After a brilliant debut in 2017, Oxtravaganza will return to the Pink Mile in Oxford Street for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.
The 12-hour party in February promises exclusive live performances, food & drink, a SSM wedding market, and a mobile outdoor disco.
Sydney’s Oxford Street has historically been a stomping ground for oddballs, queers, bohemians, and artists, whose influences delightfully combine to form a unique cultural hub - an unconventional and non-judgmental space where anything goes and everyone is welcome.
Oxtravaganza celebrates the rich and diverse community of the Pink Mile boasting a slew of one-day-only events including, but not limited to, free make-up applications, classes with Darlo Drama, expert Shibari performances, live music, marquee stalls sprinkled up and down the strip and even a silent disco, to highlight the unique and vibrant character of this iconic piece of Sydney.
In addition to all the events put on by local retailers, this year, Oxtravaganza will be celebrating the history-making YES vote. In partnership with Young Henrys, the organisers – Darlinghurst Business Partnership – has arranged their own version of the Karma Keg for Oxtravaganza, called the YES! KEG. These kegs will be available at participating bars, pubs and restaurants who will have a fully donated keg of Young Henrys Cloudy Cider or Newtowner serving $5 schooners with all proceeds going to Twenty10+GLCS.
There'll also be a very special outdoor wedding market with local vendors, businesses and artisans coming together to help plan the most beautiful and perfect weddings. From jewellers, to florists, bakers, celebrants and more, the Oxtravaganza Wedding Market will have something for everybody’s special day along with a sublime soundtrack provided by Ricardo’s Mobile Disco.
Each year Oxtravaganza supports a different local charity. For 2018 all fund-raising efforts, will be donated to Twenty10+GLCS NSW, who proudly provide LGBTIQA+ social support, counselling, housing, mental health in Sydney for young people, those most in need of compassion and care.
Oxtravaganza goes off on Saturday 24th February on Oxford St, Darlinghurst
OXTRAVAGANZA 2018 PROGRAMME
Ariel BookshopThe Australian launch of “The House of Impossible Beauties” by Joseph Cassara, which is “a gritty and gorgeous debut that follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 80s and 90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary 'Paris is Burning'"
Australian Design CentreMeet the Maker sessions with a special guest LGBTI artist
Bitter PhewLaunch of specially brewed beers for Mardi Gras and Oxtravaganza
Bollicio RestaurantGreek Taverner special tapas menu with outdoor seating and Greek music on the street
Café LoungeHosting a free party with a Young Henrys YES! KEG.
Ching a LingsSpecial guest DJs
ColombianOxtravaganza drag shows and special guest DJs
Darlinghurst DentalDr Frank Farrelly will provide free oral cancer checks
Darlo BarYoung Henrys YES! Kegs
Darlo Drama11am - Free one hour Acting Class in Courtyard.
1pm & 4pm - String Quartet performance by Australian Haydn Ensemble.
2pm - Oxford Street Themed Improv Performance by Darlo Drama students
Della HydeMardi Gras Oxtravaganza takeover - Absolut Vodka collaboration with PRIDE cocktail list.
Dove and OliveYoung Henrys YES! Kegs
ESCACThe Flying Nun is proud to present TEMPLE; a space for Asian Australian contemporary performing artists, writers, musicians, performers, comedians, for cross-discipline and emerging artists to stage their works including pop-up installations and experimental performance. Tickets.
Gay RadioLive broadcast from 12pm
Greenpark HotelYoung Henrys YES! Kegs
KinsleasYoung Henrys YES! Kegs
KryolanFree Glitter Lip or Glitter Eye Makeup Application at Kryolan station set up outside the store. Special rates and free gifts when a Bridal Makeup Service is booked and paid for.
Planetdwellers12pm – 2pm Dream Cruises is providing an Oxtravaganza merman in the front window
Sax FetishShibari performances and buzz cuts from Dick Savv between 1pm - 5pm
StonewallLive music and guest DJs. Fund-raising Twenty10 BBQ on the street
The Darlinghurst BookshopOxtravaganza special discounts
The MakeryArtists Sharon Williams, Trena Lowe and friends continue their exhibition of mixed media artworks, small soft sculptures, body painting, collaborations on paper, fabric and found materials to provide artworks that will be used to create window displays and installations. A live soundtrack and local tattoo artist working in the window.
The Oxford HotelSpecial guest DJs. Young Henrys YES! Kegs
The Record StoreLive DJ’s in store and BBQ out the front of the store raising money for twenty10+GLCS.
The OXTRAVAGANZA programme is growing and expanding constantly, with new events added daily. The full programme can be viewed here.