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Auslan interpretation is provided across the Main and Picnic stages by Auslan Stage Left.
The timings given below are approximate, and some will change.

Carnival Main Stage: 11am – 5:30pm

Host: Marzi Panne
  • 11:10am The Belle Miners: "A shimmering sound, and awe-inspiring set of tracks" – FORTE MAGAZINE
  • 11:45am Ms CeCe Rockerfeller: the star of Au Cause Célèbre.
    "CeCe Rockefeller: a wonderful strange love child of Jinkxx Monsoon and Kate Bush, with a dash of 1950s socialite Stepford Wife" – Mama Alto
    "A voice that has been described as 'a glorious fusion of Kate Bush and James Blake' " – AussieTheatre
  • 12:05pm PO PO MO CO: PO PO MO CO enters the terrible twos; expect low-art, arse-puppets, muff glimpses, tit-jiggling and bulges to rival Divine, all created by a savvy pack of shameless idiots.   "Will influence even the straightest of minds" – Australia Times
  • 12:20pm Melbourne Wuthers: Kate Bush Tribute by Queer Club
  • 12:35pm Phillip Lee Curtis: "Curtis is dynamite on stage". Beware!
  • 12:50pm Spectrum: the Circus is back this Midsumma with an explosion of movement, colour and a whole lot of fun!
  • 1:05pm Raina Peterson and Govind: Bent Bollywood
  • 1:15pm Mr Gay Pride Australia: a competition designed to find, build and develop future leaders within the LGBTI community in Australia and around the world.
  • 1:35pm Kaliopi: Tina Turner meets Alanis Morisette with this groovey Melbourne songwriter, guitarist, and singer.
Host: Dolly Diamond
  • 2:00pm Melbourne Rainbow Band: THE Gay and Lesbian community concert band who share music from movies, musicals and TV, pop, rock, jazz, classical and everything in between.
  • 2:15pm Welcome to Country and Official Proceedings
  • 2:40pm Melbourne Rainbow Band and Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus with Dolly Diamond: celebrating 15 years of Midsumma performances, Dolly Diamond returns this year with the Melbourne Rainbow Band and Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus for a celebration of song and laughter!
  • 3:10pm Dean Arcuri & Miz Ima Starr: Dean delights audiences with his comedy cabarets and quick wit while belting out a ballad or cheeky tune. Miz Ima Starr is a singing, wisecracking cabaret phenomenon of stage and small screen. In 2018 they're teaming up to bring you The Duetaholics!
  • 3:25pm Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia: Mini Pageant: Australia's biggest international pageant for female impersonators and transgender women
  • 3:50pm Leather Lungs: Leather Lungs will penetrate and titillate your unholy soul.   "A voice to die for" – Express Magazine
  • 4:05pm Dykes on Bikes raffle drawn
  • 4:10pm Mr Gay Pride Australia Finalists Announced: Mr Gay Pride Australia returns in the search of Aussies who best represent and support their community! Mr Gay Pride Australia is a competition designed to find, build, and develop future leaders within the LGBTI community in Australia and around the world.
  • 4:20pm Belinda Davids - star of The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show: winner of the BBC's 'Even Better Than the Real Thing'.   "Her voice will have you in tears" – Independent Online
  • 4:40pm Spice Up Your Life: The Ultimate 1990s Experience: the Ultimate 90s experience packed with nostalgia, laughs, and song and dance tributes!
  • 5:05pm Marion Cranes: an orgy of homo-erotic pop punk smut-talking techno folk music

Picnic Precinct: from 11am

  • 11:00am Bend Over Homo Yoga
  • 1:00pm Self Made: Fashion Design Competition: Do you make or design your own clothing? Then this could be your minute of fame on the runway! There's Levi's gift vouchers up for grabs for the top three apparel and garment designs. BYO model. Register online now, or on the day at the Information Tent before midday.
  • 3:00pm Dog Show: The iconic Midsumma Carnival Dog Show – a fun day out in the park with your pooch. Register at the Guide Dogs Victoria stall between 11am and 2.30pm. See below for details.
  • 5:00pm Lip Sync Limelight: the ultimate lip sync competition returns with host Dean Arcuri. Give your mouth a workout for your chance to win Archer Magazines and double-passes to MQFF and Midsumma Festival. Bring a track or Spotify request. Register online or on the day at the Information Tent before 4pm.

Families Precinct: 11am – 4pm

  • Reading corner by Hares and Hyenas
    • 11:30am: Book reading by Jo Hirst, author of The Gender Fairy 
    • 12:30pm: Book reading by Sarah J. Corner, author of Raf and the Robots 
  • Activities for (and by) kids created by Dan Goronszy

Youth Precinct with Minus18: 11am – 5pm

  • midday: DJ BALLUK
  • 2pm: DJ Jalé
  • 4pm: DJ Lilly Street
  • 5pm: Flinders Street Station Drop Off


2018 Events

14 Jan — 04 Feb 2018
  • PwC
  • NAB
  • City of Melbourne
  • Jetstar
  • AGL
  • Dan Murphy's
  • Corrs