Get ready to put on your dancing shoes: Sydney is gearing up to host the first WorldPride celebration in the Southern Hemisphere in 2023 and we’ve got the inside scoop on everything you need to know about the festival.

Kicking off on 17 February and running until 5 March, Sydney WorldPride 2023 will see the city host more than 300 events, including 19 official major events, 68 WorldPride Arts experiences, 192 Pride Amplified community events and more. 

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“The first WorldPride in the Southern Hemisphere is a significant moment for the LGBTQIA+ community in Australia and Sydney,” says Sydney WorldPride’s chief executive, Kate Wickett. “The festival includes an extraordinary array of free and ticketed experiences from concerts to parties, theatre, sports and family events.” 

The events calendar includes classic Mardi Gras favourites, such as Mardi Gras Fair Day on 19 February, where more than 200 stalls will pop up in Victoria Park and will include community stalls and retail stalls offering wares made by LGBTQI+ creatives. Bring a picnic blanket; there will be plenty of food trucks and bars and you’ll want to get a good view of the Doggywood pet pageant and mini Vogue Ball – a precursor to Australia’s biggest vogue ball, Mardi Gras Sissy Ball, which will be held at Sydney Town Hall on 4 March. Drawing on an array of dance styles (including voguing), skilled performers will battle it out to be crowned the winner across a range of categories.

sydney worldpride 2023

From 23 February, Carriageworks will come alive for six days with Marri Madung Butbut (Many Brave Hearts): First Nations Gathering Space – a celebration of the “rainbow heart” of the oldest surviving culture on the planet through a series of exhibitions, theatrical and drag shows as well as dining experiences. 

Make your way to The Domain on 24 February for the epic Live and Proud: Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert, where local superstars Kylie Minogue and Jessica Mauboy will share the stage with international pop star Charli XCX and more. Tickets will sell out quickly but you’ll be able to catch all the fun on the ABC, too.

Sydney Pride Opening Concert

The iconic Mardi Gras Parade finally returns to its spiritual home on Oxford Street on 25 February – the first time since 2020 – just in time for its 45th anniversary. More than 12,500 marchers and more than 200 floats will make their way down the historic street, embodying this year’s theme, Gather, Dream, Amplify. They include Dykes on Bikes, one of the longest-running LGBTQIA+ community groups in Australia, Lifesavers With Pride, a network of Australian lifesavers who represent the rainbow lifesaving community, and Qantas’s own float. 

ydney world pride 2023 domain dance party

Sydney WorldPride 2023 will also host the biggest LGBTQIA+ Human Rights Conference ever held in the Asia-Pacific region (1-3 March). Expect electrifying talks, panels and roundtable discussions, as well as interactive workshops and events all focused on tackling issues such as Visibility and Inclusion, Justice and Freedom and more. The line-up includes more than 60 international and local guests, including special guest keynote speaker Victor Madrigal-Borloz, United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

Sydney WorldPride 2023: Human Rights Conference at the International Convention Centre

It wouldn’t be WorldPride without a bevy of parties to dance the night away at: visit The Ivy on 20 February for the Mardi Gras Paradiso Pool Party and the Mardi Gras Kaftana Pool Party on 1 March, and you’ll find a 12,000-person party on 4 March at Bondi Beach. Book your tickets for these parties fast – they’re guaranteed to sell out.

Rounding out the festivities on 5 March will be the history-making Pride March across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where 50,000 brightly attired walkers will celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. The walk will also mark the 50th anniversary of the first Australian Gay Pride Week and the fifth anniversary of marriage equality in Australia. Want to join the march? You’ll need to enter the ballot to make the list.

To see the full events calendar and book your tickets visit Sydney WorldPride 2023.

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