Midsumma Festival will open on Saturday 19 January 2019, with Midsumma Carnival on Sunday 20 January in Alexandra Gardens and Midsumma Pride March returning to St Kilda on Sunday 3 February 2019.

The full program will be launched in mid-November 2018.

Midsumma Festival has been held annually since 1988. Melbourne’s Queer community and friends come together for this collaborative, innovative celebration of queer arts and culture, presented over three weeks from mid January to early February every year.

Midsumma Festival is Victoria’s premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality.

We are a champion of LGBTQIA+ cultures, conversations and events. We are the intersection between generations, people, ideas, stories and experiences – a focal point for connections and belonging. We create inclusive and safe social spaces. We provide platforms for shared experience in a world which often under-represents us. We value diversity and we embrace difference. We increase our communities’ profiles and amplify the stories that might otherwise not be seen, heard or felt.

Although the primary three-week festival is held in summer each year, Midsumma works year-round to provide artists, social-changers and culture-makers with support and tools to create, present and promote their work. Midsumma Festival brings a diverse mix of artists, performers, communities and audiences together under a single umbrella for a celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture.

We hope you enjoy our diverse festival program, made up of visual arts, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, sport, social events and public forums and events in over 100 different venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria to anticipated audiences of over 200,000.

Midsumma Carnival

Midsumma Carnival | Sunday 20 January in Alexandra Gardens

The most fabulous queer-day-out

Don’t miss Melbourne’s most famous family-friendly community day that kicks off summer’s beloved three-week Midsumma Festival season. Midsumma Carnival will serve-up a tasting plate of performances and personalities from the festival program – in one giant showcase – with something for everyone.

Check out sports displays, get pooch-smooched at the famous Dog Show, or test out your favourite songs in the Lipsync Limelight competition.

Food trucks, bars and stalls galore, all top-full of treats to keep you hydrated, fed and in the community spirit.

There’ll be an under 18s area hosted by Australia’s largest youth organisation Minus18; a rest zone; and Midsumma Carnival’s first-ever tactile installation by Slow Art Collective in collaboration with Description Victoria – for those that want to feel the community vibe across all of their senses.

Bring the kids, the sunscreen and a picnic lunch if you like – but please don’t bring any glass containers or bottles with you! We’d hate to see paws, feet and knees coming out a little worse for wear after a lovely day on the grassy knolls of Alexandra Gardens.

The full program will be launched in mid-November 2018.

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When & Where

Dates: Saturday 19th January 2019 – Sunday 10th February 2019