The Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW will work side-by-side with Sydney WorldPride to deliver a showstopping world-class event that highlights the diversity, inclusivity, creativity and innovation the Harbour City is known for.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said Sydney was the natural choice to host WorldPride 2023, and the partnership with the NSW Government would allow the event to shine even brighter.
“Sydney is Australia’s truly global city, a city rich in art and culture, and a city that truly celebrates diversity and inclusion.
“WorldPride 2023 will showcase Sydney’s strengths to a global audience, from the 500,000 attendees and 78,000 visitors expected to enjoy the event here in the Harbour City, to millions of supporters following from around the world.
“The Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 highlights the Government’s commitment to collaborate with industry, and this is an outstanding example of working together to grow the economic and social benefits to NSW through world-class major events.
“Sydney continues to be the world-leader in getting theatres reopened, artists on stage and running COVID-safe events, and Sydney WorldPride 2023 will cement our credentials even further.
“It’s fantastic for an event of this calibre to be locally produced, creating up to 350 jobs, involving our arts and entertainment communities, and giving other industries and partners the chance to be part of the celebration,” Mr Ayres said.
Sydney WorldPride will align with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in February-March 2023 and includes a range of events, celebrations, a First Nations Hub showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture, and a Human Rights Conference.
Sydney WorldPride 2023 interim CEO Kate Wickett said the support of the NSW Government was invaluable.
“Momentum is definitely building toward Sydney WorldPride 2023 and to have the backing of the NSW Government gives us confidence and expertise to make our event the most spectacular WorldPride in history,” Ms Wickett said.
In 2023, Sydney will celebrate the 50th Australian Gay Pride Week, 45th Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the first WorldPride in the southern hemisphere.