Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will feature a diverse performing arts line up, art exhibitions and a range of other community events in 2014.
Aussie international drag star Courtney Act will bring her hit cabaret show, Boys Like Me to Sydney for one night only on 25 February on the back of sold out seasons in New York and Los Angeles.
Courtney will air hysterical dirty laundry from her sex life, including an angry text from a straight boy’s girlfriend, her observations of life on the gender divide, her journey through masculinity and femininity, and how all of these elements manifest when ‘boys like her!’
Beloved gay icon Bob Downe returns to the Sydney Theater for two shows on 26 and 27 February. Bringing audiences his new production Bob, Sweat and Tears, Australia’s Prince of Polyester promises a laugh-a-minute roller-coaster ride of shocks and frocks.
Direct from a sell-out West End run and performances across Europe and the UK, cabaret star Trevor Ashley is bringing her Liza Minnelli show home to Sydney for one night only on 28 February with his internationally-acclaimed stage show ‘Trevor Ashley is Liza (on an E).’
Other musical theater highlights include Everything I know I learned from Madonna, a real and riotous comedic drama told through some of the material girl’s most famous lyrics, Oprahfication, a side-splitting multi-award winning cabaret about the world’s richest and most beloved talk-show queen, and Falsettos, a Tony Award-winning musical about the original modern family.
Lovers of the visual arts are also in for a treat with the Day for Night exhibition running from 13 February to 15 February. Part exhibition, part performance art go-go, and part T-dance, Day for Night is a collaboration between Performance Space and Mardi Gras which places Australia’s boldest queer artists in a durational performance wunderkammer, showcasing unique creative works before transforming into a large-scale dance party once the sun goes down.
Artistic highlights also come in the form of Ross Watson’s new exhibition of paintings of sexy surf twins, tri-athletes and gay icon Tina Arena; Inverto, a street art project along the backstreets of Darlinghurst featuring black and white photographs of an individual’s physical transition from female to male; and Outing Disability, a photographic exhibition celebrating sexuality, sex and gender diversity in the lives of people with disability.
Bertie Page presents: Pussy Love! will hit Spectrum on 28 February with their electric mix of glam punk rock, frock, feathers and leather. The show will also launch the band’s new album ‘Too Loud Too Naked’, and will feature a group of Brisbane’s best burlesque acts.
Festivities will stretch as far as the New South Wales South Coast, with Jamberoo Goes Gay kicking off on 15 February at Jamberoo Action Park. Providing a sun-soaked, wet and wild Mardi Gras experience, this outdoor party will see festival-goers treated to DJs, live music and an unlimited selection of fun-filled rides.
Other events during the festival include the six kilometre Rainbow Run on 8 February, The Progressive Dining Walk along Sydney’s top inner-city bars and restaurants and the fabulous Mardi Gras Disco Climb atop the historic Sydney Harbor Bridge.
February will also see a host of youth events aimed at empowering young people.
These include the not-for-profit Club Camp dance party on 22 February, the free Glitterball dance party on 13 February and a Youth History Walk, which offers a guided tour of sites of cultural significance for LGBTI people within the Kings Cross, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Paddington areas.
Tickets to Mardi Gras’ jam-packed calendar of summer events can be purchased at www.mardigras.org.au
GSN is the 2014 Global News Supporter of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.