Happy Mardi Gras!
Running from 16 February to 3 March, this year’s Mardi Gras festivities include an exciting program of over 100 community events, parties, theatre, comedy, music and more.
ACON will be out and about at the festival to help our communities keep healthy and stay safe.
Ultra Violet is Mardi Gras’ big event especially designed by and for LGBTQ+ women. This year it’s happening at the National Art School from 3pm through to midnight. ACON’s Women Health Project will be there – visit our table for resources on LGBTQ+ women’s health and cancer prevention information.
Ultra Violet, Saturday 17 February at the National Art School, Darlinghurst. For more information and booking details, visit the Mardi Gras website here.
UPDATE 14 February 2024 | FAIR DAY CANCELLATION
The City of Sydney and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have decided to cancel this Sunday’s Fair Day due to the discovery of asbestos in mulch used recently in Victoria Park where the event is held. It is sad news for everyone in our communities, but the health and safety of all attendees is paramount. ACON looks forward to the rest of the Mardi Gras festival and the other opportunities to support and connect with our communities.
As we celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, let us gather at sunrise to commemorate those in our communities we’ve lost, celebrate the immense progress we’ve made toward a stronger society, and commit to ending bigotry and prejudice in all its forms.
This is a free event, presented by Bronte Surf Club, ACON, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Waverley Council.
All are welcome to join and reflect with us at the Rise Memorial in Marks Park. Bring respect, hope, and love.
‘Rise’, the Bondi Memorial was officially opened in 2021. The memorial is founded on the Principles of Remembrance, Diversity, Inclusion, Justice and Acceptance. This space is dedicated to victims and survivors of homophobic and transphobic violence.
Marks Park Sunrise Service of Reflection
6:15am – 7am, Saturday 24 February 2024
Meet at the Rise Memorial, Marks Park, Tamarama
For more information visit bondimemorial.com.au.
A hit at WorldPride last year, the Bondi Beach Party is back!
Visit the ACON stall to access health and safety information and resources. ACON’s SEXPERTS will also be roaming the event with safe sex packs.
Bondi Beach Party, Saturday 24 February, 2pm-10pm, Bondi Beach. For more info and to book tix, visit the Mardi Gras website here.
In 2024, the Mardi Gras Parade returns to Oxford Street, Flinders Street and Anzac Parade, centred around the theme ‘Our Future’. The annual Parade is the biggest event of the festival, featuring 12,500 marchers and over 200 floats.
The First Nations Float, produced by ACON’s Aboriginal Project, will once again lead the Parade, this year honouring past powerful messages of First Nations people at Mardi Gras, while looking to the future of driving change for First Nations LGBTQ+, Brotherboys, Sistergirls and trans mob.
ACON’s float in the Mardi Gras Parade will showcase our latest campaign, LET’S TEST which encourages communities who are most affected by HIV to get a sexual health check-up. Look out for the eye-catching graphic design of the campaign and Parade float, which is inspired by the works of the late, great artist and queer icon Keith Haring, who passed from AIDS-related complications during the height of the AIDS epidemic.
Mardi Gras Parade, Saturday 2 March 7.30pm, Oxford and Flinders Sts, Darlinghurst and Moore Park. Plan your Parade experience with all the info on the Mardi Gras website.
As Mardi Gras revellers dance the night away, ACON will be there to ensure party-goers keep well and stay safe. We’ll be on hand with information and resources at the ACON Info Desk, handily located in the entrance forecourt. ACON’s ‘SEXPERTS’ will be handing out safe sex packs throughout the night, and ACON Rovers will be patrolling the party to provide information, support and assistance.
Mardi Gras Party, Saturday 2 March, 10pm-late, Playbill Venues and Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. For more info, visit the Mardi Gras website here.
ACON is proud to partner with Queer Screen. This year there are 161 films and events spread across 77 unique programs, with cinema screenings in February and streaming on-demand in March.
We are delighted to co-present a series of sessions at this year’s festival:
MUTT – presented in partnership with TransHub
Non-binary heartthrob Lio Mehiel won a Special Jury prize at Sundance for their performance as trans man Feña in this raw, authentic drama. BOOK HERE.
ISLA’S WAY – presented in partnership with the LOVE Project
This quirky Aussie documentary follows octogenarian farmer Isla, whose straight-shooting, funny personality makes her a local hero. BOOK HERE.
BLUE LIGHTS – presented in partnership with ACON
Step into the vibrant world of Blue Lights, an engaging and sophisticated dramedy making its World Premiere at the Mardi Gras Film Festival. BOOK HERE.
THE HARVEST – presented in partnership with ACON’s Asian Gay, Bi+, Queer Men’s Project
An estranged son returns home to care for his Hmong-American family after his father falls ill, in this heartrending, bittersweet drama. BOOK HERE.
SPLIT – presented in partnership with ACON Here for Women
A stuntwoman finds herself falling for the enigmatic lead actress she’s doubling for whilst shooting a film, in this provocative and sexy series. BOOK HERE.
Surviving Voices: AIDS Memorial Quilt Panel Makers (as part of QueerDOC Shorts)
Among the QueerDoc Shorts is an outstanding documentary telling the stories behind North America’s AIDS Memorial Quilt. Don’t miss this Australian Premiere. BOOK HERE.
Boomalli Aboriginal Arts Cooperative is proud to announce the 2024 Mardi Gras Exhibition is My Sovereign Black Body, curated by Wamba Wamba man, Steven Lindsay Ross.
My Sovereign Black Body is a RECLAMATION of our skin and bones and essence, of the beauty defined by our own eyes and by Country, kinship connection, song, culture and dance – it is a celebration of blackness by queer black artists.
Exhibiting artists include Jeffrey Samuels, Jasmine Sarin, Ella Noah Bancroft, Hayley Pigram, Peta-Joy Williams, Kyra Kum-Sing, Kirilly Dawn, Dennis Golding, Jessica Johnson, Nioka Lowe-Brennan, Nola Taylor, Graeme Walker, Nathan Frank, Peter Waples-Crowe, Luke Close and Nebbi Boii.
The exhibition launches on Friday 16th February 202 and will run until Saturday 13th April 2024, at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative in Leichhardt.
Opening Night: Friday 16th February 6pm – 8pm will be a fabulous night of entertainment and meet the incredible Boomalli Artists. All Welcome. RSVP here.
ACON’s LOVE Project invites you to join us for Nothing but LOVE, our online webinar series for 2024.
Each episode we will chat with LGBTQ community heroes, activists, icons, performers, creatives, business owner and much more.
We will pull back the covers on some of their life experiences, reveal powerful and funny stories, discover what makes them who they are and celebrate their contributions to our rainbow communities.
Our inaugural guests are Robyn Kennedy and Robyn Plaister, authors of CAMP: Australia’s pioneer homosexual rights activists.
Date: Monday 12 February 2024
Time: 6.30pm to 7.15pm
Proudly presented by ACON’s LOVE Project and supported by the NSW Government. Hosted by Russ Gluyas.
The LOVE Project and YourLink invites older LGBTQ people to explore technology and connect with likeminded community members. Learn about smart devices, getting online, browsing the web, staying safe, sharing information, personal security, apps and much more.
Whether you are struggling to start your device or want to gain more digital skills, YourLink have the answers.
This series includes three digital information workshops including –
Building confidence with your device, online security and staying connected
Getting organised online and tech for entertainment, interests and learning
Searching the Internet and accessing library services online
Attend all three workshops or the one you may benefit from the most.
Afternoon tea provided.
Dates: Wed 6 March, Wednesday 20 March & Wednesday 3 April
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Location: Darlinghurst Community Space,
Lower ground floor, East Sydney Early Learning Centre
277 Bourke Street Darlinghurst 2010
FREE Event – Bookings Essential!
Bingay is gay bingo which means there’s classic disco tunes, weird rules and penalties, outrageous antics, hilarious repartee, deliciously lewd bingo calls, and prizes that range from the silly and camp to great theatre tickets and restaurant vouchers.
Bingay hostess Charisma Belle oversees the madcap proceedings and Bingay’s long time barrel babe Naomi Palmer spins the balls and sings up a storm.
Bingay takes over the upstairs bar of The Beresford Darlinghurst on the second Thursday of every month, with each monthly event having a fabulously flamboyant theme.
Bingay’s balls first dropped in 1999, making it one of Sydney’s longest running LGBTQ community events + it raises money for our HIV and LGBTQ health services.
So whether you’re a regular or a novice, or a local or visitor to Sydney, if you’re up for a wonderfully camp mid-week entertainment experience, then you can’t go wrong with Bingay.
For more information and bookings, visit the Bingay website here