Join our celebration of Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ history and explore the lineage from the original Mardi Gras 78ers to now, before ending the night with a little...
Queer Sydney: Powerhouse Late x Vivid Ideas
500 Harris Street
Access and Inclusion
Join our celebration of Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ history and explore the lineage from the original Mardi Gras 78ers to now, before ending the night with a little ‘Disco Conversion Therapy’ and a big ol' party.
Join dance floor anthropologist, Aunty Jonny for ‘Disco Conversion Therapy’, an edifying lecture on the history of radical music, sexed up dance floors and the people your mother warned you about.
Expect a fabulous fashion parade featuring a line-up of stars in the drag world, alongside talks and archival footage and photos of Sydney’s queer party scene. Hear different perspectives on the topic ‘From Camp to Gay to Queer – a Continuum or a Disconnection?’ and learn more about Sydney’s internationally acclaimed response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. There is also the chance for a queer sound healing experience – let yourself be bathed in the dulcet tones of Paul Capsis.
Curated by Johnny Allen, C Moore Hardy, Dino Dimitriadis and proudly presented by Vivid Ideas and Powerhouse.
Entrance, Level 3
5–6 pm Meet and greet
Escalators, Level 2
7.45–8.15 pm Queer fashion parade
Miss 3D aka Glenn Lewis
Fabian Lo Schiavo
5–6 pm Queer short films
6 pm Vegas in Space, directed by Phillip R Ford
The Lab Gallery, Level 2
7.15–7.45 pm Launch of QTopia, a permanent exhibition and space opening on Oxford Street in 2023 which will celebrate Sydney’s history and acknowledge the impact of AIDS.
QUEER SOUND HEALING
Microcars, Level 3
5.30–6.30 pm and 6.45–7.45 pm Matt Bergan leads a sound bath meditation with soundscape by Stereogamous and narration by Paul Capsis
Theatrette, Level 2
5:30–6.15 pm Stages podcast recording. Peter Eyers interviews Miss 3D and Cindy Pastel, two iconic drag queens from 1970s Sydney still performing today. Pre-registrations required here.
Theatre, Level 2
6.15–7.00 pm ‘From Camp to Gay to Queer a Continuum or a Disconnection?’ Panel with Dennis Altman, C Moore Hardy, Dino Dimitriadis moderated by Shirleene Robinson
6.30–7.30 pm Stages podcast recording. Peter Eyers interviews Declan Greene, artistic director of Griffin Theatre Company and founder of renowned queer theatre company Sisters Grimm. Pre-registrations required here.
DISCO CONVERSION THERAPY
Theatre, Level 2
7.15–8.15 pm Aunty Jonny from the Dollar Bin Darlings present a lecture on the history of disco – its informative, fun and a little bit sexy.
Powerhouse bar, Level 3
8.15–9 pm Parade and disco with Dollar Bin Darlings
The Lab Gallery, Level 3
5-9 pm Images from the Powerhouse collection curated by Anni Turnbull, and queer images by photographers Lexy Potts and Jamie James
Café, Level 3
5–9 pm Bombay Sapphire bar
Curated by FBi Radio
FREE event as part of Vivid Ideas x Powerhouse Late. No bookings required.
Over three nights, we celebrate what makes Sydney unique: the artists who push boundaries, the creative leaders who build community, and our city’s distinct diversity and queer history.