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Mardi Gras' annual Harbour Party is revitalised.
A Mardi Gras institution, the annual
Harbour Party receives a fresh new
vision under the guidance of Event
Producer Gillian Minervini.
" e name CoolChange is inspired
by the two distinct moods of
the party," says event pro-
ducer Gillian Miner vini.
" e gorgeous a ernoon is
about meeting, greeting and
sipping on cocktails to
some amazing tunes,
while the evening
energy is about
working the dance
oor to a more
up tempo beat. We have
pooled our creative talents to
increase CoolChange's o ering
this year and ensure we appeal to an
even broader audience."
Under the guidance of Miner vini,
the iconic Mardi Gras Harbour Party has
been reimagined and refreshed. e reju-
venation of this legendary party called for a
similarly dramatic new image, which has been
created through another fruitful collaboration
between Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras,
Moon Communications Group, and a range of
queer creative talent.
e artwork released this month features
Australia's most celebrated Drag King, Rocco
d'Amore, in a spliced composition of masculine
and feminine imagery against a lush, verdant
backdrop. e images were shot by John McRae,
with styling by Tristan Coumbe, Glitta Super-
nova and Nikki Russell.
Perfectly complementing the already-released
Mardigrasland poster, the CoolChange poster
features Rocco as two characters: an androgy-
nous, Jean Paul Gaultier-inspired sailor; and
a red-lipped, swimsuit-clad retro pin-up. e
juxtaposition of these characters perfectly ech-
oes the balance between cool, relaxed cocktail
vibes and all-out harbourside dance oor hedon-
ism which de nes CoolChange.
e success ofthe image reliedon close collabo-
ration between the creative team, many of whom
have worked together on projects in the past.
Hairstylist Nikki Russell said about the shoot:
"Working on the CoolChange shoot was a fan-
tastic experience, and a chance to exchange ideas
with some of Sydney's nest creative minds."
es of creating two distinct charac-
ters in a single shoot, Nikki continued:
"(Rocco is) such a professional, versatile model -
with bone structure to die for - it made the tran-
sition between looks a dream."
Rocco, the legendary Drag King who
performed alongside George Michael
at the 2011 Mardi Gras Party,
said about the photo shoot:
"Working with Tristan,
Glitta, and Nikki was
amazing - I have worked with
these 3 on a performance level and
to work with them in this capacity
was truly awesome. And of course working
with Mardi Gras is always an exciting opportu-
nity for me."
CoolChange is a fresh new direction for the
iconic Sydney Mardi Gras Harbour Party, one
of only two events held annually at a stunning
harbourside location in the Royal Botanic Gar-
"Harbour is one of the most loved parties
of the Mardi Gras season and attracts a really
mixed crowd. I hope lots of girls will come and
enjoy CoolChange," says Miner vini. "Harbour
is one of the most loved parties of the Mardi
Gras season and attracts a really mixed crowd.
I hope lots of girls will come and enjoy Cool-
Change. We're giving the party a makeover and
there'll be lots of choices - cocktails, chill out,
catch up or dance the night away in the most
beautiful venue in the world"
Featuring DJ Lee Dagger (Bimbo Jones),
Olivian DJ, Kate Monroe, Troy Cox, Random
Soul, Richard Weiss, performances by Paulini
and more, this is the CoolChange you've been
waiting for: an unforgettable party experience
lled with amazing DJ talent, sensational per-
formances, cocktails al fresco, and a reworks -
nale that will shower the city skyline with pride!
To nd out more, head to mardigras.org.au/
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