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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.
Earthly pleasures and heavenly realms

Ongoing through May 2018. Courtly games, identify perfumes, romantic poetry allusions, sumptuous silks, bawdy theatre + joy/ symbolism of changing seasons. Exlore human desires and exploits often intimately entwined with worlds of gods, enlightened saviours, ancestors and immortals. Paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles and sculpture of centuries; stories, sensations from across Asia.
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.
Hosted by Swagger - Gay RnB & Hip Hop Party
Swagger Bey Day National Tour

September 2, 2017, 10pm at Midnight Shift. Australia’s BIGGEST and Baddest Beyonce’s Birthday Party. Gay & Lesbian RnB & Hip Hop Party. RnB queens and hip hop heartthrobs - resident DJs serve them up in their pure, unadulterated glory - from Pia Mia to Nicki and everyone in between. Having swagger is a must.
After a sold out season at Fringe World Perth 2017 w/ good vibes + killer tunes
Sydney Fringe Festival: Cultural Renegades

September 6-9, 2017, 8pm, (3pm Sat), at Red Rattler. Fusing spoken word and dance immersive atmosphere; breaking mould of traditional dance. Hip Hop/ Dancehall performance weaves through audience defying cultural barriers; movement and poetry making the audience feel part of the show; unity/ freedom of expression recalling time where cypher circles dominated a night out.
The Sydney Comedy Festival 2017
Just For Laughs

September 12-16, 2017, Sydney Opera House. World class comedians, featuring: Kevin Bridges; Joel Creasey; My Favorite Murder; Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle; The Little Dum Dum Club; Just For Laughs Australia LIVE hosted by Tommy Little; Joel McHale; Luke McGregor - Almost fixed it; TOFOP - Live w/ Wil Anderson + Charlie Clausen; The Just For Laughs All-Star Gala + Just For Laughs Bar.
the soundtrack to a generation
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

September 17-29, 2017 at State Theatre. Inspiring true story of King’s journey from school girl to superstar; her relationship with husband/ song-writing partner Gerry Goffin; their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; her remarkable rise to stardom - one of the most successful solo artists in popular music history.
She's 80% sexy, 20% disgusting and returning to Australia
KATYA Krisis Kontrol Tour - Sydney

September 23, 2017, 8pm at Max Watt's/ Fox Studios, Errol Flynn Blvd. Returning to caress your face with her actual, real, womanly body. You rooted for her in All Stars 2, now see her live with her Russian kitsch, shake and go wigs. Hosted by Karen From Finance, you'll get all the Katya you begged for - along with performances by your favourite local queens for good measure.
Harbour City Bears
Press Paws – Towerfall Ascension

September 26, 2017, 6:30-9:30pm at Kinselas Hotel, 383 Bourke St, Middle Bar and the Standard, Darlinghurst, Gayme master Daniel presents another entertaining evening! Entry $10 if you play, $5 if not. Chance to win one of two $50 Kinselas bar tabs! Pizza will arrive around 7:30pm, games start soon after. Even if you don't take the win, you can still win prizes!
Gay RnB & Hip Hop Party
Swagger September Session - Sydney

September 30, 2017, 10pm-3am at Midnight Shift Club. The September edition of SWAGGER – Australia’s only Gay RnB & Hip Hop Club. What a fuckin’ year! Swagger. The night that proves once and for all that homosexuals listen to more than Britney & Madonna. Get your look on fleek, and join gay R'n'B and Hip Hop party Swagger.
Labour Day Long Weekend Edition - Taking back what's ours

October 1, 2017, 10pm-4am. Suburban lights will be conspicuously dim as daddies of all stripes convene in a darkened loft. Literal and figurative daddies, daddy-long-legs, daddy-long-something-else, daddies for a night or for a price. Who knew sublimating dark Freudian desires was such a party? Anything Goes Dress Code. Prepare to dance/ meet smokin' hot men. DJs CHIP + Alex Taylor.
“All I wanted was to sing songs to people. I never wanted any of this”

October 3 - November 4, 2017, 7:30pm (Sun 5pm). Paul, a rock god, can have whatever he wants. He can fuck whoever he wants. Buy anything. Eat anything. Drink anything. Smoke anything. Go anywhere. But mega-fame and limitless money are messing with his head. As the pressure starts to get to him, Paul is set to implode at any moment. A sexy and revealing exploration of fame and celebrity.
Red Line Productions Presents
A View From The Bridge, by Arthur Miller

October 18 - November 18, 2017, 8:15pm (Sun 6:30pm) at The Old Fitz Theatre. Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman, is obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine. When Catherine falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant, Eddie’s jealousy erupts in a rage that consumes him, his family, and his world.
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.
In The Dark Presents - Halloween Weekend

November 4, 2017, 7pm. Haunted house taking death drop to a whole new level. Scariest Rupaul's Drag Race queens will SHUT IT DOWN with haunting performances, sickening group numbers + T served up by host Karen From Finance. Dress in frightful attire and we'll scare the makeup right off your mug! SHARON NEEDLES/ ALASKA THUNDERFUCK/ NAOMI SMALLS/ VIOLET CHACHKI, JASMINE MASTERS...
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.
Fabulous eye/ear candy + slew of performances showcasing life, colour, diversity
The Mince Inn | Subsonic Music Festival 2017

December 3, 2017, 11pm-noon at Riverwood Downs, 311 Upper Monkerai Rd, Monkerai, NSW. Berghain’s longest-standing resident Boris, joined by fellow resident Ryan Elliott, leading the River Stage to it's grand finale. Supported by much-loved DJ duo stereogamous, and Mince- extraordinaires Ben Drayton, Kate Doherty and Nick Forrest. Slide on down to The Mince Inn at Subsonic.
Transforming the urban landscape
Sydney Festival 2018

January 6-28, 2018 (TBC). Annual arts and cultural fest, a month of performing and visual arts, emerging and avant-garde artists: music, theater, dance, installations. See the official program at website:
Film screenings at Ben & Jerry's Open-air Cinemas
St George Open Air Cinema

Early January to mid-February, 2018 at Mrs MacQuaries Point. Each summer over 70,000 Sydneysiders and visitors enjoy fine food and wine on Sydney Harbour; six-week screening feature the best in new release blockbusters to arthouse films on a giant screen, against the stunning backdrop view spanning Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and the city skyline. The 2018 program TBA in Dec, 2017.
33rd Annual
Illawarra Folk Festival

January 18-21, 2018 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 2018

January 26, 2018. 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, 2108. 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 26th Annual Short film festival
Tropfest 2018

February 7-11, 2018, 5 days 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:
40th Anniversary LGBTQI Celebrations
Mardi Gras Sydney 2018

February 18 - March 3, 2018. SUN Feb 18th Fair Day. SAT March 3rd big parade (viewing at The Glamstand) + party night. Three weeks of LGBTQI events, uniquely queer slant: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Sports, Film, Community, Youth and Social events. Also screenings of the Queer Screen Film Festival, the Mardi Gras edition.
From the outrageously adorned, to the sassy, satirical and serious
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

March 3, 2018, 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, 40 years after a 1978 night of political protest.
The 23rd annual
Blue Mountains Music Festival

March 16-18, 2018 in Katoomba. New music styles, huge range of music, eclectic, brilliant group of performers, magical place in the mountains. Performers this past year included: 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
9th Shire International Short Film Festival

March, 2018 (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.