It’s time to polish your bikes and lube up your tattoos – the Bike and Tattoo show is coming, and it’ll be our biggest one yet!
DOB Sydney welcomes all members of the community, and this year we’re partnering up with ACON to put on a massive show with:
* Market stalls and merchandise – selling leathers, DOB merchandise, bike gear and more.
* Sydney’s favourite Rockabilly DJs – Limpin’Jimmy and Swinging Kitten
* Live performance by ShElvis!
* Bike show competition (with fabulous prizes thanks to our sponsors)
* Tattoo show and competition
* Sausage sizzle and carpark bar
* Raffle tickets for amazing prizes
ACON will be on hand with their foxy photographer and photobooth – taking photos for their upcoming women’s campaign, so bring a friend and a smile for some fun photo opportunities.
This year, bikes will need to be in by 12-noon to allow us to secure the carpark.
Entry is by gold-coin donation with proceeds going to Cat Rescue 901– helping care for abandoned and stray cats.
We have some great prizes lined up this year so don’t forget to bring your polished bike and your best tattoos.
For more information, keep your eyes on our Facebook event here.
Just today, 16 bikes and over 20 members rode on the Christmas Charity Ride to donate much needed supplies to the RSPCA Yagoona Shelters. The RSPCA Toy Run is definitely one of our best attended rides – and it’s easy to see that so many members are animal lovers.
We were also accompanied by some Boys on Bikes to help deliver presents and food to the animals.
The RSPCA has just recently opened their new clinic and animal ward, so the members were taken on a grand tour – including frequent stops to pet the baby kittens and baby goats!
Thank you to all who donated and supported this ride. The RSPCA were very grateful and gave us a special tour of their facilities and a BBQ.
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Dust off your tails, Bring out the ballgowns and get ready for the best night in town. There will be dancing, drag, comedy, prizes, sexy shows and enough fun to keep you laughing for the next 12 months.
We’re going downstairs at the Imperial Hotel for the first time and we’re going all out.
We’re be trawling through the decades to bring you the best dancing music over the last century and then the brilliant Sandi Hotrod will be hitting the decks later in the evening to keep you shaking that thang. Jackie Loeb is in town and will be dropping in to say hi and make sure everyone is having a great time. Shaun Bollocks, Sovryn Buckles, Rusty Gates and Victor O’Toole will be getting their drag on and the committee is even doing a number (if they don’t fall into a heap)
The super sexy Coco is back better than ever and is bound to heat things up and Katy will be doing the sweet stuff and getting everyone sticky.
To make sure everyone remembers what they did on the night and with who, Karen will be snapping you throughout the night to make sure no-one forgets anything.
Head on over to Max Black, King St Newtown to pick up tickets or you can now buy them on line from www.stickytickets.com.au You could even contact on of your friendly committee members or come and see one of us at the upcoming events. Tickets are $20 for members & kindred/$25 for non-members presale and $30 at the door
Due to illness and unforeseen circumstances the DOB General Meeting to be held on Saturday 11th April from 4pm at the Hampshire Hotel will need to be rescheduled. Our apologies for the late notice. We will let you know as soon as a new date has been decided.
Although the rain was coming down hard when we woke up it had tapered off to the occasional drizzle by the time the committee arrived at Moore Park to get ready for everyone to arrive. A well oiled machine swung into action with KD, Gail and Lyn getting names and Nat ticking everyone off. The ride leaders had everything well in hand directing bikes, taping gels and generally keeping everyone organised. There were some fantastic outfits, some funny, some sexy and some truly out of this world.
We have some great photos of each group which are all up in the gallery. There are also some fantastic shots before and during the parade thanks to Helen and Lisa. The ride down the parade route went well with a lot of girls saying it was one of the best in many years. Apparently the police bikes as the turning circle looked great and worked well.
We had a couple of issues with bikes but only two ended up on the utes with Jay & the boys. As always a big thank you to Jay and SMW for helping anyone who needed it. Although after travelling on the back of the ute and watching the boys I think they believe the parade is all about them.
The after party was fantastic with DJ Kelly Chrome (aka Melinda Kelly) rocking the decks until the wee hours of the morning. Our entertainers, Sparky Malone and Coco, had the girls in a frenzy. Thanks to all the girls who participated on the night.
This Mardi Gras, it’s all about the girls
Posted February 6, 2014 by Paul Gregoire & filed under City Hub.
Original article shown here: http://www.altmedia.net.au/this-mardi-gras-its-all-about-the-girls/89185
Women are playing a more central role at this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, an event that has been criticised in the past for being too male-orientated.
The Dykes on Bikes are celebrating their 26th year in the parade and media officer Lyn Doherty expects to assemble about 180 women ranging from their early twenties to their late sixties.
“As always we will be starting the parade off with a huge roar,” Ms Doherty said.
“You know it’s about to start when you hear Dykes on Bikes coming down the street.”
Ms Doherty said the biggest change in women’s involvement is not who’s in the parade but who’s putting it on.
“The Mardi Gras committee and the organisers had a very male focus and there are a lot more females actually involved in all the hard work that goes into putting on the parade.”
DJ Sveta is co-curator of the HiFi bar space for women and gender-diverse people at Mardi Gras Party, which will feature an all-female DJ line-up.
“I’m trying to curate so there’s entertainment for and by not just women but trans-people,” she said. “I’m trying to introduce some music that people don’t normally associate with Mardi Gras.”
Ms Sveta told City Hub the Mardi Gras organisation now has more equality in its representation of genders.
“I feel like there’s been a really conscious change to be more inclusive not just of women but of trans-people as well,” she said.
But Mardi Gras is not all about the parade and the parties; there’s also a range of cultural and entertainment events.
Pinball is showing at the Tap Gallery as part of Mardi Gras. It’s a play about a lesbian mother who is fighting for the custody of her son.
Sarah Vickery, director of Pinball, said Mardi Gras had never appealed to her because she had thought of it as a male focused parade, but on realising it was a larger festival her attitude changed.
“It’s going to be a great experience for me because I’ve not actually been part of the festival,” Ms Vickery said.
“I’m going to go to Fair Day, which I’ve not done before. So really it’s all new for me.”
Emma Harris, who plays the lead in Pinball, said she has been in Mardi Gras plays before, which have tended to focus on men.
“It’s really exciting to be a part of one that really is about the girls. Lesbian couples do make up a large part of the community,” she said.
Women Say Something will be held at Sydney Town Hall and Steph Sands, the organiser, said women from diverse backgrounds will talk about the theme ‘dancing on the ceiling.’
“‘Dancing on the ceiling’ is a very loose and fun way of looking at success. [It’s] looking at celebrating some of the challenges we’ve actually got through,” she said.
Candy Royalle, performance poet, is part of Revolver which features a diverse range of women in the arts at the Paddington RSL.
“I really commend Mardi Gras this year in their efforts to be really inclusive and more than that to be really promoting queer women in the arts,” she said.