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Absolutely Queer

17 February 2023 – December 2023

Absolutely Queer shines a spotlight on Sydney’s leading queer creatives through their work, creative process and personal stories for Sydney WorldPride 2023.
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Sydney Observatory Late: WorldPride

Finished 22 February 2023
Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory Late: WorldPride will be presented under the stars on the grounds of the Sydney Observatory. Featuring a night of stargazing, music and performance with food and beverages.

Join Alice Motion and Alexis Weaver for an experiment in collective sound and become a part of the Atomic Choir to create an album of some of science’s greatest hits. Create rhythms for reactions, basslines for the Big Bang and melodies for molecules in an immersive experience merging sound, music, and science.

Witness a star spectrum performance with artist Emily Parsons-Lord and explore the night sky through telescopes in our courtyard.


7.30 pm Emily Parsons-Lord star spectrum performance
8–9 pm Alice Motion and Alexis Weaver experiment in collective sound with the Atomic Choir. Mc’d by drag performer and wildlife biologist, Diva Attenbra.



7–9:30 pm Music curated by Alexis Weaver



7–9:30 pm Curated and handmade menu by Auntie Wombat



7–9.30 pm Telescope viewing



Alice Motion is a chemist and science communicator who leads the SCOPE (Science Communication, Outreach, Participation and Education) Research Group at the School of Chemistry, University of Sydney. Alice’s interdisciplinary research aims to connect people with science. Alice is an innovator in citizen science and outreach and part of the Open Source Malaria (OSM) consortium.

Alexis Weaver is an electronic composer, tertiary educator and researcher at the University of Sydney. She aims to bring a new awareness and enjoyment of sound to her audiences. When Alexis isn’t investigating the role of sound and music in science communication, you can find her composing podcast themes, or looking for new, weird sounds to record.

Emily Parsons-Lord is a cross-disciplinary artist whose practice is informed by research and critical dialogue with materials and climate science, through investigation into air and explosions, both materially and culturally.

Diva Attenbra is Sydney’s premiere drag clown scientist. Known as the “Nigel Thornberry of Drag”, Diva is the intersection between science communication and drag artistry, makeup perfection and comical genius. So the question remains, are you ready to get a bit WILD with Diva?

Auntie Wombat are your plant-based caters who have been known for recreating all the Asian classics. Think sweet & sour cauli, mushroom shumais, mango pancakes, spring rolls, lemon “chicken.” Since their humble beginnings both Anh and Ray have worked tirelessly and have been met with accolades neither we’re expecting. Auntie Wombat has a strong community focus, believing that good food should be accessible and in turn bring people together.


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