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Gay Sydney

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

Every Friday sausage sizzle from 7:30pm at Kinselas, Taylor Sq, 383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst. Relaxed space to catch up with mates, retro dumpling bar, regular giveaways, committee info point. Every Sunday 3pm at The Bank chill-out with cheap drinks for HCB members, plus bar snacks. Fourth Tuesdays 7pm at Kinselas - Sydcubz’s Press Paws games on the big screen. See more:
Sydney Summer Outing
St George Open Air Cinema

January 8 - February 19, 2016 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.
Film Festival
MET Opera: 2015-16

February 6-11, 2016 - Lulu - William Kentridge applies unique theatrical vision to Berg’s femme fatale. Mar 5-10 - Les Pêcheurs de Perles - Bizet’s gorgeous opera of lust and longing. April 2-7 - Turandot by Franco Zeffirelli - Nina Stemme, one of opera’s greatest dramatic sopranos, takes on the title role of the proud princess of legendary China.
Film screening at Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas
Carol by Todd Haynes

February 11 + 15, 2016 by Bondi Pavilion at Bondi Beach where it all began! Carol: from the Oscar-nominated director of I’m Not There, and Velvet Goldmine, comes this critically acclaimed tale of forbidden romance. Gates at 6:30pm, movie from 8:30pm. Live tunes, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, balmy nights and seaside vibe is what it's all about!
A world premiere concert production
DEFYING GRAVITY: the songs of Stephen Schwartz

February 12-13, 2016, at Theatre Royal, MLC Centre. Concert to include Stephen Schwartz classics such as Day by Day, Colors of the Wind, When You Believe,Popular, Corner of the Sky, Beautiful City, Meadowlark and, of course, Defying Gravity. Headlined by Sutton Foster, Aaron Tveit, Joanna Ampil, Helen Dallimore, and David Harris.
Short film festival
Tropfest 2016

February 14, 2016, 3-11pm, Brazilian Fields, Centennial Park, Sydney. One of the largest short film festivals in the world; free film screenings, Tropfest Signature theme. The atmosphere is electric and the film screening is well attended by Australian movie celebrities and thousands of Sydneysiders supporting the event. See the film program at their website:
New Theatre, in association with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, presents
THE RITZ by Terrence McNally

February 16 - March 5, 2016, The New Theatre. On the run from his mobster brother-in-law, hapless middle-aged businessman Gaetano Proclo takes refuge in a seedy, steamy NYC bathhouse, thinking it's a hotel. Amidst amyl-nitrate-scented clouds he encounters chubby chasers, go-go boys, bumbling detectives, orgies and a Bette Midler wannabe. His wife jumps to the wrong conclusions.
The Guerrilla Porn Project presents
Feeding Dick Savvy

February 17, 2016, 6:30pm at Red Rattler. One man's journey into the world of porn! Spend an evening with Dick Savvy and guest as he shares his stories about making queer erotic short films over the last year and get a sneak peek at some of his best work.
Queer Screen - The Newtown Sessions
Mardi Gras Film Festival 2016

February 18 - March 3, 2016, LGBTQ films to screen during the 2016 Mardi Gras Film Festival - usually at Event Cinemas 4. Includes: Feb 25, 9:15pm Jess & James; Feb 29, 6:45pm Raven's Touch + 6:30pm My Queer Career. See details at their website. Coming September, 2016: Queer Screen Film Festival during the Sydney Fringe Festival.
Gay & Lesbian
Mardi Gras Sydney 2016

February 19 - March 6, 2016  SAT Mar 6th parade (viewing at The Glamstand) & party in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Festival: 3 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.
Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW presents
Glitter Ball

February 25, 2016, 6-10pm at Red Rattler. 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.
Mardi Gras 9-day pop up bar at the heart of Oxford Street
Bear Bar

February 26 - March 5, 2016, nightly from 5pm, at 2 Oxford St, top floor, Darlinghurst. DJs and performers, themed special events; food menu of bar snacks, pub classics and main meals. Everyone welcome.
Rebellious Words Spoken Word Event featuring Indigenous & POC voices
Queer Provocations Festival

February 27-28, 2016 at Red Rattler. Two-day festival of ideas, imaginings, discussion and action mixing critical workshops, panels, films, installations + performance from academic, activist, artist and other perspectives. It aims to provoke meaningful, ongoing debate and reinvigorate a sense of concrete queer political community.
Bear Essentials - UNDERBEAR

March 2, 2016, 8pm, at ARQ nightclub. Beefy blokes, burly bears, cute cubs, furry studs + hot daddies together in just jocks, footy shorts or briefs dance the night away. Featuring top local/ international DJs Sandi Hotrod, Brett Austin + Bryan Reyes (US) upstairs; plus steamy retro vibe downstairs with DJs Justin Scott and Jimmy Dee.
Harbour City Bears - Bear Essentials 2016
Bear Beach Day + Bear Bingo

March 3, 2016, 11am-3pm at Bondi Beach. Recover with Bears at this iconic  Australian location for a day in the sun/ water and on the sand! Look for bear flags and familiar bear faces. A FREE event. Also 8pm-1am Bear Bingo at Red Rattler Theatre - join host Felicity Frockaccino for a rowdy fun night in Marrickville with loads of great prizes, heaps of fun + surprises galore.
From the outrageously adorned, to the sassy, satirical and serious
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

March 5, 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.
A joyous, loud and proud, hands in the air affair!
Sydney Mardi Gras Party

March 5, 2016, 10pm-8am, at Hordern Pavilion, 1 Driver Ave, Sydney. One of the biggest LGBTQI celebrations in the world. Incredible main stage performances, Sydney's best DJs + select international DJs at multiple venues, for dancing all night long. World-class production and a sea of happy faces for one unforgettable night.

March 6, 2016, noon-10pm at Chinese Laundry. At the old stomping ground the magic returns bigger/better/brighter with 4 dance floor spaces, indoors and out. International/national/local DJs, unstoppable entertainment + surprise. Summer sunshine, smoking hot boys, and crowd ready to bump’n’grind, shimmy, shake and flirt their asses off! Jan 2nd, noon-8pm pool party at Ivy.
The 21st annual
Blue Mountains Music Festival

March 18-20, 2016 in Katoomba. New music styles, huge range of music, eclectic, brilliant group of performers, magical place in the mountains. Performers this year to include internationally renowned female performers Rhiannon Giddens and Mary Black.
Presented by: Live Nation
Madonna: The Rebel Heart Tour

March 19-20, 2016 at Allphones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, Olympic Boulevard & Edwin Flack Avenue. Madonna will make a historic return to Australia, performing live for the first time in 23 years with The Rebel Heart Tour.
TV/Movie Awards - Cinewest and Sutherland Shire Council partnership project

March 23, 2016, 11am + 7:30pm, 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.
The story of a death-marked love
Turandot on Sydney Harbour

March 24 - April 24, 2016, Sydney Opera House. The best of Sydney in one evening: singing, sunsets, sparkling wine, in perfect harmony at the water’s edge. Pop-up opera house, bars, restaurants and grandstand under the stars. Director Chen Shi-Zheng's take on this Chinese fable with the Opera Australia Chorus + Australian Opera/ Ballet Orchestra, Conductor Brian Castles-Onion.
A new breed of musical
We Will Rock You

April 28 - May 6, 2016 at Lyric Theatre. Production based on songs of Queen and the book by Ben Elton, who fashioned this hilarious futurist comedy around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hits: Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust + We Will Rock You.
Don't Look Away in association with Red Line Productions at the Old Fitz
Inner Voices

June 15 - July 9, 2016 at the Old Fitz Theatre. Knowing only his name, a boy has been locked away since childhood. He is groomed to become leader of Russia. But will chaos erupt when he gains power? Production contains violence, course language, scenes of torture, nudity, water, smoke, haze and loud music.
Bonnie Lythgoe Productions and the State Theatre, Sydney present

July 1-17, 2016, at State Theatre. The ultimate winter feel good pantomime to charm audiences of all ages. This magical rags to riches story will feature sumptuous glittering sets, gorgeous fairytale costumes, fantastic song and dance numbers, infectious and riotous comedy magic and bags of audience participation.
Newtown Entertainment Precinct Association
Sydney Fringe Festival

September 1-30, 2016, 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.
"Unleash the fetish inside"
Club Exile: Labor Day

October 2, 2016, 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.
Funny, thought provoking and sizzlingly hot

November 26, 2016, 7pm at Red Rattler. Funny, thought provoking and sizzlingly hot. This year's collection of the best smutty shorts from Australia and across the globe has got it all. You'll laugh, you might cry, you will definitely feel things all over.
Tropical Fruits - Queer Fruits
New Year's Parties

New Year's Eve annual 4-day GLBTIQ celebration at Lismore Showgrounds, Lismore NSW. 2 big dance spaces, top DJs + youth dance; pool party, onsite camping, BBQ, cabaret, art shows, recovery party.
Welcome 2017 with a bang!
New Years Eve at the Opera House

December 31, 2016 at the Sydney Opera House. Ring in the New Year Sydney style at the ultimate vantage point for Sydney's harbour, the Harbour Bridge and spectacular fireworks.
Transforming the urban landscape
Sydney Festival 2017

January, 2017. Annual arts and cultural fest, a month of performing and visual arts, emerging and avant-garde artists: music, theater, dance, installations. The official 2017 program will be published October 26, 2016.
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.
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!