News in Brief: Pride Rises on SBS, new kids’ drama commissioned, and Guardian docs announced

Mardi Gras goes to Sydney Cricket Ground for safety, two live action series for ABC Kids, and conferences, festivals, opinions and more.

The 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was one of the last major international events to happen before lockdown. Fittingly, the theme for 2021 is ‘Rise’ to mark the overcoming of hardships and the tentative re-emergence of live events.

The colourful parade, an annual celebration of LGBTIQ+ diversity, will have its temporary home at the Sydney Cricket Ground to ensure COVID-safety for all involved. SBS, the official broadcast partner for the eighth year running, will broadcast to audiences across Australia and around the world, live and free on Saturday 6 March from 6pm AEDT on SBS On Demand (geo-block removed for viewers internationally), or the full parade will be on SBS and NITV at 7:30pm.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She is a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk