What does Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras mean to you?

Performing Arts

This weekend is not only the 40thanniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, but one of the weekends of Sydney Pride Festival as well. To commemorate Sundays Anniversary, there are plenty of events happening including the Pride of Place Conference, remembering our past and shaping our futures.

The conference co-sponsored by the Ally Network, the 78ers, Sydney Pride History, the University’s Culture Strategy, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, will explore themes of intergenerational lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer experience, and celebrate the evolving purpose, identity and influence of Mardi Gras within the LGBTIQ community. The relationship between LGBTIQ politics and Indigenous Australians, as well as multi-ethnic communities, will be a focus of conference discussion.

There will be a giant new inflatable art installation to be set up in Taylor Square to mark four decades of the event. With the  inflatable art installation titled 40 Years of Love – towering three storeys over Taylor Square on Oxford Street from Sunday.

You can join the 78ers at the Columbian hotel for a drink in their honour and much more. You can find all the details at Sydneypride.com.

As people drink and celebrate in honour of a political protest that fought for our freedoms, it made us wonder what Sydney Mardi Gras actually means to you.

For some it will always be a place of protest, for others, it is a space of celebration. Is the parade too corporate, or have we lost our activist edge?

At Mardi Gras Fair Dean Arcuri decided to explore what Mardi Gras means in 2018 to the community that celebrate it.

This segment of The Informer aired on JOY 94.9 on 21st June 2018.