NOW in its 18th year, Oz Showbiz Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS will once again gather the glittering stars of Sydney’s media and entertainment industry to raise funds for the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Hats Off! events are guaranteed to be sizzling celebrations and in 2014, Hats Off! to the Legends honours artists and entertainers, both past and present, whose contribution to the world of theatre and music continues to inspire.

Paul Capsis, who is this year’s ambassador, spoke to the Star Observer about his delight in being one of the night’s performers.

“I have done many Hats Off! over the years, so many that I can’t remember,” he said.

“It is a great opportunity to sing and be there to support the local community and support people out there living with HIV and AIDS.

Hats Off! is a great event with some of the best performers from musical theatre, cabaret, stand alone singers.”

Capsis also spoke about the audience’s perspective: “It is a great chance to see a great show. The audience is being entertained and their money goes to helping people who need it.”

He also suggested that such community events were almost from a bygone era and that he was quite chuffed that Hats Off! provided this sort of platform.

“I see the whole idea of people coming together, rather than staying at home with their computers to commune as quite lovely,” he said.

“This is a communal event – where we can commune with local artists, I am really looking forward to it.”

Capsis is joined by Trevor Ashley, Danielle Barnes, Prada Clutch, Michael Cormick, Jacqui Dark, Euan Doidge, Margi de Ferranti, Matt Hetherington, Luke Kennedy, Laura Murphy, Roshani Priddis, Garry Scale, Flip Simmons, Queenie van de Zandt, cast members from Privates on Parade and cast members from Disney’s The Lion King.

Hats Off! is presented by Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. All proceeds go toward supporting ACON and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.

INFO: Hats Off! is on Monday February, 17 at the Seymour Centre, Camperdown. Details: click here.



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