After Dark at the Hyde Park Barracks - February 22

Live performances

After Dark at the Hyde Park Barracks is back for 2022, transforming the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site with live music, ideas, installations and discussions, with a focus on interpreting the historic site in a contemporary way.

The first event for 2022 celebrates the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with a queer-friendly program that reflects and champions our diverse community. 

Main stage music program

Independent broadcaster FBi Radio is back on board to curate an unforgettable music line-up. Featured on the atmospheric outdoor stage in the Barracks courtyard will be electronic music legends Stereogamous (Jonny Seymour and Paul Mac) with very special guests Jamaica Moana, Brendan Maclean, AnSo and Sarah Moany, supported by electro-pop newcomer Kavi along with resident FBi DJ Isa.

Sonic tour of the Barracks

Queer icon DJ Sveta leads a sonic journey through the Hyde Park Barracks museum. Grab a headset and experience Sveta’s musical interpretation of the historic site using the latest geolocating technology.

Story time in the hammocks

Lie back and get comfy as you listen to diverse queer writers in the historic hammock room of the barracks. Curated by WestWords, authors Tanya Vavilova, Will Kostakis and Erin Gough will lead story time sessions transporting you with their writing that centres around LGBTQI+ themes and ideas.

Places in these sessions are strictly limited.

Life drawing

Grab a sketch pad and pencil and get ready for a body-positive, queer and inclusive life-drawing class run by Gladdy Drawing Club. Frustrated by the lack of representation at other mainstream life-drawing nights, Gladdy Drawing Club aims to make their roster of models as broad and inclusive as possible.

Queer artist Noni Cragg will lead the session with life-drawing models: drag queen and bodybuilder Yanita Werkout; burlesque star and comedic entertainer Rosie Rivette; and athlete and advocate for trans representation in life modelling Ted Stein

Places in these sessions are strictly limited. Sign up at ticketing on arrival, all materials supplied.

The love that dares

Creative Producer Jacqui North presents her work The love that dares, a piece that brings together homoerotic love, satire and tragedy. Historical letters from 1893, unearthed by the State Library of NSW, will be writ large in light art projections onto the Hyde Park Barracks.

The work unravels the story of Oscar Wilde’s battle against the criminalisation of gay sex, his lover Lord Alfred Douglas, and scam artist Maurice Schwabe, who was banished to the Australian colonies.

Banished: stories of scandal and exile in Australia

Listen to a talk by creative producer Jacqui North, whose projection work is featured at After Dark, with Sydney Living Museums curators Dr Scott Hill and Mel Flyte, as they discuss hidden queer histories. Learn about the captivating story of Lord Alfred Douglas and Maurice Schwabe and their connection to one of the most celebrated gay legal cases in history – the trials of Oscar Wilde. You’ll also hear the story of the wayward Prince of Braganza and his flight from scandal. Discover the role the colony played as a place of exile in both of these fascinating narratives.

Drop-in badge making workshop

Get crafty and join Queer illustrator Amy Blue for a drop-in badge-making workshop that celebrates pop culture, the queer community, and the role badge-making has played as a tool of the gay rights movement.

Food and beverage

Delicious food and drinks from OzHarvest, Nighthawk Diner and Archie Rose will be available throughout the evening. 

Thanks to Archie Rose ticketholders will be eligible to receive a FREE canned cocktail on arrival. 


Browse our museum shop filled with intriguing books, custom-designed souvenirs and gifts, as well as beautiful merchandise sourced from local and international brands. Members enjoy a 10% discount.


Members enjoy a 20% discount on event tickets

This is an outdoor event and will proceed in wet weather, except in extreme conditions. Please dress appropriately.

When & Where

Thursday 24 February 2022 5PM–9PM

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Hyde Park Barracks

Queens Square, Macquarie St Sydney NSW 2000

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