Access & Facility Information

At Midsumma, we recognise our responsibility to provide genuine access to our events and services wherever possible. For this reason, we have several ways for everyone to access information about our events. If you have any questions, feedback or would like any information in another format, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 03 9296 6600 or by emailing [email protected].

To find accessible events on this website, please search using the event filter, for example to see all Relaxed, Auslan Interpreted, Audio Described or Captioned events. See all access services symbols.

 

Search for Accessible Events
Using our browse function on the What's On page, you can search for events by Access service from Nov to Feb each year.

Symbols on this website

Each event listing on this website will include the following symbols about access and facilities, if applicable. 

Visual Rating: 100%Visual Rating: 100% - No sound, music or dialogue (e.g. an art exhibition) so Deaf or hard of hearing audiences can engage fully with the event.
Visual Rating: 75%Visual Rating: 75% - Some sounds and minimal dialogue, or dialogue is subtitled so Deaf or hard of hearing audiences have a closer to full engagement with the event.

Visual Rating: less than 50%Visual Rating: less than 50% - Sound, music or dialogue is essential to fully experience the event, e.g. a music concert or mostly unsubtitled dialogue so Deaf or hard of hearing audiences can have some but not full engagement with the event.

Access Symbols

Visual Rating: 100%Visual Rating (description above)
Assistive listening (hearing loop)Assistive listening (hearing loop)
Audio describedAudio described
Auslan interpretedAuslan interpreted
Captioning: closed captionCaptioning: closed caption
Open captionedCaptioning: open caption
English Language No BarrierEnglish Language No Barrier
Relaxed performanceRelaxed performance
Tactile tour (touch tour)Tactile tour (touch tour)
Wheelchair accessibleWheelchair accessible

Wheelchair access varies from venue to venue. To check a venue's wheelchair accessibility, look for the wheelchair access symbol alongside an event listing. Midsumma relies on accurate information provided by the more than 100 venues that are part of the Festival. We recommend contacting the venue to confirm wheelchair accessibility and to enquire about accessible parking.

  • General Admission Wheelchair Access: if you are booking tickets for a General Admission venue, feel free to go ahead and book online unless it is otherwise mentioned in the event listing. There is a section in the booking process where you can make access notes. Midsumma tries to assist venues to be as accessible as possible and this information will be passed on to them about your requirements.
  • Allocated Seating Wheelchair Access: if you are booking tickets for a venue with allocated seating, please book through the venue directly.

Bar availableBar available
Family friendlyFamily friendly
Food availableFood available
Over 18 onlyOver 18 only

For each Midsumma Festival, the following elements will be provided: 

Festival Program PDF: this is a PDF version of the printed program guide, including all images, which is also screen readable. 

Midsumma Website: browse online, filtering by event categories, accessibility, dates, venues, special interest guides etc.

Printed Program Guide: The printed program guide was available from early December each year. 

Digital Book: flip through the guide online as though you were reading a paper brochure.

Festival Planner: a handy calendar-format list that you can download as a spreadsheet.

 

Visit midsumma.org.au/guides to see all versions (from Nov to Feb each year).

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulty speaking, contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or via relayservice.com.au, then ask for 03 9296 6600 during business hours. There is no additional charge for this service.

Companion Card holders qualify for a complimentary ticket for their companion. Please contact Midsumma Ticketing on 03 9296 6600 or email [email protected].

Midsumma Pathways

Have you heard about Midsumma Pathways, our nine-month development and mentoring program for LGBTQIA+ artists with disability? This program provides a queer context in which seven (or more) participants will develop their creative practice. It includes access to professional mentoring, group workshops and contact with arts industry representatives that build participants' capacity. Get in touch with us to know more.

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