What matters to Bob Downe is “Not being run down by one of the new Sydney Trams” as they move among us without passengers like some robot silent disco.

“What Matters” is the theme of the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to embrace the issues of the LGBTI+ community (and the rest of us) from belonging to sustainability.

Kat Dopper, the Creative Director, escaped her childhood two lesbian town of Combo, resplendent in borrowed Jenny Kee dress announced a program  of favourite  Mardi Gras events and well as contemporary events for 2020. Combo is much the poorer as a one lesbian town.

This year among the fair day, pool, parade, and kaftan parties and queer screen films there’s also live performance at the Seymour Centre festival hub:

  • “Fuck Fabulous” A neo-punk anti-glamour reality cabaret.
  • “The Campaign” A gripping account of Tasmania’s decades long gay law reform campaign
  • “Hudson and Halls” Two well soaked New Zealand cooks battle 16 bottles of sherry exercising their questionable cooking skills to create a five-course meal.
  • And of course, Eurovision’s favourite bearded diva paired with our own less hirsute drag queen “Conchita Wurst and Trevor Ashley in Concert”.

The program, listing many more events, is published NOW offering plenty of time to polish your tinsel, bleach your bunny ears and practice strutting on those oh so high heels.

Photography and Text by Mark Ferguson

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
14 February – 1 March 2020

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