Danny in Synthetic Diamonds by William Yang

Powerhouse Late x Vivid Ideas: Queer Sydney

Duration: 5–9pm

Join our celebration of Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ history and explore the lineage from the original Mardi Gras 78ers to now, before ending the night with a little ‘Disco Conversion Therapy’ and a big ol’ party.

Join dance floor anthropologist, Aunty Jonny for ‘Disco Conversion Therapy’, an edifying lecture on the history of radical music, sexed up dance floors and the people your mother warned you about.

Curated by Johnny Allen, C.Moore Hardy, Dino Dimitriadis, see drag performances, alongside talks and archival footage and photos of Sydney’s queer party scene. Hear different perspectives on the topic ‘From Camp to Gay to Queer — a Continuum or a Disconnection?’ and learn more about Sydney’s internationally acclaimed response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Proudly presented by Vivid Ideas and Powerhouse.



5–6 pm Meet and greet
7.45–8.15 pm


Queer fashion parade

Miss 3D aka Glenn Lewis
Cindy Pastel
Fabian Lo Schiavo
Blake Lawrence
Aaron Manhattan
Tackie Onassis
Holly Golightly
Porcelain Alice
Felicia Foxx
Jamaica Moana
Jude Bowler
Sexy Galexy



5 pm Queer short films
6–7.30 pm Feature film



7.157.45 pm Launch of QTopia, a permanent exhibition and space opening on Oxford Street in 2023 which will celebrate Sydney’s history and acknowledge the impact of AIDS



5.30–6.30 pm

6.45–7.45 pm

Matt Bergan leads a sound bath meditation with soundscape and narration by Paul Capsis



5:30–6.15 pm Stages live podcast recording. Peter Eyers interviews Miss 3D and Cindy Pastel, two iconic drag queens from 1970s Sydney still performing today. Preregistrations required here.
6.15–7.00 pm From Camp to Gay to Queer a Continuum or a Disconnection? Panel with Dennis Altman, C Moore Hardy, Dino Dimitriadis moderated by Shirleene Robinson
6.30–7.30 pm Stages live podcast recording. Peter Eyers interviews Declan Greene, artistic director of Griffin Theatre Company and founder of Sisters Grimm. Preregistrations required here.



7.15–8.15 pm Dollar Bin Darlings present a lecture on the history of disco, culminating in an interactive disco
8.15–9 pm Parade and disco with Dollar Bin Darlings



59 pm Images from the Powerhouse collection curated by Anni Turnbull, and queer images by photographers Lexy Potts and Jamie James



Curated by FBi





FREE event as part of Vivid Ideas x Powerhouse Late. No bookings required.

Over three nights, we celebrate what makes Sydney unique: the artists who push boundaries, the creative leaders who build community, and our city’s distinct diversity and queer history.

Read about the COVID Safe measures we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe when visiting the museum here.

Find accessibility information here or contact Bookings for access support on +61 (02) 9217 0222 or via email book@maas.museum.



Individuals: Free entry, no bookings required.

Schools and Groups: please follow this link to arrange your visit or submit a booking form. If you need further information please contact our bookings team on (02) 9217 2222.

Find more information here about the measures we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe.


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