Sydney WorldPride 2023 is currently underway until March 5, 2023. This marks the first time a city in the southern hemisphere had been chosen to host WorldPride — a global LGBTQIA+ festival that’s made its rounds since 2000.
The two-week festival’s theme for 2023 is “Gather, Dream, Amplify” and aims to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as Australia’s indigenous peoples, as well as uplift all in the name of equality and inclusion.
The festival has also partnered with LGBTQIA+ and First Nations communities.
Adding to the list of firsts for the festival is a performance by Tackthai, real name Kittiphop Hongsala.
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Announced last November, Tackthai’s inclusion in the line-up has made him WorldPride’s first-ever Thai native and only Asian DJ to perform at their event.
"I never thought I would receive such an invitation and get the chance to perform for a 15,000-20,000 people-audience at WorldPride's main event this year," he said in an article via Bangkok Post.
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His performance took place on the main stage on Sunday, February 26 and saw Tackthai join the likes of Kylie Minogue, Peaches plus stars of Drag Race Down Under Coco Jumbo, Kween Kong and more in enlivening the festival line-up.
"I will never forget all of the moments and all the excitement I felt during this epic festival forever and grateful to all of my friends, and to all of you who came to the Sydney world pride domain dance party, because everyone there made this magic happen," captions the DJ in a separate Instagram post.
Sydney WorldPride 2023 is currently taking place from 17 February to 5 March; learn more about the festival here.
Adrianna Cheung is Mixmag Asia’s Culture Curator, follow her on Instagram.