Sydney’s Mardi Gras celebrations are set to go off with a bang as the city prepares for one of the biggest parades we’ve seen so far.
Taking its usual Oxford Street route, the gay and lesbian pride celebrations will leave Sydney city awash with colour and sparkle as the community ushers in a new year. One which recognises last year’s significant marriage equality vote.
The City of Sydney has committed a large inflatable sculpture recognising the diversity and uniqueness of Australia’s LGBTIQ+ community, and the stories of those people within it.
The festivities will this year be complemented by an enormous inflatable sculpture in Taylor Square. The artwork will remain there for three months in the aftermath of the parade, a reminder of the special place the gay and lesbian community has in Sydney’s heart.
The piece is titled 40 Years Of Love, and is the winner of the City of Sydney Taylor Square Public Art project.
The artists Matthew Aberline and Maurice Goldberg, have described the piece as “big, bold and sassy artwork based on concepts of public protest, joyous celebration, community activation and engagement.”
CEO of Mardi Gras Therese Casu also made comment about the newly announced instalment, stating the following:
“With the work’s vibrant energy and complexity, we share that Mardi Gras isn’t a singular thing but a cacophony of diverse ideas, people, histories, politics and expressions.”
But there is also a heap more going on around the city for Mardi Gras 2018. The National Art School will be hosting their Museum of Love and Protest Exhibition which opened on Feb 16th and will be running until March 5th. And for all the feedback and photos from last weekend’s slew of events including the Equality dance Competition, the Courtyard Sessions and Family Fun Day, head to the Mardi Gras website.
If you are planning on being a part of Mardi Gras then remember to look out for your mates, recognise the importance of respect and consideration, and use the evening as an opportunity to celebrate Sydney’s diversity.
Via Concrete Playground.