Oxtravaganza 2017

Like all DoDarlo events, Oxtravaganza is about community and getting amongst it. For this Mardi Gras we are encouraging our local businesses and creatives to come to the party by showcasing what they do best. It's not too late to join, the more the merrier. contact us with your idea/event/activation/collaboration.



Saturday Feb 25th, 11am - Midnight
Celebrating Oxford Street from day into night

Buy tickets to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation raffle.

Come have fun with Oxford Street & Surrounds this February Saturday 25th when DoDarlo presents: Oxtravaganza, a celebration of and by the Darlinghurst business and arts community. 

This is not one big tent-pole event that you blow in and blow out of, but rather it's a series of distributed local events, shows, gatherings, arts, culture, sales, specials and discounts hosted by local businesses and creatives to celebrate the lives we live every day.

The local community have teamed up with the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation who support people living with HIV. Vollunteers will be collecting donations on the day and many local shops and events are donating portions of the proceeds to BGF. In addition BGF are running an AWESOME raffle with lots of goodies donated by local traders. See you here :)


Fine Fellow  Pop-Up at The Tribe

Popular street style photographer and founder of Men In This Town, Giuseppe Santamaria, will be in store and selling issues of his latest MITT magazine (a portion of every sale will be donated to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation). We're also offering special 'his & his' or 'hers & hers' prices on all jewellery and watches to celebrate #equallove.

Fine Fellow is a concept space and destination to discover quality, Australian designed lifestyle goods for men. Visit their pop-up at The Tribe to get a taste of what's to come later this year.

Colombian Hotel is getting into the Groove for Oxtravaganza with DJ Jimmy Dee from 2pm and your afternoon hosted by the one, the only, the fabulous MAXI SHIELD!

Address: 117/125 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9360 2151


The Bookshop Darlinghurst - Oxtravaganza Saturday 25 February is set to be a very special day on Oxford Street and especially at The Bookshop Darlinghurst. We have 'disco shopping' with renowned DJ Kate Monroe (the First Lady of House) playing in-store from 1pm to 4pm.

Plus a 10% discount off our entire range of inventory and a film pass with any purchase to the forthcoming film 'David Stratton: A Cinematic Life'.

Address: 207 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010 - Phone: (02) 9331 1103

Daly Male - Daly Male, a long term store on Oxford Street and an institution for outrageous, point of difference Madri Gras outfits, will be having t-shirts marked down to $19.00 or two for $20.00.

90 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst


The Flinders Hotel - The iconic Flinders Hotel has reopened and is once again, sporting the LGBTI flag. Come into The Flinders Hotel and enjoy a cold drink and a pizza for only $20.

Doors open at 3pm with The Cocktail Bar opening at 5pm with entertainment from 6pm. Happy Hour from 5pm - 7pm and DJ's Phil Holins, Anthony Villafranca and James Turnbull and a surprise Cabaret performance by Vashti Hughes. 

63 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

The Work-Shop Makery Darlinghurst will be hosting performances by slow tease troupe “The Darlings” in the Oxford St Exhibition(ist) Window between 12 - 2pm.

We will be supplying drawing instruments and encouraging passes by to sit down and do a sketch of the performers which will then be displayed out the front of the store. 

The artist of our favourite drawing will receive a credit to one of our upcoming workshops either here at The Makery or our Redfern Work-Shop space. Upcoming workshops: www.work-shop.com.au

The Makery is an initiative to help local artists, designers and makers exhibit and sell their creations in a prime retail setting without the headaches and costs associated with setting up their own shop. With big thanks to The City of Sydney’s Creative Spaces program, we currently house 30 local independent makers whose wares include art, ceramics, jewellery, candles, terrariums, designer cushions and clothing.

Stop hating, start creating : 106 Oxford St (cnr Palmer) Darlinghurst

Belloccio Restaurant : 135 Oxford Street, is going mezza-tapas-piattini - feel the Mediterranean soul. Belloccio is going to have 3 outdoor tables available for guests to have Greek and Italian mezze plates these are small plates at great prices piattini plates are common in the little bars under the acropolis in Greece and side bars in Italy 

There will be outdoor Music from the Mediterranean soul of Greek and Italian festa music.

Performer Vashti Hughes will be performing a cabaret show, 6pm at the newly opened Flinders hotel.

Vashti Hughes is a Sydney performer who has marched in many a Mardi Gras originally through a venue now gone called La Bar Oxford St . She cut her cabaret teeth here and later went on to do performances at Slide , the Oxford  and the Columbian with her own work and that of Six Quick Chicks. She is thrilled to be a performinghat the Flinders in Oxtravaganza as Superstar DJ who is a throwback to 90s British (music/drug culture) . This is one hilarious and "wickid" act where we see our hero getting high on his own supply to layered pumping techno music -goin awff!!!

Maples Cafe - are offering 10% their whole menu all day to celebrate Oxtravaganza. Tasty treats.

13a Burton St, Darlinghurst. Call 0449 911 111

THE MINDFUL MASSAGE COMPANY - joining the party at Oxford Square - will be bringing their relaxed vibes so you can take a break at their RELAX, RECHARGE, REFRESH station. Enjoy a 15 minute seated massage… $15….Part proceeds will go to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation. 

Guaranteed to recharge your batteries in more ways than one you can also charge your mobile phone here so you don’t miss that important call from you know who...
Refreshments will also be on hand. Shopping is such thirsty work…If your lucky the FIT boys from BODY BY BRANDO may put in an appearance…now that will be a sight for sore eyes…

Citizen Wolf - Darlinghurst based T-Shirt label Citizen Wolf is on a mission to democratize tailoring and bring it to your casual wardrobe. Starting with the humble T-Shirt they offer perfect fit based around a core belief in buying better by buying less. Tailored to your body and made on-demand locally and ethically using lasers (yes, lasers!), you can finally get the T-Shirt you’ve always dreamed of...

Citizen Wolf are all about expressing individuality and to celebrate Mardi Gras Oxtravaganza they are donating $10 _from every_  T-Shirt sale to the Bobby Goldsmith foundation. So come in and get fitted up, because @ Citizen Wolf size really does matter... your T-Shirt size that is! 255b Crown Street (Entry viz Goulburn Street).

Get Smart Hairdressers -  supporting Mardi Gras Oxtravaganza event. Mention Oxtravaganza when booking to receive 10% off all hair services on Saturday 25th February.

7 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, Australia: Call 93607074

Hard One - will be hosting a burlesque show between 2:00 to 4:00 in the shop window with the free drinks and special discounts store wide.

Shop 1, 28 Flinders St. Darlinghurst.



Aussie Boys - will be having a massive 2xst underwear sale on the day. There will be guys dancing out front in swimmers

Valerie's Famous Pub Crawl - Re-discover these iconic gems. Explore the ‘heyday’ of The Golden Mile!
This adventure is a Pub Crawl with a shot of Trivia, a twist of Clue hunting and a dash of Quest, all shaken and slightly stirred!
Grab a team of 6 or come on your ownand let us team you up.
*Drinks and Nibbles and Heaps of prizes to be won!!!!!!

Team Win – Outdoor CrossFit Training Sessions for $20 with all proceeds going towards Bobby Goldsmith. Win Win Strength and Condition is running a fundraising Bootcamp for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation. Cost : $20 donation
Location : Harmony Park  (Next to the Surry Hill's Police Station)

For information 0415 800 026 - [email protected]teamwin.com.au   

Kryolan Darlinghurst are offering complimentary Bright Lipstick or Eyeshadow applications at our store to help you get into the Mardi Gras spirit! You can find us at 20 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst.

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. (cnr Riley st & Oxford St, down the stairs)


NessyART - Local artist - canvases, prints, cards, mugs, bags + more, available at The Makery. For Mardi Gras there will be 3 simultaneous exhibitions  -The Cocktail Bar @ The Flinders, Belloccio Restaurantand The Makery Window (of which 10% of sales will be donated to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.

Sax Fetish - will be teaming up with our friends from Studio Kink (studiokink.com.au) to present 3 Shibari installations throughout the afternoon.

At 1pm, 3pm and 5:30pm the team from Studio Kink will transform the infamous windows of Sax Fetish into an erotic installation of Japanese rope bondage.

Shibari style rigging creates geometric patterns and shapes with rope that contrast beautifully with the human body’s natural curves.The ropes and their texture provide contrast to smooth skin and curves. The models are their canvas, the rope is the paint and brush, and the rigger is the artist.

Sax Fetish invites you to watch Studio Kink’s most experienced riggers practice their ancient art. 110 Oxford Street

Bondi Beach Radio – Live broadcast from Taylor Square from Midday - 6pm + a mini market with yoga demo by Bikram Yoga, music by BBR and free oral check-ups by Darlinghurst Dental. Both SX Magazine and Darlinghurst Primary school will have info stalls and Ben Fink performing live and on air!


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Claire's Kitchen at Le salon - French music accompanying a special tasting menu outside the restaurant from 11.30am with 10% of all proceeds going towards Bobby Goldsmith. Claire de Lune will be hostess of the event. 35 Oxford Street.

Gay Radio / Gay Pop  – Live broadcast from Oxford Square from 11am

The Darlinghurst Bookshop - “Disco Shopping” with Kate Monroe DJing in store from 1-4pm. There will also be Drag Queen appearances and 10% off all purchases.

Bitter Phew – presenting a selection of on-tap beers that reflect the Mardi Gras vibe as well as a special mardi gras beer tasting.




Burdekin  Pop Up Bear Bar with DJ Josh Kirkby, a Chocolate wheel (benefiting Bobby Goldsmith) and a Beer Bust (with a donation to Bobby Goldsmith) inside the hotel, and BBQ outside.

Arq - Australia’s Got Talent’s Greg Gould debuting his brand new single.

This Must Be The Place - Lemonade Bar balcony into a Philippine BBQ Space serving some traditional Filipino street food. 

Bikram Yoga – Outdoor demonstration in Oxford Square. 1:30 PM.

Culture Scouts Arts Walk - Guided walk around Darlinghurst’s diverse art and culinary scene. With stops including galleries, cafés, shops and bars.

Darlinghurst Dental - Free oral cancer screening conducted in Darlo Dental’s stall in Oxford Square.

THE COMMONS Local Eating House - New Orleans style food, drink, and music and raising money for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation as well.  with performers appearing on the courtyard stage and later in the Downtown Bar.

Stonewall – hosting an outdoor BBQ with all proceeds going towards Bobby Goldsmith. There will also be drag hostesses and drag shows into the night.

Midnight Shift – The Magda Szubanskis play Midnight Shift 6:30pm. But that's not all. From 1pm join drag hostess’s Annie Mation & Fran Giapanni who will be hosting shows, meat raffles (yay) and more, with Dj Ray Isaac playing all day.

The Magda Szubanski’s are a Tribute Lip Syncing Parody Drag Band paying homage to the Rock Chicks, the Divas, Good Times & Classic Hits, Starring Taylor Fontaine (Stevie Coppin) Jürgen Diamond (Griffin Avis-Foster) & Marg Reily (Rebecca Bates). 

Previous events include: Heaps Gay, Mardi Gras 2016, Heaps Gay 3rd Birthday 2016, Heaps Gay NYE Countdown 2016/17, Official Fair Day After Party 2016, Travelling Gap Year-Newcastle & Central Coast. Homosocial, Tokyo Sing Song. The Unofficial Fair Day After Party at The Marlborough Hotel. Performers and Event/Entertainment curators.

Priceline - Health Screens for gold coin donation to Bobby Goldsmith.

Beauchamp Hotel - Join Oxtravaganza at the start of the Golden Mile with a tasty Nepalese lamb curry tasting box ($7.50) and  or sit down and enjoy a full lunch or dinner in the pub, or relax in the Beauchamp’s 1st floor beer garden with a cold beer or cocktail.

Corner Oxford & South Dowling Streets.

Photography on the Day

We've engaged Robert Knapman to snap our happies on the day. He is a freelance event, portrait, documentary and LGBTIQ community photographer, having photographed parties, festivals, parades, conferences, live performances, launches, rallies, sporting events, corporate events and recently small weddings. He’s also spent many years working in HIV education, LGBTIQ community safety and community arts. Last year he held a solo exhibition of the Behind the Scenes’ photography project during Adelaide's LGBTIQ Feast Festival. This black and white photography project explores the lived experiences of LGBTIQ Australians and he plans to expand it into regional Australia this year.

Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes media

What is Oxtravaganza

Come and celebrate Eastside Sydney and see all that the Oxford Street community has to offer, from day into the night. A stomping ground for outcasts, bohemians, and the queer community, whose influences delightfully combine to form a unique cultural hub. Oxford street has always been a major hub for creative expression. A neighbourhood built by quirky characters for quirky characters to come together and express themselves in any way, shape or form. From the iconic gay bars, to art schools and live music venues, artistic expression has always underpinned the Eastside community. A somewhat unconventional, and nonjudgmental space where queerness was not only promoted, but thrived. Whether you visit for an outrageous night out, a tasty meal or a shop on the main drag, there truly is something for everybody. 

Join us on Oxford Street & surrounds this Saturday the 25th of February as we celebrate the rich and diverse community that makes up the Pink Mile. It’ll be a celebration of colour, sass and collectivism. There’ll be a string of free events within venues happening on the day. The strip will be transformed to highlight the unique character of the local businesses and happenings in the area. We’ll be showcasing bands whose career blossomed in the local venues, as well as colourful drag performances and localised art happenings. There’ll also be a window dressing competition for shops along Oxford Street, with cash prizes to be won. The whole event will be covered by our local media partners at GAY RADIO & BBR, who will be broadcasting live from Taylor and Oxford Squares. The event aims to bring together the eclectic eccentric Eastside community. All proceeds from the event will be donated to local LGBTQIA+ organisation, ‘The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.’

Key art designed and donated by Bianca Esteban

Dear Oxford Street & Surrounds businesses,

The Darlinghurst Business Partnership [DBP] would like to invite you to participate in a special event for Sydney Mardi Gras on Saturday 25th February 2015. Much like a 2017 version of “Shop Yourself Stupid”, our aim is to triple the average Saturday foot-traffic in the area – to remind people what an awesome strip Oxford Street is, full of culture, colour and character, with incredible food, drink and shopping.


The idea for Oxtravaganza is for all you local businesses to join in the festivities (and actively engage with your existing client-base via your usual marketing tools and social media accounts) by hosting an event inside or outside your business on Saturday 25th February. In order to facilitate this, the DBP is arranging Temporary Event DA approval from the City of Sydney that will allow for footpath trading (or other footpath activations) on the day.

Oxtravaganza will include random acts of drama on the street, live radio broadcasts from both Taylor and Oxford Squares and we are working with local venues and artists to ensure that there is a full programme of fun stuff happening on and off Oxford Street and its surrounds. The DBP will be spending considerable time and money promoting the day and participating businesses as well. The DBP is also extending Oxtravaganza to embrace a local charity as the area has always been community-minded and a haven for those that might need a helping hand from the harshness of life. To that end, Oxtravaganza has partnered with the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation who will be collecting donations on the day. They are also keen to engage with any business that would like to raise funds on the day.

Oxtravaganza is an official Sydney Mardi Gras event! It will appear as a featured event in the festival guide. Oxtravaganza.com will be populated with a list of events, so if you want to be involved, or put on an event in or out the front of your business - music, a performance, shopping specials, live contests – whatever, please contact us so we can include you in the event programme. If you want more info or have any other ideas for the day, get in touch. Collaboration is key.

Lots of love, DBP

Calling all creatives

If you want to be involved or help raise funds for BGF or put on an event (band, in-store, special) in or out the front (yes, businesses will be allowed to trade on the footpath) of your business, or in collaboration with a venue or business, please contact us so we can include you in the programme. All ideas welcome and we have a small budget to pay creatives for their energies.