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EVENTS - The best spots for last minute markets in Eastside.

Christmas is always a rush. Family in town, kids are at home for the holidays and there just never seems to be enough time. Relax! No need to leave the ‘hood as we’ve got three of the best last minute markets for food, fashion and gifts.

  1. East Sydney Community Arts Centre - Bizarre Bazaar

A market cultivated from Sydney’s creative talent where local designers, artists and craftspeople sell their handmade work directly to the public. Featuring painting, sculpture, jewellery, fashion, toys, prints, zines and curios. Buy something unique and wonderful for your loved ones this Christmas. Burton Street, Darlinghurst. (Friday 21st evening, Saturday 22nd + Sunday 23rd December)

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2. Kings Cross Organic Market

Macleay Street, Kings Cross - Saturday & Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm Sat, 10 am to 3 pm Sun. The freshest in produce, ideal for impressing guests and pleasing the foodies in your life during the holidays.

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3. Object Shop Christmas Design Market - Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney

DC is partnering with Sydney Living Museums (SLM) for the second year to curate a Makers Lane, with 10 stalls as part of their Christmas Fare event at Hyde Park Barracks Sydney. It is an enchanting evening held at the historic site, with artisanal food, entertainment, 40+ market stalls and free complimentary entry. The ‘Makers Lane’ features Object Shop ceramicists Denise McDonald, Hayden Youlley, Jennifer Newton, Katherine Mahoney and The Fortynine Studio; designers benconservato, Eggpicnic and Outer Island; Jeweller Sophia Emmett and textile maker Love and West. Find out more about the Christmas Market here.

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EVENTS - Oxtravaganza is back!

Businesses along Oxford Street and surrounds are all coming together to do something a bit special in the middle week of Mardi Gras. On the 23rd of February Oxtravaganza is taking over the area so put it in the diary and make a day of it. Last year’s event was a smash success and we are hoping this time around will be even bigger and better.

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From special offers to in store activations, live music and mermaids. There is nothing you won’t see at Oxtravaganza 2019.

If you are a business in the local area or know someone who is then get in touch with us and let us know, we would love to promote your idea!

EVENTS - Sydney Festival hits Eastside

The Sydney Festival is here! A highlight of the city calendar The Sydney Festival is an opportunity to showcase the best we have to offer in the arts. Eastside is making a big splash this year with theatre, music, visual arts and performance. Some highlights include the lineup at Belvoir St Theatre and the Art Gallery of NSW.

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There are plenty of kids activities on offer as well as free events across the whole festival.

With something for everyone The Sydney Festival is the place to be this summer! Check out the full program and all locations HERE.