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23 January 2019

Unfurl the rainbow flag, it’s Midsumma Festival time, for the next three weeks Victoria champions LGBTQIA+ culture with an extensive program of visual arts, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, parades, sport and public forums.

Midsumma Festival 2019

Become The One, Midsumma Festival 2019

With more than 170 events there is literally something for everyone. Take your pick from the selection below and check out the complete program at Midsumma's website.

The one everyone’s talking about

Billed as a self-help comedy for the oppressed featuring rising star Krishna Istha and directed by current comedic darling Zoe Coombs Marr, Beast is the show of 2019 people will wish they’d seen.

A very modern variety hour

Mama Alto, one of our 2019 Victorian Creators Fund recipients along with a team of transgender legends farewell gender dysphoria in a raucous celebration of accepting oneself.

History in the making ...

Don’t miss the festival’s first ever staging of an opera. A ballet-opera retelling an ancient Greek myth to be exact.

For the fashionistas

Established and emerging fashion designers showcase runway collections themed around the ‘yes’ vote.

Indigenous intersectionality

Two indigenous artists discuss their experiences of embodiment and connection with Country as First Nations trans people.

DIY queer art

Indulge the queer gaze at a life drawing class hosted by artist Eureka in beautiful Mural Hall at Abbotsford Convent.

Strike a pose

‘Same-sex ballroom’, ‘waacking’, ‘voguing’ and ‘heels’, explore 50 years of queer dance history in 60 minutes.

For the romantic drama

An AFL player falls in love with a young queer man in a theatre production exploring the cost of staying silent or speaking out.

First class date night

Whether you’re loved up or still looking, spend an evening wandering the House of Ideas exhibition before enjoying a performance by The Huxleys in Heide’s romantic Heart Garden.

For those who want it all

A multi-site, multi-platform exhibition examining the non-monetary ways the LGBTQIA+ community fosters connections and community.

Theatre with an edge

An experimental cabaret about growing up in a homophobic part of Australia - playing at La Mama Courthouse, Victoria’s home of independent theatre.

Bards at the bar

Queers with prose on their mind are invited to register and participate while anyone can watch the battle of the words at the Midsumma Festival Bar.


Drag performers Rex Spandex and Jesse Dean host a special storytime sharing their favourite books celebrating diverse families and embracing who you are.