“In response to the pandemic, and to ensure we’re providing safe spaces for the community to come together, this year’s Mardi Gras festival will look different than it has in the past,” Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger says.
“We’re delighted to announce the return of the 'Laugh Out Proud' comedy gala, 'Queer Thinking', 'My Trans Story' and new event, 'My Drag Story'. These events will take place in a live COVID-safe format, and also be available digitally for members of our communities who are unable to join us in person.”
Learn about the four events below.
Laugh Out Proud – 26 February
The Mardi Gras comedy gala is back for a night of belly laughs featuring a stellar line-up of queer stand-up talent. It's hosted by Nath Valvo and includes Geraldine Hickey, Mel Buttle, Thomas Jaspers, Rosie Piper, Margot Tanjutco, Selina Jenkins, Jake Howie and Jay Wymarra.
My Trans Story – 26 February
At a time when the trans experience is becoming more visible, we still rarely see stories by trans and gender-diverse people in pop culture. From the personal to the political, 'My Trans Story' features proud and diverse storytellers from Sydney and beyond including Tea Uglow, Andrew Guy and more.
My Drag Story – 27 February
There's no doubt drag has sunk its six-inch heels into the mainstream. Australia's alumni of drag artists has carved a cheeky – and quintessentially Aussie – path through our cultural playbook. 'My Drag Story' uncorsets seven queens, kings and gender-defying royals to reveal what's behind the facade. Featuring Amelia Airhead, Cindy Pastel, Nana Miss Koori, Sexy Galexy and more.
Queer Thinking – 27 February
A programme of talks where audiences are invited to unpack arrange of issues faced by the LGBTQIA+ community both in Australia and abroad. 'Queer Thinking' talks include The Fights Ahead, Raising The Rainbow Flag: Rising Up For 'GAYRABIA', and Dating When You're Different.
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