First Nations 2016

First Nations in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is a highly immersive 40-minute street-theatre experience for 100 participants, including drag performers, Elders, young dancers, VIPs and diverse community members, some with special needs, plus props, choreography, technical crew and vehicles, all moving at 3km per hour.

Check out our 3-minute video.

Produced by Mod in partnership with community, First Nations is colourful and exciting entertainment for an audience of over 200,000 street spectators and over 1 million TV and social media viewers. It's also a fun way for sexuality and gender-diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to shape their own Mardi Gras experience, express pride, share culture and raise awareness of Australia's first peoples, the traditional owners of this land. 

First Nations is driven by community as a response to homophobia, transphobia and racism, which produce negative impacts on physical, mental and spiritual health. ACON, a leading LGBTQI health organisation with a focus on HIV, funds First Nations as a community development project to help hard-to-reach community members access ACON's health promotion work.

Being a community development experience, the First Nations production process is more complex than equivalent scale productions, involving months of community consultations, volunteer engagement and collaborative development. Mod is proud to have worked once again with the community and ACON to produce First Nations 2016. 

Explore our 360 degree photos below, covering the smoking ceremony, and a 360 degree timelapse of First Nations on parade route as daylight fades and the effects lighting comes up.  Use your cursor to drag around the whole scene.

Click through our photo collection here.

First Nations Mardi Gras 2016 float and afterparty

Read about 2016's First Nations' theme and background here.

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Videos and Images: Michela Ledwidge