Midsumma Festival will return on 23 Jan to 13 Feb 2022

Ruben Kaye at Midsumma Festival Live at the Bowl 2021 by Suzanne Balding

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Midsumma Festival will return in 2022 from 23 Jan to 13 Feb

Midsumma is Australia's premier queer arts and cultural organisation, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences.

Our primary event, Midsumma Festival, will return in 2022 from Sunday 23 January to Sunday 13 February, with an explosion of queer events that centre around hidden and mainstream queer arts and culture, involving local, interstate, and international artists.

Key dates (subject to change):

Midsumma Festival’s program comprises a curated Midsumma Presents line-up plus the community-driven Open-Access stream, to share with you the lived experiences of those voices at the margins, the expression of queer history, and the celebration of new ideas and stories 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, and 163 events in 2021 despite COVID-19 limitations, with involvement by over 5000 culture-makers in over 100 different venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria - to audiences averaging 255,202 attendees, each year, over the past four years.

Since 1988, we have evolved with our communities and repositioned ourselves as a globally-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 and new work developed. 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.

Midsumma acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are the first peoples of these lands. We pay our respects to all First Nation Australians, past, present and emerging, and we recognise their continuing spiritual and cultural connection to the land. We would like to acknowledge that Aboriginal sovereignty has not been ceded.

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