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Gay Sydney

Harbour City Bears' Weekly Get-Togethers
Friday Night Bears + Sunday Bears at The Bank

Fridays from 7:30pm at Kinselas, Taylor Sq, 383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst. A weekly bears' pub social with a sausage sizzle in the fenced off forecourt in front of the pub. Bring your mates and enjoy a beer. Upstairs, check out the retro dumpling bar on the first floor, one of Sydney funkiest little food gems. Also Sunday 3pm weekly beer/snacks socials at the Bank Hotel, Velvet Room.
Sydney Summer Outing
St George Open Air Cinema

January 7 - February 21, 2015 at Mrs MacQuaries Point. Each summer over 60,000 Sydneysiders and visitors enjoy fine food and wine on Sydney Harbour, with 42 screening nights of 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.
Transforming the urban landscape
Sydney Festival

January 8-26, 2015. Annual arts and cultural fest, a month of performing and visual arts, emerging and avant-garde artists: music, theater, dance, installations.
30th Annual
Illawarra Folk Festival

January 15-18, 2015 at Bulli Showground, Wollongong NSW, an hour south of Sydney. 150 artists in 12 venues; Traditional, World, Celtic, dance, Gypsy Roots, Bluegrass, Spoken Word, Comedy acts. Camping on-site. 2015 Artists lineup will be announced in October 2014.
Queer Screen - The Newtown Sessions
Mardi Gras Film Festival 2015 – 10 Teaser Films

February 19 - March 5, 2015, ten films to screen during the 2015 Mardi Gras Film Festival at Event Cinemas 4: THE CIRCLE, TRU LOVE, BOYS, LYLE, THE 10 YEAR PLAN, NAN GOLDIN: I REMEMBER YOUR FACE, ANITA’S LAST CHA-CHA,
KUMU HINA, ALL ABOUT E, GAY SHORTS, MY QUEER CAREER. Coming September, 2015: Queer Screen Film Festival during the Sydney Fringe Festival.
Gay & Lesbian
Mardi Gras Sydney 2015

February 20 - March 8, 2015  SAT Mar 7th 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.
A joyous, loud and proud, hands in the air affair!
Sydney Harbour Party ’15

February 28, 2015, 3-11pm, at Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point. Diverse, sexy, bursting with energy; sunset over the city from the bar In the lush Royal Botanic Gardens; 3,000 new friends stripping off/ cutting loose to the music. DJs from Australia and the world: Bimbo Jones fronted by Lee Dagger (UK), Kitty Glitter (Aus), Dan Murphy (Aus) and Du Jour (Aus). An 18+ event.
The 20th annual
Blue Mountains Music Festival

March 13-15, 2015 in Katoomba. New music styles, huge range of music, eclectic, brilliant group of performers, magical place in the mountains.
The Dark Side of Cirque - The Sydney premiere
Le Noir

March 19 - April 4, 2015 at Lyric Theatre. World class acrobats, musicians, specialty acts and comedians are the centre piece of the production that will enthral audiences in a spell-binding theatrical journey. This production is surreal, beautiful, seductive and at times hilariously risqué. A -built circular stage will give spectacular 360 degree views of the performance.
The most loved classical ballet of them all
Swan Lake

March 20, 2015, 8pm, at State Theatre. The Imperial Russian Ballet masterpiece in three acts follows the original storyline. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company. Swan Lake crosses the world of magic and is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal.
Daywash 2015 - Australia’s sexiest party
Easter Monday House Party

April 6, 2015, noon-8pm at Cafe del Mar. 'MY HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE' - Rich Ibiza heritage, Sydney vibe, harbourside until the sun sets. Menu that pays homage to a Mediterranean heritage with Spanish DNA and Australian accent. DJs: Joelby (UK) + Ibiza residents Alex Taylor Beth Yen and Amanda Louise. See facebook. 18+
Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show

April 11 - June 7, 2015, at Sydney Lyric Theatre. Get ready for fun, frolics and frivolity in this new Australian production of Richard O’Brien’s classic original script! A non-stop party with classics including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp! Fans have been dressing up, shouting back lines and singing along to the show for 30 years now.
Red Line Productions presents another highly acclaimed piece
Orphans, by Lyle Kessler

April 14 - May 9, 2015, 7:30pm at the Old Fitz Theatre, directed by Anthony Gooley. Deserted by their father, their mother dead, two brothers live in a rundown Philadelphia row house. Treat, brutal and violent, provides for his younger brother as a petty thief. He kidnaps a Chicago gang member, Harold, who becomes the teacher, healer and surrogate parent, the boys had always longed for.
The outdoor club right at the buzzing heart of Taylor Square

April 15, 2015, 6-9pm, at York Street Conference Centre, Level 2, 99 York St, Sydney. Zinnia Oringo-Hantos “Finding Yourself Through Movement and Sound”. Evenings with outstanding, passionate speakers to inspire and delight, enchanting like-minded women to dazzle minds and hearts + sparkling champagne as a sweetener. "Join us and come say hello!" -Next: May 13th.
In the Hastings region on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales
Out N Hastings - Outback Party!

April 18, 2015, 7pm, at Town Green Inn, Port Macquarie. GLBTQI dance. DJ Stax and guests, all welcome. The group gathers regularly for drinks, coffee, dances, BBQs, pool competitions and at other events for the Hastings area GLBTQI community. See website for details:
The Naked Magicians
The Naked Magicians

May 7-9, 2015 at the Concourse Theatre, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood. Following SOLD OUT shows across the country, the world’s boldest and cheekiest magic show comes to town as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival. The naughtiest magic show on the planet features the clever and seductive Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler.
New York’s most acclaimed dance company present four exquisite works
Mark Morris Dance Group

June 3-6, 2015, at Joan Sutherland Theatre. Joyous, witty and defiantly alive; Fuelled by the singular talents of Morris’s 20-strong ensemble and combining the enduring grace of ballet with the electricity of contemporary folk dance, this is a celebration of life’s pleasures and absurdities – a transcendent, unmissable and enjoyable evening of dance.
Californian Skateboarding 1975-1978 Photographs by Hugh Holland
Locals Only

June 4 - August 1, 2015, 5pm at Blender Gallery,16 Elizabeth St, Paddington. 1975 photos of Z-Boys skateboarders taken in suburban backyard haunts and asphalt streets in legendary Dogtown LA. With bleached blonde hair and tanned bodies, in shorts and tube socks, these young outsiders are masterfully captured against a sometimes harsh but always sunny Southern California landscape.

From June 18, 2015, at Theatre Royal, MLC Centre. As the sun sets in Manhattan the claws come out as two famous but fading movie stars try to upstage one another. Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills storm the stage in James Kirkwood’s hilarious and touching comedy; a joyous journey from the glamour of Hollywood to the excitement and promise of a new lease of life on Broadway.
Harbour City Bears
Bear Pride

Early August, 2015, Five-day winter festival organized by Harbour City Bears with socials, dance events, tours, meals, and entertainment.
Newtown Entertainment Precinct Association
Sydney Fringe Festival

September, 2015, 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.
Keeping Sydney screens queer!
Queer Screen Film Fest

September, 2015 --  in 2014 held at Event Cinemas George Street and Dendy Newtown with 11 sessions of great films screening over 5 days. See more films throughout the year - schedules at their website:
“It’s no trick loving someone at their best. Love is loving them at their worst”
THE REAL THING, by Tom Stoppard

October 6 - November 7, 2015 at The New Theatre. Successful playwright Henry, has fallen in love with Annie, a vivacious actress, and they have left their spouses. But Henry asks if this is ‘the real thing’ or an illusion? While Annie, taking up the cause of a soldier arrested for anti-war protests and pursued by a young co-star, starts to feel the pressures of fidelity.
Third Time Around?

October, 2015 (to be confirmed), in 2014 at Red Rattler. Quality kink-themed cinema. Hostess: Certified Smut-peddler Gala Vanting. Annual film festival/ national screening tour celebrates/ explores a wide diversity of sexuality; sex-positive/ kink-friendly film and television, documentary to drama, spicy to explicit. Best-of shorts program curated from festival offerings. See for 2015:
The leather/ fetish community - loud & proud - 23 years!
Sydney Leather Pride

October, 2015, (to be confirmed) annual events include the annual Inquisition dance - last year held at The Imperial Hotel, 35 Erskineville Rd, in the Basement Club & Cabaret Room. For more information about other TBA events see website:
New international film and video festival dedicated to queerotica
Perv Queerotic Film & Video Festival

November 26-29, 2015, at the Red Rattler. Latest/greatest a-v material representing/catering to queer desires, diverse sexual identities; sensual-lewd, silly-serious, subtle-shameless -full spectrum queer erotic imagery; screenings, discussions, parties, play. Perv International Shorts Competition; feature film with guest director director and cast Q&A.
Film Festival
Windows on Europe

Mid-November, 2015 (to be confirmed), at Dendy Opera Quays. !0th annual series presented by the Delegation of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand (EUDEL). Best new films from European Union nations. Moves to Canberra later in November to screen at Dendy Canberra. See films that were featured in 2014 and the program for 2015 as announced.
Short film festival
Tropfest 2015

December, 2015, Centennial Park, Sydney. One of the largest such festivals in the world; 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.
Welcome 2016 with a bang!
New Years Eve at the Opera House

December 31, 2015 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.
Tropical Fruits - Queer Fruits
New Year's Parties & Film Festival

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. Queer Fruits Film Festival at Grand Auditorium, 231 Keen St, Lismore.