2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day includes First Nations Circle and four stages of the event

Fair Day – one of the biggest free community events of the season returns to Sydney’s Victoria Park on Sunday February 20, kicking off the opening weekend of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2022. For the first time, Fair Day 2022 will feature the Circle of First Nations and host events throughout the day on four stages, something for everyone.

Fair Day 2022 will feature the First Nations circle, presented in partnership with BLAQ Aboriginal Corporation and highlighting the importance of safe celebratory spaces for First Nations LGBTQIA+ communities. It will be a meeting place, space for conversation, learning, celebration and will feature a community tent, elders tent, First Nations performances and booths from Indigenous businesses including Nungulla Creative, Jarin Street , ACON Aboriginal Project, BLAQ, Gillawara Arts and TATU/ NCIE.

Fair Day will feature more than 200 community booths, cocktails at boutique bars, the famous Doggywood Pageant, and performances by the many groundbreaking and culture-challenging LGBTQIA+ artists on stage. Five specialty bars will cater to all tastes and serve unique drinks and experiences, as well as four stages offering unique experiences throughout the day.

American Express Show Ring Stage: Hosted by Mon Schafter and Faustina Agolley, The Show Ring is Fair Day’s main stage. The morning program features a host of community talent and pre-afternoon talk features a lineup of stellar musical guests and performers, including rising superstar Clara Fable, The Black Divaz, indie-pop sensation Essie Holt , pop darling Katie Underwood, Zoe Badwi , Chase Zera, JËVA, Joelby, Eshaan and Midnight Pool Party.

Optus Arena: The Optus Arena hosts the much-loved Doggywood Pageant, hosted by Kevin Kaila, where groomed puppies and their owners parade in hopes of being crowned Best In Show. In the afternoon, after the prized pooches have departed to enjoy the park, the public can settle in to watch current and former ABC hosts from RN Breakfast, Patricia Karvelas and Fran Kelly host a special edition in live from The Party Room and an exclusive performance by Eric Avery, presented by Premier Network Partner, Optus. The arena will also host a free one-hour panel on the Sydney WorldPride human rights forum titled Religious Discrimination and Our Fight Ahead.

Under the Rainbow with Absolut: This is the ultimate destination for listening to music on Fair Day with DJs Kilimi, Sveta, Victoria Anthony and Mike Kelly spinning hits under a giant inflatable rainbow from noon until the end of Fair Day.

Deloitte Community Sideshow Stage: Drag Story Time features diva Hannah Conda and an hour for kids with DJs on the decks. Later in the day, wrestling and martial arts demonstrations will take place before ETHAN, Clio and Fried Pork Chop “bring the vibe.”

Although there is no dedicated dance floor for these stages, Fair Day has an exemption from the NSW government and attendees can stand while drinking alcohol and dancing.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2022 is supported by Premier Partner American Express, Government Partner and Mardi Gras Festival Sponsor, the City of Sydney, and Strategic Sponsor of the NSW Government through its Tourism and Tourism Agency. Major Events Destination NSW.

THE DETAILS:

What: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day
When: Sunday, February 20, 2022. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Victoria Park, Cnr Parramatta Road and City Road, Broadway
Free admission

More information at www.mardigras.org.au

Top image: Mardi Gras Fair Day. Credit: Jeffrey Feng Photography; image above: Mardi Gras Fair Day 2020. Credit: Markham Lane

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