2024 Midsumma Festival Award Winners

Image by Matto Lucas: 2024 event - Drag & Life Drawing on the Altona Beach

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Thank you to everyone who helped make Midsumma Festival 2024 such a success, and congratulations to all the award winners.

Homophonic! Pride Prize

Homophonic! brings the disco ball to the concert hall and celebrates the wonderful sound world of LGBTQIA+ composers today.

  • Sophie Rose was the recipient of the 2024 Homophonic! Pride Prize, presented by Midsumma and Homophonic.

Midsumma and Australia Post Art Award

Since its inauguration in 2016 the Midsumma and Australia Post Art Award has quickly established itself as an important award in the ecology of the arts. With finalists selected from across the country, the non-acquisitive annual award is a survey of outstanding queer artists working across mediums reflecting their potent personal and political perspectives on the world.

  • The 2024 Midsumma and Australia Post Art Award winner was Rani Amvrazis (she/her) with her work extremismós
  • The 2024 Bundoora Homestead Arts Prize winner was Ara Dolatian (he/him) with his work Antiquities
  • The 2024 People's Choice Award winner was Rissa Belle (Ze/Zer/Zei) with zer work 137

See all the 2024 Midsumma and Australia Post Art Award Finalists.

Midsumma Pride March Awards

After their inception in 2017, the Midsumma Pride March Awards have returned each year, helping to increase the passion and flamboyance of the march. The awards are intended to encourage a bright and meaningful presence from participants. Winners are selected by a panel of diverse community representatives and announced at the post-Pride Celebrations.


Queer Playwriting Award Showcase

The annual Queer Playwriting Award Showcase is a collaboration between Gasworks Arts Park and Midsumma Festival. Up to eight works are selected by an industry panel and invited to present a 15 minute staged reading at Gasworks Arts Park as part of Midsumma Festival. The work of one of the finalists is selected to receive ongoing support and development with a view to becoming a full-scale work to be presented in Midsumma Festival 2025 or beyond. The ultimate aim of the Queer Playwriting Award is to tour the work nationally to expose it to a wide range of metropolitan, regional and rural audiences.

  • The winner of the 2024 Queer Playwriting Award Showcase was Tom Ballard for his work: The Queer Kingdom, also entitled: A Comprehensive and Profoundly Queer Accounting of The Brief (Yet GLORIOUS) History of The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands - A Gay Fantasia On (Micro)National Themes. QPAS 2024 Award Winner details ...
  • The winner of the inaugural 2024 People's Choice Award was Anna Lindstedt and Sally Davies for their play “Day for It”. QPAS People's Choice Award Winner details ... 

The Pearl Prize

The Pearl Prize is presented with Osborne and Fawkner Publishing and supported by Midsumma Festival — a writing award where Queer writers have a platform for self-expression through the writing landscape and into publication. The publication featuring the works from the fifteen finalists is available to purchase from the Midsumma Closet.

  • 2024 Pearl Prize Award Winner: Spencer M. F. Rodrick
  • 2024 Highly Commended Award: Sam Elkin


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