Melbourne Pride - A Road to Pride

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria

Melbourne Pride will be held on Sunday 13 February, 11am-9pm, one week after the annual Midsumma Pride March.

Melbourne Pride - A Road to Pride

To commemorate this anniversary, we acknowledge the courage and resilience of our LGBTQIA+ community. Melbourne Pride will celebrate with live performances, music, circus, interactive activities, community stalls and demonstrations. In a contemporary exploration of festivities, we will embark on a journey of equality through inspirational arts, community involvement, food, and culture.

Melbourne Pride is a State Government initiative, delivered by festival partner Midsumma (of course!). The event is designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria. 

Acknowledging the courage and resilience of Victoria’s LGBTQIA+ community, the incredible one-day festival will honour the historical occasion with a celebration of community, featuring a stellar collection of live performances, music, circus, keynote speakers, activities, community stalls and interactive demonstrations.

Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Streets will be transformed into a huge street party – with two live music stages and performances from musicians and artists – to celebrate Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ+ communities.

With a sensational line-up across two stages, the iconic event will feature live performances from Yorta Yorta woman, composer and educator, Deborah Cheetham; Australian electronic musician, Alice Ivy; singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Vetta Borne; Australian newcomer, KYVA; multi-award-winning cabaret company, YUMMY; art experience creators, All The Queens Men; multi-disciplinary artist and musician, Kira Puru; two of Australia's hottest award-winning drag DJ duo, Jawbreakers; the quintessential cabaret performer, Reuben Kaye; and headlining the event will be neo-soul pop duo, Electric Fields.

Local businesses all down Gertrude and Smith Street will benefit from the party – serving food and drink to the thousands of people expected to attend across the day, while some will be incorporated into the party with shopfront activations and performances in venues. Visit our Melbourne Trader Directory to find out what's happening.

Melbourne Pride is an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ Victorians and the wider community to come together as one to celebrate the remarkable journey of equality through inspirational arts, community involvement, food, and culture.

A livestream of Melbourne Pride (below) was also aired on Midsumma's Facebook and YouTube, capturing the event for remote viewers. The livestream showcased digital performances and interviews, and give you a look at what is happening on the day at the festival. The best part is, you can watch the livestream from ANYWHERE. 

Regional Events - Melbourne Pride celebrates our LGBTIQ+ communities, with a series of activities across the state including in our regional communities over the entire summer. Regional activities are already underway – among the first events being held on 4 Dec is Pop-Up Pride in Bendigo, which is bringing drag performances, live music, stalls, a Trans Clothing Swap, short films from the Bendigo Queer Film Festival and exhibitions to the heart of the regional city.

A SNAPSHOT OF MELBOURNE PRIDE ACROSS THE STATE:

  • Online exhibition documenting queer community stories from older rural and regional Victorians. Produced by ChillOut – Queer Country Pride: Our Time to Shine – 9 DEC
  • Collaborative exhibition by artists Lisa Bishop – Wangaratta Road to Pride – from 15 JAN, Chiltern
  • Video installation featuring the reflections of central Victorian LGBTQIA+ community members on what Pride means to them – Self (ie) Pride – 24 JAN – 16 FEB, Maryborough, Newstead, Maldon, Castlemaine, Inglewood, Heathcote, and Bendigo
  • Pride and intergenerational connection to socially isolated older people – Celebrating Pride in all Places with Switchboard – 6 FEB, across Victoria
  • Original artwork of verbatim theatre – Thrive: Queer Voices: Out Loud – 8 FEB, Castlemaine
  • Photography series celebrating lived experiences in regional Victoria – Camp – 13 FEB, Melbourne
  • Video exhibit of diverse LGBTIQA+ locals who have led the way – Proudly Here – 13 FEB, Ballarat
  • Melbourne Pride St Party, Gertrude + Smith St, Fitzroy - Collingwood – 13 FEB, Melbourne

 

*If you are a Trader or Resident in the City of Yarra, please visit our Melbourne Pride information page

Melbourne Pride is a Victorian State Government initiative delivered by Australia’s LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural experience, Midsumma.

Midsumma continues to work with the State Government to determine the safest way to deliver the event. For a comprehensive description of Midsumma's COVIDSafe Plan, please see Being COVIDSafe at Midsumma Festival or download MFI_COVIDSafe Plan V4.1: 8 February 2022 (PDF 1.4 MB).

Partners

Map of the Melbourne Pride precinct - Gertrude and Smith St, Fitzroy

Open zoomable map (PDF 359 KB) >>

Cycling Detours

To maximise space for a safe, pedestrian prioritised zone, cyclists will be required to dismount and walk through the event precinct. Cyclists can either travel East-West via Webb St or Victoria St, or North-South via Brunswick Street or Wellington Street. Please note a portion of Napier Street will intersect with the event in Gertrude Street.

Free Bicycle Valet

Melbourne Pride will have a free valet service where bicycles can be parked safely for the duration of the event. Look for the ‘Roll Up’ marquee in Atherton Gardens, with entrance from Brunswick St, near the intersection of Gertrude St.

Alternatively, there is bicycle parking in many locations on Napier Street, especially in the vicinity of Fitzroy Town Hall.

Please refrain from locking your bicycle to event infrastructure. Bicycles found attached to temporary fencing will be removed.

This event is designed to support increased patronage for local traders. 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.

SMITH Stage

MC: Victoria Falconer (Fringe Wives Club)

  • 11:00 Welcome to Country
  • 11:15 Judy Small - singing and Chris Miller - Auslan
  • 11:45 shOUT Youth Chorus
  • 12:00 Evan Lawson and Deborah Cheetham - Premiere of 'After the Long Night - Gowidja djirrunga dhala'
  • 12:15 Formal Proceedings
  • 12:45 Jimi the Kween
  • 1:15 YUMMY
  • 2:00 Gender Euphoria
  • 2:30 Rob Snarksi with Shane O’Mara, Graham Lee and Ben Wiesner
  • 3:00 All The Queens Men Dance Club Extravaganza

MC: Philmah Bocks and Jojo Zaho

  • 5:15 Kira Puru
  • 6:15 Reuben Kaye, Variety Cabaret
  • 7:30 Electric Fields
  • 8:45 The Huxleys & Simone Page Jones
    with special guests Benjamin Hancock and James Andrews
  • 9:00 Stage closes

GERTIE Stage

MC: Bobby Macumber and Lori Bell

  • 11:30 Open Seen
  • 12:30 Burn City Waack and House of Dévine Collaboration
  • 12:45 The Lost Girls - 80s Super Group
  • 2:00 Vetta Borne
  • 3:00 Harehole Generation
  • 3:30 Kokonutz (Lilikoi Kaos, Lisa Fa'alafi, Hope One and Lana Tukaroa)

MC: Aysha Buffet

  • 4:15 KYVA
  • 5:00 Jimi The Kween
  • 5:30 Jawbreakers DJ
  • 6:15 Burn City Waack and House of Dévine Collaboration
  • 6:45 Alice Ivy
  • 8:30 Simona Castricum
  • 9:00 Stage closes

PEEL PARK Precinct

11:30am - 9:00pm

Caravan Sounds

Caravan sounds will be playing funky beats all day with a variety of DJs representing Yarra based LGBTIQA+ venues and parties taking to the decks. 

Activations throughout the day

Peel Park Activation Space will have a range of family friendly activations throughout the day.

  • 11:30 Mini Beasts Disco
  • 12:30 Sweat Dreams Aerobics
  • 1:15 Rapid Fire - Harehole

Roving Artists

  • Tenfingerz Fast Fashun
  • Snuff Puppets
  • Skate Odyssey

Auslan Access

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.

Getting There

  • Accessible Drop-Off Bay for Vehicles: located on Smith Street near the intersection of Webb Street.

Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Access within the Precinct

The Melbourne Pride precinct is a street based celebration, allowing wheelchair access across the site. Care has been taken to avoid blocking regular pathways and ramps. Infrastructure and volunteers will be in place to assist in areas of possible congestion.

Specific facilities provided for users of wheelchairs include:

  • 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.

Auslan Access

  • 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.

See Melbourne Pride Precinct Map >>

Audio Description

Audio describers will be available between midday and 3pm as per the following schedule:

  • 12-2pm: audio describers will be stationed at the info tent on Gertrude St, available for any requests.
  • 2-3pm: guided audio described access tour - the meeting point will be the Gertie Stage, wrapping up at the activation space in the Peel St area.

Midsumma Staff and Volunteers will be able to assist you with any enquiries on the day.

Access Champions

Melbourne Pride has Access Champions on site with a mobile number and a "runner" to collect attendees who are blind or of low vision from the accessible drop-off point on the corner of Webb and Smith Streets. If you or someone you are with requires one-on-one support for navigating the Melbourne Pride precinct, guidance to finding and using the available access provisions or any general advice around accessibility on the day, they are there to help! They can be contacted by:

  • Asking one of the friendly volunteers
  • Asking at the Info Tent (on Gertrude Street)
  • Calling or messaging 0472 642 206 (number valid on Melbourne Pride day only)

For information about accessibility facilities across the festival, see Access Information.

What happens if there is severe wet weather or smoke?

Midsumma will have weather monitoring equipment and a dedicated professional risk assessor present at Melbourne Pride. Our first priority is you and our community's safety at all times. If severe rain or smoke is forecast and detected on the day we will pause the activities on the stages until it is safe to resume. For weather and air updates in Melbourne visit the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology and for pollen sensitivity check Melbourne Pollen​​. Make sure you have a contingency plan, stay safe in all weather, and look after each other.

Will there be food available?

The inner North event precinct is in a renowned mecca for fabulous food and dining options. A diverse selection of fare is on offer from local traders in the area, supported by mobile food vans and stalls selling non-alcoholic beverages designed to keep you cool at Melbourne Pride. Whether you feel like a sweet treat or savoury platter, meatlovers, vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, guilt-free and sugar-free diners will be able to find something appetising to delight in. Thanks to the fabulous offerings of Gertrude St, Smith St and Peel St, Melbourne Pride will have it all.
Specific Melbourne Pride deals can be located in the Melbourne Pride Traders Directory.

Can I Bring Glass?

No. To minimise the risk of injury, Melbourne Pride has a strict no glass policy across the site. Beverages purchased across the site will be served in sustainable, non-glass vessels or cans. Please ensure personal water bottles are also non-breakable.

Can I Bring my own Tent Structure or Umbrella to Melbourne Pride?

Midsumma will provide umbrellas around the event precinct for the public to use. There is a strict permit and approval process that informs what can and cannot be on site. Please do not bring your own tent or structure to the event as event staff will be required to remove it.

Is Melbourne Pride family friendly?

Melbourne Pride is a multi-generational, family friendly celebration. The program offers an abundance of diverse options with some activities and performances for our younger attendees focused in the earlier part of the day.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are welcome at Melbourne Pride provided they are on a lead at all times, however it is important to consider the comfort levels of your furry friend in a highly populated, outdoor space during the heat of Summer. Before deciding to bring them along, we highly recommend taking the necessary precautions to ensure your pet feels happy, is protected from the heat and stays hydrated. Please ensure you clean up after your pet and that care is taken around event infrastructure to avoid unwanted ‘watering’!

How do I stay cool at Melbourne Pride?

Melbourne Pride will be held outdoors, in the middle of Summer. It is important to remember to:

  • Slip on a shirt - Consider a fabric that offers maximum UV protection.
  • Slop on sunscreen - Apply multiple times throughout the day. Free sunscreen will be available at the centrally located Information Tent.
  • Slap on a hat - or work a snazzy parasol into your party kit.
  • Hydrate regularly - there are 2 free water hydration stations onsite.

It’s important to remember that the event is a street based party and shade is limited. Umbrellas will be placed around the site where possible as part of temporary event seating, however these will be in high demand.

Check the SunSmart website for the current UV rating and advice on how to minimise sunburn and heat related illnesses, the Bureau of Meteorology website for weather forecasts and warnings or the EPA Victoria website for information about air quality ratings.

Transport

Melbourne Pride is situated on Smith Street, Gertrude Street and Peel Park, with road closures affecting Tram Route 86 (see details). The area is well serviced by other public transport options with many points delivering you right to the entrance of the event precinct.

Trams

  • Smith St/Victoria Pde, Tram Route 109, Stop 15. Low-floor trams available with level access stop.
  • Smith St/Victoria Pde, Tram Route 12, Stop 15. This route is not currently serviced by low-floor trams.
  • Brunswick St/Gertrude St, Tram Route 11, Stop 13.
  • Nicholson St/Gertrude St, Tram Route 96, Stop 11 at Melbourne Museum. Low-floor trams available with level access stop.

Buses

  • Smith St/Johnston Street Routes 207, 202 and 200.
  • Smith St/Victoria Pde Routes 908, 906, 305, 907, 905, 304, 302, 303, 309, 318 and 350.

Make plans by downloading the Tramtracker application or by using the Public Transport Victoria journey planner.

Cycling

Melbourne Pride will have a free valet service where bicycles can be parked safely for the duration of the event. Look for the ‘Roll Up’ marquee in Atherton Gardens, with entrance from Brunswick St, near the intersection of Gertrude St.

Alternatively, there is bicycle parking in many locations on Napier Street, especially in the vicinity of Fitzroy Town Hall.

Please refrain from locking your bicycle to event infrastructure. Bicycles found attached to temporary fencing will be removed.

Rideshare

Several streets will be affected by road closures and traffic changes. The safest point to direct your rideshare pick up or drop off is:

  • Intersection of Langridge and Oxford St, Collingwood
  • Intersection of Derby St and Oxford St, Collingwood

There is a lit, grassed public park situated here with bench seating. From this point, it is a 2 minute walk to the heart of the event.

Parking

Both paid and non-paid parking in Yarra is in limited supply. We recommend taking public transport, cycling or using a rideshare service.

Can I film, photograph or interview people?

If you are working for a media organisation and intend to use film, photography or interviews of participants or performing artists for content, please get in touch with Felicity McIntosh, Midsumma's Marketing Manager, at [email protected] to request Media Accreditation.

If you are capturing memories for personal use, we ask you to please be respectful and ask for people’s permission before doing so.

Phone Dead? Phone Charging - Powered by Pride

Facing low power issues on your phone after all those cute selfies will be no problem at Melbourne Pride. There will be several Ezycharge dispensers across site that for a small hire and refundable deposit fee, offer removeable, pre-charged portable batteries featuring all port options. Once finished, they can be returned to any base station of the same brand.

Can I sell merchandise at Melbourne Pride?

Only registered stallholders are able to sell merchandise.

When is Melbourne Pride?

Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride” is a State Government event, which Midsumma has been contracted to deliver on Sunday 13th February 2022. 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, art work 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.

What accessibility services are provided at Melbourne Pride?

Check out Melbourne Pride 2022: ACCESSIBILITY for a comprehensive description of services available at Melbourne Pride.

What measures are taken to protect the environment?

Melbourne Pride is a large event involving a lot of people and Midsumma apply great care when planning to ensue measures are in place to help reduce the impact on our environment:

  • Dedicated recycling and food waste bins are located across site, encouraging attendees to recycle where possible.
  • Hydration stations and bubblers are provided not only to encourage participants to keep well hydrated, but also to promote the use of refillable water bottles and avoid single use plastic heading to landfill.
  • No balloons, streamers or glitter are allowed on site. Eco-Glitter is allowable.
  • Electricity is provided via mains power or bio-diesel generators
  • Food traders are encouraged to use only biodegradable products
  • Volunteers and staff members are provided with refillable water bottles to be refilled at the hydration stations
  • Signage has been created with longevity in mind where possible. Recyclable corflute is used for dated and single event marketing.

How is the event going to be COVIDSafe?

Ensuring Melbourne Pride is a safe event is our top priority. Phase D of the Victorian Roadmap, with its high vaccination rates, has made the holding of events significantly easier, however Midsumma remains in close contact with the relevant Victorian Government authorities and will follow relevant guidelines and regulations as required for the 13 February street party.

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.

Midsumma will also ensure that external contractors and suppliers are informed about and adhere to industry standards relevant to their areas of activity, and that these are reflected in their SafeWork Method Statements.

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.

Specific details on COVIDSafe measures will be released on the website in the lead up to the event.

What happens if restrictions are in place?

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.

Why is this being staged in Yarra?

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 have to play in the broader scope of Melbourne’s queer history.

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 State Wide group of events commemorating the significance of the year.

What is the celebration about?

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, art work 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.

How will local roads and parking be affected on 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.

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

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.

Vaccination Status for Attendees

Organisers of events that are held in public spaces where they do not have exclusive control over the space – such as street parades or outdoor events on public roads – are not required to monitor the vaccination status of spectators or the public.

Midsumma staff, volunteers/participants and artists will be fully vaccinated. Venues who fall within the Melbourne Pride event precinct will still be required to monitor their own COVIDSafe requirements according to their COVIDSafe plan.

More information about this is published on coronavirus.vic.gov.au/public-events.

Further questions?

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 email [email protected].

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.

Didn't find an answer to your question? You'll find more FAQ's on our Melbourne Pride Info page here.

Event & ticketing details

Dates & Times

WHEN Sun 13 Feb 11am-9pm

Tickets

FREE No ticket required

Location

Gertrude St Precinct

Gertrude St / Smith St, Fitzroy

Get directions

Tram

12, 109 to stop 15 | Tram 11 to stop 13 | Tram 96 to stop 11

Event notes

TRAM DISRUPTIONS

Route 86 trams will experience service changes from 3am to last tram on Sunday 13 February, due to road closures associated with the Melbourne Pride Festival in Gertrude Street.
See details >>

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