The full line-up for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has been revealed today, with tickets now on sale for over 70 events celebrating the best of our city’s pride and diversity.
Based on the creative concept of a colourful ‘kaleidoscope’, the three-week festival will offer up a slather of celebratory selections, with an array of free and ticketed events including fabulous parties; world-class cabaret, theatre and musical performances; premiere film screenings; all-inclusive community, social and youth events; interactive panel discussions; and unforgettable art exhibitions.
“The 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is poised to deliver festivalgoers a kaleidoscope of colourful experiences, with a jam-packed program of cultural and community events running from Sunday February 9 through to Sunday March 2, 2014,” says the festival crew.
THE ALL–IMPORTANT DATES:
FAIR DAY Sunday 9 February
QUEER THINKING Saturday 15 February
HARBOUR PARTY Saturday 22 February
MARDI GRAS POOL PARTY Monday 24 February
SUNSET CRUISE Wednesday 26 February
WOMEN SAY SOMETHING Friday 28 February
MARDI GRAS PARADE & PARTY Saturday 1 March
THE LANEWAY Sunday 2 March
Kicking off the events calendar on Sunday February 9 will be FAIR DAY, one of the festival’s most-loved and highly anticipated community celebrations.
As in previous years, Fair Day will welcome people and pets from all walks of life to Victoria Park – bringing more than 70,000 families and friends together for a free picnic in the sun with fantastic food, live music, roaming drag talent, community stalls, kids’ activities, and the world-famous DoggyWood dog show for pampered pooches!
For festivalgoers looking for a slightly more cerebral Mardi Gras experience, QUEER THINKING 2014 is hitting the Seymour Centre on Saturday February 15.
The day-long set of talks and discussions will present a queer-tinged fusion of stories, ideas, literature and academia with LGBTQI leaders, activists and artists – all of whom will challenge the status quo and share their thought-provoking insights and experiences.
Saturday February 22 will see legendary British DJ and producer Joey Negro headlineHARBOUR PARTY 2014, a must-attend al-fresco experience for any festivalgoer who thrives on a casual boogie, cool cocktail and picturesque party surroundings.
One of only two parties to be held on Sydney Harbour each year, Harbour Party will deliver a buzzing mix of quality house music, surprise performances, lavish open-air spaces and truly international party-pals in one of the world best and most spectacular waterside venues!
Grab your Speedos. The unmissable MARDI GRAS POOL PARTY will hit the Ivy Pool Club from 2pm on Monday February 24.
One of Sydney’s most extravagant outdoor drinking destinations, The Ivy will deliver a piping-hot party experience in an oasis of style – with shady palms, delicious cocktails, private cabanas, poolside DJs, pumping sounds, underwater speakers and gorgeous lifeguards in scantily clad trunks.
Just check out our photos from last year to see what you can expect:
Harbourside celebrations are set to continue on Wednesday February 26 with the SUNSET CRUISE, hosted by Sydney drag superstar Summer Salt.
Offering a very Mardi Gras take on a must-do Sydney experience, Sunset Cruise will see festivalgoers get up-close-and-personal with some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, with a glass of champers in hand, hilarious live commentary and killer music to boot!
Female icons, thought-leaders, frontrunners and innovators will go under the spotlight whenWOMEN SAY SOMETHING: Dancing On The Ceiling takes over Sydney Town Hall on Friday February 28. Former WSS panelists have included Lord Mayor Clover Moore, UK lesbian actor and musician Heather Peace, feminist icon Dr Eva Cox and Australian actress Claudia Karvan.
After selling out in 2013, the event returns in 2014 to celebrate the achievements of women from all communities in an evening of insightful dialogue, top-notch entertainment, engaging film, fine food and wine, lavish spectacle and inspiring stories.
Saturday March 1 will see the festival’s most famous and anticipated event kick off as the officialSydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras PARADE hits Oxford Street.
The centrepiece of the Mardi Gras season, the parade will bring thousands of festivalgoers together in a glittering display of outrageous floats, fabulous costumes, stunning designs and dancing galore.
For 2014, the Parade Viewing areas are getting a makeover – all the details on the new Parade viewing experiences will be unveiled on December 11th.
There’s only one official MARDI GRAS PARTY! Following the parade with a piping hot line-up of DJs and musical acts from across the globe, this not-to-be-missed event will happen as usual at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park.
The special guest acts are still to be confirmed, but the DJ line-up already includes Kim Ann Foxman, Dan Slater and Yo! M.A.F.I.A., and will be the only place to be to truly keep celebrations kicking long into the night with a carnival queer atmosphere.
Rounding out the official festival program on Sunday March 2 will be the much-loved THE LANEWAY event, a Mardi Gras institution that has provided the backdrop for decades of partying, fun and fabulousness.
The event will offer an eclectic lineup of DJs, surprise guests, pop-up performances and entertainment across an expanded venue footprint that includes The Flinders, The Beresford and the connecting Hill St Laneway – giving partygoers more outdoor space to dance, relax, mingle and soak up the sunshine.