Happy New Year to all our volunteers and readers, and we hope that the summer holidays were safe and not too sweltering – though we still have February to go (just to cheer you up!).
Congratulations Julie McCrossin AM.
Julie was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day awards, for significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles, and to the broadcast media. Julie’s a volunteer writer for the SSH (see her feature article this month) and is also one of our long-standing volunteer deliverers, with her partner Melissa. It’s wonderful for your work and advocacy to be recognised at last, Julie. Thank you.
Chinese Year of the Pig and Sydney Lunar New Year Festival
Sunday February 3 to Sunday February 10.
More giant lunar lanterns at Circular Quay this year, including a new pig lantern by Qian Jian Hua (Justin). The Spiral Pig lantern that so enchanted everyone last year will be back near the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Lanterns and other installations will be at Green Square Library. The famous Dragon Boat Races are on February 9.
Sydney Mardi Gras February 12 to March 3.
Billed this year as the loud and proud LGBTQI celebration, as always there is lots to see and do, including the Mardi Gras Film Festival from February 13-28, Rainbow Flag Raising at Sydney Town Hall on February 15 starting at 6pm. Not forgetting Fair Day and the Parade. Full amazing program www.mardigras.org.au.
Destination Sydney – re-imagined daily 10am-5pm until March 17.
This is the second in the Destination Sydney series, showing nine artists over three galleries: Manly Art Gallery & Museum, SH Ervin Gallery at Observatory Hill and Mosman Art Gallery. I was fortunate to attend the Mosman Gallery last week, where the works of Roy Le Maistre, Robert Klippel and Michael Johnson are on display. I do hope to get to the other galleries in the coming weeks. These are free events, and not to be missed.
Belvoir Unwaged Program 2019.
Always in our February issue I publish the Belvoir Unwaged Program for our theatre-loving volunteers and readers for the coming year. Unwaged performances for 2019 are on Thursdays at 1pm and to claim your ticket visit the Belvoir Box Office from 12 noon on the day of the performance. Pensioner, Health Care Card, Vets Card with photo ID (MEAA and Equity cards also accepted). (Sponsor Virgin Australia.)
The Wolves February 21
Things I Know to Be True July 18
Life of Galileo September 5
Fangirls October 24
Packer and Sons December 5
Until next time,