Midsumma Festival is Australia's premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, connecting queer artists to audiences passionate about queer cultural experiences.
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, featuring over 175 events in 2019, with involvement by over 500 culture-makers in over 100 different venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria to anticipated audiences of over 284,000.
While new initiatives have been received incredibly well by our communities and the arts industry, they provide just a small taste of the comprehensive creative and cultural strategies that the Midsumma team has planned. We know we can make a difference locally and nationally all year round. Take a look at our Artistic Outcomes from 2019.
Our Leadership Position
Midsumma has repositioned itself as a globally-relevant cultural influencer with artistic and thought leadership, learning and diversity at its heart. We have experienced rapid growth in audiences, breadth and scope of artists/community engagement, and depth of artistic partnerships and new work developed.