It’s styled as an attitude-free dance event. So it comes as a surprise to learn of Dirty Donkey’s origins in Sydney’s fickle party circuit.

What we’d found in the past was that, when we’d gone out to go partying, we really had to make a choice, often, between music we liked or going out with our friends, the event’s co-organiser Jane Worrallo told Sydney Star Observer.

Hence Dirty Donkey, the dance party Worrallo created with partner Jo Northey in 2003 to prove that quality music and a welcoming atmosphere were not mutually exclusive.

We wanted to provide an environment that’s really inclusive for people, Worrallo said of Dirty Donkey, which is taking place again this Saturday.

That policy of inclusion extends to the event’s musical line-up.

Established DJs including Mark Murphy and Miss Yetti will play electrotech in Dirty Donkey’s main room.

In the second room, emerging talent such as TwoUp and Simon Mann will play a more diverse set.

What we wanted to do was also provide a platform for up-and-coming talent, Worrallo said of Dirty Donkey’s 12-strong DJ program.

Worrallo stressed people of all backgrounds and sexualities would be welcome on Saturday night -“ provided they leave their attitude at the door.

It’s giving people an outlet to really dress up, have fun and enjoy themselves in a safe and inclusive environment.

Dirty Donkey is on Saturday 26 February from 9pm at Candy’s Apartment, 22 Bayswater Rd, Kings Cross. Tickets cost $15 in advance or at the door before 11pm, or $20 after 11pm. Book at Reefer Records, Spank Records, Karnal Leather, The Toolshed, Psydeways or Reactor Rubber.

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