Paul Capsis, Queenie van de Zandt and Caroline Nin will be the featured performers at the twelfth annual Aurora Dinner later this month.

Capsis was recently named the recipient of the 2010 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award; van de Zandt will be fresh from her acclaimed role in Smoke and Mirrors; and Nin is a renowned French cabaret performer who regularly tours Australia.

NSW Governor Marie Bashir and her husband Sir Nicholas Shehadie will also be at the June 25 dinner, to be held at Sydney Town Hall.

“In addition to this wonderful A-list line up, we also have a couple of extra surprises up our sleeves for your delight and enjoyment,” Aurora chairman David Moutou said.

The dinner’s theme will be Gay Paris.

“Each year, Aurora holds the dinner in late June to mark International Stonewall Day,” Moutou said.

“On the evening of the 2011 Aurora Dinner, 500,000 will take to the streets of Paris for Gay Pride. We will toast them in solidarity from Sydney Town Hall.”

Entertainment on the night will take its inspiration from Parisian high society and Bohemian Paris at the turn of the 20th century. The menu will keep with the Parisian theme, accompanied by fine Australian wines with their origins in Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Tickets for the dinner are $225.

“We acknowledge that tickets are not cheap,” Aurora events director Anthony Hillis said, “but we can confidently say that they offer great value for money. The gala is a once-a-year indulgence, which our guests continue to tell us is a fabulous social night, not to be missed.”

This year’s auction prizes include:
* A private dinner with beloved national treasure Ita Buttrose;
* Lunch with English character actress Miriam Margolyes;
* Dinner for 10 in your home with catering by Bayleaf and music by DJ Dan Murphy;
* Seven nights accommodation at the Rendezvous Hotel Port Douglas;
* Flights and Accommodation to NZ Gay Ski Week;,
* An amazing array of artworks.

info: The 2011 Aurora Dinner will be held at Sydney Town Hall on Saturday, June 25. Further information is available at www.auroragroup.com.au and to book, people can email bookings@auroragroup.com.au or call (02) 8323 4041.

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