SOLD OUT Get set for an odyssey of musical revelations as Mardi Gras and APRA AMCOS team up to uncover Australia’s next generation of queer musicians
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and APRA AMCOS present
EXPRESS YOURSELF - QUEER DISCOVERY
Hosted by The Merivale Group at The Beresford Hotel
Express Yourself – Queer Discovery is a series of three music showcases that will see emerging LGBTQI+ artists perform alongside an established headliner to a room of industry heavyweights and the general public.
At the end of the series, a panel of judges will select two of the emerging artists to perform at a Mardi Gras event in 2021.
The first show, headlined by the ARIA award winning chanteuse Montaigne, kicks off the series on Saturday 28th November at Sydney’s iconic The Beresford Upstairs.
The event is FREE but tickets are limited so get in quick and secure your seat for a truly unique night of new music.
If you’re a budding Troye Sivan, can sing with the quiet sincerity of Courtney Barnett or spit rhymes like Miss Blanks - now is your chance to perform alongside an established queer performer to a room of music industry tastemakers, with the opportunity to perform at the largest LGBTQI+ festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Emerging artists from across Australia are encouraged to apply at apraamcos.com.au.
The first showcase is taking place as a part of Great Southern Nights, a new music event to kick-start the recovery of the live music industry – featuring 1,000 COVID-safe gigs across Sydney and Regional NSW throughout November.
**Please note this is a seated event. Ensure everyone you wish to sit with is included in your booking to avoid being seated separately.**
This event is 18+ only.
COVID-19 Safety Information
This event will be run in accordance with NSW Health COVID safety regulations. Please adhere to social distancing at all times, and follow direction from venue staff.
By registering for this event, you agree that you will comply with COVID safety rules and direction from venue staff.
You will not attend:
- If you are feeling unwell.
- If you have returned from overseas within the last 14 days
- If you have had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or is waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test.
- If you are in isolation waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test.
- If you have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the last 14 days or have visited any of the venues listed on the NSW Health website here, in the designated time periods.
The venue will be taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including:
- Hand sanitiser dispensers
- Signage and social distancing markers throughout the venue
- Regular sanitising of the venue
- All guests must register with the venue upon arrival via the NSW Health COVID Safe Check-In
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about HIV and AIDS. It is a day for the community to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS related conditions or other conditions associated with HIV.
The national World AIDS Day theme for Australia in 2020 is Now More Than Ever. World AIDS Day aims to encourage Australians to educate themselves and others about HIV; to take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting prevention strategies; and to ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination.
Join us to find out more about implementing and using the EmployableQ Workplace Inclusion Toolkit.
The EmployableQ toolkit provides a non-prescriptive set of resources to guide and support organisations to build inclusive, welcoming, and safe workplaces for LGBTI+ people with disability. The Toolkit is underpinned by the 4 Pillars of Inclusion Framework:
- Creating A Culture Of Inclusion
- Feeling Safe In The Workplace
- Accessible Recruitment
- Access and Adjustments At Work
A co-design team was established to ensure that all resources reflect the needs of people who are both LGBTI and who have lived experience of disability.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) is one of the oldest continuously operating LGBTQI+ organisations in Australia. SGLMG was built on the foundations laid by early community activists who fought for LGBTQI+ rights in a time of wide-spread, institutionalised oppression and discrimination. From these origins, SGLMG has evolved to include a strong focus on celebration while maintaining a commitment to social justice for LGBTQI+ communities.
- Festival runs from 19 Feb - 7 March 2021
- Fair Day: Sunday 21 Feb
- Parade Day: Saturday 6 March
In 2021 those two premier conferences will be hosted online over 3 consecutive Fridays in April. Moving these important conferences online comes with new challenges, but it will enable us to use advanced conference software to provide both live events and on-demand content, networking, chat, breakout workshops, and a series of online social events every Friday afternoon to allow participants to network and reflect.
Fri 16 April | Fri 23 April | Fri 30 April
Health in Difference is Australia’s premier conference on the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer and sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities throughout Australia.
The LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care conference is the leading event in Australia for aged, health and human service providers to develop their knowledge, skills and practice to meet the needs of LGBTI consumers.
Those conferences bring together community members, community organisations large and small, health practitioners, researchers, academics, policymakers, advocates, and others who are interested in improving the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of LGBTI people.
Conference hashtags will be: #HiD2021 and #LGBTIAgeing2021
Rego and abstracts open early December. Abstracts close 14 Feb 2020.
We warmly invite you to save the dates in April and to subscribe here for ticketing information.