Sydney is about to host the first WorldPride in the Southern Hemisphere, taking place from 17 February to 5 March 2023. Think of Sydney WorldPride 2023 as a ‘mega Mardi Gras’ – because that’s what it is! This exciting celebration is expected to attract 500,000 attendees from across Australia and around the globe.

Access and inclusion

Sydney WorldPride is committed to removing access and inclusion barriers so that full participation by all people is possible. Accessible viewing areas and transfer services, diverse communication formats, companion card support, and affordability programs are just some of the supports in place to ensure the events and festival are shaped around inclusion. Find out more at: and

Glorious highlights

Pop royalty Kylie Minogue is headlining the Live & Proud opening concert at The Domain on 24 February. Areas of the famous Oxford Street LGBTQIA+ district will be closed to traffic to create a fabulous (and free!) Pride Villages from 24 February to 5 March. The beloved Mardi Gras Parade will be returning to its spiritual home on Oxford Street for the first time in three years on 25 February. And finally, Sydney WorldPride will host the largest LGBTQIA+ Human Rights Conference ever to be held in the southern hemisphere from 1 March to 3 March.

Browse the full festival guide at:


LGBTQIA+ is an acronym. Its letters stand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual. The plus symbol at the end acknowledges any sexualities, sexes, and genders that aren’t captured in the letters.

This story is from the January 2023 edition of Afford News. Click here to read more.

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