Info about Melbourne Pride
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Celebrating 40 years - A Road To Pride
Melbourne Pride made an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ Victorians and our wider community to come together after a challenging period that has exacerbated challenges some LGBTQIA+ people were facing before this pandemic, including isolation.
As the leading LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural organisation in Victoria, Midsumma delivered the event on behalf of the Victorian Government.
Melbourne Pride Livestream
Melbourne Pride commemorated the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria, featuring a series of activities across regional Victoria and a one-day street party event in Melbourne’s inner north - as well as digital online programming that complemented the extensive live offerings.
This stream showcased the state-wide commemorations of PRIDE on this date – commemorating the 40th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria. A particular highlight is footage of a wide range of regional activations/projects from across Victoria within this digital online event.
Melbourne Pride - A Road to Pride
The event showcased live performances, music, circus, keynote speakers, activities, community stalls and interactive demonstrations. This event had a significant state-wide impact with live-streaming and pre-recorded content to allow people to engage from home. Street trader engagement is one of the key objectives of the event and local businesses will be open to trade as part of the event.
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Melbourne Pride event FAQs
Last updated: 17 January 2022
- Melbourne Pride’s regional activities have run across the summer and will culminate in a one-day outdoor street part in Melbourne’s Gertrude and Smith Street precinct on 13 February.
- The street party will run from 11am to 9pm.
- It will also be broadcast through a livestream, allowing it to be viewed by people across the state.
- This means everyone can celebrate Melbourne Pride, no matter where they live or their circumstances.
There will be COVIDSafe settings across the event precinct. COVIDSafe measures to be implemented include:
- COVIDSafe Compliance Officers
- COVIDSafe Marshals
- Multiple QR code scan in points
- Informative COVIDSafe Signage
- Additional toilet and hand-washing facilities
- Vaccinated staff, artists and participants
- Staff and volunteers trained in basic
- COVIDSafe awareness and infection control.
Prior Midsumma events have been attended and audited by local and state governing authorities and have been commended for the attention to detail through planning and for the systems put in place during events that keep staff and attendees informed and as safe as possible.
- We recommend all attendees of the outdoor street party wear a face mask when moving around the event site and maintain safe social distancing where possible.
- Masks are compulsory for events with more than 30,000 people, and while this number is not expected for Melbourne Pride, the open nature of the event means this is a possibility.
- More broadly, all Victorians are encouraged to wear a mask when they can’t physically distance, even if they are outdoors.
- Nobody should attend the outdoor street party if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
- If someone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, they should get tested and isolate immediately.
Midsumma are in close communication with the relevant Victorian Government authorities and will follow all public event guidelines provided by the government.
Several scaled back versions and contingency options are undergoing review, but in the meantime, the festival team are still working hard towards presenting an event on 13 February.
Any changes made to “Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride” will be communicated through multiple channels as soon as possible.
The location and event style of “Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride” is an initiative of the State Government of Victoria and was announced by the Premier and relevant Minister.
Midsumma recognises the strong historical and significant part that LGBTQIA+ operated and aligned businesses and events in the Yarra area must play in the broader scope of Melbourne’s queer histories.
“Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride” has the capacity to not only support and celebrate our artists, creative industries, and diverse communities, but also generate significant economic benefit to the Yarra area and its local businesses, particularly relevant after the hardships experienced through lengthy pauses in trade.
The live street party event is part of a broader Statewide group of events commemorating the significance of the year.
“Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride” is a State Government event, which Midsumma has been contracted to deliver. This is a significant and commemorative event in Victoria’s Queer history, specifically designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria.
This celebration provides an opportunity for reflection on the historical journey that has passed, but also acknowledges and encourages active thought and strategy about the journey that is still to come.
This event is an opportunity to build on the Victorian State Government’s LGBTIQA+ Strategy, which guides continued efforts towards achieving equality through legislative reform, policy and inclusive programs.
Alongside a memorable and exciting event day, “Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride” has the potential to leave an accessible and lasting legacy with regard to engagement and connections, community capacity building and resource development through website content, documentation, photography, artwork and performance.
This event is intended to have a significant state-wide impact, working to connect and engage LGBTQIA+ people, their allies and diverse communities across Victoria, with a particular focus on including rural and regional participation both in the lead up to the event and on the event day via live streaming and pre-recorded content.
Midsumma respects the Yarra City Council’s commitment to provide a liveable, supportive environment for all of its residents. The event will comply with policies regulating all noise affecting public places, either by its nature or volume. The site plan has been curated to ensure that generated noise is funnelled towards the audience and away from residencies. Stage announcements will request attendees to leave in a quiet and orderly manner.
Midsumma have contracted public event security specialists to oversee and manage crowd behaviour at “Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride”. Event personnel, including staff, volunteers and First Aid professionals will assist in monitoring.
In addition to this, a dedicated and central Event Operations Centre with representatives from Midsumma, Yarra City Council, Emergency Services, Public Transport Victoria, First Aid, Traffic management controllers and Victoria Police will be in place, and will maintain constant radio contact with all event staff on the ground.
Road closures will be in place for the “Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride” to prioritise pedestrian traffic and safety.
Midsumma’s professional risk management consultants and traffic management team have designed a comprehensive Traffic Management Plan that has been reviewed and approved by the Yarra City Council.
Traffic Controllers will be positioned in key areas of the precinct to allow for smooth flow of local traffic and to provide information at road closures.
More information about road closures and traffic management will be available on the website closer to the event.
Midsumma have contracted public event security specialists to oversee and manage crowd behaviour at “Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride”. Event staff, Volunteers and First Aid Staff will assist in monitoring patron flow throughout the event site.
This event is designed to support increased patronage for local traders and not to compete with them in any way. Midsumma will not be selling or providing alcoholic beverages. Patrons wishing to purchase food and beverages are encouraged to visit and support one of the many wonderful local traders in the area.
Midsumma have engaged a professional Cleaning and Waste Management Company. Waste management staff will ensure that facilities are regularly cleaned and sanitized, waste is promptly removed and garden areas are kept tidy.
Additional rubbish bins, toilets and hand washing facilities will be on site for operations and removed once the event has concluded.
Temporary food services and single-use items will be kept to a minimum, as attendees will be encouraged to explore and support local food and beverage traders throughout the day.
Road closures and changes to regular parking spaces, including some permit areas, will be in place to maximise space for a safe, pedestrian prioritised zone and event infrastructure.
Affected residents will be notified, however the following roads will close at 3AM on Sunday 13 February and reopen at 3AM on Monday 14 February:
- Gertrude Street between Brunswick and Smith Street
- Smith Street between Mason Street and Stanley Street
- Langridge Street between Smith Street and Cambridge Street
- Peel Street between Smith Street and Oxford Street
Movement of vehicles will not be permitted within the following roads from 3AM on Sunday 13 February until 3AM on Monday 14 February
Altus Traffic will implement traffic management on the day. Signage, detours and traffic controllers will be in place for the duration of the event including set up and pack down.
“Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride '' is a Statewide event and official programming on the two event outdoor stages is committed to highlighting a majority of Victorian based talent. Read the latest announcements about our line-up of artists here.
Midsumma encourages all the fabulous LGBTQIA+ venues in the Yarra precinct to be involved and mark this momentous occasion. There is no need to officially register to participate or run an aligned event, but conversation about how support can best be provided is welcome and Midsumma will assist with promoting aligned venues and activities. Visit our Melbourne Pride Traders Directory to find out what's happening.
The event itself will be alcohol free and temporary food services will be kept to a minimum. Attendees will be encouraged to explore local food and beverage traders throughout the day.
Auslan interpretation will be available across the event, provided by Break A Finger. Both SMITH and GERTIE stages will have an elevated platform located to the left or right of the stage from an audience perspective. All formalities at the SMITH stage will be accessible in Auslan and selected performances across both stages will also have interpreters. An easy viewing area will be cordoned off nearby for those who wish to access it.
The Melbourne Pride precinct is a street based celebration, allowing for wheelchair accessibility across the site.
Specific wheelchair facilities provided are:
- Wheelchair Charging Facility: at the main Information Tent on Gertrude Street.
- Wheelchair Lift: available as required at the stages.
- Accessible Toilets: all temporary toilet stations set up for the event include an accessible toilet. There are 3 across the site, plus a permanent facility installed by the intersection of Peel St and Smith St.
- Midsumma have taken a range of steps to ensure the Melbourne Pride outdoor street party event is accessible for Victorians with disability.
- There is an accessible drop-off bay for vehicles located on Smith Street, near the intersection with Webb Street.
- The Melbourne Pride precinct is a street-based celebration allowing wheelchair access across the site, with care taken to avoid blocking regular pathways and ramps.
- Infrastructure and volunteers will be in place to assist in areas where they could be congestion.
- Specific facilities for wheelchair users include a charging facility, wheelchair lift as required at the stages and accessible toilets.
- Auslan interpretation will be available across the event.
Information for Melbourne Pride participants
To ensure state-wide representation of this important celebration, funds are being made available to directly encourage and facilitate involvement in activities either in the lead up to or on the day within a regional context.
Applications for Regional Activation Grants have now closed. Please visit the Regional Grants page for more information.
We will be reaching out to artists and producers who have already engaged in this journey with us. If you have any questions or would like to discuss event ideas, please contact [email protected]
To be kept up to date with information about Melbourne Pride, please complete the form on this page. Details will only be used to keep you informed of event plans.
Midsumma continue to work with the State Government to determine the safest way to deliver the event. Under Phase D of Victoria's Roadbmap, events in Victoria, large outdoor events with 30,000 or more attendees need to publish their COVIDSafe Plan online. A detailed COVID-19 Safe Plan will be published closer to the event date.
Midsumma will continue to work with the State Government to build on the plans for Melbourne Pride. Updates will be added to this page as they occur.
We are planning, moving and shaking as quickly as possible, please keep this page bookmarked for updates, or subscribe to our enewsletter to be kept up-to-date.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria, we take the opportunity to acknowledge the courage and resilience of our LGBTQIA+ community. Melbourne Pride will commemorate the event with a once-off celebration. In a contemporary exploration of festivities, Melbourne Pride will embark on a journey of equality through inspirational arts, community involvement, food, and culture.
With the streets of Fitzroy coming alive as we celebrate the history and build on the momentum for equality.
To ensure state-wide celebrations for this momentous event, regional activations will be happening in the lead-up to the event all across Victoria.
Melbourne Pride will be a multi-generational and intersectional celebration of Victorian LQBTQIA+ history and a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria.