Parties & Social Events

Brolga: A Queer Koori Wonderland

Interactive art party curated by Wiradjuri dance maker and Queer AF party creator Joel Bray

  • Dates 07 Oct
  • Time 9:00pm - Late (Come and go as you please)
  • Venue The Substation
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  • Curated by: Joel Bray

Please note: all remaining tickets for this evening are now exclusively available from The Substation’s website. If you see the “Allocation Exhausted” message on this page, please get in touch with the venue directly or visit their website.

Take flight with a party inspired by the Queer Aboriginal stories of the dancing Brolga. Dance your feathers off with Indigenous headliners Dameeeela, NAYCAB (Nayuka Gorrie), Kalyani, the Joel Bray Dance dancers and reigning Miss First Nations Queen Cerulean. Supported by an incredible QPOC line-up Stev Zar, Ata2ud and Aqueerius.

For one night only Brolga will transform The Substation into a psychedelic Queer Koori Wonderland, cramming every nook and cranny with art, film, interactive games and Naarm’s best Queer performers, including Luke George, Bendy Ben, Dandrogyny and many more.

Different mobs have different Brolga stories. Some tell of a boy who only wanted to dance the women's dances, and so the Ancestors transformed him into the Brolga so he could dance for eternity. Others speak of a young woman who defied a ban on women dancing and who refused to marry a man. This party, a reimagined contemporary gathering ground, celebrates the Queers and the Trans folk in our communities.

Curated by Wiradjuri dance maker and Queer AF party creator Joel Bray.


Ground Floor
All night – Queer Blak Short Film
9-10:30pm – Blak Mass
10:45-12am – Ata2ud
11:30-1am – Bedtime Tarot
12-1am – NAYCAB
1am-2am – Stev Zar

Level 1
All night – pop up performances
9-11pm – Aqueerius
10:30pm-12am – Luke George
11pm-12am – Kalyani
12-1:30am – Dameeeela
1:30-3am – House Mum b2b Haus of Ralph

Level 2
All night – Art-making station

This project received Cash to Create through the Fringe Fund, as part of Deadly Fringe, as well as Rosemary Walls and Pinky Watson as part of the Pulse Giving Circle.

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