First Nations Gathering Spaces at Sydney WorldPride 2023

Miss First Nations
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Sydney WorldPride 2023 has announced the addition of four new shows as part of the Marri Madung Butbut (Many Brave Hearts): First Nations Gathering Space.

The Gathering Space aims to celebrate a wide range of artistic excellence, for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous patrons to enjoy.

Camp Culture (25, 26 Feb)

Can the Kumbayas, throw on Queen B and spark more than just the fire. This is your roll call for Camp Culture – An interactive circus show for campers of any age.

Hosted by seasoned and completely unqualified camp leader Dale Woodbridge Brown. He can’t use a compass but will show that no matter where you come from, there’s always a way to earn your badge for being your most authentic self.

From growing up as a Faboriginal kid from the bush to one of Australia’s most prolific circus artists – his ability to use humour and heart to empower unrepresented voices will leave campers begging to stay just a little longer!

Tickets available now.

Ailan Songs Project (26 Feb)

A collaborative work from Australian Indigenous singer Jessie Lloyd, Ailan Songs Project is a contemporarised exploration of popular historical songs from the Torres Strait between Australia and Papua New Guinea in the coral sea.

Bringing together ancient languages and historical events with tropical island reggae grooves.

Jessie Lloyd has researched and collaborated with senior Torres Strait songwomen to compile an album of ‘ailan’ songs (island songs).

These are well-known folk songs sung by families and communities in their various languages and dialects.

The songs also tell of how islanders migrated to mainland Australia throughout the 20th century and their contribution to Australian society.

Tickets available now.

Klub Village
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Bloodlines: The Huxleys (4 Jan – 5 March)

Bloodlines is a multi art form exhibition which honours legendary artists lost to HIV/AIDS.

A loving tribute to the many influential voices silenced by the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s and 90’s.

The Huxleys’ work evokes the colourful rebellious and creative spirit of these queer saints, artists that helped shift the worlds of queer art and culture into new realms.

The work pays a heartfelt debt to artists who paved the way and informed and inspired the practices of The Huxleys, and countless other artists working today.

All ages are welcome to this free event.

Koori Gras (28 Feb)

Come and celebrate the final night of Marri Madung Butbut. Koori Gras will be celebrating the rich diversity of Queer performances by leading national and international First Nations artists.

Presented in partnership with Moogahlin Performing Arts, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras & Sydney WorldPride.

All ages are welcome to this free event.

Other First Nations Gathering Spaces at WorldPride

These new events join Miss First Nations: Supreme Queen, Klub Village starring Kween Kong, Daddy and Chase, making Carriageworks a must-visit part of WorldPride.

These events will be located in the inner-city suburbs of Eveleigh and Redfern.

The stunningly converted train sheds of Carriageworks will come alive with six days of global First Nations creativity.

From free exhibits, to theatre, dining and drag, Marri Madung Butbut: the First Nations Gathering Space will be the place where everyone is welcome to experience the rainbow heart of the oldest surviving culture on the planet.

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Visiting Sydney? Book by 30 November to bundle your major event tickets with flights and accommodation. See the list of Approved Travel Providers here

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