Sydney Opera House sails to be lit up hot pink in queer solidarity

Sydney’s LGBT+ community have been tickled pink to hear that their iconic landmark is to be lit up in celebration of all things LGBT+.

2018 will mark the 40th anniversary of Australia’s biggest LGBT+ event, Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. To mark the launch of this historic festival, the Sydney Opera House will be lit up in a dazzling shade of hot pink. Nothing beats a sassy makeover.

The 1978 Mardi Gras was a historic night in Australian LGBT+ liberation, when a march for LGBT+ visibility was met with unexpected police violence.

Inspired by the Stonewall riots, the march was arranged as part of the international Gay Solidarity Celebrations. Fifty-three participating marchers were violently arrested, many of which were then terrorised and beaten whilst in police custody.

Sydney Rainbow Crossing via Flickr

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The festival has since evolved into a seven-night celebration of queer identities through performance, art, self-expression and community which reaches its glittering climax at the Mardi Gras March, which marries love and protest in a world-renowned spectacle of sparkle.

Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, expressed the significance of the coming festival, and how it will take its place as “a major milestone in the history of one of Sydney’s most important events, one that represents our city at its best – diverse, open, creative and irreverent.”

The festival’s jam-packed program of parties and performance will be unveiled at a star-studded party at the Forecourt of the Opera House on 3 November, where, at sunset, the landmark’s sails are to be lit up in a striking shade of pink.

Tickets to the full Mardi Gras program, which kicks off on the 16 February, 2018, go on sale on the 3 November, and will be available at mardigras.org.au.

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