Minus18 Queer Formal Sydney: Mardi Gras 2020

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UNSW Roundhouse

Anzac Parade

Kensington, NSW 2052


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The Minus18 Queer Formal is returning to Sydney – presented by the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras – and it'll be one to remember!

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Are you ready for the FIRST MINUS18 MARDI GRAS EVENT?

We're so excited to return to visit the amazing LGBTIQ youth community of Sydney, after a spectacular 2019 Queer Formal. And we're extra, EXTRA excited to announce that the sparkliest night of the year is being presented by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2020.

What's Queer Formal? It's a night for LGBITQ+ young people to be their true selves. Wear what you want, bring the date you want, and celebrate with other beautiful queer folk. This night is for dancing the night away, and making amazing new friends.

Tickets are once again all FREE, thanks to generous donations from all corners of the community over the past year and our friends at Mardi Gras, UNSW, Wear it Purple, and the wider community!

We cannot WAIT to see you all, and to have the UNSW Roundhouse transformed into the most wonderfully queer party going around.

And if you're an adult reading this? If you'd like to help us present the most amazing Queer Formal yet (during the biggest party of the year!), we're crowdfunding to get us all the way to Mardi Gras.

All the info? It’s below. Keep reading. Keep getting excited.

♥ Minus18 ♥



presented by Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

  • Friday 21, February
  • 5pm - 10pm
  • UNSW Roundhouse
  • Food, drinks and good times provided


  • All tickets are gloriously FREE
  • One ticket booking per person
  • If you find out you’re unable to attend, please un-register your spot via Eventbrite so someone else can attend
  • No allocated seating or tables – the vibes at this formal are casual, and primed for friend-making
  • Ages 13 to 19 (inclusive) only


  • Full line up of performers and DJs announced soon!


  • Lip-sync battles!
  • Chill-out space
  • Loads of bio-glitter


  • Station pick-up and drop off
  • Completely drug, alcohol and smoke-free zone
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Youth workers on-site


Make sure you stay up to date with announcements via Facebook, and follow Minus18 on Instagram!


This event is being held on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge them as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney, and pay respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Frequently Asked Questions!

I don't know anyone – do people attend Queer Formal on their own?

Definitely! Plenty of folk go to Queer Formal solo. The event is super welcoming, and conducive to making heaps of new friends. Everyone's ready to chat, hit the dance floor, and chill together.

I work at a community organisation and I'd like to bring a group of youth attendees. How do I organise tickets?

Easy! Email and let us know the details of your group. We'll need an email address per attendee so please have that ready to go.

Is there security at Queer Formal?

Absolutely. Our attendees' safety is a number one priority.

What if something goes wrong on the night?

We'll have a team of qualified youth workers on-site, to help out if something goes wrong, or if you or any of your friends are feeling out of sorts. They're non-judgemental, and have your safety in mind at all times.

What if I find out I can't make it anymore?

Darn! If that's the case, please un-register your ticket via Eventbrite so someone else can attend in your place. Find out how right here.

Adults! Parents! Teachers! Friends! We need your help sending 500 LGBTIQ young people to the sparkliest night of the year for free.

We're currently crowdfunding our little hearts out, to get us to Sydney and to ensure 500 young people are able to attend.

Last Sydney Queer Formal:

  • 47% of attendees travelled for more than an hour to attend
  • 13% travelled more than three hours
  • 72% of attendees reported making a new friend
  • 94% of attendees said the event directly helped them to feel like their true selves

And that's exactly why we want every ticket to be free.

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UNSW Roundhouse

Anzac Parade

Kensington, NSW 2052


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