SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS

Upcoming events

    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 16 Feb 2018
    Register

    This is the payment portal for the registration of your Festival event for 2018 Mardi Gras.

    PLEASE NOTE: if you are a Standard Event, you cannot upgrade your registration level as the due date for assets for the printed guide has passed. Please select the level that you had selected in the original registration process.

    • 18 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Victoria Park, Camperdown
    Register

    Fair Day is coming home in February 2018!

    For 2018's huge 40th anniversary Mardi Gras season, we’re thrilled to announce that Fair Day 2018 returns to Victoria Park, Camperdown, on Sunday 18 February, 2018.

    Fair Day is Mardi Gras’ beloved annual free family-friendly carnival of rainbow festivities - featuring a plethora of activities for the young and old, the tame and the bold!

    One of the community's most-loved events, Fair Day attracts more than 70,000 people who are entertained by an amazing array of performances on the ANZ Main Stage, browse and shop at the 200+ stalls, sample the tasty treats, meet a variety of LGBTQI organisations, catch the action in the Sports Village, strut their fashion, and celebrate the Mardi Gras spirit in all corners of the park. Even our fur babies are a part of the action in our world-famous Doggywood comp! There is always something for everyone at Fair Day!


    Fair Day Market Stalls

    Fair Day Market Stalls are now on sale. Fair Day is a colourful and electric marketplace, where Stallholders can connect with the LGBTQI community.

    It’s a fantastic place for community groups to reach and recruit new members, for talented designers and markers to sell wares, for enterprisers to trial a new product, for businesses to cultivate new customers, and for farmers and food producers to sell produce and gastronomic delights.


    Key Dates

    All stalls on sale

    Tuesday 1 November 2017

    Early Bird Discount Ends

    Friday 1 December 2017

    Food Stall Applications Close

    Friday 15 December 2017

    All other Stall Application Close 

    Friday 19 January 2018

    Fair Day

    Sunday 18 February 2018

     

    How much does a Market Stall cost?

    Stall Type

    Description

    Size

    (w x d)

    Market Stall Included

    EARLY BIRD PRICE

    Valid until 1 December 2017

    GENERAL PRICE

    Valid from 2 December 2017

    Premium Commercial Stall

    A stall located in a very high foot traffic area

    3m x 3m

    Y

    $1,160.00

    $1,285.00

    Superior Commercial Stall

    A stall located in a high foot traffic area

    3m x 3m

    Y

    $890.00

    $985.00

    Standard Commercial Stall

    Stalls located in a moderate foot traffic

    3m x 3m

    Y

    $620.00

    $680.00

    Doggywood Stall

    A stall located in the Doggywood pet pageant area

    3m x 3m

    Y

    $620.00

    $680.00

    Arts Stall

    A stall selling high quality arts and crafts handmade by you or a close associate

    3m x 3m

    Y

    $400.00

    $450.00

    Sports Village Stall

    A stall by a not-for-profit community/volunteer-run organisation located alongside other sports stall

    3m x 3m

    Y

    $290.00

    $330.00

    Community Stall

    A stall run by a not-for-profit community/volunteer-run organisation

    3m x 3m

    Y

    $290.00

    $330.00

    Commercial Food Stall (Food Zones)

    A stall serving food

    3m x 3m

    N

    $1,160.00

    $1,285.00

    Small Value Food Stall

    A stall serving food of any type selling single priced items under $6.00

    3m x 3m

    N

    $600.00

    $665.00

    Community Food Stall

    A stall serving food, run by a not-for-profit community/volunteer-run organisation

    3m x 3m

    Y

    $290.00

    $330.00

    Sunday Market Food Table

    A stall selling food products that are pre-packaged such as relishes, olive oils, nuts, nougat, chocolates, cakes, cheeses and other gourmet fare.

    table in shared stall

    Y

    $200.00

    $250.00

    Notes:

    • Payment is required to complete your application, so please have your credit card ready.
    • All prices are GST Inclusive.
    • To secure Early Bird Pricing, you must complete your application and make payment in full by Friday 1 December 2017. Applications which have not been paid in full by this date will attract General Pricing.
    • Note that should an application be declined by SGLMG pursuant to the Terms & Conditions, fees paid with the application will be refunded.


        How to secure a stall?

        1. Read the information below and the Terms and Conditions
        2. Ask yourself what your stall needs to function. Review the checklist below.
        3. Fill in the Online Application and include any electricity and equipment needs.
        4. Complete your application by making the payment. 
        5. After your application is completed, you will receive an email to confirm it has been received. Please note that payments are processed through Wild Apricot at the time of your application.

            In completing your application, you will need the following information on hand:

            • Contact Details
            • ABN & Business Name
            • Stall Name
            • Public Liability Insurance
            • A brief description of your stall
            • Whether you require us to provide a market stall or if you are bringing your own structure.  
            • Whether you have a preferred stall location
            • Whether you have a preferred set up time.
            • Whether you need to hire additional equipment
            • Whether you need to hire electricity
            • Whether you have any Sponsorship or Advertising
            • Whether you have any special requirements

              Can I see a map of the event footprint?

              The City of Sydney are currently undertaking improvement works in Victoria Park, which will necessitate a reconfiguration of the park to accommodate the new design and changed tree protection guidelines. We will release a map detailing the layout of the event footprint in the future.


              What are the hours of operation and key timings on Sunday 18 February 2018?

              Park Opens/Set Up Begins

              07.00AM

              All Vehicles off Park

              09.30AM

              Fair Day Starts

              10.00AM

              Fair Day Closes

              08.00PM

              Vehicles re-enter park/Pack Down begins

              08.30PM


              Arrival + Set up times

              Staggered arrivals minimise congestion on the site.

              If you have a preferred arrival time, please let us know, otherwise we are happy to allocate you a time. Preferences are by a first come, first served basis. If your preferred time is unavailable, we’ll aim to allocate a time as close as possible to it.

              • 7.00am – 7.30am
              • 7.30am – 8.00am
              • 8.00am – 8.30am


              General Stalls + Structures  

              Standard Market Stall configuration is as per the following diagrams:


              If you wish to use your own tent/stall, you must ensure it is no wider than 3m x 3m. Stallholders must also have current engineering certificates available on request. SGLMG Production will conduct random inspections of stalls to ensure compliance with this important request. No holes or pegs are permitted on the park surface and all structures must be self-standing and suitably weighted.


              Food stalls

              All Food Stallholders must comply with the requirements of the City of Sydney for operating a food stall. City of Sydney Council officers will be present to inspect food stalls on Fair Day. The City of Sydney requires all Food Stallholders to store food in a cool room if stalls are operating for more than 3 hours. Share cool rooms will be available for hire. The selection of food stalls will be made as soon as possible and successful applicants will be notified.

              Applications must include a full list of the items to be sold from the Food Stall. Items not appearing on the list may not be sold. Items may not be given away or provided free of charge from Food Stalls. Should any changes be required to the list in your application, SGLMG will contact you. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions outlining prohibited items.


              Equipment & electricity hire  

              Electricity (first outlet)

              $195.00

              Electricity (per additional outlet)

              $50.00

              Vehicle Tracking Rental (2 boards)

              $135.00

              Flooring Rental (3mtr x 3mtr)

              $135.00

              Chair (each)

              $15.00

              Food – shared coolroom

              $180.00

              Food – Prep Market Stall (2.4mtr x 2.4mtr)

              $135.00

              Food – Service Market Stall (2.4mtr x 2.4mtr)

              $135.00

              Food – Hand Wash Station

              $125.00

              As there are only a limited number of powered sites available, stalls requiring power will be grouped together.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all electrical appliances, cables and leads on site are appropriately tagged by a qualified electrician in advance. SGLMG Production will conduct random inspections of stalls to ensure compliance with this important request. Equipment Hiring Pricing is inclusive of GST; no Early Bird Discount applies.


              Additional requirements

              Please advise if you have any special requirements.


              Parking

              There is no parking available onsite. Vehicles must be removed from the park by the time specified by SGLMG, and may not return to the park until permitted by SGLMG.


              Corporate Stalls + Sponsorship or Advertising

              Partnerships at Mardi Gras showcase the wonderful contribution that businesses make to show support to the LGBTQI community.

              SGLMG relies on the support of our generous corporate partners and it is important that we identify as early as possible any potential issues or conflicts between our sponsors and our Stallholders.

              If you are a commercial entity, please provide details of your business. If you have any sponsorship or advertising arrangements, please indicate this so that we can work with you to resolve any issues well in advance.

              Stallholders should note that SGLMG's arrangements with its partners will take precedence over individual Stallholders’ product or service displays at Fair Day, and we will request modification to the appearance of your stall or the range of products you are selling on the day if they are in conflict with our contractual arrangement. Where Stallholders commercial operations pose a direct conflict with SGLMG partnership arrangements, you may be advised by SGLMG that your participation in Fair Day may not be possible.


              Terms & Conditions

              Please ensure you have read, understood and agreed to all Terms and Conditions laid out for Stallholders prior to completing your application.

              Any breach of the Terms and Conditions may result in cancellation of your application, or closure of your Stall, at any time, without refund.


              Questions?

              Our Fair Day Stalls are managed by a team of tireless volunteers, so email is always best.

              For all General Stall enquiries please contact fairday.stalls@mardigrasarts.org.au

              For all Food Stall enquiries please contact fairday.food@mardigrasarts.org.au

              For all Fair Day enquiries please contact fairday@mardigrasarts.org.au

              • 18 Feb 2018
              • 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
              • Victoria Park, Camperdown
              Register

              Fair Day is coming home in February 2018!

              For 2018's huge 40th anniversary Mardi Gras season, we’re thrilled to announce that Fair Day 2018 returns to Victoria Park, Camperdown, on Sunday 18 February, 2018.

              Fair Day is Mardi Gras’ beloved annual free family-friendly carnival of rainbow festivities - featuring a plethora of activities for the young and old, the tame and the bold!

              One of the community's most-loved events, Fair Day attracts more than 70,000 people who are entertained by an amazing array of performances on the ANZ Main Stage, browse and shop at the 200+ stalls, sample the tasty treats, meet a variety of LGBTQI organisations, catch the action in the Sports Village, strut their fashion, and celebrate the Mardi Gras spirit in all corners of the park. Even our fur babies are a part of the action in our world-famous Doggywood comp! There is always something for everyone at Fair Day!


              Fair Day Market Stalls

              Fair Day Market Stalls are now on sale. Fair Day is a colourful and electric marketplace, where Stallholders can connect with the LGBTQI community.

              It’s a fantastic place for community groups to reach and recruit new members, for talented designers and markers to sell wares, for enterprisers to trial a new product, for businesses to cultivate new customers, and for farmers and food producers to sell produce and gastronomic delights.


              Key Dates

              All stalls on sale

              Tuesday 1 November 2017

              Early Bird Discount Ends

              Friday 1 December 2017

              Food Stall Applications Close

              Friday 15 December 2017

              All other Stall Application Close 

              Friday 19 January 2018

              Fair Day

              Sunday 18 February 2018


              How much does a Market Stall cost?

              Stall Type

              Description

              Size

              (w x d)

              Market Stall Included

              EARLY BIRD PRICE

              Valid until 1 December 2017

              GENERAL PRICE

              Valid from 2 December 2017

              Premium Commercial Stall

              A stall located in a very high foot traffic area

              3m x 3m

              Y

              $1,160.00

              $1,285.00

              Superior Commercial Stall

              A stall located in a high foot traffic area

              3m x 3m

              Y

              $890.00

              $985.00

              Standard Commercial Stall

              Stalls located in a moderate foot traffic

              3m x 3m

              Y

              $620.00

              $680.00

              Doggywood Stall

              A stall located in the Doggywood pet pageant area

              3m x 3m

              Y

              $620.00

              $680.00

              Arts Stall

              A stall selling high quality arts and crafts handmade by you or a close associate

              3m x 3m

              Y

              $400.00

              $450.00

              Sports Village Stall

              A stall by a not-for-profit community/volunteer-run organisation located alongside other sports stall

              3m x 3m

              Y

              $290.00

              $330.00

              Community Stall

              A stall run by a not-for-profit community/volunteer-run organisation

              3m x 3m

              Y

              $290.00

              $330.00

              Commercial Food Stall (Food Zones)

              A stall serving food

              3m x 3m

              N

              $1,160.00

              $1,285.00

              Small Value Food Stall

              A stall serving food of any type selling single priced items under $6.00

              3m x 3m

              N

              $600.00

              $665.00

              Community Food Stall

              A stall serving food, run by a not-for-profit community/volunteer-run organisation

              3m x 3m

              Y

              $290.00

              $330.00

              Sunday Market Food Table

              A stall selling food products that are pre-packaged such as relishes, olive oils, nuts, nougat, chocolates, cakes, cheeses and other gourmet fare.

              table in shared stall

              Y

              $200.00

              $250.00

              Notes:

              • Payment is required to complete your application, so please have your credit card ready.
              • All prices are GST Inclusive.
              • To secure Early Bird Pricing, you must complete your application and make payment in full by Friday 1 December 2017. Applications which have not been paid in full by this date will attract General Pricing.
              • Note that should an application be declined by SGLMG pursuant to the Terms & Conditions, fees paid with the application will be refunded.


                  How to secure a stall?

                  1. Read the information below and the Terms and Conditions
                  2. Ask yourself what your stall needs to function. Review the checklist below.
                  3. Fill in the Online Application and include any electricity and equipment needs.
                  4. Complete your application by making the payment. 
                  5. After your application is completed, you will receive an email to confirm it has been received. Please note that payments are processed through Wild Apricot at the time of your application.

                      In completing your application, you will need the following information on hand:

                      • Contact Details
                      • ABN & Business Name
                      • Stall Name
                      • Public Liability Insurance
                      • A brief description of your stall
                      • Whether you require us to provide a market stall or if you are bringing your own structure.  
                      • Whether you have a preferred stall location
                      • Whether you have a preferred set up time.
                      • Whether you need to hire additional equipment
                      • Whether you need to hire electricity
                      • Whether you have any Sponsorship or Advertising
                      • Whether you have any special requirements

                        Can I see a map of the event footprint?

                        The City of Sydney are currently undertaking improvement works in Victoria Park, which will necessitate a reconfiguration of the park to accommodate the new design and changed tree protection guidelines. We will release a map detailing the layout of the event footprint in the future.


                        What are the hours of operation and key timings on Sunday 18 February 2018?

                        Park Opens/Set Up Begins

                        07.00AM

                        All Vehicles off Park

                        09.30AM

                        Fair Day Starts

                        10.00AM

                        Fair Day Closes

                        08.00PM

                        Vehicles re-enter park/Pack Down begins

                        08.30PM


                        Arrival + Set up times

                        Staggered arrivals minimise congestion on the site.

                        If you have a preferred arrival time, please let us know, otherwise we are happy to allocate you a time. Preferences are by a first come, first served basis. If your preferred time is unavailable, we’ll aim to allocate a time as close as possible to it.

                        • 7.00am – 7.30am
                        • 7.30am – 8.00am
                        • 8.00am – 8.30am


                        General Stalls + Structures  

                        Standard Market Stall configuration is as per the following diagrams:


                        If you wish to use your own tent/stall, you must ensure it is no wider than 3m x 3m. Stallholders must also have current engineering certificates available on request. SGLMG Production will conduct random inspections of stalls to ensure compliance with this important request. No holes or pegs are permitted on the park surface and all structures must be self-standing and suitably weighted.


                        Food stalls

                        All Food Stallholders must comply with the requirements of the City of Sydney for operating a food stall. City of Sydney Council officers will be present to inspect food stalls on Fair Day. The City of Sydney requires all Food Stallholders to store food in a cool room if stalls are operating for more than 3 hours. Share cool rooms will be available for hire. The selection of food stalls will be made as soon as possible and successful applicants will be notified.

                        Applications must include a full list of the items to be sold from the Food Stall. Items not appearing on the list may not be sold. Items may not be given away or provided free of charge from Food Stalls. Should any changes be required to the list in your application, SGLMG will contact you. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions outlining prohibited items.


                        Equipment & electricity hire  

                        Electricity (first outlet)

                        $195.00

                        Electricity (per additional outlet)

                        $50.00

                        Vehicle Tracking Rental (2 boards)

                        $135.00

                        Flooring Rental (3mtr x 3mtr)

                        $135.00

                        Chair (each)

                        $15.00

                        Food – shared coolroom

                        $180.00

                        Food – Prep Market Stall (2.4mtr x 2.4mtr)

                        $135.00

                        Food – Service Market Stall (2.4mtr x 2.4mtr)

                        $135.00

                        Food – Hand Wash Station

                        $125.00

                        As there are only a limited number of powered sites available, stalls requiring power will be grouped together.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all electrical appliances, cables and leads on site are appropriately tagged by a qualified electrician in advance. SGLMG Production will conduct random inspections of stalls to ensure compliance with this important request. Equipment Hiring Pricing is inclusive of GST; no Early Bird Discount applies.


                        Additional requirements

                        Please advise if you have any special requirements.


                        Parking

                        There is no parking available onsite. Vehicles must be removed from the park by the time specified by SGLMG, and may not return to the park until permitted by SGLMG.


                        Corporate Stalls + Sponsorship or Advertising

                        Partnerships at Mardi Gras showcase the wonderful contribution that businesses make to show support to the LGBTQI community.

                        SGLMG relies on the support of our generous corporate partners and it is important that we identify as early as possible any potential issues or conflicts between our sponsors and our Stallholders.

                        If you are a commercial entity, please provide details of your business. If you have any sponsorship or advertising arrangements, please indicate this so that we can work with you to resolve any issues well in advance.

                        Stallholders should note that SGLMG's arrangements with its partners will take precedence over individual Stallholders’ product or service displays at Fair Day, and we will request modification to the appearance of your stall or the range of products you are selling on the day if they are in conflict with our contractual arrangement. Where Stallholders commercial operations pose a direct conflict with SGLMG partnership arrangements, you may be advised by SGLMG that your participation in Fair Day may not be possible.


                        Terms & Conditions

                        Please ensure you have read, understood and agreed to all Terms and Conditions laid out for Stallholders prior to completing your application.

                        Any breach of the Terms and Conditions may result in cancellation of your application, or closure of your Stall, at any time, without refund.


                        Questions?

                        Our Fair Day Stalls are managed by a team of tireless volunteers, so email is always best.

                        For all General Stall enquiries please contact fairday.stalls@mardigrasarts.org.au

                        For all Food Stall enquiries please contact fairday.food@mardigrasarts.org.au

                        For all Fair Day enquiries please contact fairday@mardigrasarts.org.au

                        • 03 Mar 2018
                        • 3:00 PM - 11:30 PM
                        • Oxford and Flinders Streets, Sydney NSW

                        As at 5pm Friday 17 November 2017, our 2018 SGLMG Parade applications are now closed. Under no circumstances will SGLMG be accepting any late applications.

                        ABOUT THE PARADE

                        The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) is a global beacon of diversity, acceptance and LGBTQI rights. We aim to raise the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities. One of the many ways we do this is through the iconic and much loved Mardi Gras Parade. 

                        The Parade is a wonderful opportunity for creative and political expression. It provides an opportunity for LGBTQI individuals, groups and organisations to celebrate who they are and promote a broader message of diversity and acceptance. 

                        The 40th Annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Saturday, 3 March 2018 with approximately 12,000 participants and more than 200,000 spectators cheering from the side lines.

                        Starting at 7:45pm from Whitlam Square (corner of Liverpool and Oxford Streets) the 1.7km route runs from Oxford Street into Flinders Street and ends in Moore Park. The route varies using 2-3 road lanes in width, with some sections being slightly uphill. The Parade will conclude at approximately 11:30pm.


                        40 YEARS OF MARDI GRAS

                        In 2018, we celebrate the historic 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. 40 years on from the 1978 protest that was the inaugural Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, we look back at the evolution of the festival, and to the sociological evolution of social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex peoples.

                        Our extravagant 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will celebrate four decades of love, protest, diversity, acceptance, activism, pride, family, passion, creativity, drama and satire. 40 years of struggles, triumphs and incredible adventures together.

                        This year’s theme is developed around the Evolution of Mardi Gras - How has your group changed and developed throughout its history at Mardi Gras? What have been your group’s highlights, achievements and defining moments? Join us and together let's make this Parade the most spectacular in our extraordinary 40-year history.


                        CAN I ENTER THE PARADE?

                        The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is a platform for LGBTQI individuals, groups and organisations to celebrate who they are and to communicate a message; and non-LGBTQI individuals, groups and organisations to communicate a message of support for LGBTQI people.

                        ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

                        1. Eligibility for the Parade falls into the following two categories:

                        A. LGBTQI’s

                        An entry by a LGBTQI person, a group primarily involving LGBTQI people or an LGBTQI organisation. All LGBTQI organisations must be able to prove they are a LGBTQI organisation whose main aim is to serve or include the LGBTQI community.

                        B. Non-LGBTQI

                        An entry by individuals or organisations that supports and/or celebrates the rights, achievements, culture and aspirations of the LGBTQI community. These entries must communicate a clear message of support or celebration relating to the LGBTQI community and must not use an abbreviation of LGBTQI. These entries are not to sell themselves and what they do unless they are directly promoting how they support and/or celebrate LGBTQI communities or individuals. 

                        2.  All entries must not be discriminatory, homophobic, racist, sexist or breach any defamation law. Entries will not be accepted from organisations who have demonstrated sexism, homophobia or other forms of discrimination either in the Parade or in their general business.

                        3. All entries will need to:

                        • Provide a detailed creative concept and supply reference images to ensure the Parade Curatorial Committee has a clear understanding of your concept, artistic ideas, production values and any messages you may like to convey.
                        • If your entry will use a vehicle or float you also need to include detailed drawings of all four sides of the vehicle, the layout of marchers in relation to the vehicle/float, and provide any wording you plan to use on signs etc.
                        • Outline how your concept relates to the Evolution of Mardi Gras over 40 years.
                        • Outline the benefits and relevance of your float to LGBTQI communities.

                        4. All entries must meet the messaging, operational, safety and sponsorship guidelines set out by SGLMG. These guidelines are available to download here. SGLMG reserves the right to refuse participation to entries that have breached Parade regulations in previous years.

                        Limited Participant and Float numbers 

                        As we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, we are already hearing from an unprecedented number of groups keen to join us in the 2018 Parade.

                        Each year the Parade is restricted to a maximum number of floats and participants. With limited form-up space available at the Start Area, SGLMG works closely with the NSW Police, Transport Management, City of Sydney and other key stakeholders to allow for maximum participation, ensuring the overall safety and security for all parade participants within the Start Area.

                        To ensure there is as many diverse LGBTQI groups marching in the 2018 Parade, with a strong LGBTQI message, each parade entry or float will be capped at a maximum of 80 participants and parade entrants will be selected by our Curatorial Committee. We thank you for your understanding and we look forward to working with you to deliver the biggest and best Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.


                        HOW DO I APPLY?

                        To apply to be part of the 2018 Parade you will need to:

                        1.  Submit a completed Application Form by 5PM Friday 17 November 2017 and include:

                        • Your creative concept
                        • Previous history of participating in the Parade
                        • Benefit and relevance to LGBTQI communities
                        • Relevance to the 40th anniversary

                        2.  Consultation

                        After your application is received, you may be contacted by a Mardi Gras representative to discuss your eligibility, artistic ideas, production tips, potential collaborations with similar groups and maximising your message. This is a chance to enhance the original submission with more images and further develop your creative ideas.

                        We may also speak with you if you have incomplete information, or your entry does not meet the parade criteria.  SGLMG will discuss any issues with you to reach a solution before a final decision will be made. This consultation may result in a slight modification of your entry.

                        We highly recommend submitting your Application form early to allow time for a consultation if necessary. 

                        3.  Attend the Creative Ideas Workshop 

                        If you would like help in developing your creative ideas, concept and float, props and costume design we encourage you to attend the Creative Ideas Workshop. Representatives from Mardi Gras and the community will be on hand to help you develop your 2018 concept. The Creative Ideas Workshop will be held in late October.

                        4.  Selection Process

                        Our Curatorial Committee with representatives from both SGLMG and our community will assess all applications to determine which entries will be accepted into the 2018 Parade.

                        LGBTQI organisations will get first preference and all applications will be assessed on:   

                        • Meeting the Eligibility criteria
                        • Providing a well-designed, creative concept
                        • Ability to plan and deliver the creative concept including budget
                        • Benefit and relevance to LGBTQI communities
                        • Relevance to the 40th anniversary

                        Under no circumstances will SGLMG alter or make exceptions to the entry criteria to match an individual or groups application.

                        If we receive more applications than our total capacity allows and your application has met the selection criteria, the Curatorial Committee may review your application based on previous Parade history and support of LGBTQI communities.

                        5.  Notification
                        • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their entry from 27 NOV to 1 DEC 2017.
                        • If you are successful in your application you will be sent an approval notification with details of your entry fee. Payment must be received by 5PM FRI 2 FEB 2018
                        • If you are successful in your application you may continue to make changes to your entry or float in consultation with SGLMG up until 5PM FRI 12 JAN 2018.
                        • If a decision is made not to accept your application, this will be explained.

                        6.  Attend the Entrants Briefing Day

                        This day is designed to provide entrants with the opportunity to clear up any remaining questions after viewing a quick presentation on how Parade Day works. You will also collect your Entrants Pack, which contains information on how to collect participant wristbands, your exact arrival time and entry location. It also includes details on your position in the Parade and the approximate time your float will leave the start area.

                        7.  Liaising with SGLMG

                        When liaising with SGLMG Staff and volunteers, please show respect and follow their directions and requests.  Any inappropriate behaviour (such as verbal abuse) will result in an application withdrawal.


                        IMPORTANT DATES & TIMES

                        Parade Entry Opens

                        10am, Friday 29 September 2017

                        Applicant Consultations

                        After application received and prior to Entry Close Date (only if required)

                        Creative Ideas Workshop

                        Date to be advised - for Late October

                        Parade Applications Close

                        5pm, Friday 17 November 2017

                        Applications Review Period

                        Monday 20 November to Friday 24 November 2017

                        Applicants Notified

                        Monday 27 November to Friday 1 December 2017

                        Application Fee Payment Due 5pm, Friday 2 February 2018

                        Entrants Briefing Day

                        Sunday 11 February 2018

                        Parade Day

                        Participants will be given staggered entry times into the Start Area. These may be as early as 3pm. Your Parade Start time could be as late as 10:30pm.

                        Refreshments are available for purchase and toilet facilities are provided in Hyde Park.


                        WHAT IS THE APPLICATION FEE?

                        SGLMG charges a small fee to Entrants to meet a small proportion of the core costs of staging the Parade. Fees are set according to the size and type of the entry. Fee payments must be paid after your application has been approved and before 5PM FRI 2 FEB 2018.

                        Final entry into the Parade will not be granted until your application fee payment has been received by SGLMG. Fees for 2018 are as follows:

                        • INDIVIDUAL – $55

                        A single member of the LGBTQI community or group of up to five.

                        • COMMUNITY GROUP / NOT-FOR-PROFIT with 40 people or less – $160

                        This includes groups of friends, community members and organisations which are not-for-profit including sporting clubs, social groups and support groups.

                        • COMMUNITY GROUP / NOT-FOR-PROFIT with 41 to 80 people – $320

                        This includes groups of friends, community members and organisations which are not-for-profit including sporting clubs, social groups and support groups.

                        • LGBTQI BUSINESS OR GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION – $750

                        This includes LGBTQI commercial businesses, non-LGBTQI organisations that support the LGBTQI community or Government organisations

                        Please note: Additional requirements outside the scope of the Parade Entry Guidelines apply to businesses wishing to participate. Businesses may need to be considered under our commercial partnership arrangements. Please contact parade@mardigrasarts.org.au if this is relevant before submitting a application form.


                        2018 EXPECTATIONS & COMMITMENTS

                        What SGLMG will do:

                        • Assess whether an Entrant and their entry aligns to the published criteria and core values of the Parade
                        •  Assess an Entrant on their creative concepts and production standard
                        • Consult with Entrants to realise their creative potential,
                        • Work with an Entrant to maximise the impact of their messaging to audiences including bringing together people or groups with similar messaging,
                        • Work towards delivering a Parade that is designed to inspire, excite and challenge audiences,
                        • Communicate clearly and apply the same measures and treatment to all entries, including discussing any issues with your entry,
                        •  Identify any elements that may require expert advice,
                        • Respond to queries in a timely manner

                        What SGLMG won’t do:           

                        • Censor counter viewpoints,
                        • Allow illegal activities or ambush marketing,
                        • Allow messages that discriminate or may cause harm to others

                        What SGLMG expects from Entrants:

                        • Participate and be open to consultation with the SGLMG team
                        • Adhere to criteria, sponsorship, operational guidelines and instruction before and on Parade day
                        • Honour your agreement with us; your parade entry is what you said it would be
                        • Attend compulsory briefings such as the Entrant Briefing Day
                        • To use the available resources to create an electric and visually seductive Entry
                        • Businesses and Government Entries should set a high artistic standard
                        • The Parade is a protest and a celebration that is world renowned and belongs to a creative and vibrant community. All entrants are expected not just to take part, but to contribute to the artistic and political goals of SGLMG and help create an event that is world standard.
                        • Show respect, listen and follow requests from SGLMG staff and volunteers.

                        Please note: The Parade is designed as a safe space for participants from all walks of life.  Any inappropriate behaviour (such as verbal abuse or of threatening nature) will not be tolerated and will result in an entry being removed from participating in the Parade.

                        Please ensure that you have read our Parade Applicant Guidelines (available for download here) before submitting your Application form.


                        CONTACT

                        If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact the Mardi Gras Parade team via:

                           

                      Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Ltd | Mardi Gras Arts Ltd | Suite 6, 94 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 | +61 (0) 2 9383 0900
                      reception@mardigrasarts.org.au | www.mardigras.org.au

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