ENDING HIV RED RIBBON APPEAL
Fri 16 Nov – Sun 2 Dec | selected locations + online
In the lead up to, and including World AIDS Day, volunteers will be selling red ribbons ($3), wristbands ($5), enamel pins ($5) and diamante pins ($10) at selected locations throughout Sydney. The Red Ribbon Street Appeal will take place on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December. Red Ribbon merchandise can be purchased from businesses displaying Red Ribbon boxes, or donations can be made here.
RED RIBBON APPEAL AT FRIDAY NIGHT BEARS AT KINSELAS
Fri 16, 23, 30 Nov | Kinselas, Darlinghurst | 7pm – 10pm
Join the Harbour City Bears at their weekly Den Night at Kinselas and help raise funds for the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal. The bears will be selling red ribbons ($3), wristbands ($5), enamel pins ($5) and diamante pins ($10) and taking donations. Support the Red Ribbon Appeal by purchasing merchandise from the Harbour City Bears at Kinselas.
RED RIBBON APPEAL WITH BEARS AT THE BANK
Sun 18, 25 Nov | Bank Hotel, Newtown | 4pm – 6pm
The Harbour City Bears will be hitting the Bank Hotel in Newtown to sell red ribbons ($3), wristbands ($5), enamel pins ($5) and diamante pins ($10) and taking donations. Support the Red Ribbon Appeal by purchasing merchandise from the Harbour City Bears at The Bank Hotel.
RED SUNDAY AT THE BERESFORD
Sun 25 Nov | Beresford Hotel, Surry Hills | 3pm – 8pm
Beresford Sundays will turn red to raise money for ACON’s Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal. There’ll be spot performances, games and raffles. Whether you make a donation or buy some of the Red Ribbon merchandise, you’ll be making a difference by helping ACON continue its work to end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020 and support people living with HIV.
A CITY RESONDS TO CRISIS: VOLUNTEERS AND THE HIV AND AIDS EPIDEMIC IN SYDNEY 1980s-1990s
Thu 29 Nov – Tue 11 Dec | M2 Gallery, Shop 4/450 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
1pm-5pm Mon-Fri, 12pm-2pm Sat-Sun | A late night opening will be held on Fri 7 Dec 5pm-7pm
This historical exhibition, sponsored by the City of Sydney and run in partnership with ACON, showcases the contribution of volunteers in responding to the HIV and AIDS crisis of the 1980s and early 1990s in the city of Sydney. Volunteers were critical to Australia’s world-leading response to the epidemic, yet their contribution has yet to receive the recognition it deserves. Many individuals from diverse and marginalised backgrounds, including members of the LGBTIQ community, sex workers, injecting drug users and people living with HIV and AIDS, played a crucial role at an immensely difficult time. Drawing on a wide variety of rich archival material, visual imagery, film and personal records this exhibition draws attention to their extraordinary contribution.
THE RED PARTY
Fri 30 Nov | Stonewall Hotel, Darlinghurst | 9pm – late
Come out on World AIDS Day eve and wear red at Stonewall Hotel’s annual Red Party. Sydney’s leading drag performers will donate their time and talents in support of the Red Ribbon Appeal. Entry is $5 donation to ACON at the door. Red Ribbon merchandise will also be available for purchase.
‘FIRE IN THE BLOOD’ SCREENING AT MCA
Sat 1 Dec | Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay | 11.30am – 1pm
See a screening of the powerful 2013 feature documentary Fire in the Blood, which tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths – and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. The screening coincides with World AIDS Day, raising awareness about ongoing issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, and ACON’s Red Ribbon Appeal. Details here
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
Sat 1 Dec | Seymour Centre, Chippendale | 2pm
See riveting new productions of the groundbreaking work The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later at the Seymour Centre on World AIDS Day and help raise funds for the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal. The Laramie Project delves deep into the story of Matthew Shepard, the openly-gay University of Wyoming student brutally murdered in a hate crimes, as seen through the eyes of the resident of Laramie, Wyoming – the town where it happened. The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later revisits the town a decade after the event, exploring how much has changed since Matthew’s tragic death. Theatre Travels will be collecting donations throughout the season, which runs from 28 November to 8 December but a special Red Ribbon Appeal benefit performance will be held on World AIDS Day. Details here
THE POLLYS CLUB: UNDER THE MIRROR BALL
Sat 1 Dec | Marrickville Town Hall | 7pm
Join The Pollys Club at their next party ‘Under The Mirrorball’, to be held at Marrickville Town Hall on World AIDS Day (December 1). To mark the occasion, everyone is encouraged to wear red. There are raffles and prizes for best dressed. Featuring a stage extravaganza, which will celebrate how far we’ve come with HIV treatments, and a special guest from TV’s Altogether Now. The Polly Club will be raising funds for the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal so come and show your support by buying/wearing a red ribbon and making a donation to the appeal. Doors open 7pm. Tickets $25/$20 from here
Sat 1 Dec | Oxford Hotel, Darlinghurst | 9pm-late
Get your red ribbons from the Oxford Hotel in Darlinghurst on World AIDS Day. The gay hotspot will be raising funds for the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal. Support the appeal by buying a red ribbon and making a donation.
Sat 1 Dec | ARQ SYDNEY, Darlinghurst | 9pm-late
Popular gay nightclub Arq will be supporting the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal by selling red ribbon merchandise throughout the venue. Support the appeal by buying a ribbon and making a donation.
GAYLE SESSIONS AT IMPERIAL HOTEL
Sun 2 Dec | Imperial Hotel, Erskineville | 3pm – 9pm
Leading gay-owned and operated boutique cider and beer company Gayle presents this riveting performance showcase featuring two of Australia’s leading comedy and cabaret performers: Trevor Ashley and Denise Hanlon. Revel in an intimate show that will have you singing, laughing and even dancing. Red Ribbon merchandise will be on sale with proceeds going to ACON’s Red Ribbon Appeal. Details here
HEAVEN SOCIAL DANCE - RED PARTY #7
Sat 8 Dec | Mounties Bowling Club, Cnr Ulverstone St & Lawson St, Fairfield | 6pm-12am
Heaven Social Dance will mark World AIDS Day and support the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal at their annual Red Party on Saturday 8 December at the Mounties Bowling Club in Fairfield. All patrons are encourage to show their support and wear red. There are prizes for best dressed. Coordinated by LayDee KinMee with shows at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. Featuring music by DJ Shaft. All proceeds from the night will support ACON's Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal. Entry $15 at the door. For more info, visit the website here