Mardi Gras 2019



One year on from our grand re-opening, from the 17th February to the 5th March we celebrate the 41st Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras! Calling all lovers, fabsexuals and our wider rainbow family – The Imperial Hotel Erskineville proudly presents a festival with a message of pride, remembrance and inclusiveness.

With a diverse and dynamic program of drag, live entertainment and queer events, we invite you to celebrate our community and #HERSTORY. Drag yourselves to the Impy and we’ll dance until eco-glitter and sweet sweet sweat leak from the building…

A FLAMBOYANT GATHERING EXPERIENCE, and yes, you’re welcome here <3


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FINISHED: Fair Day Frolic


Well that was a little bit fancy!


There was glitter! There was Queers! There were performers and Drag! It’s evrything we love at The Imperial and we cant wait to see you at our next big Fair Day Frolic in 2020!


Does Anyone else feel old? 2020? Come on gorl!


Thank you to our gorgeous friends, family and entertainment, we relished every second of your hard work and all the sickening beats and looks you pulled on the night!

DJ James Smithers | DJ Dan Murray | DJ James Daley-Eldridge | Farren Heit | Ruby Slippers | Dammit Janet Daniel Pryke ++ The MAGDA Szubanskis


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FINISHED: QueerTank – How to be a fearless creative

Thank you to everyone who came to our first QueerTank!


There were laughs and moments of truth as we went over everything that makes being a creative good and bad.


A special thanks to our host JEFF MCCANN and guests MARLENA DALI | CARMEN GLYNN-BRAUN | FRIDA LAS VEGAS.


Our Next Queer Tank will be announced soon! Stay Tuned

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20 FEB – MAR: Art exhibition

Twenty Forty Three-Rob Maxwell


Rob Maxwell explores the chronological heritage of his experiences of The Imperial Hotel Sydney from distant past to imagined future.


Archaeology, multiple timelines and personal narrative are combined in non-linear episodes and artworks that explore the infinite queer multiverses that permeate and symbolise the cultural icon that is The Imperial Hotel Sydney.


20th FEB Opening | 6:30pm | Free | UP & Ground Floor


23 FEB: CONTROL Mardi Gras Party


Control is well beyond thrilled to bring to you our Mardi Gras Edition featuring two very important artists from over the seas and a wild bunch of local legends.


Ft. Anastasia Kristensen (Denmark), Lady Blacktronika (USA), Sveta (the one and only!) and local legend Kate Doherty.


9pm – 3am Basement


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24 FEB: Queer Fashion Market Pop-Up


Supporting our local design community and queer fashion brands The Imperial proudly presents our first pop-up fashion market!


The perfect opportunity to get your Mardi Gras threads while supporting local businesses and designers! YAASSS queens, that’s right – pride all the way 🙂


Ft. Sundae Suits (pictured), Crown St Project, Sparkle Butt, Maraca Club


12-5pm Front Bar (street level) | FREE

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28 FEB: Mary Kiani & the Donna Summer Story


Internationally known singer/songwriter Mary Kiani performs the music of the amazing Donna Summer while taking you on a journey of her life.


Known as the “Queen of Disco,” Summer will be remembered as perhaps the greatest singer in disco history…


7pm – 11.30pm Basement


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1 MAR: Coming Out Anniversary Party


We’re coming out – all over again! To celebrate one year of being the fabulous kween were are! Pop the cherry with us on the eve of Mardi Gras to say Hip-Hip we’re gay!


We’ll be cutting the cake (rainbow, of course), dancing and welcoming our wider queer family to Australia’s most colourful event!


Hosted by Farren Heit Ruby Slippers and YazQween



7:30pm – 3am FREE | FULL VENUE EVENT

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2 MAR: Honcho Disko x Mardi Party


Throwing the biggest, queerest party this side of the city are your fav Honch’s – platforming deliciously talented international and local performers and DJs throughout the evening until the early morn…


International Acts Confimed… AMANDA LEPORE, BROOKE CANDY and BIG DIPPER, performances and meet & greet!! More announcements to follow lovers 🙂 




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3 MAR: HUNG AF Recovery Party



Did anyone ask for a Bloody Mary (everyone raises hands) I thought so… it’s been wild but shake off that *ahem* ‘hangover’ with a gentle Kikki on the rooftop darling.


There’s still plenty on with our HUNG AF  party so you can recover in style and on the most glam rooftop in the inner-west.


12:00pm | Free | UP & Ground Floor



25-28 FEB & 4-5 MAR: Drag N’Dine LEGACY


Across 6 nights, Priscillas restaurant will platform 6 iconic drag queens who’ve pioneered the way for the Sydney drag scene and wider queer community, playing an important role in the 40 years of Mardi Gras passed.


Paired with a junior drag queen of their own Haus and chosen family, these fabulous queens will each host a special night of performances, with a trip down memory lane Q&A.


Ft. Cindy Pastel, MISS 3D, Nana Miss Koori, Polly Petrie, Farren Heit, Dorreen Manganini.


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