The organisers of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games’ Australian-first “Pride House” have announced the timetable of events over the next two weeks.
Modelled after a traditional “hospitality house” common at international sporting events, the Pride House will be hosted by the Surfers Paradise venue Rise Bar and Club until the Games wrap up on April 15.
Tonight (April 5), Brisbane drag performer Candy Surprise will host “Balls OUT Bingo”, a gay bingo night with a twist that will raise money for the Queensland AIDS Council.
“We have outrageous sexy antics, hilarious – and sometimes not PC – repartee, naughty bingo calls, cash and bonus prizes that are completely camp and silly,” Candy Surprise said.
“Balls OUT Bingo will have special barrel boys who will get their clothes of for a good cause. Our first week’s barrel boy will be the uber-talented performer Heath Keating.”
Candy will host a second “Balls OUT Bingo” event next week on Thursday, April 12.
This Saturday (April 7), a diverse group of performers will present “Oceania Voices”, a unique and poignant insight into the lives of Indigenous 2Spirit people.
This event will be an infusion of traditional and contemporary performance portraying the lifestyles and culture and lived experience of queer people of colour who are deemed often invisible and marginalised in Australia, organisers said.
That evening, the documentary “Black Divaz” will be screened for free at the Pride House. The doco goes behind the scenes showing all the glitz, glamour and hot glue guns of the inaugural Miss First Nation drag pageant, held in Darwin last year.
This Sunday (April 8), the “Speak Out: Behind the Trailblazers” event will tell the story behind the creation of the new “Australian LGBTIQ+ Sporting Trailblazers” exhibition at the Pride House, hosted by its authors Caroline Layt and Jesse Jones.
On Tuesday, April 10, Olympic gold medallist turned cabaret star Matthew Mitcham will host “Beyond the Rainbow”, bringing together some of South East Queensland’s best and brightest music theatre and cabaret artists in an evening of celebration and song.
Gold coin donations will go towards supporting the Gold Coast’s QSPACE youth support service.
On Sunday, April 15, Brisbane queer collective Wendybird will host a “zine” workshop allowing everyone to get creative and tell their stories through the creation of their own mini-publications.
More information about all of the free events is available from the Pride House’s Facebook page here.
Meanwhile, Australian drag star Courtney Act will host a special free LGBTIQ-themed concert as part of the 12-day arts and cultural program at the Games.
The Sparkle in the Sand event will welcome performers, athletes and speakers onto the Main Stage set up on the beach at Surfers Paradise.
A different free concert event will perform on the Main Stage every evening from April 4 until April 15 as part of the 12-day arts and culture festival running for the length of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Local musical acts The Cat Empire, Meg Mac, Amy Shark, Yothu Yindi, Wafia, and The Jungle Giants are a few more of the festival’s headliners.