The Auckland Pride Gala returns to Q Theatre for the official champagne cork-popping opening of Auckland Pride 2017!

The Auckland Pride Gala is a best-of-the-fest black-tie extravaganza, showcasing the most dramatic performances and devastatingly talented performers whose full-length works feature within the 2017 Festival programme – plus a pantheon of guest appearances from rainbow community icons.

In keeping with Auckland Pride’s kaupapa of progress and change, this year’s Gala will be hosted by New Zealand’s beloved trailblazing transgender politician and superstar Georgina Beyer – accompanied by respected young Fa’afafine performance artist and Auckland Pride Board member Jaycee Tanuvasa.

This completely unique and magical occasion will commence with a moving p?whiri from Ahakoa Te Aha, and features special appearances from international guests Hot Brown Honey, multimedia all-star Mika; and award-winning show-stopper Jason Chasland performing with Auckland’s rainbow community choir, GALS.

Performers from the 2017 Festival programme will include Eli Matthewson from The Great Auckland Pride Debate and Bear New Zealand Week Comedy Night; Rock & Speir; Cole Meyers from Same Same But Different; Eddie Elliot from Intuition for Aroha ’17; as well as enticing excerpts from CAMPING, Legacy Project 4, Pardon Me Alan Turing, Ze: Queer As Fuck.

– and more to be announced!