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This year’s massive Midsumma Festival is on again and with hundreds of events on, this year’s Festival will be bigger and better than ever!

Delivering a kaleidoscope of queer arts and cultural festivities across Melbourne, the festival offers a range of activities for LGBTQIA+ and the wider community, and is on from the 19 January-10 February.

Held annually since 1988, Midsumma Festival hosts an extraordinary array of performances, exhibitions, talks and social events with leading international, national and local artists.

This year’s Festival unites on the theme of BODY, offering a works that discuss the trans, gender diverse and intersex communities, and this is highlighted by events like the Consent Festival and Pride March in early February.

“This year’s Midsumma Festival represents diverse ideas that will reach out and stimulate us emotionally on many levels, and perhaps even change us in unexpected and profound ways,” said Midsumma Festival CEO Karen Bryant.

“We are also proud to be presenting major works by an intersex artist for the first time. This is the opportunity to choose your own festival adventure as you navigate your way across 23 days of Midsumma.”

Events during the festival include:

  • MIDSUMMA CARNIVAL filled with glitter, stalls and fine tunes this all-day festival has DJs, food, music, a Dog show, performers Cake Daddy and many more!

  • MIDSUMMA PRIDE MARCH an annual moment of pride, prepare yourself to march through St Kilda in Melbourne’s iconic parade of rainbows and pride! Uniting diverse groups, personalities, sexualities and experiences -the march starts from 11am

  • CONSENT FESTIVAL a one-day special event exploring conversations that connect ideas of consent with LGBTQIA+ communities through forums, workshops and performances - this festival ends with a cabaret celebration, on at Melba Spiegeltent

  • MIDSUMMA EXTRAVAGANZA returns in all its comic glory, boasting a fierce line up featuring Yummy, Zoe Coombs Marr, Mama Alto, Trevor Ashley, Carlotta, Joel Creasey and more, together with a rocking live band.

  • MIDSUMMA WESTSIDE offering 19 separate events featuring performance, art installation, music and a Rainbow Pride event in Altona

Delivering a multitude of varied, exciting and challenging social and community events, see the full listing of Midsumma Festival events here!


Dates: 19 January - 10 February 2019

Location: Multiple venues around Melbourne

Times: Vary - check website for full details

Midsumma Website

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