Queer Reading Group Sydney: Going to THE PARTY
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD, PADDINGTON NSW 2021
What does the past of Sydney’s queer party scene look like and how do we remember it? Is it possible to get a sense of what it was like to be there, or did you just have to be there?
In the first of three sessions of Queer Reading Group Sydney taking place during World Pride as part of UNSW Galleries’ exhibition THE PARTY, we’re reading texts that place us in specific moments in the history of Sydney’s queer party scene.
- Jonathan Bollen’s ‘Sexing the Dance at Sleaze Ball’ (1996) takes a deep dive into the 1994 edition of Sleaze Ball, Sydney’s legendary dance party, placing the intimacy of the dance floor within the broader context of queer Sydney.
- Fiona McGregor’s ‘Where Your Cabaret Comes From’ (2021) is a look back over 25 years of Sydney’s alternative queer performance spaces, documenting the wildness and weirdness of these scenes.
Whether you were there or you weren’t, join us for a discussion of the past and present of Sydney’s queer party scene.
Hosted by journalist Benjamin Riley, Queer Reading Group Sydney meets monthly to offer a place for conversations on queer writing. Together the group discusses short-form texts from radical pamphlets and zines to articles and essays.
For three months across World Pride, Queer Reading Group Sydney has partnered with UNSW Galleries to present a series of reading groups exploring the significance of nightlife and party culture in queer communities.
Presented in conjunction with the landmark exhibition ‘THE PARTY’ at UNSW Galleries until 23 April 2023.