Imperial Basement

 

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.

 

WHAT'S ON

September 25: SEX PANIC DIRTY TRUTHS

 

This edition of SEX PANIC lays bare taboo topics around the act of sex, from personal experiences to secret fetishes from first times to hot tips. Let’s talk about sex, (baby) and the power in sexual and sensual energies.

 

Featuring:

Power L | Sarah Goffman | Gary Carsley | Guy Grey | Peach Fuzz | & host Radha La Bia!

 

7.30pm | BUY TICS

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September 26, 27 & 28: Paris Oh Là Là!

 

This is a variety cabaret, burlesque and comedy magic show full of French flavour; all artists are French and/or terribly addicted Francophiles!

 

Think Comedy, Illusion, stripteese- Parisian seduction guarenteed- MAGNIFIQUE

 

8.30pm |  BUY TICS

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29 September GiRLTHING 10TH BDAY WEEKEND:

 

This year GiRLTHING turns ten and to celebrate ‘Ten Years of Love”, and are announcing TWO HUGE parties in the Inner West! Bringing some of their favourite acts from across the country to celebrate, PLUS genre (and gender)-bending sounds, performance art, live bands, burlesque shows, roaming circus acts, interactive light shows.

 

9.30pm | BUY TICS HERE

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3 October: TAFFEE- STRUT dancing class presented by Josie Baker

 

Come down to the Imperial on Wednesday in October for STRUT with Josie Baker – we don’t discriminate here so bring your brother, your sister your father your mother don’t forget your heels (or sneakers) your favorite lippy and a wig and come down for a fitness class with a twist and twirl. Release your inner Pussy Cat Doll…. Doll

 

Josie wants to create a safe space for all of our queer family and their family and friends. With
the heel lessons she want people to take away a bit of Josie Baker with them and show their
loved ones that they too can look amazing in heels on the dance floor.

 

6.30-8pm | $10 CASH ENTRY 

dancer in fur coat on stage surrounded by heels

10 October: TAFFEE- STRUT dancing class presented by Josie Baker

 

Come down to the Imperial on Wednesday in October for STRUT with Josie Baker – we don’t discriminate here so bring your brother, your sister your father your mother don’t forget your heels (or sneakers) your favorite lippy and a wig and come down for a fitness class with a twist and twirl. Release your inner Pussy Cat Doll…. Doll

 

Josie wants to create a safe space for all of our queer family and their family and friends. With
the heel lessons she want people to take away a bit of Josie Baker with them and show their
loved ones that they too can look amazing in heels on the dance floor.

 

6.30-8pm | $10 CASH ENTRY 

dancer in fur coat on stage surrounded by heels

21 OCTOBER: TAFFEE- THIS IS SHE ‘Beyonce’

 

Join Josie Baker in a evening of NON-STOP Beyoncé dancing extravaganza!! Queen B meets Miss First Nations and her back up dancers take the stage to a whole heep of Yonce classics. When the lights go down and the entire basement turns into a pure Beyonce dance party.

 

6.45 | $ 10 CASH ENTRY

Drag queen standing on stage

24 October: TAFFEE-STRUT dancing class presented by Josie Baker

 

Come down to the Imperial on Wednesday in October for STRUT with Josie Baker – we don’t discriminate here so bring your brother, your sister your father your mother don’t forget your heels (or sneakers) your favorite lippy and a wig and come down for a fitness class with a twist and twirl. Release your inner Pussy Cat Doll…. Doll

 

Josie wants to create a safe space for all of our queer family and their family and friends. With
the heel lessons she want people to take away a bit of Josie Baker with them and show their
loved ones that they too can look amazing in heels on the dance floor.

 

6.30-8pm | $10 CASH ENTRY 

dancer in fur coat on stage surrounded by heels

28 OCTOBER: TAFFEE- THIS IS SHE ‘BRITNEY’

 

 

Josie Baker is back at it again for a night of dance  and POP – this time with pop legend Britney Spears. Join Josie and her dancers as they dance the house DOWN before the Basment is enveloped into one giant Britney party . Its time to work b*tch!

 

6.45 | $ 10 CASH ENTRY

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