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Mardi Gras after party to celebrate Indigenous LGBT community

13 February 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay, lesbian and intersex pride and diversity will be celebrated at The Klub Koori Mardi Gras After Party on March 5, taking place at Hermann’s Bar in Newtown.

Presented by Gadigal Information Service (GIS) and ACON, in partnership with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the event will showcase the talents of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) performing artists.

Performers to appear at this year’s party include singer-songwriter Jessie Lloyd, pop music artist Ben Fraietta, and drag queens Destiny Haz Arrived, Lasey and Nova of the Dream Time Diva’s, and Nana Miss Koori.

Now in its third year, the annual Klub Koori Mardi Gras After Party has been a highly popular event in previous years, quickly earning a reputation as one of the most rollicking parties on Mardi Gras night.

The event increases the cultural diversity of Mardi Gras and the visibility and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the gay, lesbian and intersex community.
GIS has formed a partnership with ACON to deliver the event and promote important sexual health messaging on the night.

“Klub Koori Mardi Gras After Party provides a focal point for our Indigenous brothers and sisters from all over the country to gather together on Mardi Gras night with friends and families and celebrate identity, strength, and healthy lifestyles, we’re looking forward to another memorable night and welcome all people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to come along and join the party with us,” says event coordinator, Danielle Tuwai.

Gadigal Information Service operates Sydney’s only Indigenous broadcasting service (Koori Radio 93.7FM), the annual Yabun Festival, and regular Klub Koori events. Klub Koori concerts showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, providing spaces for Aboriginal cultural expression and celebration. 

Established in 1985 as the AIDS Council of New South Wales, ACON work to end HIV transmission among gay and homosexually active men, and promote the lifelong health of LGBTI people and people with HIV.

What: Klub Koori Mardi Gras After Party

Where: Hermann’s Bar, corner of City Rd and Butlin Av, Newtown

When: March 5, 9:00pm till late

Tickets: $15 general public, $10 concession/First Nations Float members with wristbands

Age: Entrance is restricted to those who are 18 years and over

High-res images and interviews with performers are available upon request.

For all media inquiries call 02 9384 4000 or email news@gadigal.org.au

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