Bring it to the Sissy Ball this Mardi Gras


This February the emerging houses of the Asia-Pacific region will serve it up at Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras with a vogue competition for the gods.

Slé, Fafswag, Coven & House of Envy will battle it out on the runway for Sissy Ball; with live music, light installations and a jaw-dropping dance floor curated by Sydney artist Bhenji Ra.

“These houses represent what it means to be able to choose your family; they stand for sisterhood and encapsulate the acceptance at the core of the vogue scene,” Ra says.

Houses provide their members with the support and guidance it takes to survive in this world as LGBTQI person of colour.”

The ball is set to be Sydney’s biggest vogue-off to date, celebrating the best the Asia-Pacific scene has to offer.

“For the first time in history, vogue houses from all across the Asia Pacific will gather to compete at the Sissy Ball, marking a historical moment for our small, but resilient community. Within our ballroom scene, we have adopted names from our local community groups and art collectives such ‘Fafswag’ and ‘Slé’,” Ra adds.

There’s been so much momentum and talent gathering throughout these communities, so I know when they take to the stage it will be a moment not to be missed.”

Quay Dash

The houses will be working it out to the sounds of NYC rapper Quay Dash, South African artist Angel-Ho, ballroom DJ MikeQ and Australia’s own Electric Fields.

The inimitable choreographer Leiomy, known for their work with Willow Smith, FKA Twigs and the NYC ball scene, will be bringing their expertise to the judging panel alongside New York’s top ball commentator – Deshaun.

Bring it to the Sissy Ball this Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday 24th February. Tickets available from

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