SEX AND THE CITY"Everyone has a passion in their life and this just happens to be mine” - Julie Bates, Urban RealistsThe Cross’ disappearing...

Kings Bloody Cross: Sex and the City


The World Bar
2011 NSW

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"Everyone has a passion in their life and this just happens to be mine” - Julie Bates, Urban Realists

The Cross’ disappearing red light district has made way for small bars, apartments, empty streets and empty shop fronts. As brothels vanish from Kings Cross to the ‘burbs, we speak with Julie Bates, Principal of Urban Realists, a long-term activist and coach for the human and legal rights for the sex industry.

Julie’s story working the streets and brothels of Kings Cross during the seventies is portrayed in Hidden Sydney-The Glittering Mile. From striptease to street work, women were starting to gain control. Meanwhile, the hangover from free love was fast approaching.

Host: Lesley Hancock
Guests: Julie Bates, Professor Basil Donovan, Stephen Allkins and Elizabeth Burton

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This session is part of a curated season of raw and riveting 'in conversation' events featuring Kings Cross luminaries. Rub shoulders with artists, idealists and opportunists and hear fascinating stories about 'ungentrified' Sydney — the heady days of rock 'n' roll, free love, corruption, opportunity, sex and politics during the twentieth century. Presented over three weekends, Kings Bloody Cross will engage audiences with thrilling insight into the dirty half mile's people, bohemia and place. 

Curated by Olivia Ansell. 

Presented by Live Ideas and Working Management.