"It's about creating safe spaces; spaces where people can meet, dance and engage with their chosen friends and community."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

22 Mar 2018 - 10:20 AM  UPDATED 22 Mar 2018 - 10:20 AM

Sydney's Town Hall is set for a queer take-over, with inclusive party powerhouse Heaps Gay announcing the historic venue as the location for their upcoming Queen's Ball.

Being held as part of this year's Vivid Festival lineup, the Queen's Ball is being touted by organisers as a "grander, fancier and more luxurious" extension of the Masqueerade party thrown for last year's Sydney Fringe Festival.

"Everyone loves a dress up party," organiser Kat Dopper tells SBS Sexuality. "People love it during Mardi Gras and we don’t have enough on the queer calendar so it made sense to throw another one in."

In an effort to make the event more accessible, party-goers are being encouraged to dress up in expressionistic "op-shop attire".

"I am hoping this event forms an intersection between all ages, genders, and sexualities within the LGBTIQ+ community," Dopper shares. "The idea is to come together and be united as a community in one of the most incredible buildings in town."

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Dopper, who is a board member for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, says Sydney's nightlife is due for a comeback.

"It's amazing, the recent re-opening of The Imperial Hotel felt like a shift for me, not to mention the softening of the lockout laws," she tells SBS Sexuality.

"Culture is created through people and community and we have some really amazing, passionate people creating events and experiences in Sydney. It really is wonderful."

The Queen's Ball promises burlesque, a leather show, drag queens, drag kings, bio queens, voguing houses, projections - and one huge dress up competition. There will also be music from dance duo Electric Fields as well as locals Handsome and Imbi The Girl.

"For me, it's about creating safe spaces," Dopper says. "Spaces where people can meet, dance and engage with their chosen friends and community".

"It's these events and safe spaces that help to carve out the future generations of queer Sydney - providing platforms for people to perform, dance, sing or just create memories."

You can find out more information about the ball here.