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.

  • For information about accessibility facilities at Midsumma Pride March, see Midsumma Pride March Accessibility closer to the date of the event (23 May 2021).

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. In 2021, exceptionally, there will be a digital program guide, but no printed program guide.

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

Auslan Guide: watch an Auslan video summarising the Auslan Interpreted events within the festival - 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.

NOTE: the following video is for the 2020 festival. This will be replaced by the 2021 version after the 2021 program is launched in March 2021.

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, 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.

2021 Auslan Interpreted Events

2021 Relaxed Performances

2021 Audio Described Events

2021 Open Captioned Events

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Midsumma Festival 2021

Australia's premier queer arts and cultural festival will return in 2021, but due to COVID-19, will be later than normal, running from 19 April to 5 May with Midsumma Pride March to follow, in St Kilda, on Sunday 23 May.

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