New Mardi Gras (NMG) will open the Mardi Gras Workshop this Sunday.

Parade floats, costumes and props, as well as Party scenery, will be built at the site, details of which first appeared in the Star Observer before Christmas.

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The midday launch will see the workshop ­— at 107 Redfern St, Redfern — opened to the public, with several of the Mardi Gras 2011 team present, including Artistic Director Ignatius Jones and Workshop Consultant Jane Becker.

The temporary workshop space has been made available as a result of the NMG partnership with the City of Sydney, and will be open for two months.

There will be an expert team of designers and builders who have all worked in the film, theatre and events industries, on site to help people realise their ideas into stunning creations.

The community is being asked to donate materials and tools to the workshop – check www.mardigras.org.au for details on the items needed to bring the new workshop to life.

“We are thrilled to be able to once again offer a workshop to our community, and we’re really excited about the wonderful creative team we’ve got on board this year, including Ignatius Jones and Jane Becker,” NMG CEO Michael Rolik said.

“We’re grateful to the City of Sydney for making this workshop available to us – it’s a fantastic space, and we know that the community is going to love working in it.”

Co-chair Pete Urmson encouraged the community to make the most of the space.

“Come along and see it, and help us by giving us your materials and tools, and of course we need your time and skills – come and sign up to volunteer,” he said.

“We really need your help in making this Mardi Gras more colourful, creative and dazzling than ever before.
“And if you’re a parade entrant, come and check out the space and have a chat to our workshop team – it could mean that your float could move from fabulous to iconic.”

The launch day will see the workshop brought to life with a blessing by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
There will also be a sausage sizzle, with donations going to the Luncheon Club charity.

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