Betty and Radha’s Parade Viewing Party at NAS

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Betty and Radha’s Parade Viewing Party at NAS

25 February 2023

National Art School
156 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

6pm – midnight
Tickets: $65 (+$4 booking fee)
Children under 12 are free

Image: (Left) Betty Grumble photographed by Liz Ham. (Right) Radha on The Set, ABC TV, photographed by Jess Gleeson.

Celebrate the Mardi Gras in comfort within a stone’s throw of the parade with co-hosts Betty Grumble and Radha the Diva from India!

As a partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras since 2018, NAS invites you to Betty and Radha’s Parade Viewing Party at the iconic Darlinghurst campus.

On the doorstep of the parade just behind Oxford Street, you can catch all the action and excitement of the celebration without battling the crowds!

Enjoy the atmosphere with a live feed of the parade, and queer art open late across the NAS galleries.

You’ll have exclusive access to popup bars courtesy of Archie Rose, food trucks, bathrooms and plenty of seating on the stunning NAS campus – so grab a cocktail, pull up a beanbag, and watch the parade like a VIP!

View artworks by 40+ artists from within the LGBTQIA+ community participating within NAS’ Queer Contemporary exhibitions Braving Time: Contemporary Art in Queer Australia and Fulgora.

Tickets are $65 + $4 booking fee (concession options are available). Children under 12 are free! Please contact us if you are experiencing financial hardship on [email protected]. Tickets are limited to ensure minimal queues and plenty of space – so get in early!

Please note patrons under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The event is fully licensed and ID must be shown on request to purchase alcohol.

Shahmen Suku was born in 1987 in Singapore and arrived in Australia in 2009. He is a performance artist based in Sydney who explores racial, religious and cultural identity, gender roles, the home, and the kitchen through performance and storytelling. Growing up in a modern matriarchal Indian family in Singapore and moving to Australia has given Shahmen multiple perspectives on migration and displacement, race and culture, and colonisation and gender identity, and he discusses these issues in his work in different mediums such as live performances as his alter ego Radha, installations and video works.

Betty Grumble (aka Emma Maye Gibson) is a Sydney based award winning performance artist. Largely through the avatar/war mask/love letter/totem critter of Betty Grumble, she engages her body as a political and medicinal site of performative catharsis, often in a genre smash of ritual physical theatre, cabaret, performance art and multimedia.

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