The planning of Inquisition X is well under way with lights, shows and a dark, challenging and stimulating design that organisers guarantee will take partygoers beyond their comfort zone. Revellers will be greeted by Stephan Elliott’s mysterious and foreboding designs which, together with Jamie Ivarsen’s lighting and shows produced by Gil Douglas, will create an atmosphere never before experienced at an Inquisition party.

SPLA is urging potential stallholders to apply for space in the Forbes Street Fair as soon as possible. The Fair on Sunday 21 April is the day-long street party for leather people and their friends that kicks off Leather Pride Week. Together with stalls, there’s a beer tent with plenty of seating to watch the day’s entertainment, plus contests, community awards, and the opportunity to meet, greet and cruise. Stalls traditionally exhibit or sell leather goods, food, jewellery, fetishwear, body art, piercings and the like, and applicants should contact the organisers on 9331 8608 or slpasec@zipworld. com.au.

Nominations are also now open for the Leather Person of the Year Award, a gong which recognises a person’s contribution to the leather or wider gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. Nominations can be made via SLPA members and the announcement of the winner will be made at the Forbes Street Fair. Past winners include Lesley Unsworth, Gigi Legenhausen, Greg Bloye and Rev Greg Smith and this year’s winner will receive a bag of leather lifestyle goods. Email nominations to slpasec@zipworld.com.au.

Tickets for Inquisition X ($85, $65 concession) are available from Mephisto Leather, Karnal Leather, Radical Leather, Hares & Hyenas (Melbourne) and the Toolsheds, Darlinghurst and Newtown. Concessions are available only from Radical Leather.

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