This year, we are excited to partner again with Description Victoria to provide you with information about a range of described events and experiences, from a Dance performance exploring 50 years of Queer Dance history, to classical music concerts; tactile artist talks and large outdoor community events. There will be something for everyone in the program. Below, you'll find a short introduction of some of the described experiences on offer at this year's festival, as well as links to more information. For answers to any questions about the program and to book tickets, you can call the Midsumma box office on 03 9296 6600. Alternatively, ticket links are included with each listing below.
Event: Midsumma Carnival
When: Sunday 20 January from 11am
Where: Alexandra Gardens, off St Kilda Road, South Bank of the Yarra
How much? Free!
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.
Audio describers will be situated at the information tent at the heart of Carnival. You can call 0405 725 423 between 11am and 5.30pm to reach Description Victoria who will be happy to come and meet you at a tram stop or Flinders Street, then guide you to the event. From there, you can participate and explore Carnival either independently, or with a guide.
A more detailed audio map will be produced close to the event – please contact Will at [email protected] to access this, or if you have any other questions.
Event: Midsumma Pride March
When: Sunday 3 February from 11am
Where: Fitzroy St and Catani Gardens
How much? Free
Victoria's annual queer march brings us together to stand tall and be proud, to honour community members who have brought us forth and most importantly, to revel in the celebrations with our family, friends and allies.
This year's Midsumma Pride March will highlight the diverse groups, personalities, sexualities and experiences that make our queer community so beautifully colourful. Everyone deserves to march and everyone deserves to be heard, to feel safe and to belong. We will remember that we are stronger as one and greater together!
Audio describers will be situated at the heart of the parade. You can call 0405 725 423 between 10.30am and midday to reach Description Victoria who will be happy to come and meet you and take you to the accessible viewing platform. A more detailed audio map will be produced close to the event – please contact Will at [email protected] to access this, or if you have any other questions.
Performance: Dancing Qweens
When: Thursday 31 January from 8:30pm
Where: Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street, North Carlton
How much? Tickets from $27 $22 concessions
Dancing Qweens is a new work by choreographer and drag artist James Welsby, exploring 50 years of queer dance history channeled into a highly interactive and surreal experience of queer bodies in motion. 'Same-sex ballroom', 'waacking,' 'voguing,' and 'heels' are styles that have informed this kaleidoscopic take on history that ultimately inquires into the future of queer dance.
Description Victoria will be leading a tactile workshop and audio description of the performance. To book for the tactile workshop, please contact Will at [email protected] or if you have any other questions.
Exhibition: Midsumma and Australia Post Art Prize
When: Tuesday 26 January from 6pm
Where: No Vacancy, QV Gallery Melbourne CBD
How much? Free
In its fourth year, the Midsumma and Australia Post Art Prize is a reputable annual and widely recognised award for the arts. The selection of queer artists from across the country showcase their potent personal and political perspectives of the world.
There will be an artist led tactile conversation about the artwork and exhibition.
Performance: Third Nature
When: Saturday 2 February 8.30pm
Where: Arts House, 521 Queensbury Street North Melbourne
How much? Tickets from $25 or $20 concessions
Third Nature is an opulent dance work exploring the wildness of gender and the weirdness of human sexuality. In a world where South Asia was never colonised and there were no colonial sanctions on gender and sexuality, two people delight in their own bodies. A sensuous, riotous work of lavish beauty and playful disarray by Raina Peterson and Govind Pillai.
Classical Indian dancers Raina Peterson and Govind Pillai rampage through the jasmine and jump on their big gay marriage bed. A sensuous, riotous work of lavish beauty and playful disarray.
Description Victoria will lead an Audio Description of Third Nature. Please contact [email protected] for any other questions.