Midsumma Festival Hubs
Cocoa Butter Club, by Alexis D.Lea
We are proud to introduce to you our Midsumma Hubs for the 2022 festival. These Midsumma Hub venues are dedicated to providing you with a diverse showcase of events, across the 22-day festival, to enrich your Midsumma Festival experience. Never miss a beat, with Midsumma Hubs there is something to see or do every day or night of the week.
14 Acland St, St Kilda
In 2022, Theatre Works' Midsumma Hub will be bigger than ever with 9 shows across 3 performance spaces. A truly queer program that embraces and celebrates the whole rainbow. A year of risk taking, tenacity and rebellion. A non-binary pantomime escape room, lesbians in space, drag kings, asexual variety shows, the trans masculine experience and so much more!
400 Flinders St, Melbourne
Immigration Museum, in the historic Old Customs House, is a vibrant living multicultural centre for the exploration of identity, history and multicultural life in Melbourne and Victoria. Through rich collections, exhibitions, events, education programs and digital content, Immigration Museum explores the histories, stories, and contemporary issues of Victoria’s diverse communities, and what connects us all as humans.
Immigration Museum’s current major exhibition Becoming You: An incomplete guide and new series of large-scale photographic works, Atong Atem: To be real, continue to explore themes of identity, community and belonging.
21 Graham St, Albert Park
Gasworks Arts Park is a vibrant arts precinct producing a range of high-quality arts programs, workshops and activities for all ages. Situated in Albert Park, Melbourne, on the site of the former South Melbourne Gas Plant, Gasworks is just three kilometres from the CBD and the precinct houses four hectares of park, two theatres, three gallery spaces, a café, as well as function and workshop spaces.
Image: The Defiant
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
Just four kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, and spread over 16 acres, Abbotsford Convent is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct. We work collaboratively with artists and arts organisations across all art forms to present a year-round program of contemporary work that engages, surprises and delights audiences, encourages investigation and learning, and sparks important new conversations.
In 2022, we’re very much looking forward to offering up a spectrum of creative output for Midsumma audiences, ranging from dance parties to creative rope workshops to sculptures to lip-syncing wrestlers. Children and families can get involved with the microscopic playground that is Mini Beast Disco, or anyone 18+ can hang around until a little later before diving into the world of the Composting Cabaret, presented by Dandrogyny, Betty Grumble and Andreas Lohmeyer. We can’t wait to see you!
63 Johnston St, Fitzroy
The Hare Hole is Melbourne’s home of emerging artists, hybrid art forms and queer ideas. For 30 years Hares & Hyenas has embodied queer community engagement, giving a platform to intersectional communities and artists to provoke, question and be heard. Its open content policy combined with its values of providing a welcoming space encourages work that is fresh, relevant and vitally important. Our 2022 Midsumma program brings together speakers, artists and performers from multiple disciplines and numerous identities—from the emerging to the familiar and established, from those embedded in the queer community to those who defy classification.
Supported by the Victorian state government’s Revitalising the LGBTIQ+ Sector fund; City of Yarra annual grants program; Hares & Hyenas; and Koorie Pride Victoria.
Image: Maude Davey by Suzanne Phoenix
Comedy Republic 231 Bourke St, Melbourne
After a hugely successful inaugural program, Comedy Republic returns to Midsumma as a festival hub, presenting eight fabulously queer shows. For standup fans, there's stellar shows from Charlie Lewin, John Robles and Granny Bingo as well as jam-packed lineups presented by Two Queers Walk Into A Bar and Lemon Comedy. If scintillating sketch is your thing, there's Sydney's Snake Pit improv duo, double act Woah, Alyssa!, and cracking character comedy courtesy of The Pageant.
Image: Charlie Lewin
Fringe Common Rooms
Fringe Common Rooms Corner Lygon and, Victoria St, Carlton
Late night arty parties where you leave covered in glitter. Delectably queer, totally inclusive nights to let go and be nothing but yourself. A safe, creative space to share ideas, explore and play. Where is this wonderland? It’s Fringe Common Rooms at Trades Hall, your brand new home(o)!
Located in Melbourne’s iconic Trades Hall in Carlton, the fully accessible Fringe Common Rooms is Melbourne Fringe’s year-round home for independent artists and people who like to party (that’s everyone, right?)! This Midsumma, the venue is packed with diva disco dance parties from the crew at MARY!, karaoke celebrating our queer icons (Queer-aoke) and one night gala extravaganzas like Get Bent Fest. We invite you to come and enjoy this Midsumma and beyond – festival vibes all year round, darling!
Image: BLUNDERLAND – Will Hamilton-Coates
Melbourne’s western region Councils
Midsumma Westside is a collaboration of Melbourne’s western region Councils in partnership with Midsumma. It is a sumptuous slice of Midsumma Festival that programs the wonderful array of events taking place in the west.
Midsumma Westside invites you to go west this Midsumma to experience what the west has on offer!
Pride of Our Footscray
Pride of our Footscray Community Bar 1/86-88 Hopkins St, Footscray
Pride Of Our Footscray is the most colourful and diverse venue in Melbourne, famous for its mixed crowd, friendly crew and fabulous live entertainment.
Pride's Midsumma Festival 2022 program is similarly exciting, something for absolutely everybody. There's camp drag, modern drag, cabaret, burlesque, queer comedy, a steamy male dance revue and even astrology!
All up, it's ten original shows that Pride's presenting across Midsumma Festival 2022, a fabulous line-up for an iconic festival, see you there!