Proudly presented by Vivid Ideas and the Powerhouse, Queer Sydney is a multifaceted event that celebrates Sydney’s distinct gay and lesbian history on Thursday 16 June 2022.
Co-curated by Johnny Allen, C. Moore Hardy and Dino Dimitriadis, Queer Sydney covers the lineage from the original Mardi Gras 78ers to now, with a focus on queer culture.
Through a program that combines serious with camp, audiences are encouraged to consider various perspectives that have influenced the culture of the diverse LGBTQIA+ community through drag performances, talks, short films, archival footage, and photos of Sydney’s queer party scene.
QTopia – a permanent space on Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street will be launched at this Vivid Ideas event. It will host permanent and temporary exhibitions that explore the LGBTQIA+ community through the transformative storytelling, history, culture, art, and contemporary issues.
Australian historian and public commentator, Dr. Shirleene Robinson will moderate From Camp to Gay to Queer – A Continuum or a Disconnection, which features influential members of the queer community.
Panellists include Australian academic and pioneering gay rights activist Dennis Altman, artist and photographer C. Moore Hardy and award-winning director and multidisciplinary creative producer Dino Dimitiadis.
Matt Bergan, director of Dancing warrior yoga will lead two sessions of Queer Sound Healing – targeting toxic beliefs such as queer shame and Internalised homophobia through a soundscape and narration by Paul Capsis.
Sydney-based DJ duo, Dollar Bin Darlings will present Disco Conversion Therapy, a lecture on the history of disco, which culminates in an interactive disco and parade at the Powerhouse bar.
Powerhouse Late x Vivid Ideas: Queer Sydney
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo (Sydney)
Event: Thursday 16 June 2022 (5.00 – 9.00pm)
Image: Aunty Jonny – courtesy of MAAS Museum