Northside Bizarre is back for 2018

APN Northside Bizarre 2018A much-loved annual event on Melbourne’s LGBTI calendar, the Northside Bizarre is back at The Laird in Abbotsford on Saturday 20 October 2018, bringing the LGBTI community together in a fun-filled afternoon, while raising much needed funds for charity.

The Northside Bizarre was formed in 2011 in a partnership between The Laird, Victorian AIDS Council (now know as Thorne Harbour Health) and JOY 94.9 with the aim of raising funds for the David Williams Fund (Thorne Harbour Health) and JOY 94.9. The event has expanded over the years to take over the neighbouring Collingwood Masonic Hall and the section of Henry Street that runs between the two iconic venues.

See the historic Collingwood Masonic Hall transformed into an Auction House. Hosted by Tex McKenzie, your favourite JOY presenters and special guests, the auction is your chance to get some amazing deals on donated items including high-end leather gear, restaurant experiences, gift vouchers, holiday accommodation, specialty services, and artworks.

There’s a street party vibe as Henry Street hosts the Northside Bizarre Market Place. This is a unique opportunity for designers, retailers, hobbyists, and small businesses, to sell their wares and promote their services while also supporting our LGBTI community in the process.

Have you got one too many leather pairs of leather pants or simply can’t fit into that harness anymore? Sort through your wardrobe and cupboards for any quality used items to donate to Leather & Treasure: leather and fetish gear; clothing; homewares; books; DVDs; bric-a-brac – if it’s good enough to sell, it deserves to live another life!

Got a sweet tooth? Melbourne’s LGBTI Sporting Clubs have got you covered with a friendly little bake off. Each club whips up their finest baked treats and offers samples on their taster trays. If you like what they’ve got to offer, buy a full sized treat for a gold coin donation and then cast your vote via the People’s Choice ballot. Between the Judges Panel, the People’s Choice votes, and overall money raised, we’ll find out which sporting club is the 2018 Northside Bizarre MasterBaker.

The Laird Stage returns for Northside Bizarre 2018 with the Down An’ Dirty crew hosting this gender inclusive, kinky performance space, catering for both the curious and adventurous. The Laird Stage will feature 5 hours of entertainment courtesy of some of Melbourne’s kookiest and kinkiest performers…

The 2018 Northside Bizarre offers the LGBTI community the opportunity to come together, outside of the typically summer festival season, in a fun environment, whilst raising funds for community organisations.

Northside Bizarre 2018
The Laird, Corner Gipps and Henry Streets, Abbotsford
Date: Saturday 20 October 2018 (from 12.00pm)
Free entry – donation preferred

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Note: Northside Bizarre is an 18+ event. ID wristbands are required as part of the liquor license extension. ID wristbands are free and can be obtained onsite.