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.
New international film and video festival dedicated to queerotica
Perv Queerotic Film & Video Festival

November 13-15, 2014, 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. Nov 13 -Perv International Shorts Competition; Nov 14 -The End of Cruising + LOVE HARD w/ director Gala Vanting + cast Q&A.
Film Festival
Windows on Europe

November 17-23, 2014, at Dendy Opera Quays. Best new films from European Union nations. Moves to Canberra November 24-30, 2014 at Dendy Canberra. Includes: 10,000 KM, CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE, BETONIYO, DOMESTIC, MACHT ENERGIE, FAIR PLAY, DAS GROßE MUSEUM, DANS LA COUR, THE IRISH PUB, VIHARSAROK, MAGICKÝ HLAS REBELKY, NORDVEST, FARO, KREUZWEG, VIOLET, FEHÉR ISTEN.
Short film festival
Tropfest 2014

December 7, 2014, Centennial Park, Sydney. One of the largest such festivals in the world; film screenings, The Tropfest Signature Item for 2014 is 'Mirror'. The atmosphere is electric and the film screening is well attended by Australian movie celebrities and thousands of Sydneysiders supporting this event.
The outdoor club right at the buzzing heart of Taylor Square

December 17, 2014, 6-9pm, at York Street Conference Centre, Level 2, 99 York Street, Sydney. The Diamond Club is all about evenings full of outstanding, passionate speakers to inspire and delight, enchanting like-minded women to dazzle your mind & heart and of course, sparkling champagne to sweeten every journey. "Join us and come say hello!"
Inspired by renowned crime novelist Patricia Highsmith

Ongoing through December 20, 2014, 2014. Sutherland Theatre. Somewhere in the Swiss alps, a grande dame of best-selling crime literature lives with her books, and a sinister collection of guns and knives, finding solace in her seclusion, cats and cigarettes. But when a mysterious visitor barges into her home, will her love of fictional murders become a dangerous reality?
what happens when the man behind the news suddenly becomes the news?

Ongoing through December 31, 2014. Unconventional, revue-style exposition of life/ times of Rupert Murdoch, the most powerful media magnate in modern history. Watch Rupert tap-dance his way through his first newspaper acquisitions, disco towards his American breakthrough, shares a fiery flamenco with Margaret Thatcher and charms some of the most colorful characters of the 20th Century.
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.
Welcome 2015 with a bang!
New Years Eve at the Opera House

December 31, 2014 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.
New Years Daywash 2015 - Australia’s sexiest party
Mad Hatters Tea Party + KiKi Ivy Pool Party

January 1, 2015, noon-10pm at Chinese Laundry. Get lost in a fantasy land of music and mystery -the best bits of the Mad Hatters tea party with one hell of gay make-over! 15+ DJs, four indoor/ outdoor dance spaces, special guests' shows, hot crowd + the best music from around the world. ROUND 2: January 2nd, noon–8pm KiKi ivy Pool Party at ivy Pool, with private cabanas.
Sydney Summer Outing
St George Open Air Cinema

January 7 - February 21, 2014 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.
In the Hastings region on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales
Out N Hastings - Out n Drag Dance

February 7, 2015, GLBTQI dance. 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:
Heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing

Ongoing through February 8, 2015, An unprecedented live experience, this worldwide smash-hit explodes with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing. Returning to Sydney a decade after its World Premiere, Dirty Dancing is playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, Pirrama Rd; tickets for the 10th anniversary season now on sale.
Riotous bawdy musical, outrageous characters, graphic sexuality, handsome men

February 10 - March 7, 2015 at The New Theatre, A subversive and astringent satire. “Shit on those who call this sodomy / We call it fabulous!” London, 1726: Mrs Tull is struggling to save her frock-hire business. She hits on a plan to open a molly house brothel where the ‘girls’ are boys in frocks and the beer flows. Soon business is booming!
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.
Lateral Events - Wasn't Expecting...
Michael Palin - Live On Stage

February 25, 2015, 8pm, at State Theatre. Iconic actor, author, TV presenter and probably the nicest Python, Michael Palin visits Australia in 2015 with his spoken word show to promote the 3rd volume of his diaries, Travelling to Work 1988-1998. One-man show covers career highs/ lows, beauties/ beasts, adventures and cock-ups, with photograps and footage from his extensive travels.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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