After 23 years of exclusively northern hemisphere events, WorldPride lands in Sydney in 2023, alongside the theme ‘Gather Dream Amplify’.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are currently slated to take place at The Domain with more than 25,000 attendees, and within the festival people can expect to see a First Nations Gala Concert, a world class Human Rights Conference, and a closing party at Bondi Beach (10,000+ partygoers).
There will also, of course, be a Pride March. . . Across the Sydney Harbour Bridge with an expected 50,000+ participants – the largest Pride march to ever be held in Australia.
WorldPride will coincide with the 2023 Mardi Gras and run throughout and within its programme.
The theme ‘Gather Dream Amplify’ “was developed with our extraordinary LGBTIQ+ community and represents our commitment to global equality and inclusion. It is a call to action,” Sydney WorldPride Creative Director Daniel Clarke says.
“We want people to gather here, on the lands of the oldest surviving culture on the planet, to listen deeply. We want people to dream of the future they want and work together to make those dreams a reality. We want to ensure that new voices and perspectives are amplified,” Sydney WorldPride Creative Director, First Nations, Ben Graetz adds.
The event logo and festival artwork was directed by First Nations artist Jessica Johnson AKA Nungala Creative.
“Creation of the new logo and artworks for Sydney WorldPride was inspired by my belonging to a big, multigenerational queer First Nations community and our extended family,” Jessica says.
“We embody intersectionality and I wanted the design to express that through the vibrancy, colours and textures. Each and every aspect reflects a sense of movement like light and shadows cast through nature, the trees and water.
“The tactile, hands-on, textural aesthetic is a nod to the nostalgic tools of our predecessors and an era of people power and protest definitive in our existence today. The electric colour palette draws from the Rainbow Eucalyptus tree and all the wondrous magic our country has on offer.”
What do you do in your day-to-day life?I work in retail at Lovisa, I’ve ranged from a casual all the way up to assistant manager, but now I’m settled part-time. Besides that, I’m always planning performances for the future, and also supporting my fellow performers. And eating. Ooft!Read more: