The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival kicks off on today, featuring a fabulously eclectic program of events including dazzling dance parties, top-tier theatre, music, workshops and family-focused fun.
Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger said:
“Our phenomenal 2020 Festival program of arts and cultural events features a superb selection of diverse local and global talent. Traversing themes of inclusion and social justice, as well celebrating the achievements of our community – this year’s program places the focus on WHAT MATTERS.”
Mardi Gras Creative Director Kat Dopper added:
“We have some phenomenal events lined up at this year’s Festival ranging from the spectacularly naughty queer variety show Fuck Fabulous to our quintessential summertime parties, Pool Party & Kaftan Party and Australia’s largest cast of gender-diverse performers come together in the endlessly entertaining variety show Gender Euphoria.
“Also new in 2020 is the expansion of the Mardi Gras Hub at the Seymour Centre. The Hub will be home to late-night parties at the Festival Club from Thursday to Sunday, as well as 15 incredible events including inspiring discussions, side-splitting comedy, theatre, music, dance, circus, burlesque and drag.”
It's hard to choose but our pick of the bunch looks like an absolute hoot.
Fuck Fabulous: Boobs, butts, balls and a cheeky appearance from Scott Morrison’s anal alter-ego Scatmo, are on the cards. Queer cabaret icon Yana Alana will present a sensational spectacle of sass and sex so naughty we can’t even write about it.
Featuring a fierce line-up of dance, circus, drag, comedy and performance artists, this cabaret variety show is a protest against the commodification of queer culture and a collective reimagining of what it means to be queer and fabulous. Prepare for an unforgettable night of debauchery at the world premiere of Fuck Fabulous. Catch it live from Wednesday 19 February – Sunday 23 February.
Gender Euphoria: Australia’s biggest line-up of trans and gender-diverse performers to ever share a main stage come together for Gender Euphoria, to flip gender dysphoria on its head and explore the distinctive joys that can come with being trans. Music, dance, comedy, burlesque, circus, poetry and performance that defies labels will come together to seduce and transport you, as emerging talents rub shoulders with some of our stage greats from Saturday 15 February – Sunday 16 February.
YUMMY: Blending absurd and outrageous drag and burlesque with scintillating choreography, YUMMY has developed a world-wide cult following. After winning major awards such as “Best Production” (Green Room Awards 2018) and "Best Cabaret" (Fringe World 2019), this legendary ensemble is coming to the Seymour Centre for the first time ever with their latest wild offering, YUMMY UNLEASHED (Wednesday 26 February – Friday 27 February).
Hot Brown Honey: This show turns up the heat with lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit, genre-defying, firecracker of a show that’s taken the world by storm. Unapologetically fierce, Hot Brown Honey defiantly shatters preconceptions in an explosion of colour, culture and controversy. Fighting the Power never tasted so sweet. From Tuesday 25 February – Friday 28 February.
Check out all of Mardi Gras’ incredible events in the 2020 Festival and get your tickets now at www.mardigras.org.au