Over four days this February (24-27), Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras showcase their brand spanking new event series, The Harbour, presented by Canon.

With incredible views of Sydney’s shoreline all from the comfort of Mrs Macquarie’s Point fans will be treated to special screenings ofMadonna’s hit documentary, and the cult classic Mamma Mia! as well as a once in a lifetime concert by ARIA Hall of Fame recipient,Tina Arena, ending with Canon’s Tails by Light, a fascinating series of documentary films.

Jump under the covers for a night of debauchery (Wed 24 Feb) with the outdoor screening of In Bed with Madonna, presented by QueerScreen. The film follows the gay icon during her Blonde Ambition Tour and was first screened at Cannes in 1991, quickly becoming the highest grossing documentary of its time.

Relive the daring costumes, catchy tunes and iconic moments that pushed the boundaries in this 25th anniversary screening celebrating the Queen of Pop. With grandstand seating and a massive screen anchored on the water’s edge, views of the film and the stunning Sydney Harbour are completely uninhibited – no matter how many people come wearing their cone bras!

The following night (Thurs 25 Feb) Australian pop icon, Tina Arena performs an intimate concert at Tina Arena at The Harbour with all the classics like: I Need Your Body, Chains, and I Want To Love You.

Presenting a different show and set-list from her sold-out “One Night Only” tour performances, Tina Arena at The Harbour is an intimate affair with only 1,000 tickets up for grabs, ensuring for a one-of-a-kind experience under the stars.

Head on down to the Harbour’s edge for a scented sing-a-long screening of the musical Mamma Mia! (Fri 26 Feb). With a popular soundtrack featuring classic ABBA tracks like Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on me and, of course Mamma Mia¸ the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir are on hand helping keep the spirits high and the notes on key.

LUSH Cosmetics join in on the fun by providing a full sensory cinema experience filled with LUSH scents to enhance viewing pleasure. Each guest receives a box filled with seven unique scents and a scent menu from LUSH cosmetics. The menu guides viewers through the film and where to inhale smells to match the scene or mood.

Rounding out the four day extravaganza is the six-part series of documentaries Tales by Light. The series follows five extraordinary photographers as they push the limits of their craft in little-known, little-covered and little-understood corners of the Earth.

Presented by Canon, these mind-blowing stories go behind the lens to experience the challenges, successes and moments of joy as these masters of their fields work to capture their unique perspective.

Nestled in the heart of the lush Royal Botanic Gardens, accompanied by spectacular views, The Harbour promises to be an unmissable event in the Festival’s spectacular summer program.

For more Mardi Gras mania head to the website


Moonlight Cinema announced a smash hit March film program, revealing many of Hollywood’s hottest films will screen at Moonlight before they’re released to cinemas in Australia.

New Australian gems, family friendly hits, all new blockbusters, and plenty of recently released must-see-on-the-big-screen films, will be gracing screens at Moonlight throughout March.

Be among the first to see Triple 9, London Has Fallen, and Eye In The Sky; as well as new Australian film The Daughter starring Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto and Sam Neill.

Family friendly advanced screenings include Hugh Jackman’s new film Eddie the Eagle, Kung Fu Panda 3, and from the creators ofFrozen Zootopia. The Lion King, and Disney Pixar’s latest marvel The Good Dinosaur make five family film choices for Moonlight in March.

New blockbusters to hit the outdoor cinema screens include: Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds as Marvel’s wisecracking antihero, Sacha Baron Cohen’s new spy-comedy Grimsby; and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 returning 14 years later for an even bigger Greek calamity.

Don’t miss another chance to see the multi Oscar nominees The Big Short, The Revenant, and Spotlight.   Catch up on Australian comedy queen Rebel Wilson in this year’s dating manual How to Be Single. And there’s now no excuse not to see the third highest-grossing film in box office history, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Doggie Night will also continue, with screenings of The Lion King in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and Mean Girls in Sydney and Melbourne Moonlight Cinemas.

As always Moonlight cinema is a BYO friendly event, but no sweat if you forget your picnic spread and sparkling; Moonlight’s famous LA style food truck and fully licensed bar, will be serving up tasty treats for all appetites.

Audiences can tuck into a scrumptious menu of movie munchies including pulled pork sliders, New Yorker chilli cheese dogs, buffalo fried chicken, parmesan truffle fries and fresh Nutella donuts.

Gates are open an hour and a half before the film starts so organize your friends, snap up your grassy patch and lay back for a summer of fun, food and films under the stars!


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WHERE & WHEN:                            Brisbane: New Farm Park at Brisbane Powerhouse, Dec 16March 6

Melbourne: Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Dec 3March 27

Perth: Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Dec 5March 27

Sydney: Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, Dec 3March 27


Lock in some movie dates with your mates by checking out the program online, following Moonlight Cinema’s social media channels and signing up to Moonlight e-news.


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