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Fanny Paq is Back

DARWIN first experienced Fanny Paq when the renowned queer Melbourne event made tracks to the Top End in March. And after the cancellation of the Darwin Fringe Festival, there’s a thirst for more queer party vibes from the team. Thanks to Brown’s Mart joining forces with the Happy Yess, keen to present big events for Top End artists and audiences to enjoy, you won’t have to wait much longer. Tamara Howie had a yarn with the brains behind the operation, Mads and Chloe.

For those who aren’t familiar with Fannys, what’s it all about?
Expect to find Darwin’s finest Queer DJs, performers, friendly vibes and plenty of cute meets.

Fannys is beloved in Melbourne, how did it evolve in the NT?
It began with Chloe journeying to Alice Springs for a desert change, while Mads stayed back in Melbourne to manage the fort. Little did we know that Mads would be offered a job in the Top End six months later.

Once we were both here in Darwin, on a night out, we felt there really was this need for a safe, inclusive and friendly space for Queers to inhabit, and most of all feel celebrated – like it was a space for them to truly feel like it was all theirs.

How does Fannys enhance Darwin’s Queer scene?
Darwin has such a wonderful, artistic, welcoming Queer community but there wasn’t a place to gather, spend time together, connect and have a dance on a regular basis.

Fannys is also an opportunity to showcase the abundance of queer talent in Darwin, with an emphasis on female/trans/non-binary singers and performers. We are so proud of what Fannys has become, which is a place for wonderful people to express their fabulous selves in safety – and have a lot of fun while doing it!

What’s in store for this month’s event?
We are beyond thrilled to have Darwin drag royalty Shaniqua TiwiSista performing a drag number, on a fresh outdoor stage under the stars. We are also excited to have Winona Chance back behind the decks and proud to present Crystal Craterr, with a posi post-COVID mix of old and new gay pride bangers for all carbon-based life-forms to enjoy, followed by Top End icon Lay-Dee-Loopin spinning a wild twist of tropical beats.


Fannys at Happy Yess
WHEN FRI 24 SEP | 8PM
AT HAPPY YESS
COST $15
INFO facebook.com/fannypaqevents

Header & thumbnail photo: Flowpyre

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