The Basement is a live performance and dance space that’s been refreshed into a late-night sanctuary for all; a safe home for personal and creative expression, exuberance and inclusivity, and welcomes all members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The Imperial Erskineville has always been a beloved late-night dance venue outside the lockout zones, and continues on as a proud standard-bearer for joyous after-dark culture.
On Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm until close*, The Basement comes alive with self-expression, creative energy and flamboyant performance. Hosting a line-up of drag and performance art, live music, DJs, partnered and special events, the space will be shared with some of the world’s best party partners to offer Sydney’s most captivating nights.
When the sun goes down, The Basement’s pulse rises, bringing together a commune of connections, introductions and celebrations in a space made to tickle imaginations and ignite passions. We say diverse is divine, weird is wonderful, unique is unreal – and yes, you’re absolutely welcome here.
*Our opening days and times may expand beyond these – keep an eye out here!
WE HAVE CREATED THIS SPACE AS AN OPEN SAFE HOME TO PERSONAL AND CULTURAL EXPRESSION.
A SANCTUARY FOR ALL, A SPACE THAT TICKLES THE IMAGINATION AND IGNITES THE PASSION FOR LIVING.
A PLATFORM FOR PERFORMANCE, FOR EXPRESSION AND EXPLORATION.
A COMMUNE OF CONNECTIONS, INTRODUCTIONS AND CELEBRATIONS.
UNIQUE IN ITS STYLE, DIVERSE IN ITS CULTURE, FLAMBOYANT IN ITS PERFORMANCE.
A REFUGE FOR LOVE.
WEIRD IS WONDERFUL – AND YES, YOU’RE WELCOME HERE.
DJ Sveta is a co-founder of Kingki Kingdom – a pioneering weekly Drag King party that evolved into her own night Queer Central – a Drag King & Queen & Queer performance party.
Sveta reunites some of the most iconic, memorable, genre-bending and eclectic performers from Queer Central for the first time since QC closed its door in 2012.
STARRING: Dallas Dellaforce, Fancy Piece (Holly Bennett & Simone Craswell), Jayvante Swing, Adonis Adonis, Hugo Retro (Naomi Palmer),Fisty Scent (Annaliese Constable) plus more TBA
MUSIC: DJ Sveta
*All booking fees are going to the Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre* (WAGEC), Redfern via the HUMANITIX
9pm | BUY TICS | $25 CASH ENTRY
To Be Looked At: Pornography and the Queer Gaze
Grace’s seminar will draw from her research on queer pornography sites like CrashPadSeries.com and QueerPorn.TV to unpack questions of the male gaze, “to-be-looked-at-ness” and the possibility of the queer gaze. Grace’s seminar will consider the ways in which pornography can function as a kind of activism, for producers, performers and viewers.
Grace is a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, where she teaches courses on gender, violence and love and intimacy.
7.30pm | $10 CASH ENTRY (suggested donation)
Heaps Gay has partnered with Queer Space Wollongong to bring the best of the queer gong scene to Sydney.
Queer Space holds a monthly all-inclusive dance party called Queer AF that is used to showcase new/emerging local queer talent, from musicians and performers to DJ’s and artists!
So this month expect talented musicans, queer performers and legends from down south who will bring the vibes.
QWEENS: Vallarie Van Gogh, Mamma Medusa, Socks in Jocks & Rose The Queen
MUSIC LEGENDS: BEC SANDRIDGE, Chelsey Dagger & Shady Lady
9.30pm | $15 CASH ENTRY
SEBASTIAN JAMAL is a Sydney-based actor, queer poet, performance maker and HIV activist.
Passionate about bringing people closer together through shared experiences of art and empathy, the message of their work is always love.
Their spoken-word poetry puts a magnifying glass on political and personal content, demystifying the hidden corners of queer identity whilst exploring themes of fear, love and acceptance. Seb’s art practice encourages a call to action and is a vital ingredient in the Sydney queer landscape.
7.30pm | $10 CASH ENTRY
Our destructive divas have torn through the Sunken Harbour and taken out Betty Brine! With The Xan’guard still in hot pursuit, they’re going to need to lay low until the heat dies down (again!). Sounds like the perfect time to visit the family. You know what they say, blood rituals are thicker than water! It’s Episode Four – The Sister Twister!
Additionally, Mumma Cleo will be turning 1, so to celebrate we’ll be having some extra fun! Stay tuned! x
8pm | BUY TIC
Lucy Le Masurier is a queer, feminist, and community based photographic practitioner and writer based in Sydney, Australia. Le Masurier’s work focuses on the underlying messages in images, and how those messages can affect the people who consume them.
The talk is titled ‘Gazing ethically: A practice led examination into ethical photographic practices and visualising Queer communities’
Samuel Leighton-Dore is a queer writer, director and visual artist based on the Gold Coast. Through his ceramics, paintings and animated work, Leighton-Dore unpacks and examines themes of sexuality, masculinity and mental health.
The Talk is titled ‘How to be a big strong man: Subverting unhealthy notions of masculinity through art and social media’
7.30pm | CASH ENTRY ($10 suggested donation)