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Photo: Midsumma Extravaganza 2019 - at Arts Centre Melbourne, by Suzanne Balding

Midsumma Festival relies on your generous donations to produce our three-week festival and year-round community development work, celebrating the vibrant and diverse LGBTQIA+ arts, culture and community contribution to Victoria.

Did you know?

Delivery: delivering the festival takes year-round planning and some events require even longer to plan.
Staff: Year-round Midsumma has four full time and one part-time employees and is made possible by up to 300 volunteers each year.
Budget: Every year Midsumma has to raise 70% of our budget ourselves through private donations and business sponsorship, outside of Government funding.

For 32 years, Midsumma has been able to provide the community with a range of programs and events throughout our three-week festival and all year round. There are significant hard costs to produce events, our mentorship programs, our program guide, the website and to keep these events and programs as accessible as possible. We truly appreciate the generosity of so many Midsumma sponsors, supporters and allies, who often provide time, money and even help to spread the word.

Your private and company contributions are vital to us, so we can continue to bring you this vivacious world-class festival.

The benefits?

Our Patrons tell us that the most important benefit is feeling that you really are making a difference to the lives of those within our LGBTQIA+ communities by supporting Midsumma Festival. Not only that, but each Patron donation is fully tax deductible. Patron donations are acknowledged on our website (, within the Midsumma Festival printed program guide for the year and in our annual report.

2020 Festival Patrons also receive additional behind the scenes updates, an invitation to attend our 2020 Festival program launch in mid-November and special invitations during the 2020 festival itself. All Patrons are signed up to our eNews and receive updates direct from our CEO, Karen Bryant.

Your patronage also goes a long way to help us empower others. Patrons directly support our access and development programs. This means your donations directly help new and emerging artists develop and showcase their work and access and engagement programs to support members of the LGBTQIA+ communities who are further challenged by disability or other types of cultural discrimination. Help all of our communities’ voices to be heard, and their stories told. Your donations ensure that your Midsumma exists well into the future. It will directly support new and emerging artists and cultural event producers who wish to showcase their work, members of the LGBTQIA+ communities who are further disadvantaged by intersectional identities such as queer people with disability and/or those who face other types of cultural discrimination as well as being LGBTQIA+.

Register to be a Patron today

Or donate what you can, your contribution really counts.

Thank you! We couldn’t put on a three-week festival, or continue our mentor programs, without our Patrons – valued Festival Sponsors, Partners, and Providers who help us to continue to work year-round, and to produce our world-class festival each year.




2019 Events

19 Jan — 10 Feb 2019