Latest News: 2013 News Flashes
30 Apr: Dolly Diamond wants guests for her TV Show
Dolly Diamond launches her new eight week Friday Night Late Show season on Friday 3 May and the show will be filmed live for broadcast on Channel 31. Dolly has assembled some of Australia's best names as guests, but some interview spots still remain. Are you interested in being on TV? More >>
18 Apr: Midsumma AGM details announced: 7pm on 5 June at The Leveson
The Midsumma Annual General Meeting, which was originally scheduled for 1 May, has been moved to 5 June, 2013 at The Leveson, 46 Leveson St, North Melbourne. Midsumma are calling for Board Nominations and/or Agenda items by 5 May. All welcome but only current members may vote. More >>
9 Apr: Call for EOIs for Visual Arts Working Group
The Midsumma Visual Arts Working Group (VAWG) are responsible for the curation of a number of Visual Arts exhibitions throughout Midsumma Festival. They meet monthly from July to discuss progress of projects, and for communicative decision making. Interested? Now's the time to sign up! More >>
14 Mar: Call for Premier Events Selection Committee
Midsumma is calling for expressions of interest from people who would like to join a specialised and representative committee to assist with the selection of the Premier Events for Midsumma 2014. The committee will meet twice in August and once in September.
In 2014, all Premier Event submissions will be assessed by three panels of people:
1. Midsumma Premier Event Selection Committee
2. Midsumma Management Staff
3. Midsumma Board of Directors
7 Mar: Midsumma Festival 2014 Dates Announced
The 26th Midsumma Festival will run from Sunday 12 January to Sunday 2 February, 2014.
Melbourne's annual festival celebrating queer culture will again bring queer life to the city in 2014, opening with the Midsumma Carnival on the banks of the Yarra at Birrarung Marr on 12 January 2014.
28 Feb: Call for event collaboration proposals and concepts!
If you have ever wanted to put on an event through Midsumma, but are just not sure how to get your concept off the ground, now is the time to propose your ideas for collaboration projects! Midsumma wishes to hear from artists, producers, performers, community groups and other organisations looking to host an event collaboratively with Midsumma.
14 Feb: Carnival Turf recycled in a new estate in Sunshine
We're delighted to announce that the turf that was laid in front of the main stage at Carnival has been replanted in a wetland area in Sunshine. We had originally been told that the turf would not be able to be recycled, as it would become too damaged. However, the Carnival patrons took great care of it, and the turf is now enhancing the entry area to the new estate. Midsumma received no payment for the recycled turf, however it's of great benefit to the council who received it, and we're delighted that it hasn't been wasted. The experience this year should enable the cost of laying turf in similar situations in future to be reduced, now that the Midsumma experience has shown that recycling of the turf is possible.
24 Jan: Festival Late-Night Hub opens tonight
The Festival Late Night Hub at Chapel Off Chapel is worth crossing the river for - seriously! And it's free! 24, 25 & 31 Jan and 1 Feb only. Performers include: Goddess Grooves: Michelle Parsons, acoustic rock, Ruth Katerelos & Monique Kenny, acoustic contemporary rock/blues/pop; Greg Walsh - singer/songwriter, piano, blues/rock + funk, pop, soul and jazz; Gobsmacked: Showbiz and Dating: Nikki Aitken - cabaret singer/songwriter and character comedian and Jamie Burgess - musical theatre; The Cost Of Love: Justin Clausen - musical theatre; Perrin Date (aka "Collector" - listen to her on soundcloud) - singer/songwriter; Noah Earp - alternative / folk / jazz: see his YouTube clip; DEANlicious - Dean Arcuri; Amanda Micallef, solo acoustic guitarist; and open mic on 1 Feb.
On 31 Jan and 1 Feb catch Claude & Roxy's erotic puppet show from 9 - 9:45pm: your last chance to catch the current episode from this well-travelled duo.
16 Jan: Midsumma and Gaybies to be on The Project and 7:30 Report tonight
Midsumma's excellent coverage in mainstream media continues this evening (Wednesday 16 January).
Magda Szubanski will be appearing on The Project at 6:30pm on Network Ten and there will be a package about Gaybies at 7:30pm on the 7:30 Report on ABC1.
Based on the audience size, reaction and standing ovation at the first preview performance last night, the short season of this brand new, world premiere production written by Dean Bryant is going to sell out. And that's despite being in MTC's rather large Southbank Sumner Theatre! So get your tickets NOW or you will miss out!
9 Jan: iPad App now available - a world first!
Midsumma is now the world's first queer festival to have an iPad App. The Midsumma App has been redeveloped from the ground up this year and now rolls over into future Festivals. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Download Now.
The complete 2013 Midsumma program is available on the Midsumma website, and is fully compatible with all major phone platforms, including Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry and iPhone - for browsing or buying tickets.
3 Jan: Midsumma Box Office Now Open. Also open Sat 12 Jan 12-4pm
Midsumma's box office is now open in Bourke St, just half a block from the Bourke St Mall right in the heart of town!
The Midsumma Box Office is open from 3 January to 3 February 2013 and is located on the Ground Floor, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne (that's midway between Swanston & Russell Sts). Opening hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays.
You can also purchase tickets online - just browse the program and click on Buy Tickets in any ticketed event, or you can book over the phone on 03 9415 9819 between 10am and 5pm weekdays.