First Nations Sydney WorldPride 2023 Roadshow

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A nationwide tour of First Nations rainbow communities is kicking off on September 21, as part of Sydney WorldPride 2023.

The First Nations team from Sydney WorldPride and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will meet with LGBTQIA+SB mob at 11 locations around the country.

At these events, they will provide face-to-face engagement about the Sydney WorldPride festival and the various ways that communities can get involved.

The Roadshow team will also hear from First Nations rainbow communities about their experiences and ensure their voices are part of the first WorldPride festival in the southern hemisphere.

The Roadshow is the beginning of a long-term plan to engage First Nations LGBTQIA+SB communities in the coming years to ensure that their voices are heard and included in future Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations.

In addition, the Roadshow team will talk about specific offerings as part of Sydney WorldPride 2023:

  • The discount ticketing scheme for Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples, MobTix (click here to learn more)
  • The opportunity to apply for $5,000 to hold a viewing event in your community for Live and Proud: Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert (click here to learn more) and the Mardi Gras Parade (click here to learn more) through the First Nations Grants Program (to apply for the program, click here).
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The Roadshow will be led by Sydney WorldPride First Nations Engagement Manager Ebony Williams, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’s First Nations and Community Engagement Officer Matika Little, and Sydney WorldPride’s First Nations Co-Creative Director Ben Graetz (an Iwaidja, Malak Malak & Badu Islands man).

Sydney WorldPride’s First Nations Engagement Manager, Ebony Williams (Wiradjuri and African American woman), said: “Australia is home to the oldest continuous culture on the planet, and our LGBTQIA+ communities are the oldest on the planet as well.  

“Connecting with mob out in community is vitally important so that we can forge long-lasting and meaningful relationships that endure in the years to come.”

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’s First Nations and Community Engagement Officer Matika Little (Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi woman) said: “This style of First Nations community engagement is on a scale Mardi Gras has never been able to do before so we are beyond excited to be able connect with mob nationally, face-to-face, especially in the lead up to the launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan in the coming months.” The Roadshow is supported by Coles Group, one of the largest private sector employers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

Roadshow Locations

Food will be provided at each event. Please RSVP using the links below.

Hobart / Nipaluna country, TAS

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Venue: Tas Pride, Long Gallery

Salamanca Art Centre 77 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point


Melbourne / Naarm, VIC

Friday, September 23, 2022

Time: 11.30am to 2.30pm

Venue: Dardi Munwurro, 558 High Street, Preston


Alice Springs / Mparntwe, Arrernte country, NT

Monday, September 26, 2022

Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Venue: Araluen Arts Centre, Witchetty’s Room, 61 Larapinta Drive


Darwin / Larrakia country, NT

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Venue: Brown’s Mart Theatre, 12 Smith Street


Tiwi Islands, NT

Friday, September 30, 2022

Time: 11am to 2pm

Venue: Bima Wear, Wurrumiyanga


Broome / Yawuru country, WA

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Time: 11.30am to 2.30pm

Venue: Goolarri Media, 3 Blackman Street


Perth / Boorloo, WA

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Venue: Wungening Aboriginal Corporation, 211 Royal St, East Perth


Cairns Black Pride Festival / Gimuy, QLD

Friday, October 7, 2022

Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Sydney WorldPride Stall

Cairns / Gimuy, QLD

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Time: 10.30am to 1.30pm

Venue: Cairns Art Gallery, 40 Abbott St, Cairns


Adelaide / Kaurna country, SA

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Venue: Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Inparrinthi room, 253 Grenfell Street


Sydney / Gadigal, NSW

Monday, October 17, 2022

Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Venue: ACON, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills


Canberra / Ngunnawal country, ACT

Friday October 28, 2022

Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Venue: Meridian, Pride Hub


Western Sydney: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander & Pasifika Info Session

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm

Venue: Blacktown Arts Centre


Applications for the First Nations Grant Program are now open, click here to apply. Applications close on 30 October 2022.

To view the Terms and Conditions for the First Nations Grants Program, click here. For more information about the First Nations Roadshow or grants, contact [email protected].

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.