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BBC TV star to support BGF at Mardi Gras parade

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She has topped the charts over multiple decades and is the face of prides across Europe. Now she is heading back home to support Bobby Goldsmith Foundation as they walk up the parade route for the 41st Mardi Gras parade.

With thanks to Bear Bar and BGF, the parade entry will be "GLORIA"ous and holding out for a hero when Kelly take to the stage at the Burdekin Hotel on Parade night. 

You can support BGF by buying a raffle ticket.

 

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Alfie Arcuri kicks off Jaguars Mardi Gras campaign

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Cut to Taylor Square, where cafes have come and gone and billboards reign supreme.  Throw in DJ Victoria Anthony, drag star Rhuma Hazzet, and some awesome Gayle Beer and Cider, and what do you have? A perfect platform for a media launch to celebrate Jaguar's support of Queer Screen and their #fitforaqueen campaign.

Media and glitterati were invited to the Taylor Square space, where we mingled and got to hear Alfie belt out a few tunes. That boy is not only talented, but he is easy on the eye! (We do apologize to Alfie as our resident snapper cornered him to talk all things Eurovision for most of the night!)

It was a fun event, and a good way to showcase the support Jaguar has giving the lgbtqia community globally... it's support like this that makes a massive difference, its not a cash grab - it's a real and genuine connection to the community in which a company operates.

Sephora came on board too to give some drag makeovers, and the Jag CEO was looking fierce in his bright red kissable lipstick and headdress... 

 

This weekend, the Jag Queen Service Centre will be popping up on Oxford Street for a two-day programme ahead of the Mardi Gras Parade.

 

Celebrating 2019’s spirit of inclusion, and Jaguar’s exciting new partnership with Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, the Jag Queen Service Centre will host Australia’s most celebrated queens this Friday 1st March, who have been invited to participate in Jaguar’s first-ever Jag Queen Catwalk Contest.

 

In the ultimate celebration of self-expression, fiercely competitive participants will be given the opportunity to strut their stuff – in looks inspired by the spirit of the Jaguar cat – for the chance to win a trip to London Pride in July 2019.

 

On Parade Day, the Jag Queen Service Centre will be truly fit for a queen; a one stop shop for festivalgoers, offering touch-ups of lippy or sparkle, and full drag-formations in partnership with Sephora.

 

At both events, Jaguar will be collecting donations for Twenty10, Australia’s longest running LGBTQI+ charity which supports at-risk youth (12-25), their families and communities.

 

A celebration of gender and sexual diversity, the Jag Queen Service Centre will be a safe and welcoming place, true to Queer Screen’s 2019 festival theme of ‘embrace your story’.

 

Jag Queen Service Centre

Saturday 2nd March, 12.00pm – 6.00pm

191 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

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Jessica Mauboy returns to Eurovision

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Jessica Mauboy will be competing for Eurovision glory in 2018, as Australia’s representative in Lisbon, Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be broadcast exclusively on SBS from May 9 to 13, 2018.

Eurovision aficionados are well aware that in 2014, Jessica made history when she was invited to perform as an interval act at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, being the first non-European solo artist to do so. This time, she’s competing for Australia and a shot at Eurovision glory.

The 2018 contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following a remarkable record of three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest, which was held earlier this year in Kyiv, Ukraine. Since joining the competition, Australia’s results of 5th, 2nd and 9th put Australia second only to Sweden over the past three years.

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Graham Norton Takes Over Eurovision

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Comedian Graham Norton is to take over as presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest, replacing Terry Wogan who bowed out after more than 30 years of hosting the show, the BBC announced on Friday.

Wogan, who first commentated on the camp and kitsch contest in 1973 before taking up the role permanently in 1980, had become increasingly critical of the show's politics, with neighbouring countries voting for each other.

Last year Britain's entry Andy Abraham finished joint last after receiving no votes from any of the 22 east European countries taking part.

"I've had 35 wonderful years commentating on the Eurovision for radio and television," Wogan said.

"From my first, in a small music-hall in Dublin, to my last, in the huge arena in Belgrade, it has been nothing but laughter and fun. The silly songs, the spectacle, the grandiose foolishness of it all.

"I'll be sad to leave it all behind, but I'll be watching and listening, and happy to leave it in the witty hands of Graham."

Norton said following in Wogan's footsteps was a "huge honour."

"Sir Terry is nothing less than legend and is an impossible act to follow but somebody must and I just couldn't say no," he said.

"I can't wait to get to Moscow -- with a combination of cheap vodka and a language barrier what could possibly go wrong?"

The Eurovision Song Contest has been broadcast every year since 1956, making it one of the longest-running television programmes in the world.

Britain last won in 1997 with "Love Shine A Light" by Katrina and the Waves.

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