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A statement from Mardi Gras:
As 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 celebrate together.
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 soon!
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 change.