Sydney Pride Festival 2019 is taking over Sydney and the Blue Mountains with an explosion of glitter and rainbows – and it’ll be raising some money for charity while it’s at it. This year’s theme is Riot 69, commemorating the 1969 riots at Stonewall Inn in New York City, which kickstarted the modern LGBTIQ movement. The program features a plethora of activities, including art, cinema, trivia nights, debates, literary salons, sports, fundraising activities and club events. Some events require only a gold-coin donation, others are more pricey – but all will support a number of LGBTIQ charities.
Legendary gay venue Stonewall Hotel will host the launch party, as well as pride bingo nights and an “orgy of drag”. Another LGBTIQ icon, The Imperial Erskineville, will be holding a live drag show that combines comedy, fashion and fantasy.
A pop-up cabaret supper club will be hosted by drag royalty Minnie Cooper, and The Carpenters From Kempsey will hold a singalong. You can also expect art exhibitions, and book talks by authors such as Maeve Marsden. True crime author Greg Callahan will host a Bondi Badlands walking tour, which will focus on local LGBTIQ history and the violence experienced by gay men in the ’80s and ’90s.
A highlight of the celebrations will be the Aurora Ball’s 20th anniversary – the theme is “creatures of the night sky”, so expect plenty of horns, beaks, gods and goddesses.