After nearly a decade of working with The Laird to raise funds for JOY 94.9 and Thorne Harbour Health’s David Williams Fund – we’re hanging up our boots. Following the perpetual uncertainty around hosting large events due to COVID-19, the small partnership behind Northside Bizarre has had to make the unfortunate decision to retire the event.
We have loved being able to see Northside Bizarre grow to become a much-loved event that saw thousands flock to The Laird and its surrounds every spring. Northside Bizarre brought together so many of our various community tribes for a queer and kinky street festival and auction – from the BearBQ with VicBears Inc. to Dykes On Bikes Melbourne at cloak check to the various LGBTIQ+ sporting clubs battling it out for MasterBaker.
Plus, we can’t forget the countless people and businesses who supported the event over the years – including the volunteers, staff, performing artists, small businesses, media personalities, sponsors, and community organisations that kindly donated their time, goods, talent, and energy to see us raise tens of thousands of dollars to support our LGBTIQ+ communities and people living with HIV every year.
As our communities continue to recover after a tough couple of years, we hope to be in a better position in the future to potentially bring Northside Bizarre back when it can live up to its stellar reputation.
Until that time – stay fabulous, stay kinky, and let’s keep celebrating the rich diversity of our communities.
HENRY STREET, ABBOTSFORD
Northside Bizarre is a kaleidoscope of queerness that just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year! Soon to celebrate our 10th anniversary, Northside Bizarre is an annual fundraiser supporting Thorne Harbour Health’s David Williams Fund (offering support to people living with HIV) and community broadcaster JOY 94.9.
Hosted by The Laird Hotel, Northside Bizarre has expanded over the years to take over the neighbouring Collingwood Masonic Hall and the section of Henry Street that runs between the two iconic venues. The event has continued to evolve and now reflects everything that is inclusive, kink and community. Pick up a bargain from our Leather & Treasure donated goods, or browse the stalls on Market Alley. Make a bid for a unique one-of-a-kind item at our famous auction. Watch a kink show front and centre on The Laird Stage. Or why not sample a cooking masterpiece from the contestants in our Master Baker competition. Northside Bizarre has it all on offer and everyone is welcome!
Attracting thousands of people every year, Northside Bizarre has now become a highlight of the annual queer calendar in Melbourne. We are working hard to bring you the biggest and best 10th anniversary event ever staged!
This event is not possible without community and business support. Find out how to get involved here.
Browse through premium items going up for auction, provided generously by our supporting businesses!
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