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Midsumma Festival Bar: Bombini Buzz

Midsumma Festival is taking over Arts Centre Melbourne's Bombini Buzz for the official festival bar.
Presented by Midsumma Festival and Arts Centre Melbourne
15 Jan – 4 Feb
Mon – Fri 7am until late | Sat & Sun 10am until late | Event times: various
Arts Centre Melbourne - Bombini Buzz, Southbank Promenade, Melbourne 3004

Join us on the river's edge beside Hamer Hall for a festival-long dynamic program of DJs, talks, exclusive guest artists and late-night shindigs. Imbibe special Midsumma cocktails, meet friends, or strut your stuff on the promenade out front, nearly every night of the festival.

Enjoy this free program of events and flash your same-day Midsumma Festival ticket to get a 15% discount on all food and drink at Bombini Buzz. You'll love Dolly Diamond's Piano Bar, our line-up of special guest DJs and talks events on topics including queer architecture, food and history.

Dolly Diamond's Piano Bar: 15, 22 & 29 Jan |Mon 6 – 7.30pm
Every Monday night during Midsumma Festival, join the divine Dolly Diamond and some very special guest performers in this fabulous evening of song.

DJ Matt Doll – Special Guest DJ: 16 Jan | Tue 9:30pm until midnight
Grab a drink and enjoy a late night out with a guest DJ.
Hot tip: a great way to end your night after seeing John Barrowman in Concert at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Bent Lines: Designing a Queer City: 17 Jan | Wed 6 - 8pm
Join Open House Melbourne and Midsumma Festival for an exploration of how the built city supports or isolates queer culture. How does Melbourne rank in supporting queer culture, creativity, communities and business? What role does urban design play in providing safe spaces? Hear from architecture academic and musician Simona Castricum, visual artist Nikos Pantazopoulos, designer Luca Lana and others. This two-part event will start with a walking tour of the city and conclude with a facilitated conversation about the city's built environment. Registrations recommended.

Prime Cuts: A Taste of Midsumma Festival: 18 Jan |Thu 7pm - 10pm
Hosted by the wonderful Miss Ellaneous, enjoy enjoy a stellar line-up of artists from across Midsumma Festival as they offer you a bite-sized treat from their Midsumma shows. From music to LOLs to drag, you'll get delicious taster of what's on offer in Midsumma Festival 2018.

Butter-Up!: 19 Jan | Fri 8 - 9pm Special Guest DJ Jalé + 11.30pm until late Special Guest DJ Wahe
Warm-up and warm-down before and after The Cocoa Butter Club: Midsumma Special at the Midsumma Festival Bar: Bombini Buzz. Butter-Up is a line-up of pre-Cocoa Butter Club entertainment from 8pm onwards. And cool down with guest artists at the Midsumma Festival Bar post-event.

Queer Producers Gathering - A Conversation of Care: 20 Jan | Sat 5.30 - 6.30pm
This arts industry forum asks "What kind of care is required producing LGBTQIA+ work"? Midsumma is invested in growing the cultural footprint of queer arts and culture in Australia; this forum is not only an opportunity to learn and share experiences but will also help set the direction of Midsumma's work in this area in the years to come. Join the conversation with Dr Alison Bennett (visual artist and curator of, Daniel Clarke (producer Arts Centre Melbourne and theatre director), Dani Weber (producer Cocoa Butter Club) and Mason Browne (CLOSET party). Bringing perspectives from across the LGBTQIA+ artistic community, we'll ask "How much representation should be in the creative team?", "Does it take a queer producer to deliver a queer work?", "What and who is missing from the creative queer ecology and where is the queers arts scene heading?". So if you're an artist, producer or artworker, grab a drink with us and prepare to explore LGBTQIA+ works, festivals, and the care in delivering such projects.

Late Night with YUMMY: 20 Jan | Sat 9pm - 11.30pm
YUMMY is a powerhouse cabaret of Melbourne drag, dance, circus and live music. Known for its cult following and wild aesthetic, YUMMY has become legendary in the underground club cabaret scene, and will host their very own night in the Midsumma Festival Bar. Delight in these delicious performances and be entranced by this great evening of dazzling drag.

Queers and Our Hidden Histories: 24 Jan | Wed 6.30 - 8pm
Join Midsumma for this intimate evening of storytelling featuring former Hobson's Bay mayor Tony Briffa; writer and academic Dennis Altman (Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation); curator of Midsumma-presented exhibition WE ARE HERE Angela Bailey; visual artist Anna Dunhill; and Dja Dja Wurrong language revivalist Harley Dunnoly-Lee. Catch tales from the margin of Melbourne's queer history. This Moth-style personal storytelling night captures extraordinary and intimate insights into the people that danced, fought and loved long before many of us were around to do the same. Hosted by Mama Alto.

DJ Ruby Slippers – Special Guest DJ: 24 Jan | Wed 10pm until midnight
Grab a drink and enjoy a late night out with a guest DJ. Hot tip: The perfect wind-down after all the laughs during Midsumma Comedy Extravaganza at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Spike Fuck and LAY the Mystic: 27 Jan | Sat 10pm until 11.15pm
Come down to the festival bar to see dynamic queer musicians and artists take the stage for this night of music, poetry, obsession, transness, 80s new wave, and all things in between. Featuring new work from poet and musician LAY the Mystic and Melbourne music sensation Spike Fuck as well as performance by theatre artists Mick Roe and Joshua Lynzaat. Costumes by Fin Fletcher.

THE HISTORY SALON: 31 Jan | Wed 5.30 – 7pm
Join Uncle Jack Charles and radio personality Blak Betty in a dynamic yarn as they travel the history pages of Blak Arts in Australia. The History Salon is a monthly public lecture from an Indigenous Elder in the arts. Registrations recommended

The Huxleys and DJ Tanzer – Special Guest DJ: 31 Jan | Wed 10pm until late
Grab a drink and enjoy a late night out with a guest DJ. Video art and visual performances by the incomparable queer duo The Huxleys. Hot tip: Keep the anarchism going with our guest DJ after seeing RIOT, a raucous variety night featuring Panti Bliss at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Eat Me: Queers, Food and Intimacy: 1 Feb | Thu 5.30 - 7pm
Enjoy a drink at the Midsumma Festival Bar while getting a glimpse into the glorious moments of life that start in the kitchen. Hear from queer chefs Ryan Adrijich (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy) and Tony Tan (The Age) as well as writer Nevo Zisin (Finding Nevo) and drag sensation Aysha Buffet as they share their stories of intimacy and food. Moth storytelling meets MasterChef in this special talks event with host Tristan Meecham (All the Queens Men). Registrations recommended.

Bi the Way: 3 Feb | Sat 2 - 5pm
A crafternoon party for bisexuals and friends
With hands-on DIY craft stations from artist Yvette Turnbull and a jukebox playing the tunes, get retro and get your craft on.... no matter which way you go. Hosted by Triple Bi-Pass, JOY 94.9's first bisexual focused radio show.

Late Night with Mama Alto: 3 Feb | Sat 10pm - Midnight
For one night only Mama Alto hits the Midsumma Festival Bar for an evening of jazz. Grab some hard liquor and listen to the smooth vocal stylings of Mama Alto. Mama Alto is a gender transcendent diva, cabaret artiste, jazz singer and community activist. Music lovers beware: exceptionally talented, Mama Alto will bewitch your heart and soul.

Midsumma FestivalArts Centre Melbourne

Wheelchair access Food available Bar available 


15 Jan – 4 Feb
Mon – Fri 7am until late | Sat & Sun 10am until late | Event times: various
No session




Arts Centre Melbourne - Bombini Buzz
Southbank Promenade, Melbourne 3004
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