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:
Bebe Zahara Benet
Desmond Is Amazing
Karen From Finance
Phi Phi O'Hara
Trinity The Tuck