It’s that time of year again as we celebrate one of Australia’s most iconic Australian films, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Since its first screening in 1996, it has rocked the Australian film scene and started a cult like following and an epic three day festival at Broken Hill that has become the spiritual home to all things drag. During three glitter filled days (13, 14, 15 Sep) you’ll be treated to top notch stand up comedy, incredible costumes and outfits combining a whirlwind of colour and attitude, and a parade hosting floats and dance routines that will leave you feeling elated. Here’s the rundown of events that will make it a weekend to remember.
Friday night ‘Frock On or Frock Off’ party
Festival goers will be treated to a range of events with the ‘Frock On Or Frock Off’ Friday night opening party kick starting the event. Live music and DJ’s will be playing all your favourite Pricilla inspired tunes throughout the night across three stages which will also feature two acts not to be missed ;’The Michael Griffiths Kylie Show’ and the ‘Dolly Diamond Show.’ Also look out for the fireworks display around midnight.
Where : The Festival Grounds
Hours: 6pm – 2am (tbc), Friday 13 September 2019.
Cost : 3 Day Ticket holders or Friday Only Ticket holders
Drag on Drag Street Parade
Saturday continues to roll out the pizaz with the ‘Drag on Drag’ street parade, where you can see the best dressed drag queens strut their stuff down the main street, made up in glamorous attire and and quirky costumes. An impressive array of floats will be on display, and for those that don’t like to be in the background, this is one of the few parades where you can join in and be a part of the action.
Where: Broken Hill Town Square
Hours: 12-2pm, Saturday Afternoon, 14 September 2019
Cost: Free All ages. All welcome
Saturday Night Shindig
As the sun sets over your Saturday evening, you’ll experience one of the most lively crowd atmospheres turning up the pace in a night not to be missed. Three stages will light up with non stop entertainment, featuring headline act, Carlotta (Australian cabaret Icon and TV celebrity), ‘The Pricilla Tribute Show,’ Drag competition heats, drag duet marathons, and some of the craftiest cuts from DJ’s across Australia combining to give you the tightest beats throughout the night. The million dollar stage show “Priscilla Bus” will also be on display with two hosts Philmah Bocks & Art Simone bringing a barrel of laughs.
Where: Palace Hotel
Hours: Doors open at 6pm – 2am (tbc), Saturday 14 September 2019
Cost: 3 Day Ticket holders or Saturday Only Ticket holders
Silverton Day Out
Sunday will offer the chance to kick off your heels, and unwind at the Silverton Hotel, with live entertainment, and a range of food to make your mouth water. Buses will also be making the round trip throughout the day, with a chance to head out to the famous Mundi Mundi lookout on the way back to capture those magic moments as the sun makes its slow descent over this famous desert.
Where: Silverton Hotel
Hours: Meals 10am – 7.30pm, Entertainment 1 – 3pm SUNDAY 15th September
Entry: Free entry (Free transport available to Three Day Ticket holders and Sunday Ticket holders only)
Getting There: Buses will depart from the Palace Hotel to Silverton approx 12.00pm, 12.30pm and 1.00pm.
Buses will depart from Silverton at approx 4.30pm, 5.00pm and 5.30pm.
Buses will also run a loop between Silverton & Mundi Mundi lookout as per demand
Dress: MooMoo… you might need your sunnies too!
Sunday Sesh Shindig and Vonni’s Poxy Concert
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To round off the day and bring an end to the festival, the ‘Sunday Sesh Shindig’ will kick off around 6:30pm, and feature the June Bennet, a local queen who will dish out the goss from the movie and answer any pressing questions that you’ve always wondered. From 7pm a screening of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” Following on from this nostalgic film, mixed performances with the Vonni’s Poxy Concert will bring the festival to its official close with some of the best dressed upcoming drag stars taking to the stage and showing you how it’s done.
Where: Sunday Sesh at the Festival Grounds
Time: From 6pm, Sunday, 15th September 2019
Cost: FREE ENTRY for 3 day ticket holders or Sunday only ticket holders.
Where: Vonni’s Poxy Concert, The Palace Hotel
Hours: Sunday night Shindig runs from 6pm – Midnight (tbc), Sunday 15 September 2019
Cost: 3 day ticket holders or Sunday only ticket holders
Let us take you there
Shake your groove thing and get there in style on board the dedicated NSW TrainLink ‘Silver City Stiletto’ train service on Thursday 12 September from Central Station, Sydney to Broken Hill.
On board the Silver City Stiletto, you will enjoy music and entertainment. Plus, when you travel with NSW TrainLink you will also receive discounted entry to the festival.
The journey leaves Central Station and stops at Strathfield, Parramatta, Katoomba, Lithgow, Bathurst, Orange and Parkes on the way to Broken Hill. Book your return journey from Broken Hill to Central Station on board the NSW TrainLink scheduled service Tuesday 16 September 2019. The train departs Broken Hill at 7.45am and arriving at Central Station later that evening.
Only 100 earlybird tickets will be released on Wednesday April 24, with standard tickets to be released soon after. Hold your boa babe; this is one bucket list journey you won’t want to miss. To book your journey with us head to the link below. Last year early bird tickets sold out in 5 hours, so you’ll need to be quick: https://transportnsw.info/broken-heel-festival
- One way journey from Sydney (Central) to Broken Hill
- Departure event at Central Station
- Onboard entertainment
- Exclusive service, dedicated to Broken Heel fans
- Festival discount.
After you have booked your seat on the Silver City Stiletto train service a discount code will be emailed to you to purchase your discounted festival ticket on the Broken Heel Festival website.
To find out more about what’s on, visit the Broken Heel Festival website.