Queer Art After Hours

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Queer Art After Hours
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AGNSW stays up late to celebrate Mardi Gras with this free event

Revel in your rainbow palette as one of Sydney’s most respected galleries is taken over by a big queer after-hours party as part of Mardi Gras festivities. The latest iteration of this popular annual event draws on inspiration from diverse queer artists, communities and this year’s Mardi Gras theme “what matters”.

Hosted by award-winning journalist Patrick Abboud, the evening features a kaleidoscope of performers, DJs, live musicians and art installations. There’s no cover charge and no booking required, so you can just rock up and choose your own adventure as you discover experiences throughout the gallery spaces. 

Club kid collective Gendermess will be lighting up the front steps with avant-drag performances; Sydney’s premier First Nations drag trio the Blak Divas will be serving up spellbinding performances; and local drag royalty Verushka Darling will be lecturing on the history of Mardi Gras. 

You can also join a hands-on workshop with paper-sculpting artist Jordy Bos using recycled Mardi Gras posters; join a twisted tour with TabOriginal, the fierce adjudicator from NITV’s Indigenous art quiz show Faboriginal; and check out a dynamic series of Queer Film Shorts hosted and curated by fat activist and radical filmmaker Kelli Jean Drinkwater.

Feel the beat with live musical performances and DJ sets from left-field artists including Lupa J, Zaya, Annabelle Gaspar, Stelly G and the Sharman, Eric Avery and DJ HipHopHoe.

The party goes down on Wednesday, February 26, from 5-10pm. Get yourself some mid-week inspiration before the Mardi Gras parade goes down.

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