You’re Invited! Sydney WorldPride’s message to the world





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You’re invited! Have you seen our brand new trailer? Introducing our all-star cast (in order of appearance):

Courtney Act (Shane Jenek) is a singer, actor, podcaster, theatremaker and advocate. With a career that has spanned Australia, the US and UK, Courtney has taken Australian drag to the world. 

Jane Marsden commenced her career in LGBTQIA+ community activism in the eighties. Since then, she has sat on the Board of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, has been director and chair of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Community Press (former publisher of Sydney Star Observer) and is a founding director of The Aurora Group, an organisation raising funds for community projects through fabulous arts events 

Rudy Jean Rigg is a content creator, advocate and host of Rainbow History Class. Through the lessons on Tiktok and Instagram, Rudy helps create a space to tell historical queer and trans stories that inspire, validate and inform our community and allies. 

Bhenji Ra is an interdisciplinary artist and transgender community leader whose practice combines dance, choreography, video and event making. She is the mother of ballroom collective the House of Slé and also joins the Sydney WorldPride team as a curatorial associate for our 2023 festival program.  

Daniel McDonald is a Gadigal and Wonnarua man who represents Aboriginal art through ‘Deadly Hand Talk,’ his distinctive style of dot painting passed down by his Elders. He is also dedicated to amplifying the voices of people living with disabilities in the arts and culture sectors.  

Mitch Major is a photographer who was born and raised in Awabakal country, in Newcastle. His love for capturing faces and moments has taken him around the world, and he is deeply inspired by his queer community 

Bhenji Ra on Bondi Beach
Bhenji Ra on Bondi Beach
Jane Marsden on set at Taylor Square Sydney
Behind the scenes with Jane Marsden in Taylor Square
Rudy Rigg on set in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Rudy Jean Rigg on set in the Royal Botanic Gardens

Just like our stars, each of our shoot locations was thoughtfully selected:

Courtney Act and Mitch Major on Sydney Harbour: The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be the home to our historic Pride March on Sunday 5 March, when 50,000 people will walk across the bridge. 

Jane Marsden at Taylor Square: Oxford Street is the home of iconic The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and a hub for Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ community. In 2023 Mardi Gras celebrates its 45th anniversary! 

Rudy Jean Rigg in the Royal Botanic Gardens: A stunning heritage-listed garden in central Sydney, on Gadigal land. The Domain is a huge outdoor theatre which straddles the Gardens and the City, and will be home to many of our large events including the Opening Ceremony. 

Bhenji Ra on Bondi Beach: Sydney’s most famous beach and the site of our Bondi Beach Party taking place on the final day of our festival, 5 March 2023. 

Gadigal man Daniel McDonald at Busby Pond, Centennial Parklands: A sprawling park located south-east of Sydney CBD, skirted by roads based on Aboriginal tracks. The Centennial Parklands sit on Freshwater Country, which has been home to many Aboriginal communities including the Bidjigal, Gadigal, D’harawal, Darug, Eora, Gaimaragal, Gundungarra and Guringai peoples. 

So you’ve got your invitation – RSVP now to access our pre-sale for major events so you can skip the queue!

Trailer directed by Kate Cornish.

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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.