On 25 February 2018 the Kings Cross Arts & Cultural Festival staged the Candles in the Cross event in Kings Cross in memory of the 53 people arrested by the police in Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross during a gay rights march on the evening of 24 June 1978. That march is now regarded as Sydney’s first gay Mardi Gras and shone a light on the path toward equality.
The Candles in the Cross event began with the screening of the ABC telemovie RIOT in the Wayside Chapel accompanied by a discussion and Q&A session with RIOT’s producer and writer. 25 of the original 53 “78ers” were in the audience.
Following the screening, Mother Inferior of Perpetual Indulgence led members of the audience in a procession to the Fitzroy Gardens where a candle ceremony was held. The 78ers and others attending were invited to light and hold candles in memory the arrests and charging of those brave souls in 1978.
Videos of the screening of RIOT
Jo Holder speaks at Candles in the Cross
John Owen speaks at Candles in the Cross
Louise Smith, RIOT producer, speaks at Candles in the Cross
Greg Waters, RIOT writer, speaks at Candles in the Cross
Discussion of RIOT telemovie at Candles in the Cross
Q&A at the screening of the RIOT telemovie (Part 1)
Q&A at the screening of the RIOT telemovie (Part 2)
RIOT telemovie trailer before audience of 78ers and others
Video of the Procession and the Candle Ceremony
Candle lighting ceremony at the Candles in the Cross