A Royal Hoopla at the National Portrait Gallery

Fri 10th June, 2022
7:30pm – 12:00am
National Portrait Gallery
King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
Price: $30-$35
Fun, frivolity and live music– this Friday night royal party has it all.

In celebration of the Shakespeare to Winehouse exhibition, Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery is throwing a one-of-a-kind shindig on Friday June 10. Think sequins, chains, bright lights and theatrics worthy of the company adorning the gallery walls.

Running from 7.30pm ‘til late, A Royal Hoopla features live music from politically-charged Canberra four-piece Glitoris; culture-clash disco drama queen Tanzer; and Sydney DJ Charlie Villas. Partygoers can also catch burlesque performances from comedic queen Rosie Rivette and the globe-trotting, fan-dancing performer Jazida. And last but absolutely not least, Sydney drag queen Aaron Manhattan brings their signature style of performance mayhem to this line-up of punks, rebels and queens.

Tickets include entry to the Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London exhibition anytime over the long weekend. While the National Portrait Gallery’s London counterpart undergoes the largest renovation of its building in 125 years, over 80 treasures from their collection are now gracing the walls of this jam-packed exhibition in Australia’s capital. Famous faces on display range from the titular Shakespeare to Winehouse, from Darwin to Dickens, from the Beatles to the Brontë sisters all the way through to the Beckhams – not to mention Mandela, Malala, Churchill, Diana, Bowie, Sheeran, Westwood, and more. Iconic artists on display include Warhol, Hockney, Emin, van Dyck, Rubens and Freud. It’s an unmissable collection of works and tickets to A Royal Hoopla covers entry to the exhibition anytime over the long weekend (during normal, non-party hours).

And if that doesn’t seal the deal, maybe this will: the best-dressed guest will win a custom Doppelganger piece of jewellery by loud and proud local heroes Doodad + Fandango.

Bookings are essential, so sashay over to the National Portrait Gallery website to book your tickets today.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery.