Aurora Dinner adopts French twist for return to Sydney Town Hall

Gay Paris - The 2011 Aurora Dinner

The Aurora Group is pleased to announce that the 12th annual Aurora Dinner, to be held on Saturday 25 June 2011, will be hosted at the iconic Sydney Town Hall.

“We are very excited that the 2011 Aurora Dinner will be held at the newly refurbished Sydney Town Hall.” said Aurora Chairperson David Moutou. “We have had three fabulous years at Paddington Town Hall, but due to popular demand from our audience, we are returning to the glamorous grand old girl on George Street, the venue for Aurora Dinners from 2001-2007.”

“Further, I am pleased to confirm that Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie, will be in attendance. said Moutou. “For just the second occasion in Aurora’s history, the Aurora Dinner will be a vice-regal event.”

The Aurora Group can also reveal the theme for the 2011 Aurora Dinner will be Gay Paris.

“In 2009, Aurora had great fun in celebrating one of the world’s greatest cities – New York, New York.” said Aurora Events Director Anthony Hillis. “In 2011, in Sydney’s grandest civic venue, we will celebrate the iconic French capital – a symbol of romance and liberty, and the home of some of the finest food, wine, art and entertainment in the history of civilisation.”

Paris is also the first national capital to elect an openly gay Mayor. Bertrand Delanoë has now been Mayor of Paris for ten years, and was re-elected in March 2008 with 57% of the votes.

“Each year, Aurora holds the dinner in late June to mark International Stonewall Day.” said Moutou. “On the evening of the 2011 Aurora Dinner, 500,000 will take to the streets of Paris for Gay Pride (Marche des Fiertes). We will toast them in solidarity from Sydney Town Hall.”

The entertainment program for the gala dinner will take inspiration from the finest cultural performances of Parisian high society to the tempting underbelly of Bohemian Paris at the turn of the 20th Century. The menu will draw upon the finest in French cuisine, and our wine selections for the evening will draw inspiration not from Paris, but rather with outstanding Australian wines using traditional grape varietals from Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Tickets to the dinner are $225. “We acknowledge that tickets are not cheap” said Hillis “but can confidently say that they offer great value for money. The gala is a once-a-year indulgence, which our guests continue to tell us is a fabulous social night, not to be missed.”

Tickets are limited, and booking early is strongly recommended due to past sell-outs. Further information is available at and to book, people can email or call (02) 8323 4041


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