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Sydney celebrates Bear Pride in August

Sydney’s bear community is celebrating its wintertime festival in August this year with eight events across five days

Sydney celebrates Bear Pride in August

In 2012, Sydney Bear Pride will feature eight events over five days running from August 1 to 5.

Now in its third year running, Sydney Bear Pride will open with a Bear Pride Dinner at Smash Sausage Kitchen, located on Newtown’s King Street, on Wednesday, August 1 from 8pm.

On the Thursday, Darlinghurst’s Supper Club, on level two of the Oxford Hotel, will host a live performance from 8pm by bear musician Eric Kuhlmann, which will also be the premiere of his world tour of his Red Light Songs of Lust, Love and Death show. Entry is $15.

Sydney’s bear community will descend on Sydney’s Chinatown Night Markets on the Friday night from 5pm for a Bear in a China Shop market stroll before returning to the Oxford Hotel for a special retro edition of Furry Fridays from 9pm with DJ Stephen Allkins.

Sydney’s bear pride film festival Bear Premiers runs from the Saturday to the Sunday at Govinda’s Movie Room and restaurant on Darlinghurst Road and will screen two movies this year – Bear City 2 at 2pm on the Saturday, and I Want Your Love at 2pm on the Sunday. Entry to both sessions is $14.

The highlight of Sydney Bear Pride in 2012 will be the new Bear Pit party on the Saturday night, which will be the first time Sydney’s Harbor City Bears have held a party at the Imperial Hotel, and will feature Sydney DJs Bolt, Colin Gaff and Melbourne’s Kam Shafaati. Entry is $20.

The Sydney Bear Pride festival will close with farewell drinks at the Lord Roberts Hotel on the Saturday from 4pm. Entry is by gold coin donation.

For more information about Sydney Bear Pride go to the festival’s official website.

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