Midsumma Carnival (Photo: Suzanne Balding)

Celebrating LGBTQIA+ diverse journeys and communities, Australia's premier 22-day queer arts experience, Midsumma Festival is on again, featuring an array of spectacular performances, exhibitions, talks and social events.

Showcasing preeminent queer arts and cultural festivities with leading international, national and local artists, the festival is hosting 194 events, with crowds of more than 285,000 expected, and the Festival being held in more than 98 venues around Melbourne. On from Sunday, 19 January to Sunday, 9 February 2020, Midsumma will present 163 open access events made for and by queer communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality – as well as a specifically curated program, Midsumma Presents, which will highlight the unsung heroines and unheard voices of queer intersectional communities of this time.

“Festivals are so important, because at their very core they share stories and our stories are the keepers of our history. Midsumma Festival is about celebrating diverse communities, in their own voice, and letting new voices move us, challenge us and most importantly entertain us” said Midsumma Festival CEO Karen Bryant.

This year, Midsumma Festival will present the 2020 major project, QUEER UNSETTLED, a provocative and unearthing program that claws at the themes of colonisation through live music, multidisciplinary moving-image installations, and new work exhibitions. The exemplar line-up includes Drag Race darlings from Thailand in Nocturnal x Midsumma: Lunar New Year Disco, a celebration of Chinese New Year under the shiny disco ball at Melbourne Museum after dark.

Midsumma Pride March (Photo: Dean Arcuri)

Other events include Midsumma Pride March will parade and party in Fitzroy St, St Kilda on 2 Feb celebrating Pride March’s 25th anniversary, showing that marching for pride is more important now than ever before. After pride celebrations will be held on the foreshore of Catani Gardens until 4pm on the Summer Pride Stage.

With seven selected Festival Hubs at Theatre Works, Gasworks Arts Park, Chapel Off Chapel, Hare Hole, Arts Centre Melbourne and a curated family program with The Melba Spiegeltent and Midsumma Westside, audiences will be treated to arts and culture every night of the 22 day festival.

Check out the full list of events on offer for Midsumma Festival 2020 on their website here!


Dates: 19 January - 9 February 2020

Location: Multiple locations in Melbourne

Times: Times vary. See website for full listing

Midsumma Website