Midsumma COVID-19 Updates

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Midsumma COVID-19 Updates

We know these are difficult times, especially for planning events and festivals. This page will be continuously updated as we evolve Midsumma Festival 2021 - NEW DATES 19 April - 5 May 2021 with Midsumma Pride March on Sunday 23 May. We might not have all of the answers now, and things might change as we do, but we are working with you, our communities, and artists and producers to make Midsumma Festival 2021 as fabulous and safe as possible.

If you have any further questions please get in touchLast update to the page on 6 November 2020.

 

For the full details about Midsumma Festival 2021 Dates changes, please read our official announcement here.

FAQs about Midsumma Festival 2021 and COVID-19

This page will be continuously updated as we evolve Midsumma Festival 2021. If you have a question about Midsumma Festival 2021 and the effects of COVID-19 on the event, please get in touch with us and we will assist to answer the questions the best we can.

Yes, Midsumma Festival will be back in 2021, between 19 April and 5 May 2021.

For the full details about Midsumma Festival 2021 Dates changes, please read our official announcement here.

Our open-access event registrations are now open, and we are working with artists, producers, venues and stakeholders to make this the best (and safest) celebration of queer arts and culture that we can.

If you have an event and want to be part of Midsumma but are not sure how best to go about the Event Registration Process at this time, please reach out to discuss your ideas. We will be more than pleased to work with you to assist making your plans a reality.

Planning an event of the scale of Midsumma Festival is certainly more complex at this time but we want to give the very best chance for all our wonderful events to take place, as successfully and safely as possible.

It might be all a little bit different, and we’re working hard to plan for all of the possibilities and changes that might come our way.

If there's one thing our communities do well, it is coming together, however we can while being safe, to become stronger and more resilient than ever before

 

The new date for the closing of event registrations is Monday 14 December 2020.

Being COVIDSafe at Midsumma Festival

There have been a lot of hoops and hurdles due to COVID-19, and we have made some adjustments to Midsumma Festival 2021 in accordance with the Victorian Government COVIDSafe guidence to make sure we are doing our part to be COVIDSafe. We want everyone to be able to enjoy Midsumma Festival 2021 and keep yourself safe at all of our events. 

Please follow Victoria's COVIDSafe practices while attending Midsumma Festival events.

Midsumma Festival 2021 is delivered under a COVIDSafe plan. Our COVID-Safe plan will be updated to align with the changing situation and attendees will be updated with information as it evolves.

 

What you can keep doing to stay COVIDSafe at Midsumma Festival:

  • Practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others.
  • From 11:59pm 11 October 2020, all Victorians (and visitors) must wear a fitted face mask when they leave home, no matter where they live, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. A face mask needs to be worn covering both your nose and mouth.
  • Download and run the Federal Government’s official COVIDSafe app.
  • If you feel unwell please do not attend a Midsumma Event - get tested at a nearby testing location then return home immediately.

Yes, Midsumma Pride March returns to St Kilda on SUNDAY 23 MAY 2021. Registrations to participate in the march will open mid-November 2020. 

There are, of course, a lot of unknowns at this time for what Midsumma Pride March can look like in 2021 but, we are committed to honouring our 26th year of Pride March in Melbourne and we need you to help us make it the best celebration of PRIDE possible.

We have lots of ideas and are working closely with stakeholders to ensure we can meet social distancing and safety requirements.

Not as you know it. We are currently developing plans for alternate options in place of Midsumma Carnival 2021 at varying scale, attendance numbers and site options. We do expect that the numbers of attendances will have to be capped to align with social distancing restrictions and safety measures and there will likely be a need for advanced bookings for the first time.

We are currently developing plans for alternate options in place of Midsumma Carnival for 2021 at varying scale, attendance numbers and site options. While Midsumma Festival 2021 may look very different to previous years, if you are interested in your organisation participating in the Festival in some way, get in touch by filling out the form on the Midsumma Stallholders Page.

If a relevant opportunity is available for you and your organisation, business, or company we will be in touch to discuss this.

Yes, we will be producing a Program Guide for Midsumma Festival 2021, but for 2021 we will not be printing the guide, but making your much-loved guide available online. This will provide us all with a little more time to make the most of planning possibilities. The Midsumma Festival 2021 Program Guide will be a digital and interactive guide that you can flip through online or download for an intimate read. 

The full program of Midsumma Festival 2021 will be launched in mid-March 2021.

You can book advertising and space in the guide by contacting Amy at [email protected] or download our Midsumma Festival 2021 Digital Media Kit.

The Midsumma Pride March Fundraiser, Bake Off, will return in 2021. The event for 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19. 

YES! and applications are now open, closing 27 Nov 2020. Head to the Midsumma and Australia Post Award Submission Page for more info.

Here are some resources that might help you to plan and create a safe, legal and successful event for Midsumma Festival 2021:

Supporting our artists to continue to make queer art is at the core of everything we think about.

Midsumma is aware that there are still challenges for our arts community and understand that the next few months will continue to be uncertain and unpredictable for artists, producers and collectives. To help relieve some financial challenges for artists and producers who want to be a part of Midsumma Festival 2021, Midsumma is offering bursaries to the first 100 registrations, this will provide 50% off the registration fee. Open-access event registrations will now close on 14 December 2020. 

During the pandemic, we ran a small grants program "Living in the Queerantine" which successfully provided 10 artistic projects to receive up to $1,000 each to create a new piece of art that can engage through Midsumma’s online channels. The works were shared throughout June and July, via eNews, blog posts and social comms. 

We are currently reviewing registrations fees for event registrations in Misummma Festival 2021. These fees were not increased for the 2021 festival. 

If you are experiencing distress and would like to chat with someone please contact a support network from this list here. Or, The Wellbeing Helpline operated by Support Act is a free, confidential counselling service open to anyone working in Australian music or the performing arts - 1800 959 500.

Being COVID-Safe at Midsumma Festival

There have been a lot of hoops and hurdles due to COVID-19, and we have made some adjustments to Midsumma Festival 2021 in accordance with the Victorian Government COVID-Safe guidence to make sure we are doing our part to be COVID-Safe. We want everyone to be able to enjoy Midsumma Festival 2021 and keep yourself safe at all of our events.

Being COVID-Safe at Midsumma Festival

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