part of our transformation process, we have examined all aspects of our
programming, to ensure each of our events continues to be relevant,
fresh and inclusive across the whole community and aligned to our
strategic vision: to celebrate our LGBTQI identity and amplify the
voices of all those who live their lives in fear and silence in the face
of discrimination and hostility.
In recognition of the work of
our community’s diverse and talented industry party operators, and to
create a more inclusive community focused festival, and recognising the
success of our co-produced events we are now including independent party
events to the festival programme.
This is a significant shift
from our traditional approach and we believe that, in a tough commercial
and licensing environmen t we must do our part to ensure our community
continues to thrive in all its fabulousness.
As part of this shift
we also recognise that some of our traditional programme events need to
evolve, and be more community inclusive. For 2016, Mardi Gras will host
a new, exciting and diverse collection of events at the Fleet Steps,
that deliver even greater opportunities for all of our community to
For this reason we will be retiring the
traditional Harbour Party event and it will not feature in the 2016
season. We look forward to sharing details of the exciting new events
Mardi Gras produced events, as well as the whole program,
will be announced at Mardi Gras program launch on Thursday 19 November,
when we unveil our fantastic 2016 Festival at the Paddington Town Hall.
Details will be made available online immediately following the event.
So stay tuned!
We know we are stronger together. Mardi Gras 2016
will continue to be a vibrant demonstration of the amazing power of
passion and community - a reminder, as we reflect and celebrate on all
that has been achieved over the years, that every small step forward
joins with all the other small steps to create a global momentum for
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