Mardi Gras Annual Report

MY PEOPLE | MY TRIBE The 2017 Mardi Gras season theme CREATING EQUALITY artwork featured a selection of stunning stripped-down photographs from the ongoing My People | My Tribe photography project #barenakedtruth. Our big and bold 20 metre long, 2.4 metre high EQUALITY letters were unmissable at Fair Day, the Parade and Party. Each letter featured a different participant from the My People I My Tribe community project, highlighting the wonderful diversity of our LGBTQI community. Each subject shared real-life experiences of coming out, facing adversity and discovering strength in uniqueness. SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: MARDI GRAS CREATING EQUALITY Thank you for a spectacular Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017! The very best in LGBTQI creativity and diversity brought us together at more than 90 events from 17 February to 5 March. Along with eye-popping, heart-warming, soul-soaring and life-affirming experiences, our festival also highlighted ways that we can work together to eliminate discrimination and prejudice in all its forms. No one is equal until we are ALL equal. Our Mardi Gras spirit ignited in vibrant colours across the city in one of the world’s greatest celebrations of creative self-expression and social justice. KOORI GRAS @ 107 A new addition to our program, Koori Gras @ 107 was a week-long festival all of its own, and a chance to discover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ long history of passionate involvement with Mardi Gras. The Black Nulla cabaret night was packed with First Nations drag entertainers, the Black Point roundtable encouraged dialogue about local services and events, and the special Koori Gras exhibition provided glimpses into the shared stories and history for First People’s gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, Sistagirl, Brothaboy, intersex and queer communities. Koori Gras was produced by Moogahlin Performing Arts in association with 107 Projects, Intimate Spectacle and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Photo: Josh Feeney Photo: Brenton Perry Photo: @ rainbowflagsyd 2 2017 Annual Report