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Sydney WorldPride

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Kylie Minogue for Sydney WorldPride
Photograph: Sydney WorldPride/Darenoted

Time Out says

Sydney Mardi Gras festivities are going supersized with a citywide glow-up in 2023

We have been bursting with excitement ever since it was announced way back in 2019 that Sydney won the bid to host WorldPride in 2023, the biggest LGBTQIA+ pride event in the world. From February 17 to March 5, it will combine with Sydney Mardi Gras for a bumper 17-day extravaganza on a massive citywide scale.

Calendars are already filling up with tons of fabulous events, including the return of regular events like the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade (which will be back and free on Oxford Street after two years as a ticketed event at the Sydney Cricket Ground), the official post-parade party, and the market day delights of Mardi Gras Fair Day.

And now we can announce that it’s officially time to break out the gold hotpants – Australia’s own pop royalty Kylie Minogue will be headlining the official WorldPride opening concert, her only appearance at the festival, move out of her way! Kylie’s set is being created especially for the evening, celebrating both the first time WorldPride has been hosted in the Southern Hemisphere and 45 years of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Live and Proud: Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert will be hosted by Casey Donovan and Courtney Act, and broadcast live around the nation on ABC TV to get the WorldPride party started. Further acts will be announced later this year.

“Kylie is not only a beloved musician and rainbow icon, but the highest selling Australian-born solo artist of all time,” said Sydney WorldPride CEO Kate Wickett. “We are honoured and incredibly excited to have Kylie again stand with our community at Sydney WorldPride 2023 – the global rainbow family reunion we’ve been waiting for.”

Tickets for Live and Proud: Sydney WorldPride Opening Concert are available now via Ticketmaster Australia. Discounted tickets are available for this event via Mobtix for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (click here), and the Affordability program for concession holders (click here).

The full WorldPride festival program over 300 events across WorldPride Official, WorldPride Arts, WorldPride Sports and Pride Amplified will be revealed in November 2022. Start exploring and sorting out your tickets at

Did you know? Sydney is getting its own permanent LGBTQIA+ history museum in time for WorldPride.

Alannah Le Cross
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Alannah Le Cross


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