Celebrations Fit For A Queen
THE Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend celebrations are amazing ! A weekend of dancing, art, costumes and bushwalking, it culminates in the fabulous annual Three Sisters Costume Ball – one of the most glamorous LGBTIQ events in Australia. But the iconic ball is far from the whole story. Read on for the lowdown…
The bentART Exhibition
When it kicked off in 2005, the bentART exhibition was a small affair to celebrate and showcase the work of local queer artists. Now, more than decade later, the annual event is open to LGBTIQ artists across the nation and is the largest queer art exhibition in Australasia.
A highlight of the Queens Birthday weekend of activities, the official opening begins at 6.30pm on the Friday of the long weekend at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts, with the exhibition continuing over Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Long weekend 2017 9th -12th June
For more info on the exhibition, visit the bentART website.
The LGBTIQ Bushwalk
The Blue Mountains and bushwalking go hand-in-hand – so of course, one of the main events on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend is a bushwalk! While the Bush Lemons is known as a lesbian bushwalking and outdoors group, each June long weekend they open it up to the wider community for their annual GLBTIQ Bushwalk.
The Bush Lemons, which began in 1996, usually holds two or three bushwalks each month. For more information on this fantastic group.
Stay tuned for 2017 long weekend bush walks
The Blackheath Disco
If you had to pick one word to describe the Blackheath Disco, it would undoubtedly be ‘fun’! Like a blue light disco on steroids, this feel-good event put on by the Three Sisters Social Club draws revellers from far and wide. This year, the disco will feature a fabulous mix of music by DJ Sound Affair (The Polly’s Club) as well as performances by the one-and-only Gaynor Tension, who will channel the legendary divas (Liza, Judy, Dame Shirley and more).
There are no bookings available for the Blackheath Disco, simply turn up on the night – but make sure you get there early to grab a good table! Doors open at 7.15pm Saturday 10th June the long weekend at the Blackheath Community Centre, Great Western Highway (near Gardiner’s Crescent). BYO alcohol – snacks and soft drinks available. Entry $25. Visit the Three Sisters Social Club website for details.
The 35th Annual Three Sisters Costume Ball
This is arguably the crowing glory of the weekend’s festivities. A number of gay and lesbian events are held around Australia over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend – but this glamorous, old-school ball knocks them all out of the park.
To be held at the luxurious Fairmont Resort Hotel in Leura on Sunday 12th June of the long wekend.
The Pink Mountains Same-Sex Formal
Thanks to a fundraising initiative by Mount Vic Flicks, the Blue Mountains’ first ever same-sex formal for LGBTQI youth will be held on the June Long Weekend.
Designed as a event for LGBTQI people aged 21 and under, the formal will be drug and alcohol-free, with soft drinks and snacks available.
Adults over 21 from the Blue Mountains LGBTQI community will provide supervision on the night, while information about services and support for young people will also be available.
The idea is to give young people from the Blue Mountains a safe, fun environment where they can express themselves, be themselves and dance with who they want. Dressing up is encouraged.
This event will be hosted by Pink Mountains, with thanks to a number of other contributing organisations and individuals.
Doors will open at 7pm on Sunday, June 12 at the Katoomba Leura Community centre (AKA the Old Katoomba Library, 81-83 Katoomba Street, Katoomba, with the event continuing until 10pm. Visit the Pink Mountains Same-Sex Formal Facebook page for more info.