Since being launched by the Gay Business Association in 1988, Midsumma has grown to become Victoria's premier GLBTIQ arts and culture festival. Midsumma's growth to where it is today hasn't come without challenges though. During the 90s, with little funding, a small team of dedicated volunteers managed to miraculously produce a moderately successful festival year after year. The introduction of Carnival at Alexandra Gardens in 1996 strengthened Midsumma's position in the community. In 2008 Melbourne hosted the inaugural Asia/Pacific Outgames, with Midsumma as their cultural partner.
Midsumma has always stayed true to its community roots. Its continuing success is due to the incredible efforts of so many passionate volunteers, though we also can't overlook the invaluable contributions from our loyal sponsors.