58th Annual Queens Ball Awards at City Hall


Queens Ball Awards

Saturday 15th June sees the celebration of the 58th Annual Queens Ball Awards, the longest continuous running LGBTIQ event in the world!

In 2019, the event again returns to Brisbane City Hall.

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Previously known as the Queen’s Birthday Ball, Michael James, Vice-President of Brisbane Pride Festival said the change of date for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend forced the name change.

“The ball originally began with gay men, lesbians, transgender folk and allies dragging up at a house party on Mount Tamborine.

“Drag was always an integral part of the ball. Therefore, instead of celebrating one queen, we’ll celebrate the regal in all of us.”

This year it’s all about mythology and magic. Expect GAGworthy looks on the red carpet as wizards and witches, faeries and folklorists dress to impress!

The Belle of the Ball competition will honour the best individual or group dressed in the spirit of the theme.

This year’s ball sees a revamp with a focus on entertainment, fun and a little bit of frivolity.

The awards revamp proved popular. Michael said just a few hours before voting closed on Sunday, as few as six votes separated some of the winners from second place.

“Voting this year outstripped all previous years,” he said.

“We’ve never had so many votes cast. We’re happy that this year’s changes to the awards encouraged so many more community members to become engaged and have their say.”

The Queens Ball Awards aim to recognise the outstanding contributions of Brisbane and the wider Queensland LGBTIQ community.

Members of the community nominate and vote for individuals and organisations who made outstanding contributions to the community throughout the year.

Entertainment at this year’s Queens Ball Awards

Queens Ball Awards Ellen Reed

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Michael said changes to the evening’s line-up would see a faster pace to the awards and earlier finish.

“We wanted to give our guests more time to enjoy the rest of the night and the fabulous entertainment!

“We’re proud to present Ellen Reed performing live. Ellen slayed on The Voice.”

The entertainment line-up also includes the amazing Thicc Shake Crew. The Haus of Thicc and The Runway Movement will bring it with Ballroom Culture 101.

Queens Ball Awards Thicc Shake Crew

Rounding out the line-up are Tina Bikki and Paul Wheeler as VIP hosts. Destiny Rogers, QN Magazine editor, takes on stage hosting duty.

Queens Ball Awards Destiny Rogers

Very few tickers remain so if you want to be part of the 2019 Queens Ball head over to Eventbrite for your ticket.

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