Sydney WorldPride 2023 Announces First Four Shows at the First Nations Gathering Space





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Four photos from left to right: (1) A photo from the performance Daddy showing a shirtless man covered in hundreds and thousands; (2) Kween Kong in devil inspired drag look fabulous and sultry and a moody, dark red background.; (3) A dark photo of a woman with red lighting on her left and blue on her right to promote the show Chase; (4) A photo of drag queens on stage with a fun atmosphere and some pyrotechnics. The queen in the middle is smiling and placing her hand on her chest and is wearing a winner's sash and large crown
Show photos from left to right: Daddy, Klub Village, Chase and Miss First Nation: Supreme Queen

The first four shows as part of Sydney WorldPride’s Marri Madung Butbut (Many Brave Hearts): The First Nations Gathering Space have gone on sale.

The shows include Miss First Nation: Supreme Queen, an electric battle of the queens staged over three nights, and Klub Village, a dazzling variety show curated by Drag Race Down Under star Kween Kong.

Running from 23 to 28 February 2023, the six-day showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+SB creativity will take over Carriageworks during Sydney WorldPride with an electrifying line-up of exhibits, theatre, dining and drag.

Free to enter, explore and connect, Marri Madung Butbut (Many Brave Hearts): The First Nations Gathering Space, will also host a range of ticketed events where audiences can experience the rainbow heart of the oldest surviving culture on the planet.

The first four shows now on sale are:

  • Klub Village – Curated by Kween Kong, this high-octane variety show and dance party will feature drop deadly drag, daring circus acts and camp Blak cabaret. The hottest acts will be performing, including Haus of Kong, Casus, Humxn, Aboriginal Comedy All Stars, House of Alexander, Thicc Shake, Prinnie Stevens and more.
  • Miss First Nation: Supreme Queen – Miss First Nation has become a fixture on the Australian drag circuit, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander queens battle it out to be crowned drag royalty. This battle – with two heats and a grand final – will be staged over three huge nights and will bring back their Royal Highnesses to see who will be crowned drag royalty supreme.
  • Daddy – A journey of loss, grief, growth and resilience, proud Wiradjuri artist Joel Bray presents an enthralling, provocative and hilarious story of his cultural and sexual identity and how he navigates the world, connected to those who came before.
  • Chase – Artist Carly Sheppard has been developing and performing the character of Chase for nearly a decade. A macro metaphor for Australia’s colonial shame, this compelling, repelling and funny show sees Chase sift through the weeds of contemporary culture with a handy cam and her YouTube subscribers for company.

More acts as part of Marri Madung Butbut (Many Brave Hearts): The First Nations Gathering Space will be revealed later in the year.

Ben Graetz, First Nations Creative Director for Sydney WorldPride said: “Marri Madung Butbut is a celebration of First Nations creativity, resilience and pride.

“It will showcase some of the most exciting and exhilarating LGBTQIA+SB Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent, including drag acts, cabaret and incredible theatre from Joel Bray and Carly Sheppard.

“The Gathering Space will also be a safe space for First Nations LGBTQIA+SB people to come together to celebrate their identity, feel connected to their community and feel proud seeing the creativity of First Nations LGBTQIA+SB people on a global stage.”

Marri Madung Butbut (Many Brave Hearts): The First Nations Gathering Space runs from Thursday 23 – Tuesday 28 February 2023.

Tickets for Marri Madung Butbut (Many Brave Hearts): The First Nations Gathering Space performances are available now via SydneyWorldPride.com (click here).

Discounted tickets are available for this event via MobTix for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (click here).

Sydney WorldPride 2023 runs for 17 days, from 17 February to 5 March 2023 incorporating Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Tickets for official events via SydneyWorldPride.com (click here for events). Tickets for community events at prideamplified.au.

The full festival program over 300 events across WorldPride Official, WorldPride Arts, WorldPride Sports and Pride Amplified will be revealed in November 2022.

Flights, accommodation and Sydney WorldPride event ticket packages for domestic and international visitors available at: https://sydneyworldpride.com/travel-providers/

EVENT DATES

  • 23, 26, 27 February 2023: Klub Village
  • 23, 24 February 2023: Daddy
  • 26, 27, 28 February 2023: Chase
  • 26, 27, 28 February 2023: Miss First Nation: Supreme Queen

ABOUT WORLDPRIDE

WorldPride is a global event licensed by InterPride, which is awarded to a different host city every two to three years.  

Like the Olympics, cities bid to host the event and deliver a comprehensive program of arts, culture and festivals designed to engage global LGBTQIA+ audiences. The first WorldPride took place in Rome in July 2000, followed by Jerusalem (2006), London (2012), Toronto (2014), Madrid (2017), New York (2019) and Copenhagen + Malmo (2021).  Sydney WorldPride is proudly supported by Principal Partner, American Express, Strategic Partner, Destination NSW and Government Partner, City of Sydney.

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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.