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Gay Sydney

Friday Night Bears + Sunday Bears at The Bank + Year-Round events
Harbour City Bears

Every Friday sausage sizzle 7:30pm-1am at Kinselas, Taylor Sq, 383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst. Relaxed space to catch up with mates, retro dumpling bar, regular give-aways, committee info point. Every Sunday 4-10pm at The Bank chill-out with cheap drinks for HCB members, plus bar snacks. 3rd or 4th Tuesdays 7pm at Kinselas - Sydcubz’s Press Paws games on the big screen. See more:
Rebellious Words Spoken Word Events
Queer Provocations

Ongoing serirs at Red Rattler. A loose crew dedicated to creating spaces for ideas, imaginings, discussion and action, mixing critical workshops, panels, films, installations and performance from academic, activist, artist and other perspectives. It aims to provoke meaningful, ongoing debate and reinvigorate a sense of concrete queer political community. See website for upcoming events:
"Unleash the fetish inside"
Club Exile

Third Saturdays (usually), 10pm-5am at The Civic Underground, 388 Pitt St. Men-only gay dance party - 18+ sexy men/ even sexier music. Encouraged dress code: Jocks, Trackies, Leather, Soccer, Trainers, Rugby, Lycra, Boxing, Swimming, Wrestling, etc. Entry: $30 - 45.
Annual phenomenon: Daywash + Kikki - your dancefloor mojo will be on overdrive
DAYWASH New Year's Day + Kiki

January 1, 2017, noon-10pm at Chinese Laundry. Ringing in the New Year longer and harder than any other party in Sydney. First day 2017 - sun warming sexy shoulders of the seriously hot crowd. Decks pump out the finest house, dance, pop and hip hop this side of the harbor and smokin’ hot party peeps bump and grind into a brand new year. Jan 2nd, noon-8pm Kiki pool party at Ivy.
A celebration of first loves
La Bohème

January 4 - March 24, 2017, 7:30pm, Joan Sutherland Theatre. Cafe Momus beckons, with its glittering lights, bohemian spirit and fishnet stocking-clad ladies. Rodolfo is mooning over Mimì, Marcello is fuming over Musetta and the stage is set for first loves, first heartbreaks and a grief that's all too real. It's La Bohème, one of the world's favourite operas.
Transforming the urban landscape
Sydney Festival 2017

January 7-29, 2017. Annual arts and cultural fest, a month of performing and visual arts, emerging and avant-garde artists: music, theater, dance, installations. See the official 2017 program at website:
Film screenings at Ben & Jerry's Open-air Cinemas
St George Open Air Cinema

January 7 - February 17, 2017 at Mrs MacQuaries Point. Each summer over 70,000 Sydneysiders and visitors enjoy fine food and wine on Sydney Harbour; two months screening nights include the best in new release blockbuster to arthouse films on the giant screen, against the stunning backdrop spanning Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and the city skyline. The 2017 program TBA: Dec 5, 2016.
A Cheek By Jowl + Moscow’s Pushkin Theatre collaboration
Measure for Measure

January 7-11, 2017, 8pm. Delving into the depths of an unpredictable city to dissect the nature of government, love and justice. A ruler who doesn’t know how to rule, a bureaucrat seduced by his newfound position, a novice nun faced by an appalling dilemma. Conflict and self-interest prevail in a chaotic world where prisons, convents and brothels are policed by a corrupt regime.
A high-energy fusion of circus, acrobatics and urban dance from Cirque Éloize

January 12-22, 2017, Riverside Theatre, Church at Market St, Parramatta. About life in an imaginary city. High-energy circus arts/urban dance blend features an inspiring soundtrack + innovative video projections. 15 acrobats, aerialists, and hip hop/ break dancers create a microcosmic society where two groups celebrate each person's distinct identity. Directed by Jeannot Painchaud.
31st Annual
Illawarra Folk Festival

January 13-16, 2017 at Bulli Showground, Wollongong NSW, an hour south of Sydney. With 13 international acts, 87 national and 70 local acts in 500 concerts, dances, workshops and sessions in 14 venues; traditional, World, Celtic, dance, Gypsy Roots, Bluegrass, Spoken Word, Comedy acts. Camping on-site. Full program due out in late November.
Harbour City Bears
Bears at the Beach

January 14, 2017, 11am-5pm, at Obelisk Beach, Chowder Bay Rd, Mosman. Spend the day with a bunch of bears and admirers. Bring an eski, cheese, snacks, or whatever, and enjoy the company of like minded people. Officially sanctioned as a clothing-optional beach. Ample parking at the intersection of Middle Head Rd, and Chowder Bay Rd. On the bus, take route 244, Wynyard to Chowder Bay.
Australia Day in Sydney
Australia Day

January 26, 2017. The world’s most beautiful harbour city will host another spectacular Australia Day, with a number of activities taking place on the water and across Sydney. Plan your day at and #ausday to join the celebration!
Celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia
Yabun Festival

January 26, 2107. Victoria Park. Annual festival on traditional lands of the Gadigal people. ‘Music to a beat’ in Gadigal language, free event of live music, bustling market stalls, panel discussions/ community forums on Aboriginal issues, children’s activities, traditional Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander cultural performances. A celebration of cultural survival.
The 2017 new album launch tour for POUNDCAKE!
Alaska Thunderfuck

January 28, 2017, 10pm-3am, Midnight Shift. Coming down under for Australia Day Long Weekend to Pound Your Cake. Influenced by Divine + Britney Spears, named after a marijuana strain, Alaska Thunderfuck (Justin Honard drag name), born and raised in Erie, PA, joined Sharon Needles' Pittsburgh drag crew, the Haus of Haunt, then in 2012, RuPaul's Drag Race. 2015 debut album: Anus.
One of art’s oldest subjects – and often its most controversial
Nude - art from the Tate collection

Ongoing through February 5, 2017 at AGNSW. In partnership with Tate, London, presenting over 100 major representations of the nude, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, Marlene Dumas and Sarah Lucas. Includes Auguste Rodin’s sculpture The kiss 1901-04.
Short film festival
Tropfest 2017

February 7-11, 2017, 3-11pm, at Parramatta Park, Long Paddock. One of the largest short film festivals in the world; free film screenings, Tropfest Signature theme. Feb 11th premier of 16 finalist films + live music and entertainment. Electric atmosphere, Australian movie celebrities + thousands of Sydneysiders support the event. See the film program at their website:
From the writer of HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Showtime's Masters of Sex comes
The Mystery of Love & Sex

February 10 - March 12, 2016, 7:30pm, Darlinghurst Theatre. Tender/funny lesbian/gay story about love in all its forms; the blurry space between friendship, romance and erotic desire. Charlotte loves Jonny, but lately loving Claire. Jonny loves Charlotte, but has lately been having casual sex with men. Charlotte’s parents try not to judge, but they just can’t help themselves

Feb 10 - Mar 12, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Stay tuned for more acts and details
Queer Year of the Rooster Party

February 12, 2017, 5-10pm at Red Rattler. Queer Lunar New Year! Say goodbye to the year of the monkey (awwww) and hello to the glam plumage and strut of the rooster! This night features new, time honoured and queer takes on lunar new year from Asian cultures. The Southern Chinese lion dance will usher in good luck for the upcoming year.
Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW presents
Glitter Ball

February 15, 2017, 6-10pm. Free dance party for young people under 26 years of age who are LGBTIQA+ or of other diverse genders, sexualities, and/or intersex status, plus friends. Dancing, performances, DJs, VJs, and a photobooth. Young people come together to celebrate who they are, meet new people, try new things. Complimentary bus from/to Central Station.
Queer Screen - The Newtown Sessions
Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017

February 15 - March 2, 2017, Two-week program of LGBTQ films to screen during the 2017 Mardi Gras Film Festival - usually at Event Cinemas 4. See details at their website. Also in September, 2017: The Queer Screen Film Festival during the Sydney Fringe Festival.
Red Line Productions presents
The Judas Kiss

February 15 - March 11, 2016. With a West End hit, the toast of London in spring 1895, Oscar Wilde by summer was serving two years in prison for gross indecency. After losing a libel suit against the Marquess of Queensbury, father of his lover Alfred Douglas/ Boisie, he weighs fleeing to France to escape persecution, or staying put - even as Boisie’s love is fickle and inconstant.
The farce is set in a Manhattan gay bathhouse
THE RITZ by Terrance McNally

February 16 - March 5, 2017. Unsuspecting heterosexual Cleveland businessman Gaetano Proclo, taking refuge from his homicidal mobster brother-in-law, stumbles across a rabid chubby chaser, go-go boys, a squeaky-voiced detective, and a third-rate entertainer who mistakes him for a famous producer. Complications arise as Gaetano’s wife Vivian jumps to all the wrong conclusions.
Mardi Gras Sydney 2017

February 17 - March 5, 2017. SUN Feb 19th Fair Day.  SAT March 5th parade (viewing at The Glamstand) + party. Three weeks of LGBTQI events, uniquely queer slant: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Sports, Film, Community, Youth and Social events. Past performers have included John Waters, Joan Rivers, Lily Tomlin, Armistead Maupin, Kiki and Herb, Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin.
Mardi Gras Season first ever poolside Kiki
KiKi Pool Party

February 18, 2017, noon-8pm at Ivy Pool Deck, 320 George St. Mardi Gras brings the boys to the yard, but this year we’re calling them to the pool y’all. Daywash Kiki will be awash with a sea of speedos and boardies ‘bulging’ with international talent flirting shamelessly with a lavish smattering of local boys perfectly positioned to receive visitors. Bottoms up!
Watson presents his work with more nudity and less prudity
Ross Watson Exhibition

February 23 - March 5, 2017, 11am-7pm at Yellow House Gallery 57-59 MacLeay St, Potts Point. Original paintings, photography and limited edition prints celebrate the male form in highly detailed, realistic style, imbued with ambiguity, inviting/ challenging the viewer. Celebrating mateship, Aussie surf and beach culture; depicting the Australian identity from a gay male perspective.
Get your bonds tee out, polish your best boots

February 23, 2017, 7-10pm at Red Rattler. Celebrate Butch identity and culture. Featuring local and international LBQ artists, Sappho singers, drag kings, diesel dyke poets, butch and butch-loving performers telling stories of Butch / Dyke visibility and pride. Love all things Butch? Pass the PRIDE on, make a space for old friends and baby dykes to come together. Everyone is welcome.
Mardi Gras pop up bar at the heart of Oxford Street
Bear Bar

February 24 - March 4, 2017 pop-up bar events during Sydney Mardi Gras. Nine days of themed party nights, tasty beers, live performances, delicious food, great music, eye catching art and charity fundraising. DJs and performers, food menu includes bar snacks, pub classics and main meals. Everyone welcome. See website for events, dates and times:
The MG Edition 2017
Trough Sydney

February 25, 2016, Metro Theatre, 624 George St. Over the past decade, bending the bar to give the scene much-needed love, sweat and beards.
Along with epic signature arts promos, TROUGH SYD will transport you into a man-tastic multimedia exhibitional performance/visual art/ laser spectacular to blow minds. PLUS: After Party from 4am at Sydney Sauna, 38/42 Oxford St Darlinghurst.
Luxurious poolside venue annual event that makes a splash!
Sydney Mardi Gras Pool Party

February 27, 2017, at Ivy Pool Club, 330 George St. High in the downtown skyline, a secret enclave of extravagance. Palm trees, private cabanas, high-end cocktails, poolside DJs. A sexy/ intimate playground - the zenith of summertime glamour. Handsome lifeguards, a stylish frolic with a minimum of clothing. Hear the thumping beats under the water, and changing rooms have their own disco.
Sydney's Biggest MEN Only Underwhere?
Sydney's Biggest Underwear Party

March 2, 2017, Thursday 9pm-6am Friday at ARQ. Celebrating 10 years at Sydney's most iconic gay venue. Bringing out the BIG guns this year with new lasers, lighting shows, new LED screens + never-seen-before American GoGo boys with USA DJs Brett Law + DrewG. Also DJs Dom de Sousa (AUS) Jesus (MEX) Dirty Nelly(AUS). Strict dress code: underwear, jockstraps, swimwear + footywear.
Sister Roma invades Sydney Mardi Gras
Sydney Mardi Gras Meet & Greet: Sister Roma

March 3, 2017, 6-7pm at Gay Exchange Sydney. Adult Film Director Sister Roma is visiting Sydney Australia for the Annual Mardi Gras Parade. Ever wanted a chance to meet your favourite director from NakedSword/Falcon productions? Then this is your chance. A meet and greet session where you can get their latest mechandise signed.
From the outrageously adorned, to the sassy, satirical and serious
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

March 4, 2016, 7-10:30pm, Oxford & Flinders Streets, Darlinghurst. The event that captivates the nation/ reverberates around the world! Join 10,000 fabulous people united for a glittering explosion of pride in the heart of Sydney’s gay/ lesbian district. 10,000 fabulous people in a glittering explosion of pride, 38 years after a 1978 night of political protest.
Gay RnB & Hip Hop Party
Swagger Mardi Gras

March 4, 2017, 10pm-3am at Slide. A very special edition of SWAGGER – Australia’s only Gay RnB & Hip Hop Club on the very same night as the Mardi Gras Parade 2017. What a fuckin’ year! Swagger. The night that proves once and for all that homosexuals listen to more than Britney & Madonna. Event sells out in advance every year. Get your presale tickets today.
From the first time we stripped off our GI Joe doll, and topped Ken...
DayWash Mardi Gras Closing Party - Uniform Salute

March 5, 2017, 10am-10pm, at Chinese Laundry. Men in uniform have kept us standing at attention in every respect - saluting those brave men who protect our 'boarders' - party dedicated to them (hoping they might penetrate ours). Big Mardi Gras after-party dance bash as Sydney’s hottest men bump privates dressed as cops, corporals ambos, fireies, prison guards....
Sydney Mardi Gras 2017
DILF Sydney

March 5, 2017, 10pm-4am at Midnight Shift. Daddies do it better! 18+ Gay Dance Party. Flying superstar producer and DJ Paulo direct from LA to join DJs Alex Taylor+ Chip. The event has sold out every year for 4 years - buy early.
Returns to Sydney for the closing party for Mardi Gras Festival 2017
Papa Party - Heroes Tour

March 5, 2017, 3-10:30pm at ARQ. The main arena transformed into a light show, such as has never been seen before. Featuring some of the hottest GoGo boys ever to grace Sydney. Hosted by the one and only ELIAD COHEN with resident Papa DJ from Madrid, DJ SURI.
The iconic brand known by music lovers the world over
Matinee - The Main Event

March 5, 2017, 3-9:30pm at Home Nightclub, 7 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour. Back! Bigger and better than ever! With two of the world's biggest circuit DJs GSP and Taito Tikaro, seven hours of euphoria to round off your weekend in true style with a host of international performers and locals DJs and talent
Proudly born and bred in Sydney’s gay underground - The Mardi Gras Edition
Extra Dirty

March 5, 2017, 10pm-5am at The Club, 33 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point. A dance party that redefined the gay club scene in Australia. Appealing to Sydney's gay leather/fetish/rubber crew, mostly men, dark and dirty beats, all tribes 18+ welcome. DJs Javier Medina (BCN), Feisty, Baby Bear, Juan Velasco and more. Dress Code: Leather / Fetish / Rubber / Skin ... or just dirty!
The 22nd annual
Blue Mountains Music Festival

March 17-19, 2017 in Katoomba. New music styles, huge range of music, eclectic, brilliant group of performers, magical place in the mountains. Performers this year to include: Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen; The Waifs; Eddi Reader; Hot Potato Band; and The Jerry Cans.
TV/Movie Awards - Cinewest and Sutherland Shire Council partnership project
8th Shire International Short Film Festival

March 22, 2017, (TBC), at Sutherland Entertainment Centre. Unique program/ never before seen short films from around the world, curated by Cinewest Artistic Director Vahid Vahed/ selected by Shire seniors. Comedy, drama, documentary, animations, live action and more artistic entries included, from all corners of the globe. The audience votes for the best film in the Festival.
An unforgettable adventure of a lost civilization
Shen Yun

March 28 - April 2, 2017 at State Theatre. Global tour/ all-new program; around 20 masterful dances and songs. Asia’s past comes to life on stage with a live orchestra. Ancient myths and legends come to life, dance and music connect Heaven and Earth. With richly expressive classical Chinese dance, ground-breaking musical compositions, and cutting-edge, interactive stage effects
Tropical Fruits Easter long weekend
Easter Party

April 15, 2017 at Lismore Showgrounds, Lismore NSW. A chance for the fruity family to get together near Byron Bay for an uplifting electro-house, slightly hands-in-the-air euphoric groove-thang! Regular events throughout the year provide opportunities for diverse members and guests to get together and celebrate in the beautiful "Rainbow Region".
The Seventh Annual
Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival 2017

August 29 - September 30, 2017. A one-month celebration of the best new comedy. Over 100 acts from Australia and beyond will perform all new material in venues throughout The Factory in Marrickville - eats, drinks, and your pick of events happening in five venues. The full program will be announced and tickets will be available for purchase from mid-July 2017.

Sep 27 - Sep 30, 9:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Newtown Entertainment Precinct Association
Sydney Fringe Festival

September 1-30, 2017, annual month-long open access arts festival; works of independent artists, all creative genres. At over 70 different venues, including: the Factory Theatre, the Fusebox, the Lybrary, Metro Theatre, Newtown Hotel, the Oxford Hotel, Seymour Centre, and Venue 505.
Welcome 2018 with a bang!
New Years Eve at the Opera House

December 31, 2017 at the Sydney Opera House. Ring in the New Year Sydney summertime style at the ultimate vantage point for Sydney's harbour, the Harbour Bridge and spectacular fireworks.
One of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century
FOCUS: Perfection Robert Mapplethorpe

October 28, 2017 - February, 2018 at AGNSW. Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) gained renown for his masterful compositions and subjects that have compelled new reflection on questions of gender, race and sexuality. The first major North American retrospective on Robert Mapplethorpe’s œuvre since the landmark exhibition The Perfect Moment, organized in 1988 by the Philadelphia ICA.