Wednesday, February 15, 2017


2017’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will be bursting at the seams with pride and passion, featuring 187 diverse entries each with their own unique take on the festival’s theme CREATING EQUALITY.
The 39th annual Parade is at once a giant celebration, a wild and witty protest call to action, and a life-affirming adventure.
This year Mardi Gras have registered a grand total of 12,137 parade participants. The procession will be proudly led by First Nations people, who will work together with the original 1978 Mardi Gras marchers to begin the Parade.
One of the main Mardi Gras floats is titled EQUALITY and features 8 x 2.4 metre high 3-D equality letters on wheels that will span over 20 metres. A cross between a moving sculptural installation, Parade float and giant photographic exhibition, each letter features a different participant from the My People I My Tribe community photography project titled #barenakedtruth.  Accompanying the giant letters as they travel up Oxford Street will be 60 participants from LGBTQI communities that have participated in the My People My Tribe project.
Mardi Gras has a long and loud history as a protest action, and in 2017 there’ll be plenty of passion on show. Among the broad range of LGBTQI community concerns will be Australian Marriage Equality, Farmers Coming Out for the Environment, Keep Sydney Open, Socialists Alliance and the Uniting Church LGBTIQ Network who are marching to draw attention to the plight of LGBTQI refugees. Mardi Gras is proud to provide a platform for a diverse range of voices and views.
10 of the parade’s 187 float entries are Mardi Gras’ corporate partners, who are proudly demonstrating leadership in supporting the LGBTQI community within their own staff and the broader community.
In 2017 Mardi Gras has partnered with Google to increase their capacity to provide individuals and community groups with grants up to $5,000 each to support their parade entry. The grants program aims to provide grants to individuals, community groups and not-for-profit groups to help lift parade entries to a completely new artistic level. Grant recipients will be announced in the coming weeks
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras officially begins with the annual Rainbow Flag raising ceremony at Sydney Town Hall which unleashes the festival. Highlights of the Festival include the annual community Fair Day to be held on Sunday 19 February in new location Camperdown Memorial Rest Park.
There are over 90 events happening around Sydney through the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season from 17 February to 5 March. Get all the details and tickets at
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the non-for-profit member-based organisation that produces the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and Festival as well as a number of other events throughout the year. SGLMG exists primarily to develop the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the benefit of Sydney’s LGBTQI community, the enjoyment of a wider audience and as a global beacon of diversity, acceptance and LGBTQI rights. 

Mardi Gras Fair Day

Fair Day, Sydney's most-loved LGBTQI community event, kicks off two weeks of Mardi Gras madness THIS Sunday 19 February, 10am to 7pm at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown.
Join over 80,000 people as Fair Day presents a huge line up of live entertainment, community activations, food stalls as well as a special Fashions of The Fair competition, a chance to have your footwear glittered up to become a part of a float at this year’s Parade and the ever-popular Doggywood parade.
WHAT: Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day
WHERE:  Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown
WHEN: Sunday 19 February from 10am

Sydney Science Festival

The 2017 Sydney Science Festival will take visitors on an auditory journey inside the elusive nature of the human voice with the exhibition This is a Voice. This immersive experience will be part of a compelling program of exhibitions, talks and workshops taking place across Sydney during the Sydney Science Festival this August.
Now in its third year, the 2017 Sydney Science Festival will be produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and Australian Museum with founding partner Inspiring Australia. The festival brings together a diverse group of research institutions, museums, universities, industry, and community organisations across greater Sydney, to deliver a program for all ages during National Science Week.
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Director, Dolla Merrillees, said the festival will once again showcase a range of engaging activities.  
“The 2016 festival attracted over 60,000 participants, reflecting growing public interest in science. This year we are working with scientists and organisations from across Sydney to prepare a program which will intrigue, amuse, and satisfy the curiosity of our visitors of all ages.”
“We will be showcasing international and Australian experts, as well as bringing back some favourites including the Powerhouse Museum’s Family Day, Science in the Swamp, the Australian Museum Community Day and Winning Sky Photos at Sydney Observatory.” said Ms Merrillees.
Organisations or individuals interested in being a part of the 2017 festival program are invited to submit an expression of interest by 10 March 2017.
This is a Voice
Blending science, technology, theatre, video and sound and featuring daily ‘voicings’, live performances and demonstrations, a highlight of this year’s Sydney Science Festival program will be This is a Voice. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, London, and explores how the voice is connected to human life and identify.
Visitors enter the exhibition through an anechoic chamber, a non-echoing corridor designed to absorb all sounds. Providing a moment of stillness, the chamber is an opportunity to shift attention from the visual to the aural before being enveloped in the soundscape of the exhibition. Experience the human voice by delving inside vocal tracts, restless minds and speech devices and contemplate the evolution of speech through the growing trend for speaking machines.
“This highly performative exhibition is full of haunting, strange and beautiful sounds that encourage visitors to challenge the way they think of both the physiology and psychology of the human voice,” said Ms Merrillees.
An action-packed 11 days of events, the Sydney Science Festival is a hands on science experience that delivers an array of powerful performances, daring demonstrations and wondrous workshops in venues across the city.
Sydney Science Festival
10-20 August 2017
Expressions of Interest close on 10 March 2017
Follow Sydney Science Festival on:
Twitter: @SydScienceFest
This is a Voice exhibition
12 August 2017 – 28 January 2018
Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo      
Admission: Free with general admission: $15 adult, $8 concession, kids under 16 years free

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Saturday: Pick up at Figline Val D’arno Station

Pick up —> accommodation
The tour will officially start when you are picked up from the Central Station of Figliene Val D’arno.  From there, we will take you to your Tuscan home away from home, a quaint apartment in a Tuscan farmhouse.

Sunday: The Casentino Valley

Casentino Valley —-> Poppi Castle —> Saint Francis’ Monastery
If you’re looking to discover a piece of Tuscany that you will forever carry in your heart, you will not be disappointed with the Casentino Valley. We’ll give you an insider view of this Tuscan gem as we follow the path of the ancient castles and villages that were developed by the Old Roman Empire. We will uncover the spiritual part of Tuscany that is all too often disregarded on contemporary tours of the region. A Tuscany that is rich in surprise and breathtaking moments awaits.
We will have lunch in Poppi, an unforgettable medieval village that far too many visitors to Tuscany completely overlook. This city is home to spellbinding stories and fascinating mysteries that are waiting for you to uncover. We will end our journey with a trip to the ancient monastery of Saint Francis of Assisi before enjoying dinner in one of the best pizzerias in the area.

MONDAY: Wine, cheese and lots of beef (the world famous Chianina)

Montalcino —-> Montepulciano—> Val di Chiana
Today, we will visit Montalcino, which is renowned for Brunello di Montalcino, a red wine that is widely regarded as one of the top three red wines in the world. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about this wine with a visit to one of the region’s most prestigious winery and cellars.
Later, we will visit Montepulciano, a famous medieval village that is replete with Tuscan history and an area of the region that is renowned for its cultural summer festival and fairs.
Our tour will continue with a visit to the city walls, where you’ll have an opportunity to watch skilled tradesmen and women at work using traditional manufacturing techniques to shape copper in their old artisan shops. We’ll also stop by some of the characteristic enoteche (wine shops).
The day will end at one of the oldest farms of the Val di Chiana for a dinner of Chianina IGP beef, Cinta Senese pork and fabulous local wine.

Tuesday: Cooking class and local villages festivals “sagre”

Cooking class —-> Firenze —> Summer village festivals “sagre”
On the third day of our tour, you can choose between enjoying a cooking class with our wonderful Manuela, with whom you will prepare dinner, or we will take you to the train station from where you can travel to Firenze by train. From June to September we will be joining the local villagers as they enjoy their vibrant summer festivals.

Wednesday: The Chianti Region

Chianti region —> Greve in Chianti
This is a day that the wine aficionados among the group will enjoy because it is entirely dedicated to wine. We will visit a number of castles, wineries and cellars to learn the intimate story of Chianti’s famous wine. You will also get a chance to learn about and sample the region’s fine extra virgin olive oil.
Once we have sampled the delicious offerings of Chianti, we will progress to Greve, home to the most famous butcher and deli shop in Tuscany and the ideal place for you to buy the best produce of the area.
On our way back, we will stop at a family-run trattoria where you will enjoy an authentic Tuscan meal.

Thursday: La Maremma Toscana

La Maremma —> Cantina Antinori —> Castiglione della Pescaia 
Today, we will venture into the heart of the Tuscan countryside to enjoy some of its extraordinary landscapes.
We will visit the Cantina Antinori, one of the most famous wine-producing families in the world, before visiting a local farm at which you can taste the typical produce of the area. We will then progress to one of the nicest beaches in Tuscany, which is located near Castiglione della Pescaia, a wonderful medieval castle that is famous for its delightful views, delicious restaurants and vibrant nightlife. From there, you can experience a day at the beach where you will be able to walk among the locals, enjoy an Italian aperitivo, and enjoy a fantastic dinner at one of the fanciest Italian “corso” (street).

Friday: The Pratomagno mountain

Pratomagno mountain —> Loro Ciuffenna—>Gropina
Today you will have a chance to experience the exclusive beauty and mystery of the Pratomagno, one of the most fascinating mountains in Tuscany. It was here that the Australian explorer and WWI hero Herbert John Louis Hinkler crashed in his attempt to fly from England to Australia. The tour commences with a visit to the quaint village of Loro Ciuffenna and an opportunity to witness the breathtaking beauty of Gropina’s Roman church. We will then visit several of the tiny medieval villages that are dotted across the mountainous landscape where we will have the opportunity to taste the local produce. The day will end with an aperitivo at the summit of Pratomagno, where you will enjoy a breathtaking sunset before dinner.

Saturday: Drop off  at Figline Val D’arno Station

Breakfast —> Drop off
The tour ends with a delicious breakfast before we part ways at Figline Val D’Arno’s station

Thursday, February 25, 2016


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the world’s most spectacular celebration of LGBTQI pride and diversity. Each year, tens of thousands of international and interstate visitors come to Sydney to experience a three-week festival of over 100 events, culminating in the iconic Mardi Gras Parade and Party.

Key Mardi Gras Events: