Sydney Mardi Gras 2008 plans announced

Cyndi Lauper, Margaret Cho on tap to perform

Duane Wells | December 14, 2007

SYDNEY — Sydney Mardi Gras, one of the most highly anticipated annual events on the gay social circuit, has announced plans for the 2008 celebration. Unlike years past, Mardi Gras 2008 will run three weeks instead of four and be a tighter celebration over all, with few fewer conflicting events and lots of big name international gay favorites on hand.

On the bill to entertain the gay masses at Sydney Mardi Gras this year are pop diva Cyndi Lauper, fresh from her True Colors tour in the US, and comedian Margaret Cho who will present the world premiere of her brand new show Beautiful in Australia. Meanwhile Hats Off and The Stars Come Out have combined this year to create an HIV/AIDS fundraising event featuring the hilarious drag air stewardess Pam who will perform for one night only at the Lyric Theatre on February 22.

Mardi Gras 2008 organizers will also open their own gallery at Tap Gallery this year where they will showcase publicity material from the last thirty years of Mardi Gras, as well as work from local artists. William Yang will be exhibiting his work Claiming China at Australia Centre For Photography in Paddington and much loved Sydney icon Mazz will be presenting her one woman slide show A Night With Mazz at Slide.

Also in the theatre is controversial play Corpus Christi, which has outraged Christian groups because of its depiction of Jesus and his disciples as gay, and The Fabulous Punch and Judy Show, which explores what it is to be Australian.

Finally, among other treats, Queer Screen�s Mardi Gras film festival will be bringing Naked Boys Singing and A Picture Of Dorian Gray, as well as the annual filmmakers� event My Queer Career to this year�s festivities.

On a sad note, this may be the last year for the Mardi Gras parade according to published reports. Organizers of Sydney's Mardi Gras are rumored to be considering removing the parade from the line-up at their annual celebration, which is estimated to bring more that $46 million)to the Australian economy, because of a purported lack of support from the government and community.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event and is based on the theme, Brave New Worlds. – Issued by Gay Link Content



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