New Mardi Gras Workshop Opening This Sunday

On Sunday I will open the Mardi Gras Workshop which will be used to prepare floats, costumes and props for the 2011 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

The temporary workshop space, in a Council owned building at 107 Redfern Street, Redfern, will operate for two months.

The launch event begins at 12 noon, and the building will remain open until 3pm. New Mardi Gras Board members, staff and volunteers will be available to explain how the workshop space will be used. Potential volunteers and Parade entrants, Mardi Gras supporters and local residents are encouraged to attend.

The City purchased the Redfern Street building as long term future site for a community facility. Following Mardi Gras' temporary occupation, it will be made available for community use through the City's Accommodation Grants Program.

This is the latest example of the City putting its properties to work for the community, while their permanent use is decided. Other examples include:

  • Reverse Garbage and COFA are now using the former T2 in Darlinghurst, while we develop plans for its future use as a community and cycling hub;
  • Queen Street Studios are managing Heffron Hall as a creative rehearsal space, while Council determines its long term future use; and
  • A City owned building at 90 Regent Street, Redfern will be used by the Oasis Youth Support Network Program to run a residential program for young people at risk.


  • New Mardi Gras Workshop Opening: Sunday 16 January, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern launch 12 noon -12,30pm, building open until 3pm.

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