For the third year running Darlinghurst is set to celebrate Mardi Gras in the way only it can this weekend with Oxtravaganza.
Oxtravaganza is a community-wide collaboration which will see the suburb come to glorious rainbow tinted life as Oxford Street plays host to a range of celebrations and events including art, bands, burlesque and (naked) barbers throughout the day and night.
Not only is Oxtravaganza a fabulously festive way to celebrate Mardi Gras but it also helps raise awareness and fund for a great cause as it has partnered with the charity Twenty10.
Twenty10 works with individuals, families and communities across Sydney and New South Wales from throughout the LGBTIQA+ and sexuality spectrum. Twenty10 provides a broad range of specialised services for young people 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and social support. For adults, Twenty10 provides social support and for people of all ages, they offer telephone support and webchat as the NSW provider for the national QLife project. The organisation also offers inclusivity training and consulting for organisations and service providers across most sectors.
If you’re planning to head out and partake in the Oxtravaganza festivities City Hub highly recommends seeing at least one of the two special performances from Oxtravaganza Ambassador Sheldon Riley, who captures the country’s attention with his performances on The Voice last year. Afterwards we then suggest simply walking around the suburb, and in particular getting off the main drag because some of the greatest highlights could be hidden down some of the back alleys, laneways and behind secret doorways.
Feb 23. Various venues & prices. Tickets & Info: www.oxtravaganza.com