2017 Midsumma Festival Reviews

Midsumma is very proud of its participants. Here’s the scoop on many events from the many great publications supporting Midsumma!

Articles about 2017 Midsumma Festival events

Events are listed alphabetically. Within each event, the most recent article appears first.

ALGA's (almost) all-new history walk: Sun 22 Jan 11am - 1pm @ Treasury Building: meet at steps
  1. 18 Jan | MCV: ALGA explores East Melbourne's glorious queer history
A Night at the Musicals starring Le Gateau Chocolat and Jonny Woo: 17 – 22 Jan | Tue - Sat 8pm | Sun 5pm @ Arts Centre Melbourne
  1. 30 Jan | Aussie Theatre - Sonny Clarke: The entire audience sang merrily along, doing actions and all.
  2. 24 Jan | Aussie Theatre - Jack Beeby: A Night at the Musicals is a high camp trash at its most glorious
  3. 19 Jan | Australian Stage - Nikki Spunde: A Night at the Musicals | Strut & Fret
  4. 18 Jan | The Age - Cameron Woodhead: Midsumma review: A Night At The Musicals a fun and frivolous drag cabaret
  5. 18 Jan | Star Observer - Matthew Wade: LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT: IN DRAG I GET TO DISTRACT PEOPLE FROM THE 'TABOO'
Ash Flanders: Playing to Win: 27 – 29 Jan | Fri - Sat 6.30pm | Sun 5pm @ Arts Centre Melbourne
  1. 2 Feb | Theatre People - Nick Pilgrim: Ash Flanders fronts one of the must-see highlights of the 2017 Calendar
  2. 22 Jan | Stage Whispers - Michael Brindley: 'Oh, Ash Flanders – he can do anything.'
Auto Bio Queen: 1 – 4 Feb | Wed - Sat 7.30 - 8.30pm @ Gasworks Arts Park
  1. 22 Jan | BroadwayWorld.com: AUTO BIO QUEEN is Back for Midsumma at Gasworks
be-longing for it: 21 Jan – 4 Feb | Opening 20 Jan 6.30pm - 8.30pm | Exhibition Mon, Wed, Thu 9am - 8pm | Tue 4 - 8pm | Sat 10.30am - 2.30pm @ PRONTO!
  1. 17 Jan | MCV: VAC exhibition explores drug use among gay, bi and queer men
CLUBHEADS: 8 – 31 Jan | Opening: Sun 8 Jan 7 - 9pm @ Love Machine | Exhibition: Tue - Sun 7am - 4.30pm @ MAMA Marija's
  1. 9 Jan | SameSame - Deanus: Photo Gallery - CLUBHEADS Opening
Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives: Tue 7 Feb 7 - 8pm @ Northcote Library
  1. 26 Jan | MCV - Rachel Cook: Opening up to the richness of Indigenous queer communities
Dolly Di*mond's Bl*nkety Bl*nks: 20 – 28 Jan | Fri - Sat 8pm | Sun 7pm @ Chapel Off Chapel
  1. 2 Feb | Arts Review - Jimmy Twin: Dolly Diamond was not using bl*nks this Midsumma
  2. 23 Jan | Aussie Theatre - Katie Purvis: If Foxtel's Comedy Channel doesn't sign Dolly Diamond up for a new TV series of Blankety Blanks, they're mad.
  3. 22 Jan | Theatre People - Nick Pilgrim: A Dolly-cious twist on a tried and true formula, this Diamond really sparkles
  4. 21 Jan | Stage Whispers - Coral Drouyn: Dolly Diamond’s Bl*nkety Bl*nks
  5. 15 Jan | The Age - Annabel Ross: Michael Dalton & Dolly Diamond: More Than Just A Cabaret Act
Dolly Diamond's Piano Barre: 16 – 30 Jan | Mon 7pm @ Arts Centre Melbourne
  1. 22 Jan | Same Same - Kye Bartel: Dolly Diamond Slays At Piano Barre
A Drag-A-Thon: 27 – 28 Jan | Fri 3pm to Sun 1am @ The 86 Cabaret Bar
  1. 31 Jan | MCV - Rachel Cook: Melbourne's non-stop drag show breaks world record
#Dragformation: 20 Jan – 5 Feb | Opening: Thu 19 Jan 6 - 8pm | Drag Party: Fri 3 Feb 9pm - late | Exhibition: daily except 26 Jan | midday - 5pm + show times @ Chapel Off Chapel
  1. 30 Jan | Broadly - Sammi Taylor: Mesmerizing Before and After Photos of Drag Transformations
  2. 15 Jan | The Age - Annabel Ross: From Dan the Man to Dandrogyny: Midsumma exhibition captures drag transformation
  3. 13 Jan | MCV - Rachel Cook: Exploring the transformational process of drag
Dragnation Australia: Fri 3 Feb 7.30 - 10.30pm @ Love Machine
  1. 1 Feb | Star Observer - Jess Jones: DRAGNATION PAGEANT TO HEAT UP MELBOURNE
Exposed: Damon Kowarsky and Scott Thomas: 14 Jan – 3 Feb | Mon - Sat 5pm - late | Sun 4pm - late @ The Laird
  1. 19 Jan | SameSame - Deanus: Open day at The Laird
Finucane & Smith's Glory Box: Lucky 13: 24 – 29 Jan | Tue - Thu 8pm | Fri - Sat 9pm | Sun 8pm @ Arts Centre Melbourne
  1. 30 Jan | Arts Hub - Raphael Solarsh: Glory Box: Lucky 13
  2. 26 Jan | The Age - Jordan Beth Vincent: Finucane and Smith super-charged cabaret challenging, powerful and a little bit shocking
  3. 18 Jan | TimeOut Melbourne: Two daring feminist performances at Midsumma Festival
Gays of Our Lives: 1 – 4 Feb | Wed & Sat 9.30pm - 10.30pm @ L1 Studios
  1. 4 Feb | The Plus Ones - Sarah W.: ‘Gays of our Lives’ improvised soap opera at Midsumma 2017
  2. 3 Feb | Theatre People - Lyn Zelen: Gays of Our Lives is a fun and cheesy concoction of all the absurdity of soap operas.
  3. 17 Jan | Star Observer - Matthew Wade: MIDSUMMA TO TUNE INTO THE 'GAYS OF OUR LIVES'
Granny Bingo with a VERY Special Guest: Mon 16 Jan 7.30 - 10.30pm @ The 86 Cabaret Bar
  1. 16 Jan | SameSame - AndyMil: Photo Gallery - Granny Bingo @ the 86
HardQueer DeathPony: 31 Jan – 5 Feb | Tue - Sat 7pm | Sun 5pm @ Temperance Hall
  1. 1 Feb | MCV - Stephen A. Russell: HardQueer DeathPony - An orgy of myths and rituals
I AM MY OWN WIFE By Doug Wright: 17 Jan – 5 Feb | Tue - Sun @ fortyfivedownstairs
  1. 1 Feb | ABC RN - Michael Cathcart: Podcast: I Am My Own Wife at Midsumma Festival
  2. 23 Jan | Aussie Theatre - Katie Purvis: It's a terrific piece.
  3. 22 Jan | Arts Hub - Richard Watts: A fine and understated performance anchors this compelling exploration of truth, fiction, survival and self-belief.
  4. 18 Jan | Stage Whispers - Michael Brindley: I Am My Own Wife
  5. 18 Jan | Arts Review: I Am My Own Wife
  6. 13 Jan | MCV - Rachel Cook: The extraordinary story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in I Am My Own Wife
Melbourne Renegades Pride Harmony Day: Sat 21 Jan 1 - 5pm @ J.K. Grant Reserve
  1. 13 Jan | Star Observer - Matthew Wade: CRICKET GROUND PROVIDING A SAFE SPACE FOR LGBTI YOUTH
Midsumma Carnival & T Dance: Sun 15 Jan Carnival: 11am - 10pm @ Alexandra Gardens
  1. 21 Jan | Midsumma Facebook - Sarah Walker: 2017 Midsumma Carnival + T Dance
  2. 18 Jan | Star Observer - Sebastian Rice: Carnival Photo Gallery 1 and Carnival Photo Gallery 2 and Carnival Photo Gallery 3
  3. 16 Jan | SameSame - Deanus: Carnival Photo Gallery and T Dance Photo Gallery
  4. 16 Jan | MCV - Andy Miller: Carnival Photo Gallery
Midsumma Horizon: Sat 4 Feb 6 - 11pm @ Testing Grounds
  1. 27 Jan | MCV - Rachel Cook: Looking to the Horizon at Midsumma 2017
  2. 11 Jan | Timeout Melbourne - Rose Johnstone: Midsumma's brand new signature event is an art party dedicated to risk-taking work and great tunes
Midsumma Pride March: Sun 29 Jan 2 - 7pm @ Fitzroy St and Catani Gardens
  1. 31 Jan | MCV - Rachel Cook: 45,000 people make Pride March 2017 one of "the best ever"
  2. 30 Jan | Star Observer - Matthew Wade: PREMIER ANDREWS CALLS FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN 2017 AT PRIDE MARCH
  3. 29 Jan | ABC News: Thousands turn out for this year's Pride March
  4. 29 Jan | CH 10 News: Annual pride march spills onto Melbourne's streets
  5. 29 Jan | CH 9 News: VIDEO: Thousands take part in Melbourne’s annual Pride March
  6. 29 Jan | CH 7 News: Thousands celebrate pride parade in St Kilda
  7. 29 Jan | SBS and NITV: Indigenous, out and proud in Melbourne
  8. 20 Jan | Star Observer - Matthew Wade: RAINBOW FLAGS RAISED IN ST KILDA AHEAD OF PRIDE MARCH
  9. 18 Jan | Star Observer - Matthew Wade: ABORIGINAL LGBTI COMMUNITY TO LEAD MELBOURNE’S PRIDE MARCH FOR THE FIRST TIME
Miss Gay & Miss Transsexual Australia 2017: Sat 28 Jan 6 - 9pm @ Yarraville Club
  1. 31 Jan | Star Observer - Jess Jones: MISS TRANSSEXUAL AUSTRALIA CROWNED
On A Night Like This: The Erin Minogue Experience: 20 – 21 Jan | Fri - Sat 8 - 9pm @ Chapel Off Chapel
  1. 19 Jan | BroadwayWorld.com: "Forgotten" Minogue Sister Performing At Midsumma Festival
Panti: High Heels in Low Places: 2 – 4 Feb | Thu - Fri 6.30pm | Sat 9pm @ Arts Centre Melbourne
  1. 6 Feb | Arts Review - Jason Whyte: ...she truly is a capital Q Drag Queen in a performance of total commitment.
  2. 3 Feb | Stage Whispers - Patricia di Risio: Panti Bliss possesses a fearless ability to articulate ideas that would normally be considered “unspeakable” and presents them in a manner which is highly entertaining.
2017 Queer Art Prize Australia: 13 Jan – 5 Feb | Daily except 26 Jan | midday - 5pm + show times @ Chapel Off Chapel
  1. 19 Jan | SameSame - Deanus: Opening night photo gallery
  2. 17 Jan | Arts Review: WA Artist wins inaugural Queer Art Prize Australia competition
Sad Digger Mad Mary: 3 – 5 Feb | Fri - Sat 7.30pm | Sun 4pm @ La Mama Courthouse
  1. 6 Feb | Theatre People - Ian Nott: The best thing about Midsumma Festival is the new queer writing that is on offer...
  2. 4 Feb | Stage Whispers - Lisa Romeo: Tom Halls is such a talented young artist; a delight to watch and Sad Digger Mad Mary is a very well crafted piece.
Sports Festival by Team Melbourne: Sat 4 Feb 10am - 4pm @ Footscray Park & Victoria University Footscray Campus
  1. 14 Jan | MCV - Rachel Cook: Team Melbourne want you during Midsumma Festival 2017
Sunday's Roast: 18 – 29 Jan | Wed 6.30pm | Thu - Sat 7.30pm | Sun 4pm @ La Mama Courthouse
  1. 20 Jan | Theatre People - Lyn Zelen: Sunday’s Roast comedic-drama will make everyone snicker or smile all the way through
Technostalgia: A story of life, lust and mixtapes.: 27 – 28 Jan | Fri - Sat 9 - 10pm @ Hare Hole (Hares & Hyenas)
  1. 28 Jan | Aussie Theatre - Katie Purvis: ... we were all attentive and entertained.
  2. 23 Jan | MCV: What was queer life like before mobile phones and sexting?
The Desperettes: A Guide to being a Wingman: 27 – 28 Jan | Fri - Sat 8 - 9pm @ Gasworks Arts Park
  1. 30 Jan | Arts Review - Jason Whyte: The three-part harmonies were a highlight as The Desperettes crisply covered a diverse range of tunes.
The Happy Prince: 18 – 29 Jan | Wed 6.30pm | Thu - Sat 7.30pm | Sun 4pm @ La Mama Theatre
  1. 26 Jan | Aussie Theatre - Katie Purvis: See this production if you can get a ticket
  2. 23 Jan | The Age - Cameron Woodhead: The Happy Prince review: a 'flawless little jewel' of theatre
  3. 20 Jan | Arts Review: The Happy Prince
  4. 17 Jan | MCV - Stephen A. Russell: Little Ones Theatre on transforming Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince
The Helendale Nude Footy Calendar: 24 Jan – 4 Feb | Tue - Sat 7 - 9pm @ The Bluestone Church Arts Space
  1. 29 Jan | Aussie Theatre - Jack Beeby: The Helendale Nude Footy Calendar explores these narratives with a lot of humour, a lot of heart, and a lot of full-frontal peen.
Todd in Venice: 1 – 5 Feb | Wed - Sat 6.30 + 8.30pm | Sun 4.30 + 6.30pm @ La Mama Theatre
  1. 3 Feb | Arts Review - David Collins: raw, fun, poetic – makes for a very fine watch
Ursula Martinez: Free Admission: 31 Jan – 5 Feb | Tue - Wed 6.30pm | Thu - Fri 9.15pm | Sat 3pm + 6.30pm | Sun 5pm @ Arts Centre Melbourne
  1. 5 Feb | Australian Stage - Nikki Spunde: Its impact is something of a slow burn, a thing to continue processing long after Martinez’ performance is over...
  2. 2 Feb | The Age - Cameron Woodhead: **** Free Admission review: Ursula Martinez busts fourth wall in Midsumma show
  3. 1 Feb | Stage Whispers - Michael Brindley: The wall is a marvellous diversionary tactic, as is the fact that she slops wet cement onto her blocks dressed in a flawless white pants suit.
  4. 18 Jan | TimeOut Melbourne: Two daring feminist performances at Midsumma Festival
VAC Hypothetical: Tue 17 Jan 7 - 9pm @ Deakin Edge @ Fed Square
  1. 18 Jan | SameSame - Andymil: Photo Gallery

 

General Midsumma 2017 News and Reviews

  1. 30 Jan | Same Same - Dean Arcuri: Don’t Miss Out On The Final Week Of Midsumma!
  2. 30 Jan | KIIS: KIIS for equality in Melbourne
  3. 18 Jan | Broadsheet Melbourne - Bec Dickinson: Where to Celebrate Midsumma 2017
  4. 17 Jan | Arts Review: What’s HOT at the 2017 Midsumma Festival
  5. 17 Jan | Australian Pride Network: What’s HOT at the 2017 Midsumma Festival
  6. 17 Jan | Arts Review: On the Couch with Dean Arcuri
  7. 15 Jan | MCV: The Midsumma Edition
  8. 14 Jan | SameSame: Dean Arcuri: See You At Midsumma Carnival
  9. 13 Jan | Arts Review: On the Couch with Ben Gerrard
  10. 13 Jan | The Age: Hannah Francis: Midsumma 2017 30th anniversary: Your guide to a fabulous time
  11. 12 Jan | SBS - Stephen A. Russell: 15 top tips for Midsumma Festival 2017
  12. 12 Jan | Timeout Melbourne - Rose Johnstone: The best things to do at Midsumma Festival
  13. 11 Jan | MCV: QUEERS OF MELBOURNE - THIS MONTH WE MEET DANIEL SANTANGELI
  14. 18 Nov | Arts Review: Midsumma Festival 2017: Celebrating 30 Years of Queer Culture
  15. 18 Nov | About Travel - Andrew Collins: Midsumma Melbourne 2017 - Melbourne Gay Pride 2017
  16. 18 Nov | Beat: Midsumma Festival celebrates 30 years with huge 2017 program
  17. 17 Nov | Star Observer - Matthew Wade: Midsumma launches high-octane 2017 program
  18. 17 Nov | Same Same - DEANation: Midsumma Program Launch photos - Meat Market
  19. 16 Nov | Same Same - Dean Arcuri: Midsumma Celebrates 30 Years Of Queer Culture
  20. 16 Nov | OUTinPerth - Graeme Watson: Melbourne’s Midsumma announces 2017 program
  21. 14 Nov | Same Same - Dean Arcuri: Could Arts Centre Melbourne Get Any Queerer This Midsumma?
  22. 18 Oct | Broadway World: Forecast Predicts a Hot and Steamy MIDSUMMA at Arts Centre Melbourne
  23. 17 Oct | Timeout Melbourne - Rose Johnstone: Midsumma announces a ripper first line-up at Arts Centre Melbourne