13 February 2024

By Hannah Wilcox

North Sydney Council is hosting a month of love, with a series of free events and activities in time for Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras.

“Embrace Love promises a month of joy, celebration and unity in North Sydney, creating lasting memories and fostering a sense of belonging for all,” the council website reads.

“The initiative aims to foster unity and acceptance within the community, embracing diversity and highlighting the importance of love in all its forms.”

Running through February into March, there will be five exciting things to check out with your partner and/or loved ones. 

It kicks off this week with the unveiling of a large-scale, temporary artwork by queer artist Wayde Clarke, a proud Wiradjuri and Birpai creative. The piece, ‘Prideful Community’ will be on display in Brett Whiteley Place until March 10 and is intended to serve as a powerful symbol of unity and diversity. 

On Valentine’s Day (February 14) Council will be running free live string music at Cammeraygal Place from 10am to 11.45am, then Cremorne Plaza from 5pm to 7.45pm.

A ceremony will be held at 1pm on February 16 for the raising of a progress pride flag outside North Sydney Council Chambers. The event will include speeches, free ice cream, the raising of the Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride flag, and rainbow giveaways.

February 21 will see the official Embrace Love event take place at Brett Whiteley Place from 12pm to 2pm. A celebration of talented queer artists, the day will showcase drag queens, an illustration artist and ice-cold treat giveaway.