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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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.



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



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

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 🙂 





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


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

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