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SSO: Familiar Favourites - Dances of the World
Date: 01 - 02 Aug 2003
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $60, $50, $35, $25, $17, $12
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall

SSO: The Magic of Mozart
Date: 08 Aug 2003
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $60, $50, $35, $25, $17, $12
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall

SSO: Chamber Ensemble Series - Controversial Innovation : A John Cage Retrospective
Date: 17 Aug 2003
Time: 5.00pm
Cost: $16, $12
Venue: Victoria Concert Hall

Mardi Gras
Date: 13 - 17 Aug 2003
Time: 8.00pm (16,17 Aug - 3.00pm)
Cost: $111(The Rainbow Package), $71, $51, $31 (including $1 Sistic Fee) 
For more information on discounts and offers
Venue: Jubilee Hall
A group of people come together to organise Singapore’s first Pride Parade – Singapore’s first Mardi Gras. They plan to hold the March at the Padang, with dykes on bikes, fags and fag hags, leathers and feathers; they want to shout out loud and be proud…

Excuse? Will they even get a license? Um, will we?

As they plan, the tension mounts; the cracks in their relationships surface. Jokes turn to bitchiness, which turn to clawing…Eventually, the very event that is supposed to show their unity threatens to tear them apart.

Are they going to prove themselves to be ONE PEOPLE, ONE NATION, ONE SIN-GAY-PORE… or will the rainbow colours represent segregation and prejudice?

Is pink over?

Mar·di Gras 
Function: noun
Etymology: French, literally, fat Tuesday
Date: 1699
1 a : Shrove Tuesday often observed (as in New Orleans) with parades and festivities b : a carnival period climaxing on Shrove Tuesday
2 : a festive occasion resembling a pre-Lenten Mardi Gras

(from Merriam-Webster OnLine http://www.m-w.com/)

Before it was Christianised, Mardi Gras was a pagan bacchanalia of drinking and debauchery . . . which hasn't changed much.
The Lesbian and Gay Pride march in London is now known as the London Mardi Gras. This year’s grand finale party, called Pride in the Park, marks the first time the party is to be held in Hyde Park.
One tradition in Gay Mardi Gras in New Orleans that flourishes and attracts participants and an audience from across the globe is the Bourbon Street Awards. This year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Awards. Award categories include: Best Drag, Best Leather, Best Group and, the grandest award, Best of Show. The Bourbon Street Awards, well into its fourth decade, has hosted some of the most exciting and extravagant Mardi Gras costumes ever seen.  

The new Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras is an annual festival held in Sydney in February-March. For 26 years, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is a month long, summer festival of gay pride climaxing with the spectacular evening parade along Oxford Street - the gay golden mile watched by 600,000 spectators followed by the famous all night dance party.

During Mardi Gras, Sydney becomes the queerest place on earth - the closest thing to Homo Heaven. Mardi Gras totally dominates the city. Yet heterosexuals don’t feel threatened. They join in… Mardi Gras is, my dear, The Event in the Sydney calendar. Everybody who’s anybody wants to party with the faggerati. 

(from “Mardi Gras Madness”, http://www.petertatchell.net/travel/sydney.htm)

Corinne Adrienne [Heartlanders], Paerin Choa [Star Search 2001, Lanterns], 
Natalie Hennedige [BOTE, godeatgod], Garrett Hoo [First Touch, Comrade Mayor], 
Hossan Leong [Honk!, Forbidden City], Jimmy T [Making Love, A War Diary] 
and Rick Tan [Channel V, MTV Asia]

More information on Mardi Gras

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       Courtesy of Sistic Organisation