It’s HERE, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras angels have announced the 2019 line-up and it is gewd.

The theme of next year’s Mardi Gras is FEARLESS, to celebrate and acknowledge all the LGBTQ+ people across the world who express themselves every day.

The 41st festival will kick off Friday 15 February 2019 for two weeks and wrap up on Sunday 3 March. Of course, it ain’t no Mardi Gras without that  i c o n i c  parade so get your calendars out ‘cos the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will take place on Saturday 2 March. 

Just to name a few, the 2019 line-up includes the dream that is the interactive cabaret banquet Cake Daddy, the powerful Butch Monologues, and The Moors – described as a “kinky homage to the Brontës” that explores female power and individuality. Big YES.

Then there’s also the return of the incredible Sissy Ball, presented by Red Bull Music, which will take over Carriage Works on Saturday 23 February. Last year’s inaugural ball completely sold out so be sure to get in quick if you’re keen on a tickkie.

The Sissy Ball is the real deal so expect judges to fully suss you out for the prestigious awards of dance, movement, fashion, and air.

Not to mention the lush AF Strictly Kaftan Party. This baby – a pool party – will be hosted at the Ivy Pool Club on Tuesday 19 February and as you may guess from the name, it’s Kaftan themed… but honestly, anything’s a go.

Mardi Gras Arts CEO, Terese Casu said next year’s fest will bring together over 400 artists, creatives, and thought leaders from across the globe to celebrate and discuss diversity, social justice, human rights, and equality.

“Being fearless is more than making a lot of noise, it’s also about acknowledging a person’s own vulnerability, and being able to express who they are, even if it’s not bold. We invite everyone to join Mardi Gras this season to celebrate diversity and creativity, and to champion the fearless voices within our community,” said Casu.

I have barely scratched the surface of the schedule here so if you’re keen to check out the whole glorious list, click HERE

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