Huge global LGBTQIA+ festival WorldPride makes its first appearance in the Southern Hemisphere when it arrives in Sydney, officially taking place from February 17th to March 5th.
Here’s our guide to the 10 biggest, liveliest and boldest events from the 300+ events planned.
The National Art School’s visual arts program for WorldPride kicks off with a block party on February 16 and visitors can view the group exhibition Braving Time: Contemporary Art in Queer Australia and a live mural commission from Luke Thurgate. National School of Art, until March 18th
Riverside’s National Theater of Parramatta is staging the Australian premiere of choirboy by the American playwright and moonlight Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. The track follows a young gay black man as he navigates his way through prep school and features a stunning soundtrack of a cappella gospel hymns. Riverside Theaters, February 14-March 11
Mardi Gras Film Festival
The cinematic showcase celebrates 30 years of queer storytelling with 166 films being screened throughout its run, including Australian dramas of an agedanish romance The Venus Effect and the documentary film awarded with the Golden Lion All the beauty and the bloodshed. Various locations, February 15 to March 2
Opera until late
This nightly romp at Opera Australia was set to be a camp and a sassy evening as comedian Reuben Kaye hosted a mix of arias, drag and laughs with a program of music by Verdi and Mozart and tunes by Judy Garland, Stephen Sondheim and Lady Gaga . Sydney Opera House, 18 and 23 February
Mo’Ju with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
ARIA Award nominee Wiradjuri and Filipino musician Mo’Ju give fans their first chance to hear the raw and soulful songs from their highly anticipated new album. Oro, Plata, MataSlated for release in March, at a one-night-only concert accompanied by the soaring sounds of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Sydney Opera House, February 21
The Dan Daw Show
Watch the Australian premiere of this acclaimed dance theater work by queer disabled artist Dan Daw. The National Dance Award nominated show is a tender exploration of kink, consent and intimacy. Seymour Center, 21-24 February
Marri Madung Butbut
This First Nations gathering place takes on carriageworks in a riot of creativity. The opening disco, curated by visual and performance art duo The Huxleys, Joel Bray, whose show explores father figures and colonization dadand the fierce but fabulous competition between drag queens at Miss First Nation. Wagenwerk, 23.-28. February
Mardi Gras Parade
The famous parade is a very welcome return to Oxford Street for the first time since 2020, with more than 200 floats and 12,500 marchers expected to spread pride, joy and LGBTQIA+ excellence as they celebrate this year’s party Theme “Gather, Dream, Amplify”. Oxford Street, February 25th
Bondi Beach Party
The world’s most famous beach is transformed into an open-air club for 12,000 happy partygoers, with a musical list featuring American pop star Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls and an all-Australian DJ line-up featuring Dameeeela, Jarred Baker and Jacqui Cunningham, DJ Charlie Villas and DJ Dan Murphy. Bondi Beach, March 4th
Republic of the Rainbow
WorldPride’s final concert, Rainbow Republic, ensures the celebrations end on a high note. It features a pop-tacular lineup with sets from singing sensation Kim Petras, indie outfit Muna, Australian singer Peach PRC and more. The Domain, March 5th
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