The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras returns in 2019 for the 40th anniversary of the festival, with a programme that marches confidently into the future.
Officially launched on Friday 15 February, the event is jam-packed with an exciting schedule of local and international queer performances, dance parties, theatre, music, workshops, exhibitions and over 100 community events under one roof. The Festival culminates with the iconic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday 2 March, 2019.
The epic Mardi Gras Party will also take place on 2nd March, featuring 10 killer shows, 20 DJs and five dance spaces. Scissor Sisters’ very own Jake Shears, PNAU, Kim Petras, HANDSOME, Paul Capsis, House of Slé featuring special guest Leiomy Maldonado, and Courtney Act are just some of the guests to be performing across the many stage areas at the biggest party on Australia’s calendar.
Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu says: “As the LGBTQI community continues to evolve into many wonderfully diverse groups of people, the time is right to create a much more diverse queer entertainment program across the entire Mardi Gras Party that represents and appeals to everyone.
“With the continuing explosion of international and national queer performers and DJs it is time to feature these amazing artists throughout the Mardi Gras party. With over 12,000 party-goers and any one space only holding up to 5,000 people it also makes perfect sense to have live performances in all three spaces,” she adds.
Creative Director Greg Clarke says: “For this year’s party we are going all-out on the party design, creating three totally different immersive worlds in which everyone can come together to dance, play and be fearless in, and all three spaces feature incredible artists.”
Outside from the party, Highlights across the festival include the phenomenal circus cabaret Club Briefs, the inaugural Bent Burlesque featuring the stars of Vienna Burlesque Festival, the all-new Doggywood dog pageant, and the Sports Village where Team Sydney takes over with games of Volleyball, Tug of War and a Speedos Fashion Parade as well as many more LGBTQI artists from around the world.
This year’s theme is ‘Fearless’, a poignant acknowledgement of the way LGBTQI people across the globe courageously express who they are, whilst also honouring past advocates, activists and individuals who have defended the community. Fearless is also a call to action for the future, calling on the LGBTQI community to be strong, brave, loud and proud and unite at Mardi Gras 2019 to celebrate as one.
2019’s Mardi Gras programme is bigger, better and more diverse than ever in its representation of the LGBTQI community.