In our MECCA M-Powered interview series, fearless people from around the globe share their incredible stories – from overcoming adversity to following their passions and inspiring a future generation of changemakers.
To thrive in life, we all need to form meaningful human connections. We need to be part of a community that makes us feel included and heard. We need to belong. Kate Wickett was in her early 20s, standing on Oxford Street in Sydney, when she felt belonging for the very first time. It was a moment she’s never forgotten – and one that inspired a hugely successful career. It began in her teens, when she volunteered with the Northern Territory AIDS Council; now, many years down the track, she is proud to be the CEO of Sydney WorldPride.
The not-for-profit festival incorporates the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with the global Pride celebration of WorldPride and is on from February 17 to March 5. It includes more than 300 events, with everything from an official Sydney WorldPride Opening Ceremony to a First Nations gala concert. As if that wasn’t exciting enough – this is also the first time a city in the southern hemisphere has been chosen to host the international festival. “We were up against Houston and Montreal, so we went into the bid process very much as the underdogs. When our name was called out, I was thrilled – not only for the team that put the bid together, but for the amazing LGBTQIA+ community in Sydney,” says Wickett.
Along with incredible events, you can (obviously) expect plenty of self-expression through colour. And that’s one of the many reasons why MECCA MAX is the official colour makeup brand partner for WorldPride! “Self-expression is key to celebrating WorldPride! Letting your personality shine from the inside out,” says Wickett. Throughout the event, MECCA MAX will be creating joy-sparking makeup looks. Think: a makeup masterclass at 40,000 feet (aboard the official Qantas WorldPride flight), live Beauty School sessions at the MECCA MAX Fair Day, complimentary MECCA MAX touch-ups backstage at the Sissy Ball and much, much more.
Here, we speak to Wickett about what it felt like to win the bidding process for WorldPride, what to expect from the event, and of course, how to get involved.
Go to sydneyworldpride.com