Celebrating Sydney WorldPride

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Celebrating Sydney WorldPride
    Local places and faces; Things to do

Published 22 February 2023

Sydney WorldPride kicked off last week and there's so much going on around our local area.

Progress Pride flag raising at Council Chambers

To mark the start of Sydney WorldPride we held a Progress Pride flag raising event at Council Chambers on 14 February. It was attended by Mayor Susan Wynne, local members Alex Greenwich and Gabrielle Upton, Sydney Mardi Gras chair Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco, several of the original 78ers, Pride Rainbow Champions Alex the Astronaut and Katherine Wolfgramme, and Councillors Harriet Price, Nicola Grieve, Sean Carmichael, Lucinda Regan, Toni Zeltzer and Luise Elsing.

Large group of people standing outside of Council Chambers holding raimbow flags and hearts

Rainbow hearts and banners brighten our streets, parks and library

To promote the importance of diversity and inclusion, and to brighten up our streets and open spaces, we've installed a number of rainbow hearts and banners. We hope they are enjoyed by both visitors and locals!

Five Ways

Five Ways in Paddington is part of the Rainbow City, where organisations across Greater Sydney have installed rainbow monuments to celebrate the festival.

The streets surrounding this iconic location’s restaurants, caf├ęs, bars, shops and businesses have been decorated with 45 rainbow hearts, representing every year of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which began in 1978.

We invite you to find each and every heart during your visit, and reflect on Paddington’s proud association with the Australian LGBTQIA+ community.

Take a look at where the other rainbows are on this map - there are 45 across the city!

Rainbow heart stickers on pavement at Fiveways
Five Ways, Paddington

Rainbow lanterns in tree
Five Ways, Paddington

Other locations

Raimbow banner on the handrail at Murray Rose Pool with sunbather in background
Murray Rose Pool, Double Bay

Raimbow artwork on stairs at Woollahra Library at Double Bay
Woollahra Library at Double Bay

Our Pride Amplified local events

Check out our excellent line up of Pride Amplified local events for adults, youth and kids.

There's workshops, panel discussions, game nights for young people and special exhibitions at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf and Paddington Library. Events run until mid March.

Pride recommended reads

The Woollahra Libraries team have pulled together a comprehensive list of Pride recommended reads. There are book suggestions for adults (fiction and non-fiction), youth and children. All books are available at a Woollahra library and best of all, membership is free!

Join Paddington Library's Pride Book Club

Show your support and celebrate LGBTQIA+ experience and our identifying friends, family and community year round by joining Paddington Library’s monthly pride book club.  Each month we discuss stories from gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual and queer voices, exploring aspects of their identities and experiences.  We ask that Pride Book Club participants uphold a safe space for community members.  All are welcome to attend a respectful discussion led by library staff.

To express interest in joining, please email library@woollahra.nsw.gov.au, speak to the staff at Paddington Library or simply turn up to our first meeting!

First meeting: Wednesday 17th May 2023, 6.00pm-7.00pm

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