Inaugural Haus of Drag Glitz and Glamour Drag Artistry Extravaganza recognising World AIDS Day and HIV awareness.

A fabulous red-carpet Glitz and Glamour entertainment extravaganza is coming to Cairns at Tank 5, the Tanks Art Centre. Community group Cairns Drag brings you 26 live drag queen and king performances, held Saturday December 1, with $5.00 entry, the venue is air-conditioned offering a cash bar and food, proceeds for entry donated to local charity.

Cairns celebrates the second largest LGBTIQ+ population in Queensland, the biggest in Brisbane. Cairns Drag has partnered with Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC). Seeing drag artistry and entertainment as an effective path, QuAC identified the value to support Cairns Drag to further assist mental and sexual health, education, gender role understanding and stereotyping awareness.

“I was a participant in the workshops and experienced the creative, uplifting spirt and journey of drag. I have witnessed first hand the amazing benefits individuals, and us as a group experienced. By their own initiative, they have embraced an opportunity to improve mental health generally. A very important step towards overall wellbeing,” said Ben Dawson, QuAC Cairns Community Engagement Officer.

Cairns Drag draws from various proactive community groups and individuals offering a finale of get-up-&-move music, spectacular lighting, stunning costumes and great comedy. The packed evening incorporates professional and newly skilled amateur drag artists.

“We are privileged in Cairns being supported by some of the country’s greatest Australian stage performers for our Haus of Drag, Glitz and Glamour evening. The night includes highly talented famous showgirls such as Millie Minogue (NSW), Pollie Petrie (NSW), Kristina Crème, of the Southern Sisters (SA), Anita Service (Qld) and Petra Fiedwood (Qld). All joining our experienced Cairns queens, Pensilvania DQ, Claudia Izout DQ, Delvine, Donna Perignonn DQ and Roxy DQ.
“Local queens were instrumental in support and assistance to us with our inaugural 8-week workshop series. Together we have created a safe space for eight to 10 new queens to learn, develop and evolve,” said Stuart Crockart, Cairns Drag Co-Founder.

Cairns Drag, points to elements of drag culture history, rich in raising awareness of AIDS, gender roles and stereotyping. Drag artist fun, celebration and entertainment is the evolving culture we see today.

“My eye lashes are excited and I am absolutely thrilled and over joyed to be one of the lead performers in Far North Queensland for Cairns Drag’s Premiere Drag Extravaganza.”
“Glam up all of you Cairns-beautifuls! The night will be both entertaining and a fabulous celebration,” said showgirl Millie Minogue.

Possibly the country’s leading Kylie Minogue impersonator, Millie was one of the founders in Cairns for World AIDS Day, 15 years ago. Both Millie Minogue and Pollie Petri have been the day’s Ambassadors.

World AIDS Day celebrates it’s 30th year this December and is a significant event for the LGBTIQ+ Community. It’s a time to continue raising awareness and remember those who lost their lives to the pandemic over the years. Further, it’s a time to celebrate and encourage medical advancements to date, while showing support for those living with HIV.

QuAC joins various community groups on Saturday December 1, offering HIV information and support stalls at 5pm on the Cairns Esplanade. The touching Candlelight Vigil 6pm, at The Western Events Lawn to remember those who lost their lives

Cairns Drag is a non-profit community group started by passionate and proactive members. To assist and support individuals, the 8- week workshops launched, complimented by broader community awareness through the Haus of Drag Glitz and Glamour Finale entertainment evening. The 2018 Cairns Drag 8-week workshop participants represents a broad spectrum of the LGBTIQ+ community including: gay, lesbian, bisexual. straight and indigenous.

Media Release:  2.11.2018

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