Sydney is being transformed into a Rainbow City for Sydney WorldPride 2023, with organisations across Greater Sydney installing rainbow monuments to celebrate the festival.
The 45 free public artworks mark 45 years of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Sydney WorldPride Chief Executive, Kate Wickett, said: “It is so exciting to see organisations of all kinds across Sydney – from public institutions to businesses – embrace WorldPride in such a positive way.
“Sydney is a world-class city that celebrates diversity, and I can’t wait for visitors to see the fantastic display of support for the LGBTQIA+ community when more than 500,000 take part in Sydney WorldPride.”
Sydney Jewish Museum, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens and many other locations across Sydney and the greater metropolitan area.
For one special night, the Sydney Opera House will be lit up with a Progress Pride Flag on 17 February to mark the start of Sydney WorldPride, in a visible display of welcome to locals and tourists alike.
Two rainbow artwork venues in the SSH distribution area are:
Kensington Street, Chippendale
Kensington Street’s Rainbow installation is a 150 metre rainbow that runs the length of the street. The installation is located in the heart of Chippendale’s dining precinct and creative hub, joining together a range of unique cultures, and showing support for Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ community. The rainbow was installed from February 1 with a street wide Rainbow Parade to be hosted on Saturday February 18.
Tech Central, South Eveleigh
Love Pop is a giant inflatable art installation created by artist Matthew Aberline for Tech Central innovation district and South Eveleigh to celebrate WorldPride Rainbow City.
An immersive installation of tasty over-sized treats will pop up in South Eveleigh’s Innovation Plaza on Locomotive Street. Celebrating love and diversity, the installation takes the viewer through a series of interactive tasks spreading fun and kindness. The work was developed with award winning writer Catherine Moore. This project is part of the Greater Cities Commission vision to make Tech Central the world’s most sustainable, inclusive and welcoming innovation district.
The full list of Rainbow City installations, with information about the dates the installations will be available to view, is on the Sydney WorldPride website: https://sydneyworldpride.com/rainbow-city/
Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to visit all the artworks, sharing their content with #RainbowCity and #SydneyWorldPride.
Sydney WorldPride, the first WorldPride festival ever held in the Southern Hemisphere, kicks off on February 17.
The once-in-a-lifetime festival will take place over 17 days, with over 300 free and ticketed events taking place across Sydney with 500,000 participants expected to take part, including an estimated 78,000 visitors.