We can all look forward to a longer and stronger Fair Day this year, with more events and later opening hours.

Permission has been given for Australia’s largest GLBTQI festival to run even later into the evening this year, giving patrons until 9pm to peruse the stalls and enjoy the two new bars to be set up.

To commemorate Mardi Gras’ 30th anniversary, Fair Day’s main stage will be devoted to showcasing a variety of acts from then and now. British soul singer Maxine Nightingale will perform her 1970s hit Right Back Where We Started From. Cosima de Vito will also be performing, as will lesbian rocker SONiA.

Continuing the nostalgic theme The Pride History Group, in conjunction with New Mardi Gras, will be erecting a history wall, which fair-goers will be encouraged to contribute memories and recollections to.

On a more health-conscious note, the Dykes on Bikes and Harbour City Bears will be joining forces to launch and promote the Queer Health Project, to encourage all members of the GLBQTI community to look after themselves and get regular cancer checks.

Once all your stall-hopping and stage swapping is done for the day, head to the Bitch Lounge Tent for some evening grooves.

Fair Day is Sunday 17 February, 10am-9pm, at Victoria Park, Camperdown. See www.mardigras.org.au/fairday.

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