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.

pic: Robert Knapman

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


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.

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.

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.

MUSIC - Who's ready for Carols in the Domain?

Every year Carols in the Domain is a highlight of the festive season. With incredible guest performers from around the world and the warmest community feel you could possibly ask for, Sydney is ramping up for year another year of glorious Christmas cheer.

Held on the 22nd of December in the Domain next to the NSW Art Gallery make sure you book your seats early and get ready for a busy night with the locals. Family friendly and a great event to book in for guests travelling from overseas or interstate.

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This year’s event will feature performances from The Wiggles, Samantha Jade, Isiah Firebrace, Troy Cassar Daley, Mickey Mouse, Thirsty Merc, Paulini and Mickey Mouse amongst a heap of other incredible talents from screen and stage.

Not one to be missed find more information here!

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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MUSIC - Oxford Art Factory drops a killer line-up for New Years Eve

Jon Hopkins will be taking over the venue until late into the night.

Jon Hopkins will be taking over the venue until late into the night.

The music kings of Darlinghurst have announced an amazing lineup for their New Years Eve Party. The iconic venue will be home to a killer DJ from Jon Hopkins amongst other local supports and should be a night to remember.

The whole city will be alive over New Year and crowds will be massive so make sure you plan ahead and what ever you do, DO NOT DRIVE!

Here is the full lineup for the OAF NYE Party!

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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.