Things to do, Expos and conventions
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Time Out says

Catch up with RuPaul's legendary legends and local queens in this weekend-long celebration of all things drag

It's not every day you get the chance to rub shoulderpads with a drag superstar. An entire flock of queens? That's basically unheard of, but exactly what will be on offer at the first DragExpo, running August 8-9 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. There'll be the chance to meet all the queens on the line-up, panels, performances, Q&A sessions, drag tutorials and even a drag market. The whole thing kicks off on the evening of August 7, with a star-studded opening gala at the Plenary Theatre.

So who is on the bill? The line-up is packed with both local queens like Karen from Finance, Art Simone and Hannah Conda, alongside the stand-out stars of RuPaul's Drag Race, including season one winner Bebe Zahara Benet, season four winner Sharon Needles, and All Star legends Trixie Mattel, Alaska Thunderfuck, Katya, Manila Luzon, Jasmine Masters, Tatianna and Trinity the Tuck.

The event is in the vein of RuPaul's DragCon, an annual event in Los Angeles and New York, run by RuPaul's World of Wonder Entertainment. The local version is the work of In The Dark Presents, the leading local promoter of international queens, responsible for countless club and theatre tours. They're promising DragExpo will be the foremost drag convention in the Southern Hemisphere.

There'll be more announcements made in the coming months, but here's the full "first phase" line-up:

Alaska Thunderfuck
Art Simone
Bebe Zahara Benet
Berry Juicy
Bible Girl
Chelsea Bun
Cherylyn Barnes
Desmond Is Amazing
Eve Elle
Hannah Conda
Jasmine Masters
Kane Enable
Karen From Finance
Luci Furr
Manila Luzon
Pangina Heels
Phi Phi O'Hara
Sharon Needles
Stacy Queen
Trinity The Tuck
Trixie Mattel

By: Ben Neutze



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