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Seymour Centre - 15th Feb - 4th March - Presenting nine WorldPride Arts events as part of Sydney WorldPride — a diverse program featuring a kaleidoscope of comedy, cabaret, dance, and drama from a host of much-loved local and international LGBTQIA+ artists.
The festivities begin with Elias Jamieson Brown's brand-new play, CAMP, charting the birth of Australia's fierce gay rights movement. Then comes Gay Sydney: A Memoir, an evocative new work from renowned storyteller and artist, William Yang, recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Sydney Theatre Awards. The party continues with All Out Comedy, a spectacular night of stand-up featuring Geraldine Hickey, Nath Valvo, and Coco Jumbo.
To follow, Dan Daw presents the Australian premiere of his critically acclaimed work, The Dan Daw Show, named one of the five best dance shows of 2022 by The Guardian UK. Plus, Shaun Parker & Company return with their cutting-edge dance piece, KING, the Briefs boys return with their new cabaret show, Dirty Laundry, and EnQueer/ Sydney Queer Writers' Festival presents two thought-provoking panel events.
And there's free offerings to be enjoyed, too: Seymour’s popular outdoor music series, Seymour Nights, also returns for Sydney WorldPride, offering free performances from some of Australia's most vibrant voices and wickedest DJs, all in the leafy, summery surrounds of the Seymour Centre courtyard.
Get out your planner, get your tickets, and experience Sydney WorldPride arts at the Seymour: seymourcentre.com/what-s-on/sydney-worldpride-2023/
Kara Zmatiq - Pride Soiree, 4th March 2023, The Vanguard Newtown - Following a string of sold-out shows around Australia - Kara Zmatiq brings their touring production company Soiree Cabaret to Sydney for World Pride with their show 'Pride Soiree' (4th March). Sequin-dipped and muscle-ripped, this sexually arousing drag circus cabaret is bound to get your heart racing. Starring Australia's Premier Live Singing Drag Queen, Kara Zmatiq, as seen on Australia's Got Talent, this one-night only, cheeky and sexy interactive show is the ultimate night out, featuring jaw-dropping circus and dance acts performed by a talented cast of contortion and aerialist performers synonymous with Cirque Du Soleil! Alongside, there are performances by special guest acts to cult classic gay dance anthems you know and love. Delivered by the powerhouse live vocals of Australia's Best Live Singing Drag Queen (Kara Zmatiq) in a kaleidoscope of colour. Book tickets now - thevanguard.com.au
Opera Australia presents Opera Up Late - Feb 18th & 23rd A late-night celebration for the ages! Opera Australia is throwing open the doors to Australia’s most famous cultural icon for Sydney WorldPride with two exclusive concert performances of Opera Up Late. Making a grand debut at the Sydney Opera House, international cabaret star and opera lover Reuben Kaye will host this late-night celebration of queer romance, drag and music. Directed by the award-winning Shaun Rennie, this production offers a rare after-hours glimpse at what the stars of Opera Australia get up to when they unlace the corsets and take off the wigs. Please note this production may contain adult themes, coarse language, and sexual content (...if you’re lucky!)
Sydney Opera House - Joan Sutherland Theatre - Book now at opera.org.au
City Recital Hall - Switched On: Nakhane - March 3rd - Multi-award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, and novelist Nakhane has been hailed as “a real star in the making” (The Observer) who “makes the dancefloor a place of tenderness” (VICE). Their previous album, You Will Not Die, garnered acclaim from critics and the adoration of fans like Madonna and Elton John. In their many guises in music, film and literature, Nakhane has been instrumental in challenging the status quo in conversations about gender and sexuality; steadily building a body of work of cultural importance that hits every dancefloor sweet spot.
Book now at sydneyworldpride.com - Tickets from $59 - 2 Angel Place, Sydney
Oxtravaganza - Darlinghurst is turning up the Glitter Factor for 2023 and is getting ready to party from Feb 17th till March 5th .The Darlo festival is back with a huge series of events including an art walk, performances, big drag brunch, late night shopping, kids zone, storytelling, viewing parties and more. There’s the Darlo Big Drag Brunch on March 4th, with 20 drag queens getting ready to hit the streets and the many venues across Darlinghurst! AR Decals around the area are sure to be a social media hit. A Photo Exhibition featuring the “best of Oxtravaganza” from photographer Robert Knapman, will be displayed in the windows of local businesses. Weekend trading hours are extended and key stores and galleries will have DJs, discounts, giveaways and more.
Plus. there are other hubs to be explored like the Rainbow Precinct, Hollywood Quarter, Stanley St, the Glittering Mile, all within a short stroll from Taylor Sq or the CBD. Excitingly, the Mardi Gras Parade - Feb 25th has made its return to Oxford St this year - with plenty of viewing areas! Oxtravaganza.com.au
Sydney Dance Company are hosting a range of events as part of the 2023 Sydney WorldPride festival at their Wharf Studios, with the support of City of Sydney. You can't miss Queers of Java (4-5 March, Tickets $49) - a Project Eleven and Sydney Dance Company production, in association with Sydney WorldPride, performed and choreographed by acclaimed Indonesian dancer Rianto. Or strut your stuff with Dance Workshops on 18th February ($15 per class) in Heels, Voguing, Waacking and Drag + Lip Sync with international drag queen royalty Minnie Cooper of RuPaul's Drag Race fame! Worked up a sweat? Join us at The Social every Wednesday and Thursday evening in February for a pop-up bar with harbourside views!
15 Hickson Rd, Dawes Point - Book now: sydneydancecompany.com
The Mardi Gras Parade - It’s coming home! The world-renowned Parade returns to Oxford Street in celebration of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ 45th anniversary. This dazzling display of LGBTQIA+ excellence showcases the beauty and strength in pride and self-expression as we continue the fight for equality. As the biggest event of the Sydney WorldPride festival, all eyes will be on over 12,500 marchers as 200+ floats adorn Oxford Street for the first time since 2020!
Download the Mardi Gras Parade Map at sydneyworldpride.com
Belvoir - Tradition meets mayhem in Blessed Union, a brand new lesbian divorce comedy playing at Belvoir St Theatre from 11 Feb–11 Mar, presented in collaboration with Sydney WorldPride. Host and curator of celebrated LGBTQIA+ storytelling night Queerstories - Maeve Marsden has penned a queer tale of her own, exploring what it means to watch your family fall apart when that family had to fight so hard to be together.
25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills - Book now: belvoir.com.au/productions/blessed-union
Flinders Street Gallery - DANIEL McDONALD - 'Nexus' - Feb 15th till March 4th
Daniel McDonald is a Deaf First Nations LGBTQI artist, inspired by the Western Desert dot techniques. He paints with an eye to his coastal NSW & Inner Sydney origins to tell his own story. In his exhibition ‘Nexus’, Daniel fuses traditional painting techniques with contemporary iconography, colours and concepts. The exhibition seeks to draw harmonious connections between diverse orientations and identities.
61 Flinders St, Surry Hills - Gallery hours Wed - Sat, 11am-6pm - flindersstreetgallery.com
Sketch Co Gallery - Life in Colour - Feb 15 - March 4
Join us 5-7pm on Thursday 16th February, the eve of Sydney World Pride, as we celebrate Australia’s brilliant and diverse LGBTQIA+ art community.
Featuring works from such artists as multiple Archibald Prize finalist Kim Leutwyler, Tits & Co. co-founder Marisa Mu, multidisciplinary emerging artist Cadmium Mellow, Nadege Lamy, Nicholas Watt and many others.
420 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010