Midsumma, Melbourne's annual Queer Celebration, is a federation of arts and cultural events spread over 85 different venues throughout Melbourne and Regional Victoria. The festival is presented over three weeks from mid January to February and, having been held annually since 1988, is a significant attraction on the Melbourne festival calendar.
Midsumma Festival brings a diverse mix of artists and performers together under a single umbrella for an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture. The festival program is made up of a wide range of events and activities including visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, sport, social events and public forums.
Offering a diverse, exciting and relevant program, Midsumma continues to attract a broad and ever-evolving audience to Melbourne and Victoria. Each year over 160,000 individuals from around the globe participate in and attend festival events, which are concentrated over several municipal councils including: City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, City of Stonnington, City of Maribyrnong, City of Moreland, City of Port Phillip, City of Darebin and Hobsons Bay City Council.
Growing in popularity each year, Midsumma is positioned and identified globally as one of the top five gay and lesbian arts and cultural festivals, along with New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Singapore. As such, Midsumma serves to identify Melbourne as a culturally sophisticated city and strengthens Melbourne's national and international profile as an artistically vibrant and invigorated city.
Midsumma Festival Inc is a not-for-profit association with one full time office staff member, governed by a volunteer Board of Management which is elected by membership. The festival team expands considerably in the lead up to the festival with contractors and a base of over 160 volunteers.