Sydney WorldPride has responded to criticism over ticket prices, particularly for the centerpiece of the human rights conference which runs from March 1-3 at the ICC.
Sydney WorldPride 2023 confirmed star gazer that they will have a resolution to community concerns regarding ticket prices for the conference, which is expected to be the largest LGBTQI human rights conference ever in the southern hemisphere, by August 2022.
However, tickets for in-person access to the three-day human rights conference range from $747 for community organizations and nonprofit attendees to $1,797 for government and corporate attendees. The general admission price is $1497. Similar events at the ICC are comparable in price. For example, the ticket price to attend the four-day 2022 IDA World Congress in October, to discuss global access to water, in October costs up to $1625.
Ticket revenue does not cover the cost of the event
In a statement addressing ticket affordability, Sydney WorldPride Chief Operating Officer Gabriel Pinkstone said: “As a not-for-profit organization, we feel very responsible to provide the global rainbow community with, from the outset, integrated access programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people on grants or experiencing financial hardship, community organizations and a scholarship program.
“We also intend to make most of the conference available to watch for free anywhere in the world online.”
Pinkstone went on to say, “Human Rights Conference ticket revenue does not cover the cost of hosting the event, and we rely on government and corporate partners to ensure the Conference has venue. We’ve heard community feedback that some ticket prices are out of reach for people who want to attend, and we’ll have a fix for this by August.
Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, those experiencing financial hardship and those with Caregiver Cards, Health Care Cards, Pension Cards or Veterans Cards have access to tickets for $49 per day.
A scholarship program is also available which will allow 100 people to attend the conference free of charge.
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Over 300 events, many of which are free
In a statement, Sydney WorldPride said: “It is entirely possible to attend Sydney WorldPride completely free of charge, including major events such as Mardi Gras Parade, Mardi Gras Fair Day, Pride March and Pride Villages, including the Oxford Street party.
The statement continued: “The events that went on sale this week represent just 11 of the more than 300 events expected.
“We will be announcing over 60 WorldPride Arts events and over 20 WorldPride Sports events later this year, taking place across Greater Sydney.”
Sydney WorldPride 2023 runs from February 17 to March 5, 2023, with nearly one million people expected to take part in the 17-day celebration. The conference, according to Sydney WorldPride CEO Kate Wickett, will be similar to a South by Southwest or TEDx conference, and will feature “politicians, activists, communities, businesses, all under one roof, where we we can discuss and debate ideas. , all in pursuit of human rights and equality.
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In response to high in-person ticket prices, queer activist group Pride in Protest announced plans to hold an international queer liberation conference that will be free to attend.
WorldPride started in 2000 in Rome. Since then it has been held in London, Toronto, Madrid, New York and most recently in Copenhagen.