Oxtravaganza 2018 - Darlinghurst

Saturday 24th Feb - From Day into Night

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A stomping ground for queers, bohemians, and outcasts, whose influences delightfully combine to form a unique cultural hub. From the iconic gay bars, to live music venues and fiercely independent retail, artistic expression has always underpinned the Darlinghurst community: an unconventional and non-judgmental space.

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Join us Saturday the 24th of February 2018 as we celebrate the rich and diverse community of the Pink Mile with a collection of events and showcases put on by the local business and entertainment community in collaboration with their neighbours and local talent. Think live Shibari window displays, DJs performing on the street, burlesque dancers in display windows & drag cover bands.

There’ll be a string of free events within venues and the strip will be transformed to highlight the unique character of our spectacular community, with Oxford Square hosting a SSM wedding-themed market for the day (tunes provided by Ricardo's Mobile Disco). 

The fabulous Young Henrys have upped the anti and are donating a plethora of Kegs to locals venues in our own take on the Karma Keg, something we are calling YES! KEGS, to celebrate marriage equality. Local venues will be selling schooners for $5 and ALL proceeds from this (and two street BBQs) will go to our amazing charity partner Twenty10 +GLCS who provide LGBTIQA+ social support, counselling, housing, mental health for young people’

Check out last year's event here


Young Henrys have so very generously donated a keg to all the following venues and on Saturday the 24th all proceeds from each keg will be donated to Twenty10 +GLCS, an LGBTI youth support service. Now that's fab.


We will be turning the Oxford Square plaza (corner Oxford Street & Riley Street) into a wedding-themed market for the day, with musical background provided by Ricardo's Mobile Sound System. Featuring:

Jason Moss Jewelry Designs


Jason's studio is almost 20 years old and for that time he's literally made hundreds of wedding bands for the gay and lesbian community.

Quote: "It's hard to believe that it was only last year...2017...that the term 'commitment rings' became obsolete in this country. I was working on a design for a pair of gay guys in january and asked them if they wanted the date of the ceremony inside their rings. 'No', was the answer...''that's the date the government has told us we can be married, we met 25 years ago! and that is the date we want on our rings." 

Claire's Kitchen at Le Salon

Performers & Free macaron & eclairs.

Nicky Solomon Marriage Celebrant


Is a local Surry Hills civil celebrant who has been conducting weddings, commitment ceremonies and funerals since 2007. She's been involved in many different styles of ceremony from the tiny (5 people) to the huge (150) and from traditional to definitely non traditional. She is thrilled that SSM is now legal (about time!!!) and will be talking to couples who are thinking of getting married and answering any questions they have about the process; both legal questions and general ones about the ceremony.

Ricardo's Mobile Disco - Soundtrack Providers


As amorous as it is amorphous; The Ricardo’s Mobile Disco originated in a community club, deep in Sydney’s inner west, perished in a blaze of noise complaints, and rose again in a Newtownian basement. Such is the life­cycle of Sydney­-based music event. For a brief flicker, the RMD played host to a late­nite party, who’s brevity was only matched by its infamy ­ qualities which earned Ricardo’s an FBi SMAC award nomination for Best Music Event in 2017.

Today, The Ricardo’s Mobile Disco is a house­and­techno roving feast, delivering the same flavours and robust textures as the weekly club fixture, but with a previously unattainable freedom and mobility. Ricardo’s Mobile Disco ­ it’s fun on wheels

Gaydesign Jewellery by Michele

Michele is a qualified jeweller who specialises in design same-sex wedding rings (among other things), with a particular skill in remodelling. The designs are in either Silver - 9ct or yellow, white & rose golds - 18ct.

Michele's jewellery is as unique as the stones: diamonds or rainbow colours of semi-precious gems. Ring designs can be customised to your finger size and if you have old gold or old gems, these can be used to offset your costs.

My Little Cupcake


Gay owned and operated, My Little Cupcake have been supporting the GLBTIQ community for years including Marriage Equality Australia and ACON. 
My Little Cupcake offer award winning cupcakes and specialty cakes of various sizes, from a bespoke individually boxed “proposal cupcake” to massive wedding dessert tables. 
My Little Cupcake also offer a High Tea menu which is ideal for an affordable and sophisticated engagement party or wedding reception, and eventually perhaps Gayby Baby Showers. 

We can either deliver straight to you or set up and style the event with cake stands, fresh flowers and vintage crockery.  MLC is famous for our Wedding Cupcake Towers & Rustic Tiered cakes with berries and fresh flowers, but also renowned for designing the perfect classic or contemporary bespoke cake to suit your theme..

We do not bake with oil and our cakes do not have any additives or preservative, just good old fashioned ingredients, baked fresh for your order. We are NUT free and Halal friendly and have GF options.

62 Ben Boyd Road Neutral Bay, Sydney, NSW 2089  
Phone: 02 9909 3908
E-Mail: enquiries@mylittlecupcake.com.au

Same Love

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Same love proudly specialises in same-sex couple photography. Based in the inner west of Sydney and now in Collingwood, Melbourne, we are gay owned and operated and understand then wonderful dynamics between same-sex couples and families. We cater for surprise proposals, engagement celebrations, wedding photography, along with family portraits and private events.

The team loves to travel and service other interstate capitals, along with international destinations. 2018 Europe dates available between June and September.

Diamonds From the Sky

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Looking for an ethical symbol of love for your special someone? -Diamonds from the Sky delight in providing perfect one-of-a-kindengagement and wedding rings using 100% Lab grown diamonds. We have been a proud supporter of the LGBTIQ+ community, and always will be.


Pride Wedding Planner


My name is Jasmina Slatina, and I am the founder of Pride Wedding Planner. My passion for event planning has started from child hood and therefore my love has continued to grow and remain devoted to the industry, which gifts me with the ability to create a design and style, to complement you and your partner’s dreams. I will personally oversee all operations and therefore ensure to not only provide you with complete satisfaction, but also that unique personal touch and attention to detail, allowing you both a stress free day and time to savour your special moment with friends and family. We have design ideas that allow us to create and style simple yet elegant, classic weddings, right through to the extravagant, making all events an unforgettable moment. Let me take you on the journey you deserve and tell all your friends your “doing it with Pride”

Red Lauren

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What started out as a hobby to make a few candles for myself has now grown!  All my candles are handmade with 100% soy wax and infused with luxurious fragrances.  The candles are in various containers such as concrete, porcelain and ‘copper’.  My room reed diffusers and car scents also have premium oils and infused with luxurious fragrance.

John McRae Photography


John McRae is a Sydney-based photographer with a strong international reputation. With more than 20 years experience shooting for global labels such as Elle Magazine, Byford International and Jean-Luc Amsler Designs, John has an established background as a Commercial Photographer, specialising in Fashion, Portraiture and Corporate photography.

John’s background in Fine Art Photography gives him a unique grasp of how to maintain a high aesthetic standard and a faultless sense of composition within any assignment. His ability to conceptualise a theme which best suits the clients brief is paramount to the success of his imagery. His work is regularly reproduced on the covers of fashion, art and lifestyle publications around the globe.

John’s photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Australia, as well as internationally in galleries in New York, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Shanghai.  He is represented in Rome by the cutting edge gallery, Il Ponte Contemporanea. His work is regularly chosen for inclusion in Australia’s most prestigious photographic awards, including the National Portrait Prize, Canberra, The Olive Cotton Award and Sydney Life – Art and About. In 2012, John was a selected finalist in the Moran Contemporary Portrait Prize, a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, a finalist in the coveted Blake Prize and his work, Portrait of Margaret Olley in her Paddington Studio was voted the People’s Choice winner in the 2012 National Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra. In 2013, he was selected as a finalist in the “Head On” Portrait Prize at the NSW State Library and was judged the winner of the popular”2013 Shoot The Chef” competition, organised by Fairfax Media as part of the Good Food Month.

John works from his Sydney studio, based in Lilyfield.

www.johnmcrae.com    john@johnmcrae.com

Mobile:  0419 619 161 - Studio: 483 Balmain Road, Lilyfield NSW 2040


Confetti Hearts Collective


Get ready for your big confetti moment with the Confetti Hearts Collective. 
We're a collective of out and proud wedding suppliers in creating joyful, unforgettable and fun weddings for all couples.


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m: +61 0413 856 007

Averils Natural Skin Care Products

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All SLS, Paraben and Palm Oil Free

Handmade with Love in Australia.  AfterPay Available. Jewellery and Watches.

#naturalskincare #noanimaltesting #veganfriendly


Points of Difference Travel & Events

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Points of Difference Travel & Events specialise in LGTB and Luxury travel and events experiences. Let us help you plan your honeymoon somewhere romantic or perhaps plan a wedding timed for sunrise on a tropical island? Perhaps come out and join one of our hosted gay group tours. Ask us about out Hawaii to Sydney cruise this October, onboard the Celebrity Solstice . Ports of call include Tahiti , Bora Bora, Moorea, Bay of Islands and Auckland.

We also produce Gay Ski Week Australia, and in 2018 we are celebrating our 10th trip. We’ve dialled up the fun and doubled your snow pleasure! Join us at Falls Creek, Hotham Alpine Resort or BOTH! GSWA is fun, frosty and fabulous. It’s Australia’s biggest gay alpine party and the highest gay event in the country! 

Visit us during Oxtravaganza and go in the draw to win 2 tickets to our amazing New Year’s Eve party “Celebration 18/19 WHITE”. It’s Sydney’s only LGBT NYE party on Sydney Harbour and a must do event!



Oxtravaganza is like a snow-ball rolling down a hill; as we get closer to the date more and more people and shops get involved and this is precisely because that is how the event is designed: for the early adopters to get out there and plan, and for the rest of the community to be inspired by those ideas and join the fray.

Sax Fetish - 110 Oxford Street

Shibari. The seductive and ancient art of Japanese bondage. You told us how much you loved the riggers in our windows last year, so we are doing it all over again throughout the day at Sax Fetish. We are so excited that our friends at Studio Kink will be joining us again in 2018. You will be mesmerised by the beautiful creations and spell bound by suspended bodies in luscious rope.

We already know you loved our rope play, demo but we think it’s a sure bet you are going to go wild for hot guys in nothing but underwear, sneakers and huge smiles. Sax Fetish and Andrew Christian have some of the hottest guys in Sydney stripped down to their undies. They will be out cruising Oxford St with free samples from the Swiss Navy Lube collection and they are on a mission to get selfies with you. Don’t be shy. Get your phones out & selfie like crazy with Sydney’s hottest underwear models. Make sure you plaster those pics all over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and any other online account you have. Sax wants to help you make your friends as jealous as all hell if they miss Oxtravaganza this year. The boys are pumped, primed and ready for some fun.

A long-time favourite at Sax Fetish and a guaranteed crowd pleaser Dick Savvy – the Naked Barber will be on hand at Sax Fetish all afternoon.  It is so damn hard to keep clothes on that guy. When he isn’t in bondage Dick will be offering $10 buzz cuts or a shave in that special way only Dick can. We are still trying to figure out if we can fit a barber chair in our window. Dick will be on hand with us from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Bookings recommended. promotions@saxfetish.com or 9331 6105

Get yourself along to Sax Fetish, the hottest shop of the strip, this Oxtravaganza. But if you can’t squeeze your way in past the crowd, our underwear boys will be on the scout. We don’t think you are going to miss them.

The Flying Nun (East Sydney Community & Arts Centre) - cnr Palmer & Burton Sts


A performance showcase for Asian Australian Artists' to share something new with an audience as a free-form platform that invites writers, musicians, performers, comedians, and any other crazy experiment to co-exist in the one space ten minutes at a time.

For cross disciplinary and emerging artists to stage their works including pop-up installations and experimental performance encompassing Artists from all East, South East and South Asian descent.

The Artist line-up including Jennifer Wong, Jules Orcullo from The Joy Offensive, Arisa Yura and Teik-Kim Pok to celebrate the Lunar New Year with contemporary performance, provocation and comedy.


Stonewall Hotel - 175 Oxford Street

In addition to putting on a slew of performers on the day (line-up TBC) Stonewall Hotel will be hosting the official twenty10 +GLCS charity BBQ, with all proceeds going to this fab organisation.

Darlo Drama - 16-18 Oxford Square

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Darlo Drama Darlo Drama is celebrating 26 years of providing a creative outlet to thousands of people in the form of Drama and acting courses. We will be holding two one-hour FREE drama classes as part of Oxtravaganza' in the courtyard outside our school at Oxford Square at 11am & 5pm as well as an Oxford Street themed performance by some of our graduates.

The classes will be a 'taste' of what our Beginner Students experience in our courses and will involve a mix of Theatre Sports and Drama Games as well as Improvisation Exercises. All interactive and a lot of fun.

11am - Free one hour Acting Class in Courtyard - Darlo Drama.

2pm - Oxford Street Themed Improv Performance by Students - Darlo Drama.

5pm - Free one hour Acting Class in Courtyard - Darlo Drama

To register email info@darlodrama.com.au, call 0452 372623 or simply come along on the day.'

Recordstore - Top of Goulburn St

is Oxtravigating the Top of Goulburn Street this February the 24th. 

Recordstore will be putting on a BBQ out the front of the store raising money for twenty10 +GLCS (LGBTIQA+ Social support, counselling, housing, mental health in Sydney for young people). In addition there will be live DJ’s to create a vibe instore and on the street.


Cafe Lounge - 277 Goulburn Street

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Cafe Lounge is hosting a YES! KEG as well as opening early with live DJ's comin ' atcha.

Disco & House from 3pm. $5 schooners, raising money for twenty10+GLCS.

DJ's Linda Jenssen & Levi Stubbs on the wheels of steel.



Kryolan - 20 Oxford Square

Kryolan have been supplying the Beauty, Fashion, Theatre, Medical, and Film & Television industries for over 70 years, which makes us one of the world’s first professional make-up brands. We’re still the number one choice for make-up artists today, thanks to our extensive range of over 16,000 high-quality make-up products and accessories.

On the day:

  • Free Glitter Lip or Glitter Eye Makeup Application at Kryolan Darlinghurst!' - We will have a station set up on the street/outside the store offering this service for shoppers on the day
  • To celebrate Oxtravaganza and Marriage Equality, book & pay today for a Bridal Makeup Service and get a special rate of only $99, usually $150!' (in-store service only, redeemable on products, non-refundable)
  • Book & Pay today for any makeup service or lesson and receive a free gift!
  • Spend $150 or more in store today and receive a free gift!'

Phone: 02 9331 0141
Email: darlinghurst@kryolan.com.au

The Makery- 106 Oxford Street

From Feb 20–March 6, a group of professional and emerging artists will be combining their artistic talents to transform The Makery's Oxford Street window.

‘THE MAKERY R-EVOLUTION’ - a fantasy window Wonderland will coincide with Oxtravaganza and Mardi Gras 40 year celebrations.


On Saturday Feb 24th – ‘Oxtravaganza’, artists will be entertaining the audience with live performance and on-street interaction followed by a ‘WEDDING performance’  to be held in the window. Audience participation will be required and EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND! Anyone helping in the window will be asked to ‘dress up’ in costume eg wigs, masks, feather boas etc, as part of the day’s festivities.

Artists and performers during the two week collaboration include Sharon Williams, Jaqi Pasco, Alex Xand, Trena Lowe, Kathryn Taunton, Paul Mallam, Josie-Lynn O’Malley, Marion Wait, Paul Lockwood and Ashlee Bucholtz as well as visiting guest artists Ian Thomas and Cameron Stead - incorporating various mixed media artworks, body painting, costumes, and live performance, installation, music and more.  

As a finale, an AMAZING window installation will be created to celebrate the Mardi Gras Festival on Oxford St on March 3.

Australian Design Centre - Cnr William & Palmer Sts

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ADC Presents Meet the Maker: Victoria Atkinson | Studio A

Studio A LGBTI artist Victoria Atkinson will showcase her textile wrestling costumes featuring painted and embroidered wrestling belts and masks. Vic will demonstrate how she creates the work and be on hand to discuss her process and wrestling passion. Read

Victoria's artist profile here.

When: Saturday 24 February, 12:30-3:30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre, corner William and Palmer St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Free: Facebook event here.

Bitter Phew- 1-137 Oxford Street

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Bitter Phew 1/137 Oxford Street, is excited to be joining in on the fun. We'll be presenting a selection of on-tap beers that we think capture the essence of our neighbourhood during the Mardi Gras festival.


1. Two Birds Brewing Stardust IPA with Sparkles - 5.8% (VIC)
2. Wayward Brewing Co Passion of the Puss Passionfruit Kettle Sour - 3.8% (NSW)
3. Big Shed Brewing Co Californicator West Coast IPA - 7.5% (SA)
4. Big Shed Brewing Co Golden Stout Time Golden Gaytime Stout - 5.4% (SA)
5. Evil Twin/Coffee Collective Wet Dream Coffee Brown Ale - 6.0% (NY., USA)
6. De Molen Push & Pull Bourbon BA Tiramisu Imperial Stout - 10.5% (NL)
7. Stomping Ground PRIDElweisse Australian Wheat Ale -4.4% (VIC)



Chingas is helping celebrate this all things Oxford Street party ! With the doors open from noon, drinks will be flowing and tunes pumping all day!

Proceedings - 12noon-6pm // Futurists present: Slamb Lewba Bindah Self Tape Savvy B + 9pm-till late // DJ Ravi Ravs ~~ FREE ENTRY, Happy Hour 12-2pm and all day on selected cocktails ~~

Ariel Booksellers - 98 Oxford Street

Ariel are doing the Australian launch/premier of a fab new book “The House of Impossible Beauties” by Joseph Cassara, which is already getting hype pre-release in the US. "A gritty and gorgeous debut that follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids navigating the Harlem ball scene of the 80s and 90s, inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the seminal documentary "Paris is Burning”.

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Kinselas - 383 Bourke Street

The iconic Kinselas is hosting a YES! KEG to raise money for twenty10 +GLCS, an LGBTIQ youth support service.

And in the evening, you can sizzle a sausage to raise money for ACON.


SOS Shop - 28 Flinders Street

Call by SOS Shop for your free jelly shots and lucky  dips- see you from 11 am--sale on all Mardi Gras party swim and underwear hosted by Lucas of Finland fetish and  Gavin mr bearballing


Belloccio - 135 Oxford Street

Belloccio restaurant will be doing a special tapas menu in the day.

There will be out-door music to accompany the al-fresco dining, so you can poeple watch while you sample the delicacies of the Mediterranean.

For the day, Belloccio have put together a special menu of Greek Tapas from $15 a plate.

ESCAC - 34 Burton Street

The Flying Nun is proud to present TEMPLE at ECSAC; a space for Asian Australian contemporary performing artists, writers, musicians, performers, comedians, for cross-discipline and emerging artists to stage their works including pop-up installations and experimental performance. Tickets:

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Planetdwellers – Shop 1 113/115 Oxford Street

Planetdwellers hosts: 12pm – 2pm Dream Cruises providing an Oxtravaganza merman in the front window.

Colombian Hotel - 117/125 Oxford Street

The iconic Colombian Hotel, situated on the corner of Oxford and Crown Streets, and located inside the stunning carapace of a vintage Westpac Bank, complete with ridiculously high ceilings, and a fabulous window bench from which to perv, is coming back with a special edition of the famous Sunday Grooves sessions.

DJ Victoria Anthony will be performing on the dancefloor smack bang in the middle of the club.

Plus, there will be a special Drag hostess and a secret specially-priced cocktail from 4pm.

Laser Clinics Australia


Laser Clinics Australia, Darlinghurst will have two therapist outside the Clinic handing out free LCA lip- balms, product samples and $50 laser vouchers.

Shop 1/6 Oxford St – Darlinghurs P:02 8094 1242

Aussie Boys - 102 Oxford Street

Wrap your perving gear around this; Stephane the poster boy for the 'Lunch Underwear' will be in store on Saturday, 1-3pm.

Lunch Underwear and swimwear is designed and made in Australia. Stephane might offer you a glass of wine while he shows the Lunch range. We also have the biggest range of Silent Theory Muscle tops, singlets long tailed tees in a host of colours all at the great price of $29.95

Participating Venues 2018

Kinselas - 383 Bourke Street - The fabolous Penny D is serving up sausage sizzles at Kinselas for gold coin donations from 5pm. All proceeds will be donated to ACON.

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Bitter Phew - 1/137 Oxford Street, is excited to be joining in on the fun. We'll be presenting a selection of on-tap beers that we think capture the essence of our neighbourhood during the Mardi Gras festival.


1. Two Birds Brewing Stardust IPA with Sparkles - 5.8% (VIC)
2. Wayward Brewing Co Passion of the Puss Passionfruit Kettle Sour - 3.8% (NSW)
3. Big Shed Brewing Co Californicator West Coast IPA - 7.5% (SA)
4. Big Shed Brewing Co Golden Stout Time Golden Gaytime Stout - 5.4% (SA)
5. Evil Twin/Coffee Collective Wet Dream Coffee Brown Ale - 6.0% (NY., USA)
6. De Molen Push & Pull Bourbon BA Tiramisu Imperial Stout - 10.5% (NL)
7. Stomping Ground PRIDElweisse Australian Wheat Ale -4.4% (VIC)

The Oxford Hotel - 134 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst - Coco Jumbo, Maxi Shield and Heath Keating bring you “Can’t Touch This'. Think all things fluro, cheese and sing-alongs. Oxford Street's renowned DJ Chip on the decks from 9pm

Colombian - 117/125 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. "Grooves" Returns. DJ Victoria Anrthony, Drag Shows, and a Specially priced-Retro Cocktail from 4pm

The Unicorn - 106 Oxford Street, Paddington 

Ching a Lings - Chingas is helping celebrate this all things Oxford Street party ! With the doors open from noon, drinks will be flowing and tunes pumping all day!

Proceedings - 12noon-6pm // Futurists present: Slamb Lewba Bindah Self Tape Savvy B + 9pm-till late // DJ Ravi Ravs ~~ FREE ENTRY, Happy Hour 12-2pm and all day on selected cocktails ~~

Della Hyde - Mardi Gras takeover - Absolut Vodka collab w/ PRIDE cocktail list.

Stonewall Hotel - Live music + DJs / Twenty10 BBQ