Solotel will transform some of its venues across Sydney for the WorldPride festival next year with food, entertainment, music and culture at the forefront of the LGBTQIA+ pride celebrations.

As the exclusive hospitality partner of the first WorldPride festival to ever be held in the southern hemisphere, Solotel’s pubs and bars will host a number of colourful celebrations across the 17-day festival, including Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parties on February 25.

Solotel will partner with some of the Sydney LGBTQIA+ community’s most influential to curate the inclusive and diverse styling, entertainment and music programming across the group’s flagship venues. 

The venues include the Kings Cross Hotel; The Bank, Marly, and Courty in Newtown; The Clock and Goros in Surry Hills; Darlo Bar, Darlinghurst; the soon-to-open Abercrombie in Chippendale; Paddo Inn, Paddington; Barangaroo House; and Opera Bar.

We’ve been told to expect a lot of partying with boozy brunches, Kylie karaoke, dress-up parties, pride trivia, DJs and more.

Solotel CEO, Elliot Solomon, said the WorldPride 2023 partnership reflects the group’s long-standing kinship with the community.

“Solotel has an incredible local LGBTQIA+ community across so many of our pubs and bars and among our staff,” he said.

“Partnering with Sydney WorldPride 2023 is just one way we can show how much we support them and that we are a safe, fun space for everyone.”

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Albert Kruger, said Solotel venues have provided a safe space for LGBTQIA+ people over many years.

“With institutions like Darlo Bar and The Bank serving as pillars for the local community [we] have been able to show up authentically,” he said. 

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with a hospitality group whose ethos aligns with our own, while also promoting connection and celebration.”

WorldPride runs from February 17 to March 5 next year.

Elliott Solomon with Ebony Williams, Sydney WorldPride First Nations Engagement Officer (left) and Ben Graetz, Sydney World Pride Festival Creative Director – First Nations.

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