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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.
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
TV/Movie Awards - Cinewest and Sutherland Shire Council partnership project
8th Shire International Short Film Festival

March 29, 2017, 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.
Laurie Black taunts the gods of bad luck for one special night in Sydney
Bad Luck Cabaret

March 30, 2017, 7-11pm, at Red Rattler. The best in alternative cabaret, plus live music + bands! Line up; Jamie Mykaela (uke, general badassery), Peter Roads (poetry, general badassery), Laurie Black (she's okay), and SNUFF (dark electronic darlings). Dress for the end of the world, or the beginning - ready to smash mirrors, sing drinking songs, and wrap yourself in danger tape.
Richard is hideous. And Richard was born knowing that he would one day be ruler
Richard 3

Ongoing through April 1, 2017 at Sydney Opera House. The blood-soaked and naked ambition of Richard 3, who leaves scores dead and only the ghosts to whisper the truth. Hunchbacked deformity masks his seething malevolence. His brutal mind breeds brutal times when not even children are safe. Kate Mulvany will embody one of the most ambitious and gleefully amoral villains ever written.
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".
Hosted by Swagger - Gay RnB & Hip Hop Party
Swagger Sydney April Session

April 22, 2017, 10pm-3:30am at ARQ/ Vortex Underground. 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. Lockout enforced at 1:30am.
Film with Live Orchestra
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

April 27 - May 1, 2017, 7pm (Sa/Su 2pm), the Concert Hall. Relive the film magic in High-Definition on a giant screen while hearing the Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Before the show, guides share the story and inner workings of the Opera House. Indulge in a three-tiered tasting plate for two at Opera Kitchen before heading into the theatre.
Help take the Australian production of Morgan Stern to the 70th Edinburgh Fringe
The Company of Rogues: Bedlam Cabaret

May 4, 2017, 7pm at Red Rattler. Unleash your inner crazy at this little slice of Bedlam right here in Sydney with local artists, musicians and performers - plus a surprise or two - a Thursday night like no other! Play with madhouse activations and soak up some cray cray at the bar, put on your formal straight jacket and dust off the bed straps for this not to miss fundraiser!
Would a Jewish Israeli conducting Wagner be treachery or triumph?
You Will Not Play Wagner

May 4-28, 2017, 7:30pm, Eternity Playhouse. Performing works by Richard Wagner has been taboo in Israel since the Holocaust. Ya’akov, a young Israeli upstart, causes a storm by selecting to perform Wagner in an international competition. In conflict with Esther, a Holocaust survivor and competition patron, their arguments push the competition to the brink and set society on edge.

Feb 10 - Mar 12, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The next epic installment
Trough Sydney - Code Beige

May 20, 2017, 10pm-4am at Oxford Art Factory. Over the past decade, bending the bar to give the scene much-needed love, sweat and beards. As well as dishing out a night of dark & dirty beats, we will be serving up a visual art/laser spectacular and exhibitionist performances that will get your tongues wagging. PLUS: After Party from 4am at Sydney Sauna, 38/42 Oxford St Darlinghurst.
Earthly pleasures and heavenly realms

May 27, 2017 - 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 the worlds of gods, enlightened saviours, ancestors and immortals. Paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles and sculpture of centuries; stories and 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.
“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.
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.
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

Early February, 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 16 - March 4, 2018 (TBC). 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.