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Drag Race Down Under runner-up brings drag, circus, dance and cabaret experience to Sydney World Pride

Emma Ruben -

"They're going to come in as they are, and leave a little bit heavier."

This is what Pasifika drag performer Kween Kong said audiences should expect when coming to see her show Sydney World Pride show, Klub Village.

It's a show which combines drag, circus and dance in a cabaret experience featuring storytelling, culture and talent.

And of course, champions voices from the POC (people of colour) community.

"We're really championing excellence and First Nations excellence," Kong said.

"The experience (Klub Village) is offering a glimpse of our lived experiences and stories as First Nations people especially within the queer community.

"So I think audiences are going to be entertained, they're going to be wowed by the skill of some of the artists and the calibre of these artists but they're also going to leave feeling moved."

Having been a runner-up on season two of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under, Kong is bringing everything you'll ever want in a show to Klub Village. Including drag circus, cabaret dance, burlesque and spoken word comedy.

Klub Village will feature artists from Kong's own collective, Haus of Kong as well as from Casus, Humxn, Aboriginal Comedy All Stars, House of Alexander, Thicc Shake and Prinnie Stevens.

Kween Kong (Thomas Fonua) performs. Photo credit: Jason Matz Photography.

Kong, also known as Thomas Fonua, said the performance is about opening up a space and inviting others into it to get a look inside.

"What we're doing is opening up our village and allowing them to sit in and be a part of it," she said.

"Rather than educating them we're just being, we're really being unapologetic because pride is about being unapologetic and being proud of what you are and owning the truth.

"For a non-POC person or a non-Queer person coming to this experience, it's really up to them what they take and what they choose to take and also what they want to do with the information we offer them.

"Because, you know, it really isn't our job as people of colour and First Nations people to educate white folk, but we do want to move them and inspire them and empower them to go out and do their own educating for themselves."

Kong also said she feels incredibly proud to be part of Sydney World Pride and the team festival creative director Ben Graetz, also known as Miss Ellaneous, has put together.

"No other world pride across the history of world pride has ever championed a First Nations gathering space, they've never thought that was something to be valid and valued," she said.

"Ben since day one, his work has always been about creating these spaces.

"I'm really proud to be part of this movement but also specifically proud of being part of Marri Madung Butbut, our gathering space for First Nations people. Because it is history being made across the world."

Klub Village is part of the Marri Madung Butbut: The First Nations Gathering Space and is showing at Pride on February 23, 26 and 27.


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