January 9, 2018 will forever be known as the day same-sex couples in Australia could officially get hitched. To mark the occasion, Sydney Festival is hosting a giant wedding reception the likes of which the city has never seen.

Happening in the Meriton Festival Village tonight, spouses-to-be will be able to party in a bright pink swimming pool, join 10 Minute Dance Parties hosted by JOF (Joseph O’Farrell, a multi-art performer who has curated for Falls Festival), and take a spin on the world’s first Karaoke Carousel. And what’s better than celebrating love? Well, doing it all for free, of course.

Blackstar Pastry, My Little Panda Kitchen and Gelato Messina will all be joining the party, too.

Blackstar has baked a five-tiered pavlova cake with rainbow layers; Messina are doing a one-night-only run of salted caramel and fior di latte gelato coated in biscuit crumb, dubbed Equality Time; while My Little Panda Kitchen will bake a vegan cake. Asked about the involvement of cake-makers in the event – a group often drawn into the same-sex marriage debate – My Little Panda Kitchen's Annabelle McMillan says she's glad to be associated. "It's a platform for me as a queer vegan baker. I'll happily bake a cake for anyone, except a bigot. It’s a chance to galvanise my political stance.”

The reception will take place between 6pm–8pm with cake and champagne (party-goers who have donned their gladrags can expect free Piper-Heidsieck) served at 7.30pm. DJ Charlie Villas will be spinning classics all night long.

The Sydney Festival will continue to run until January 28.

Love is Love Wedding Reception
January 9, 6pm–8pm
Meriton Festival Village, Hyde Park North.

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