Image: Midsumma Extravaganza 2019 by Suzanne Balding
About Midsumma Festival
Midsumma Festival is Australia's premier queer arts and cultural festival, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences.
Every January, Midsumma Festival expands over 22 days of summer with an explosion of queer events that center around hidden and mainstream queer culture, locally and internationally. The Midsumma program shares with you the lived experiences of those voices at the margins, the expression of queer history, and the celebration of new ideas that come to life through world-class art and performance.
Our festival program is made up of diverse art forms and genres, including visual arts, live music, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, parties, sport, social events, and public forums. Featuring over 194 events in 2020, with involvement by over 5000 culture-makers in over 100 different venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria - to anticipated audiences of over 284,000.
Although the primary three-week festival is held in summer each year, we work year-round to provide artists, social-changers, and culture-makers with support and tools to create, present and promote their work.
Over 33 years we have evolved with our communities and repositioned ourselves as a relevant cultural influencer and thought leader, while keeping learning and diversity at our heart. We have experienced rapid growth in audiences, breadth and scope of artist and community engagement, and depth of artistic partnerships.
While we stay committed to our roots, we have matured to become one of Australia’s most significant queer arts organisations, supporting generations of LGBTQIA+ cultural voices, discovering artists and starting conversations that shape queer art and culture forever.
Welcome to the new decade of Midsumma Festival!
While new initiatives have been received incredibly well by our communities and the arts industry, they provide just a small taste of the comprehensive creative and cultural strategies that the Midsumma team has planned. We know we can make a difference locally and nationally all year round. Take a look at our Artistic Outcomes from 2019.
Our Leadership Position
Midsumma has repositioned itself as a globally-relevant cultural influencer with artistic and thought leadership, learning and diversity at its heart. We have experienced rapid growth in audiences, breadth and scope of artists/community engagement, and depth of artistic partnerships and new work developed.
Want to know more? Get in touch, we would love to share our story with you.
Work With Us
With a small core team working from the Midsumma Office in Melbourne's CBD all year round, we increase our team size with seasonal staff, summer placements and volunteers from September to February each year.
Midsumma Staff & Board
Midsumma is powered by a small team of hard working community-and-arts engaged professional producers, managers, festival staff and work-placements.
Midsumma Year Round
Want to know what else we do (apart from run a fantastic arts festival each year, of course)! Check out our mentorship programs and year-round activities.Midsumma Year Round
Midsumma Festival Dates
Mark your calendar for the upcoming Festival, usually held in Jan and Feb each year.Midsumma Festival Dates