Access Information

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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 and note the symbols on this website below, or scroll down this page for all Relaxed, Auslan Interpreted, Audio Described and Open Captioned events.

Midsumma is pleased to provide:

Festival Program PDF: this is a PDF version [19 MB] of the printed program guide, including all images, which is also screen readable. 

Link to all Audio Guides: listen to an introduction to the 2020 Midsumma Festival events that can be enjoyed by people who are Blind or have low-vision.

Auslan Guide: watch an Auslan video summarising the 2020 Auslan Interpreted events - see the Auslan-Interpreted Events accordion below for additional information.

A number of events have Auslan-interpreted sessions, as outlined in the list of Auslan Interpreted Events further down this page, and as described in the video below. Please email [email protected] or call 03 9296 6600 with any further questions. Midsumma is National Relay Service ready.

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

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].

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.

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


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)
Visual Rating: 100%Visual Rating: 100%
Visual Rating: 75%Visual Rating: 75%
Visual Rating: 50%Visual Rating: 50%
Visual Rating: less than 50%Visual Rating: less than 50%
Wheelchair accessibleWheelchair accessible
Bar availableBar available
Family friendlyFamily friendly
Food availableFood available
Over 18 onlyOver 18 only

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 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.

2020 Relaxed Performances

A piccolo instrument lying on a rainbow background.

Homophonic!

30 Jan-1 Feb
A man in mesh clothing is awkwardly splayed off balance on a chest of drawers.
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New Balance

4-8 Feb

2020 Open Captioned Events

A man in mesh clothing is awkwardly splayed off balance on a chest of drawers.
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New Balance

4-8 Feb
Frontier: a landscape of tree-covered mountains and sky with many white clouds. The image is upside down.

Frontier

31 Jan-13 Feb

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Midsumma Festival 2020

Midsumma Festival 2020

Australia's premier queer arts and cultural festival will return in 2020, running from 19 January to 9 February. Midsumma Festival will open on Sunday 19 January 2020, with Midsumma Carnival in the Alexandra Gardens and Midsumma Pride March returning to St Kilda on Sunday 2 February 2020.

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