Sydney WorldPride 2023 – Sydney WorldPride Events

Sydney World Pride 2023

One of the most important international events to take place in New South Wales since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games is Worldpride in Sydney in 2023.

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In 2023, Sydney will host WorldPride, one of the most important international occasions to take place in New South Wales since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Sydney Mardi Gras and Worldpride will unite for a massive 17-day festival around the city. The Mardi Gras Parade, Fair Day, and afterparties, all staples of the festival, will also take place. Sydney is already above capacity in the month of March due to the end of the Summer season and Mardi Gras.

The LGBTQIA+ community in Australia will have an amazing year in 2023 when Sydney proudly hosts the World Pride Festival.

Director of Copenhagen 2021, Lars Henriksen, officially transferred the host title to CEO of Sydney 2023, Kate Wickett, during the Denmark Pride closing ceremony.

Even our very own Kylie Minogue left a brief note for the evening!

The complete closing ceremony is available to view below.

The theme GATHER DREAM AMPLIFY “was developed with our exceptional LGBTIQ+ community and shows our commitment to global equality and inclusion” when it comes to Sydney hosting World Pride in 2023. The Sydney WorldPride Creative Director, Daniel Clarke, describes it as a call to action.

The opening and closing ceremonies, which will currently be held in The Domain with 25,000+ guests, the First Nations Gala Concert, a renowned human rights conference, and the festival’s closing party at Bondi Beach with 10,000+ party goers are among Sydney WorldPride’s major events. Both regional and international headliners will perform at every event.

The largest pride march ever staged in Australia will also cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge with more than 50,000 participants.

Sydney WorldPride will take place from February 17 through March 5, 2023, which is the typical Mardi Gras season in Sydney. The Sydney WorldPride schedule will include Mardi Gras Festival activities like Fair Day, Parade, Party, Laneway, and more.

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An international Pride festival called WorldPride takes place every few years in a different city. InterPride, which contains representatives from almost all Pride organisations worldwide, grants the authority to host it. Previous WorldPride events have been held in New York in 2019 to commemorate 50 years after the Stonewall uprising and in Copenhagen in 2021 to coincide with the EuroGames. We are incredibly honoured that Sydney will host WorldPride in 2023 thanks to the votes of InterPride members.

The official Sydney WorldPride Opening Ceremony will take place on February 24, and there will be a First Nations Gathering Space, a game-changing Human Rights Conference, an unforgettable Pride March across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a closing ceremony, and a sensational party on Bondi Beach in Sydney (among many other events that have yet to be announced).

We are creating a comprehensive arts and cultural programme for Greater Sydney that reflects the diversity of our LGBTIQ+ communities. With a heavy emphasis on First Nations peoples and the Asia-Pacific, it will include theatre, visual arts, music, and cabaret.

We’ve seized the chance to introduce WorldPride to the southern hemisphere for the first time, representing not only Australian states and territories but also drawing attention to our Asia-Pacific neighbours who do not all share our commitment to equality and human rights.

The Sydney WorldPride will contribute to bringing these injustices to light. Our human rights conference will serve as a forum for debate, the sharing of ideas, and thought leadership. We want to provide marginalised communities with unprecedented global solidarity and support.

Furthermore, we are devoted to making sure that everyone can attend our festival. Transportation, communications, amenities, and other services will be improved for attendees’ convenience and overall satisfaction. All conceivable digital channels will be investigated in order to maximise accessibility from anywhere in the world so that distant audiences can participate in Sydney WorldPride online.


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
17 February 2023
5 March 2023
Festival, Pride Event, Pride Parade, Talks


Taylor Square Darlinghurst
Taylor Square
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Australia 

Get ready for a Mega Mardi Gras

All your Mardi Gras favourites plus once-in-a-lifetime WorldPride events in Sydney summer 2023

Blessed Union

Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir Theatre
Sat Feb 11 – Sun Mar 12
The lesbian divorce comedy you didn’t know you needed.

A superb new piece from Maeve Marsden’s evil mind,
Anyone who has examined their life and found it to be a
questioned whether there might be a more ideal way to live it.

Choir Boy

Riverside Theatre
Tue Feb 14 – Sat Mar 11

Australia’s first showing. The Tony Award®-winning show Choir Boy is interspersed with soul-stirring gospel hymns. The story of a young gay guy discovering his voice and the themes of sexuality, race, hope, and gospel music is inspiring.

Se* Magick

SBW Stables Theatre
Fri Feb 17 – Sat Feb 25

The writer Nicholas Brown’s hilarious exploration of masculinity, queerness, and South Asian-Australian identity is titled Se* Magick.

Ground Zero

The Flying Nun by Brand X
Fri Feb 17 – Sat Feb 18

Two explosive nights of approachable performance are the result of a groundbreaking collaboration. Witness a revolution led by people with disabilities as it begins now!

WorldPride Arts

Multiple locations
Fri Feb 17 @ 8:00 am – Sun Mar 5 @ 11:00 pm

WorldPride Arts will provide more than 60 distinct events, ranging from theatre to contemporary art, dance, choirs, cabaret, and literature.

Pink Salt

The Station
Sat Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An extraordinary outdoor long table meal will be held at The Station Newcastle.

Mardi Gras Fair Day

Victoria Park
Sun Feb 19 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

American Express presents. Launch Sydney WorldPride in traditional Mardi Gras fashion on Fair Day! Arrive early for an all-day rainbow spectacular in Victoria Park as the Mardi Gras celebrations get underway with your dog, your grandmother, and your neighbour.

WorldPride Sports

Multiple locations
Mon Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – Fri Feb 24 @ 5:00 pm

This is a sport for the community on a rainbow scale, with over 20 distinct codes hosting free or inexpensive games for spectators or players to attend.

Mardi Gras Paradiso Pool Party

Ivy Pool Club
Mon Feb 20 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

As the entire globe congregates at the venerable ivy Pool for the Paradiso Pool Party, we’re turning up the heat.

First Nations Gathering Space

Thu Feb 23 – Tue Feb 28

Carriageworks’ gorgeously renovated train sheds will come to life for six nights with indigenous ingenuity.

Pride Amplified

Multiple locations
Thu Feb 23 – Sun Mar 5

During the Sydney WorldPride 2023 festival season, Pride Amplified is an open access programme for LGBTQIA+ arts, culture, community, experiences, and parties.

Pride Villages

Oxford Street and Surrounds
Fri Feb 24 – Sun Mar 5

Areas of the beloved Oxford Street district will be closed to traffic to create a fabulous (and free!) festival hub.

Live and Proud: Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert

The Domain – Phillip Precinct
Fri Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

American Express presents. The top Australian singers and artists will kick off the WorldPride party, hosted by Casey Donovan and Courtney Act!

Mardi Gras Parade

Oxford Street and Surrounds
Sat Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

We are returning home! In honour of the 45th anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, our famed Parade makes a triumphant return to Oxford Street.

Mardi Gras Parade Diamond Club

Taylor Square
Sat Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Diamond Club, my love! This is your chance to stand on a luxury platform at the famous Taylor Square and take in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade enchantment.

The Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, and Dharawal people, who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin, will own the site where Sydney WorldPride will be held.

The highlights of 2023 Sydney WorldPride include:

  • Live and Proud Opening Concert presented by American Express
  • World Pride Sports
  • Domain Dance Party
  • Paradiso Pool Party
  • Bondi Beach Party presented by Optus
  • Pride Villages
  • Rainbow Republic presented by Optus
  • Mardi Gras Party
  • World Pride March
  • World Pride Sissy Ball

We honour their Elders, both past and present. Aboriginal Land has always been and always will be.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people hail from a variety of clans and groups all around Australia, and in 2023, they will unite to celebrate with the LGBTQIA+ community worldwide.

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