Sydney WorldPride 2023 reveals festival dates, new logo and official theme
17 Feb – 5 Mar 2023
After 23 years hosted exclusively by cities in the northern hemisphere, in 2023 the largest Pride celebration in the world is coming to Sydney – and today, organisers have revealed key festival dates and a new look alongside the festival theme GATHER DREAM AMPLIFY. WorldPride 2023 will be the largest global event in NSW since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Click here to watch the Sydney WorldPride 2023 Festival Trailer featuring “We The People” – an original song by Electric Fields
Among the landmark events that will be produced by Sydney WorldPride are the Opening and Closing Ceremonies (currently slated to take place in The Domain with 25,000+ attendees), First Nations Gala Concert, a world class Human Rights Conference, and the festival closing party at Bondi Beach (10,000+ partygoers). All events will feature local and international headline artists.
There will also be a Pride March across the Sydney Harbour Bridge with over 50,000 participants – the largest pride march to ever be held in Australia.
Sydney WorldPride spans 17 Feb – 5 Mar 2023, during the usual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season. Mardi Gras Festival events will be held within the overall Sydney WorldPride program, including Fair Day, Parade, Party, Laneway and more. For a full list of events, including dates and more information visit www.sydneyworldpride.com/events.
The theme for the festival, 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,” says Festival Creative Director, Daniel Clarke.
“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 collectively work together to make those dreams a reality. We want to ensure that new voices and perspectives are amplified,” continues Ben Graetz, Festival Creative Director, First Nations.
Sydney WorldPride’s new logo and festival artwork was directed by First Nations artist Jessica Johnson, also known as 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. We embody intersectionality and I wanted the design to express that through the vibrancy, colours and textures,” she says. “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.”
Sydney WorldPride CEO Kate Wickett says “Sydney WorldPride 2023 will bring together the world’s leading LGBTIQ+ artist and creatives, creating a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate. Sydney will shine in all it’s glory.”
SGLMG CEO Albert Kruger says, “In 2023, Sydney Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride will introduce the world to our glittering LGBTIQ+ communities, giving our diverse First Nations and Asia Pacific people the opportunity to share their pride on a global stage. The event will also take place on the 45th Anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, giving us a much needed cause for momentous celebration. We look forward to hosting a program of fantastic events with Sydney WorldPride in 2023 and look forward to everyone joining us as we unite in pride.”
Sydney WorldPride acknowledges the support of the NSW Government, who played a critical role supporting the original bid and are now on board as a strategic partner. Tourism and major events agency Destination NSW is working side-by-side with Sydney WorldPride to deliver a show stopping world-class event that highlights the diversity, inclusivity, creativity and innovation the Harbour City is known for.
SGLMG and Sydney WorldPride today also jointly reveal one of their new major partners for 2022-24, Deloitte. Deloitte will be providing support through the creation of a landmark digital platform that will give both organisations the ability to connect with the community for generations to come.
All official partners are assessed through an ethical framework developed by SGLMG and Sydney WorldPride, ensuring our community knows the ethics, values and behaviours of any potential stakeholders align with theirs. We are so proud of the amazing work Deloitte is doing to create inclusive and diverse workplaces.