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21 years after Priscilla, Broken Hill will host the Broken Heel Festival of drag

21 years after Priscilla, Broken Hill will host the Broken Heel Festival of drag

The film The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of The Desert is turning 21 and to celebrate, the mining town of Broken Hill around which much of the film was shot, is hosting the inaugural Broken Heel Festival across the weekend of 11 to 13 September.

Tickets are on sale now and it is possible to stay in Broken Hill’s famous Palace Hotel where the characters in the film performed. Early bird tickets are $157.50 plus booking fee for the entire weekend of activities and are available at

Broken Heel festivities including a Meat Draw, a Swim and Slide and of course, Ping Pong – Priscilla’s favorite sport.

There’s also the Let’s Go Shopping Girls community market, the Drag on Drag drag march up the town’s main street and the Bloody Mary MooMoo Morning for tender heads the morning after.

Fans of fine food can participate in the Snitzel Crawl, and with an astonishing 20 pubs in a town of 20,000, Broken Hill knows a thing or two about good pub food.

Fans will get the chance to meet the man behind Priscilla – writer and director Stephan Elliot in an intimate Q&A session and get up close and personal to Shirl – the Broken Hill barfly played by actress June Bennett in the film who dared take on Bernadette in a drinking competition in the film – and lost.

Drag divas Philma Bocks and Art Simone will be the festival host.

Broken Heel is organized by the Palace Hotel and invites road-trippers, seekers of fun, and the outrageously spectacular to visit the quirky mining town on the western edge of the state of New South Wales, 1,100kms from Sydney.

‘What better time to visit than when Broken Hill will be at its most glamorous,’ organizers say.

‘The weekend will be jam-packed full of all laughs, lycra and levity. The Outback has never looked so fabulous!’