Saturday 10 September will see the biggest drag spectacular to ever grace Palmerston North, Palmy Drag Fest, take over the Regent on Broadway! Organiser and hostess, Rhubarb Rouge sits down with express to discuss drag in the provinces, dream venues and performing her solo show at the Sydney Opera House. 

Palmy Drag Fest will be hosted by Rhubarb Rouge and feature a stellar cast of local and national drag stars including the first winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Down Under Kita Mean, Australia’s queen of Corporate Karen From Finance, fan favourite Anita Wigl’it, TVNZ’s House of Drag Hugo Grrrl, NZ Drag legend Buckwheat and a lot more! One fabulous night of fun, glamour and the best drag Palmy has ever seen!

What can we expect from your performance at Palmy Drag Fest?


A high glamour, fun, fabulous show! Working Hard with the House of Rouge to bring an epic performance worthy of being done in such an epic theatre!

Being a local girl, I perform in Palmerston North often at least once a month and it’s always a great fun, receptive and supportive crowd, and always a good time!

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about drag performers?

How quick and easy it is to do it! Drag is great fun and it is amazing to be able to express myself in that way, but boy is it hard work! And not cheap either!

What is exciting you most about Drag right now?

How mainstream and accepted it is. People are really seeing that Drag is an art form and respecting our work and our worth! 

If you could perform a drag show anywhere in the world – where would you choose and why?

Oh, so many! I managed to perform in one of my dream places when I took my solo drag show to the Sydney Opera House!
I would love to do it in Paris at L’Olympia – one of my dream venues, such an amazing theatre, where icons like Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich and Madonna have all performed!
I would also love to go back home to Brazil and perform in Rio – the brazilian crowd, energy and culture are so strong and vibrant – that it would be amazing!

For more information and ticket bookings for Palmy Drag Fest, click here!