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Midsumma Festival Bar

Presented by: Midsumma Festival and The Coopers Malthouse
 
21 Jan – 10 Feb

Cafe: daily from 8am
Bar: refer Midsumma Festival Bar Program for event times
Happy hour: weekdays 5 - 6.30pm
The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank

Feel entertained in the summer sun or soak in the night sky at the Midsumma Festival Bar's new location – The Coopers Malthouse in Southbank. Experience our hand-picked performances up close, with themed nights and special events that will kick off your Midsumma Festival experience and keep your party going after an event. And try our special Midsumma Sangria – only available at the Midsumma Festival Bar.

The Midsumma Festival Bar will run throughout the Festival. Check out the line-up below with more special events to be announced soon.

Monday 21 January | 6.30pm | Dolly Diamond's Monday Night Piano Bar

She's back! The Queen of Melbourne Cabaret, Dolly Diamond is bringing her Monday Night Piano Bar back to Midsumma Festival. Enjoy magical Mondays at the Malthouse Theatre with a song in your heart and a drink in your hand.


Wednesday 23 January | 6 - 7pm | Dancing Qweens: Let's Get Critical – A Queer Histories Panel

A panel discussion with a focus on the queer histories of Melbourne and Sydney, this conversation unpacks the entanglement of various art forms and queerness since the 1960s. Considering the globalisation and commodification of queer culture, what are the local specificities? Which forms of queerness resist these forces and which choose to embrace them and why? James Welsby, Phillip Adams and Dennis Altmann in conversation with Angela Bailey.


Thursday 24 January | 6 - 9pm | Queer Zinefest

An exhibit of queer zines featuring Gemma Flack, Frank Candiloro, Khale McHurst and more! Grab a drink and meet other zinemakers and enthusiasts. PLUS a mini DIY workshop for zine newbies! Atmosphere and good vibes brought to you by DJ Bangerz n Mash.
Are you a queer zine maker? Contact [email protected] to exhibit/sell your work.


Saturday 26 January | 4 - 5pm | Adelaide Fringe Info Session at Midsumma Festival

Attention artists and culture makers! Meet the Adelaide Fringe team and get first-hand tips on presenting your work at Australia's largest open access arts festival! All welcome!

Saturday 26 January | 9pm - midnight | DJ FRANFINE

Fresh from bringing her style and flair to Falls Festival, DJ FRANFINE hits up the Midsumma Festival Bar to play all your favourite nineties and noughties bangas, from the Sugababes to the Scissor Sisters. Accompanied by her one and only; hypeman maxwell.


Sunday 27 January | 4 - 6pm | Queer Clothes Swap presented by Midsumma Festival & YGender

Your new summer wardrobe is just around the corner! Midsumma Festival pairs with YGender to create a special clothes swap event for gender diverse and queer youth. Bring your good quality old clothes or just yourself along for a safe, accessible and fun afternoon of friends, fresh fashion and live music!

Do you have some old clothes lying around that could use a new life? Clothing donations accepted from 2pm on the day! This event is for people 25 and under.

Sunday 27 January | 7 - 9pm | Sunday Session at the Midsumma Festival Bar

Wind down on a Sunday night with a balmy evening accompanied by lush, dreamy live music. Featuring vibrant singer/songwriters Nia Dove-Adotey and Finn.

Nia is a self-taught ukulele player who creates unbreakable harmonies and seamless songwriting that combines stories of both the joys and headaches of life.

Finn is a singer/songwriter, sound designer and writer from Melbourne, with a distinct atmospheric style and a passion for storytelling. You can listen to Finn's Bluebird EP and Open Letter EP on Soundcloud or Bandcamp.


Monday 28 January | 6.30pm | Dolly Diamond's Monday Night Piano Bar

She's back! The Queen of Melbourne Cabaret, Dolly Diamond is bringing her Monday Night Piano Bar back to Midsumma Festival. Enjoy magical Mondays at the Malthouse Theatre with a song in your heart and a drink in your hand.


Wednesday 30 January | 7 - 8pm | Rainbow Mob Storytelling Hour: being Aboriginal and Queer

Anaiwan Queen and Miss First Nations 2018 finalist, Zodiac, and Midsumma Festival host a special Storytelling Hour. Everyone's queer experience is different and tonight you are invited to hear the stories of people who have grown up Aboriginal and queer - funny, moving and surprising stories! Come along to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity in our communities.

This event is free, but registration is required. Register for FREE.


Thursday 31 January | 9.30pm - midnight | Sad Grrrls Club presents...Not Just Grrrls

This is a night to celebrate gender diversity in the live music scene with a line-up of queer artists curated by Sad Grrrls Club. Come rock out with Rachel Maria Cox (solo), Lalić and Geryon, the Sad Grrrls Club DJs


Friday 1 February | 9.30pm - midnight | MidsummaHAHA

A night of your funniest local queer comedians. Hosted by Australia's much-loved nightingale Tina Del Twist, 'beautiful voice and wicked sense of comic timing' (The Age Melbourne). Then dance into the night with queer synth-pop duo The Marion Cranes.
Auslan interpreted event featuring:

  • The Travelling Sisters - 'geniuses of sketch comedy' (Great Scott)
  • Gabe Hogan - JOY 94.9
  • Neil Triffet - EMO the musical @ MIFF 2016
  • The Illegitimate Love Children of Bob Downe and Magda Szubanski - Melbourne Fringe 2018
  • Levi Weston (Deadly Fringe, ABC's Everyone's a Critic)
  • Scout Boxall - Raw Comedy National Finalist 2018
  • and more to be announced

Saturday 2 February | 2 - 4pm | Get Ready! with Ruby Slippers & friends: Under 18s Edition

An interactive Drag make-up tutorial for our next generation of drag STARS! Featuring Karen from Finance!
High-femme burlesque champion and makeup artiste Ruby Slippers is presenting a special interactive make-up tutorial for people under 18 at the Midsumma Festival Bar. Free, but limited capacity. To register, please email [email protected].

Saturday 2 February | 9.30 - midnight | Saturday Night Live Music at the Midsumma Festival Bar

Laid back tunes from fresh queer faces in Melbourne's music scene featuring Xanadu Holliday, The Anxious Type and Erin Will Be Mad. Chill, fun, punky and a little bit emo.


Monday 4 February | 6.30pm | Dolly Diamond's Monday Night Piano Bar

She's back! The Queen of Melbourne Cabaret, Dolly Diamond is bringing her Monday Night Piano Bar back to Midsumma Festival. Enjoy magical Mondays at the Malthouse Theatre with a song in your heart and a drink in your hand.


Wednesday 6 February | 7 - 9.15pm | Looking For – film screening with Q&A

Midsumma Festival presents an exclusive film screening by Taiwanese film maker Yen Chou:

  • Looking For... screening | 7 - 8pm
    "Looking for?" – one of the most used questions on gay dating apps, not easy to answer for anyone, least of all for Taiwanese film maker, Yen. The question led him to a journey across the world, encountering 60 gay men exchanging their stories about love, lust, and feeling lost. Though the answers remain complicated, this journey opened up a gate for us to reconsider: what are we looking for? This film has screened in major LGBTQIA+ festivals across the world: New York to Hong Kong - don't miss out!
    Looking For... screening
     
  • Q&A | 8.15 - 9.15pm
    Join Midsumma Festival and special international guest Yen Chou of Very Theatre from Taiwan. Ask Yen questions about queer virtual intimacy through app/Grindr, and his upcoming collaboration with Edwin Kemp Attrill of ActNow Theatre, following a special screening of Looking For... this screening is in the lead up to a collaborative project being developed by Very Theatre and ActNow Theatre - watch this space!
    Looking For... Q&A

Looking For Trailer by Chou Tung Yen from Very Mainstream Studio on Vimeo.


Thursday 7 February | 9.30pm - midnight | Queer Poetry Slam

Are you a queer poet with something to say? We want to hear it! Hosted by Charlotte Raymond, this slam is open to any poet who identifies as queer or LGBTQIA+ in some way. Register below for a chance to compete. Twelve poets will be chosen at random on the night from those who have registered. There will be two rounds, three minute spots. Prize for the winning poet of $200 PLUS a Melbourne Writers Festival 2019 ten-session pass valued at $169!

Not a poet? Not a problem! Come be part of the audience and witness poetry with an energy and vivaciousness you haven't seen before!

To register please complete this form.

Download the Terms and Conditions for the Queer Poetry Slam.


Friday 8 February | 9.30pm - midnight | Be Femme, Be Queer, Be You!

Presented by Midsumma Festival and The Furies

However you express your femme, this is for you. Hosted by sequin-clad, champagne fuelled, award winning Fringe Wives Club with special guest performers, this is a night of celebrating the different ways femmes subvert cultural expectations and reject the patriarchy. Featuring Ms CeCe Rockefeller, PO PO MO CO, Juniper Wilde and more. Let's be proud, be bold and break binaries!


Saturday 9 February | 9.30 - 11pm | Late Night With Mama Alto

After a packed house in Midsumma Festival 2018, gender transcendent diva, singer, cabaret artiste and multiple award winner Mama Alto invites you once again to an exquisite night of jazz at the Midsumma Festival Bar. Dive back into an era of vintage divas, fierce femmes and soulful blues delivered with Mama's unique style of empowerment and pride. Accompanied on keys by William Elm.



Image: by Suzanne Balding featuring Leather Lungs
Sponsored by Midsumma FestivalSponsored by The Coopers Malthouse

Wheelchair access Food available Bar available 

When

21 Jan – 10 Feb

Cafe: daily from 8am
Bar: refer Midsumma Festival Bar Program for event times
Happy hour: weekdays 5 - 6.30pm
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Price

FREE

Where

The Coopers Malthouse
113 Sturt St, Southbank
Map - South
South: how to get there

Open PTV website to plan your trip 1 to stop 18 | any St Kilda Rd tram to stop 17

Open PTV website to plan your trip Flinders Street + 12 min walk