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Marri Madung Butbut

This six-day WorldPride arts program is celebrating LGBTQIA+ First Nations culture and communities.
By Reema Hindi and Ben Hansen
February 07, 2023
By Reema Hindi and Ben Hansen
February 07, 2023

We've got a lot to celebrate this Sydney WorldPride which is why Carriageworks will be hosting Marri Madung Butbut (Many Brave Hearts): Sydney WorldPride First Nations Gathering Space. This six-day program features an array of both free and ticketed events running from Thursday, February 23–Tuesday, February 28, all celebrating First Nations LGBTQIA+ artists and communities.

Kicking off the festivities is a free-to-attend opening night party. The Djarraba Disco will feature some of Eora and Naarm's best performance artists lighting up the dance floor on February 23.

There are another 11 free events for you to experience throughout the festivities like Ōvah Ōvah, a Pasifika variety show celebrating Fa'afafine performers on Sunday, February 26; and, Koori Gras, an evening of performances from the likes of Nana Miss Koori, Nova Gina and BeeDazzled Shanks on Tuesday, February 28.

Katherine Griffiths

Ticketed events include the whirlwind cabaret experience Klub Village which combines drag, circus and dance. Plus, Joel Bray's stand-out play, Daddy, a provoking and hilarious Gindr-era love story.

There is something for everyone to enjoy in this spectacular celebration. "Marri Madung Butbut is a place where everyone is welcome to experience the rainbow heart of the oldest surviving culture on the planet", says Festival Creative Director Ben Graetz.

The Trading Blak Mini Market will be showcasing Aboriginal-owned businesses throughout the festival, and First Nations catering company Indigiearth will be in charge of the food, operating out of Carriageworks' Cornerstone cafe.

Check out the full program online.

Bryony Jackson

Top Image: Daniel Boud & Jamie James

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