The Defiant, Midsumma Festival 2022 by Suzanne Balding
Event registrations for Midsumma Festival 2023 are now OPEN. If you need any assistance please email [email protected].
Early Bird Discount: All events finalised by Friday 1 July 2022 will receive a 20% discount off the registration fee.
Register your event for Midsumma Festival 2023
Do you want to be part of Midsumma Festival 2023? There are five steps to registering an event with us, and we're here to assist you EVERY step of the way:
- READ the information below for everything you need to know about using our registration system, Eventotron.
- TALK to us. A conversation is the best way for us to help. Call 03 9296 6600, email [email protected] or fill out the Contact Us form for the best results. Midsumma is also National Relay Service ready!
- GET high-resolution promotional images that represent your event. You will need to submit this before you can finalise your registration.
- LOCK IN a venue. Be sure to start these conversations early, search our Venue Database on Eventotron, or chat to us.
- REGISTER online using Eventotron
How to register your event (Auslan). Presented by Danni Wright.
Read on for everything you need to know about presenting an event as part of Midsumma Festival 2023.
Midsumma Festival 2023 will return from 22 January to 12 February 2023.
Midsumma Festival is Australia's premier queer arts and cultural festival, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences. The Midsumma program shares the lived experiences of those voices at the margins, the expression of queer history, and the celebration of new ideas that come to life through world-class art and performance.
Our festival program is made up of diverse art forms and genres, including visual arts, live music, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, parties, sport, social events, and public forums featuring 153 events in 2022, with involvement by over 5000 culture-makers in over 90 different venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria - to audiences of over 210,000.
Midsumma Festival celebrates queer arts and culture through performance, visual art, sports, social events, and queer family events. To get an idea of past Midsumma events, check out the 2022 Festival Guide, 2021 Festival Guide, the 2020 Festival Guide, or the History section of our website.
By registering your event with Midsumma Festival 2023 you will receive:
A dedicated listing in Midsumma Festival’s Printed Guide
Your event will feature in our official Midsumma Festival printed guide, with over 35,000 copies distributed around Melbourne, Victoria and interstate outlets in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. The guide is also available to view or download from midsumma.org.au.
A dedicated listing on the Midsumma website
Your event will be listed on midsumma.org.au, which had 189,881 users for the 2022 festival during the festival period (a 22% increase on 2021 results), as well as a listing on our ticketing website, Eventfinda.
Your event featured in Midsumma’s digital campaign
Your event will be featured in Midsumma’s social media campaign - a total reach of 1,108,380 people through social media posts in 2022. Midsumma will share your Facebook event on our Facebook page and include you in the Midsumma Festival digital campaign, Google Ads, direct digital marketing and promotions.
Dedicated social media promotion across all owned channels. Total Midsumma social media followers: 54,470 total followers across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn (11% increase on 2021 results)
- 1,108,380 total reach on all social media platforms
- 58,916 total engagement across all social media platforms (83.03% increase on 2021 results and 256% increase across four years)
Your event features in at least one of Midsumma's eNewsletters sent to over 10,000 readers, and growing. The Midsumma eNews has a 34% average open rate (14% above industry average) and a 3.5% click rate (industry average is 2.19%).
Your event will be included in press opportunities, and your event media release will be available to key industry journalists.
Help from industry professionals
Our experienced team will navigate you through the difficult questions, hold your hand while you cry, and celebrate the wins with you.
Develop your practice and sharpen your producing skills by attending the Producer Workshops. We will let you know when they are on once you have registered.
We’ll handle the transactions, you take care of the fun parts. Take part in our ticketing promos (Early Bird or Three Show Package) and get more people through that door.
This grants you a raft of entitlements including last-minute entry to selected shows, discounts, free Roving Rights at Midsumma Carnival.
An engaged audience
Build new and strengthen existing audiences for your event by tapping into our audience of over 222,976 people.
Meet great people and venues
Facilitate further links and networks with over 5000 artists and 100+ Melbourne venues. Receive invitations to special events, including the Midsumma Festival Launch and Wrap Parties.
Presenting an event as part of Midsumma Festival is a lot of fun and very rewarding, but it's also a lot of work. As an event producer, you have certain responsibilities and these include:
- Pay a registration fee and provide all required information about your event by Monday 22 August 2022
- Market and promote your event - we can provide guidance, resources and occasionally we may be able to arrange a media or promotional opportunity for you, but the primary responsibility lies with you
- Organise crew and volunteers for your event
- Secure a venue and liaise with them
- Manage production schedules and budget
- Secure any financial support for your event
- Liaise with Midsumma about ticketing and event listing changes
- Complete your Event Producer Survey at the conclusion of your event and provide audience and attendance numbers
- Organise Public Liability Insurance for your event
- Deliver your event!
Midsumma is here to help - we can provide advice and guidance on all of the above and have a suite of Producer Resources to assist you in the delivery of your event!
The fees for registering your event as part of Midsumma Festival 2023 are shown below.
- All prices are inclusive of GST
- An external surcharge of 1.5% applies for credit/debit card payments
- All events are to be ticketed through Midsumma Festival
- No refunds on registration fees
- The producer needs to provide proof of eligibility for Community Group / Independent Practitioner discounts via an annual report, tax return, etc
Early Bird Discount: All events finalised by Friday 1 July 2022 will receive a 20% discount off the registration fees listed above.
Registration deadlines and other key dates for Midsumma Festival 2023 are as follows:
Monday 22 August 2022
Event Registrations Close
Advertising in the Midsumma Printed Guide Closes
17 October 2022
Event Contract Due
Venue Hire Agreement Due
Midsumma Festival 2023 Program Launch - date TBC
Request for Midsumma Carnival Roving Rights Due
Monday 12 December 2022
Public Liability Insurance Certificate Due
Please get in contact if you are having difficulty reaching any of these timelines and we will work with you to find a solution.
22 January—12 February 2023
Midsumma Festival 2023
Sunday 22 January 2023
Sunday 5 February 2023
Midsumma Pride March
You will need to confirm a venue by the date registrations close. This means that by 22 August 2022, your venue must be registered in Eventotron and the venue needs to have accepted your event.
Help Finding the Right Venue for Your Event
If you have not secured a venue, check out Venues Seeking Performances for Midsumma 2023 or use the Eventotron search function (see below) to find somewhere that meets your needs, and then contact the venue directly to discuss your event in more detail.
You can also request venue advice from the Midsumma team.
Using the Venue Browser in Eventotron
- Log in to Eventotron
- Go to Step 8: Venue Browser of your event registration.
- Once you find a venue that you like, select "More Info" and then "Apply to...". You'll then be prompted to provide a brief introductory note.
- We strongly advise that you then contact the venue directly to discuss your event in more detail.
- Once the venue accepts your application, it will appear in the next step. You will then be able to input the dates, times, duration, capacity and pricing details of your event.
About Venue Relationships
- Please remember that any relationship with a venue is strictly between you and the venue and not with Midsumma Festival.
- Unless the event producer is also the venue owner or manager, or the venue is a meeting spot only, you will need to provide Midsumma with a copy of your Venue Hire Agreement.
- Download an example venue agreement.
Other Venue Considerations
There are many things to consider when choosing a venue. We've made a list of prompters for you to consider when looking at venues:
- Is the venue sensitive to queer communities and identities? Does it have non-gendered bathrooms etc.
- How accessible is the venue? Consider wheelchair access (including wheelchair accessible bathrooms), availability of a hearing loop or other accessible services.
- How will this venue function if there are social distancing measures in place? What plans are in place if the restrictions change? And what is the venue’s policy on cancelling events?
- Can you afford it? Will the income you are expecting from the project be enough to pay for the venue?
- Make sure you include any extras costs that the venue may charge such as technical services, front of house staff, equipment hire, etc.
- What can the venue do for you? Ask if the venue can provide you with additional support for free, such as marketing support, staffing and equipment hire.
- What is the location of the venue? Is it easy to get to via car, public transport and bicycle? What is the location of the venue in relation to the anticipated audience demographic of your event? Is this where your audience lives or works?
- What's the vibe? Is this the right setting for your event? It is very important to understand your target audience and to choose a venue that is likely to appeal to them.
- Are there any technical restrictions that will affect you realising your event? Some things to consider are restrictions due to sound bleed, liquor licences, capacity and the type of electricity provided.
- What are your venue's licensing regulations? If your event is taking place in a licensed venue, underaged persons may not be able to attend depending on the time of the event, and the venue's licence.
- Make sure you thoroughly understand the conditions of the venue hire before committing.
- Look at the list of participating venues from previous years. Check out the 2022 Program Guide, 2021 Program Guide, 2020 Program Guide, 2019 Program Guide, 2018 Program Guide or the 2017 Program Guide to see where others have held events that might be similar to yours.
Anywhere can be a Midsumma venue - your lounge room, your car, an iconic meeting point or even online. Contact the Midsumma team to discuss your BYO venue and for help registering it in Eventotron.
Registering a Digital Event
The process of registering a digital event is the same as registering any other kind of event - just head to our registration platform Eventotron and follow the steps. When selecting your venue in Eventotron, simply select Midsumma Digital Event and follow the steps to add your streaming sessions.
Midsumma Festival is again working with Eventfinda as the ticketing system portal for the 2023 festival. All ticketed Midsumma Festival events (free and priced) must have 100% of their event capacity sold through the Midsumma Festival ticketing system (unless otherwise approved by Midsumma).
"Free-ticketed events" are events that are free of charge but require audiences to register or book. If this is your event, it needs to be ticketed through Midsumma Festival's ticketing system so that festival audiences are able to book for all Midsumma events from the one central location. This comes at no extra cost to you or your audience. There are no "Booking" fees for "Free-ticketed events".
There is no charge for allocated seating. However, we will need to work with you to build a seating plan in the ticketing system. Speak to us to discuss via [email protected]. But seriously, general admission is always easier for you to manage and for audiences to book, so we would only recommend allocated seating if you think it is definitely required.
Ticketing fees are paid for by audiences and it is their contribution to making Midsumma Festival possible. Midsumma charges two different fees, a "per ticket" fee and a "transaction" fee.
The "per ticket" fee is included inside the ticket price you advertise for your event, but the "transaction" fee is not. The "transaction" fee applies per transaction, not on each individual ticket.
"Per Ticket" or "Inside" Fee:
As part of the online ticketing service Midsumma Festival will retain the following amounts per ticket sold through our ticketing system:
Inside Fee = $0 for free-ticketed events
Inside Fee = $3 for tickets that are priced between $5 – $15.99*
Inside Fee = $3.50 for tickets that are priced between $16 – $35.99
Inside Fee = $4 for tickets that are priced between $36 - $65.99
Inside Fee = $4.50 for tickets that are priced $66 +
*The minimum ticket price is $5 (standard $3 ticket fee to Midsumma + $2 per ticket to you).
Example Ticketing Fees
Here's an example of the ticketing fees:
If you require $15 from your ticket for your budgeted sales income, your advertised ticket price should be $18.50 ($15 to you and $3.50 commission to Midsumma Festival).
The prices you nominate during registration, and advertise to the general public, must include the inside 'per ticket' fee. As this is scaled, it is important to allow for concession prices or other variants. For example, your full price ticket may be $25 ($3.50 to Midsumma / $21.50 to you) but your concession price might be $15 ($3 to Midsumma / $12 to you).
Midsumma charges a $5.25 transaction fee per purchase, regardless of the number of tickets in the transaction. The ticket purchaser, not the Producer, pays this. This covers the administration of the ticketing system.
Use this Ticketing Matrix to work out ticketing fees, costs and profit.
All Midsumma booking fees, transaction fees and tickets sold include GST unless stated otherwise.
Your event's ticketing will be remitted within five working days of the completion of your event / season or after any refund issues are resolved (for example if you have had to cancel a session of your season and customers have already purchased tickets).
If you would like to have door sales, you'll need to arrange your own box office at the venue. Tickets will go off-sale through the Midsumma Festival website one hour before your event start time, ready for you to start selling tickets at your venue. You keep the "Per Ticket" fee for any tickets sold at the venue.
Please keep a record of how many tickets you sell on the door, as we request this information at the close of your event.
A complimentary ticket is a free ticket. These are usually offered to VIPs, cast, crew, etc. There are three types of complimentary tickets: Midsumma comps, Producer comps and Companion Card tickets.
- Midsumma comps: These are tickets booked and used by Midsumma Festival. Midsumma requires 4% of your total capacity (or a minimum of at least 6 tickets, whichever is larger) to be made available as complimentary tickets across the season. This is 4% across the event's season to be used for Midsumma sponsors, board members, management, producing partners and patrons.
- Producer comps: You can allocate up to 10% of your total Midsumma ticket allocation as comps for your cast, crew, media reviewers and anyone else you want to attend your event. You may be charged additional fees for any amount over this 10%.
- Companion Card tickets. Companion Cards provide carers with a complimentary ticket to an event and, like with all concession cards, Companion Cardholders must show their card at the venue. All Midsumma Festival events must accept Companion Cards.
YOUR EVENT LISTING
Your event will be listed in the Official Festival Program Guide and on midsumma.org.au. Your event title, image and description are important components to make your event stand out from the crowd.
You can call your event almost anything you like, but we recommend you consider the following:
- Really long titles will eat into your space in the printed program guide, will make it hard to promote on social media, and could affect the opportunity to feature your event on Midsumma's website home page.
- Coarse language in titles or copy may reduce your chances of getting approval for social media boosted promotion. In addition, Midsumma Festival collateral (including the guide) will have coarse language censored (i.e. F*ck, Sh*t, etc.).
- You can't use "Midsumma" in the title of your event. Only events produced by Midsumma can use this as it indicates to the general public that events are produced in-house by Midsumma. However, we do encourage you to use the words 'As part of Midsumma Festival' and use the Midsumma logo on your own promotional material.
Event promotional copy
You will need to provide two versions of the event copy, one for the official Midsumma Festival Program Guide (approx. 40 words) and a slightly longer version for the website (approx. 200 - 300 words).
We have set out some tips below for writing compelling copy:
- Think simple and clear. It's important to remember that although your show might hold a complex message or be super-edgy, the primary purpose of your event copy is to get audiences to your show. Cause some intrigue, but try not to alienate audiences. The best advice is to check out Midsumma Program Guides from previous years and see what resonates with you.
- Which tense is best? In the Midsumma Festival official guide and website, we refer to Midsumma general information 'pages' in the first person, from the 'voice' of Midsumma. For instance, 'We hope you enjoy your experience with us in 2022'. For this reason, we highly recommend that your event copy is written from a third person perspective. For instance, 'Goddess Grooves celebrates and showcases local female musicians', rather than 'Come celebrate local female musicians with us at Goddess Grooves'.
- Show your copy to someone else first. It's best to get feedback from family or friends who you think might enjoy the event, but who are not already too familiar with the content. From what they have read, can they work out what to expect to experience at your event?
- It's a free Program Guide, available to all. That includes children and young people so even if your event is pitched as Adult Only, your copy should not be.
Your promotional image is one of the most vital tools in attracting an audience or reviewer's attention. It should be striking, represent your event truthfully, and be taken by a skilled photographer to optimise your chances for promoting your event.
There are some guidelines that you will need to follow (otherwise, we may request an alternative image). Please:
- Avoid including any words/text (not even the title) on your image.
- Avoid including any logos on your image.
- Avoid providing a low-resolution image or screenshots. We recommend getting your image professionally taken.
- Avoid providing a highly detailed image. Avoid images with lots of content. The program guide images are small, so simplicity works best.
- Avoid adding a border to your image.
Your event listing can include a Promotional Video. This is a great way to give audiences a visual taste of your show.
Midsumma Festival also creates a promo reel each year, and your event can be included in this reel which is an excellent additional promotion.
A 30 second promo clip can quickly engage your audience. Keep these things in mind: Keep it snappy, make sure the footage is reasonable quality, include key information about the event, and be creative.
Inclusivity and diversity is at the heart of Midsumma Festival. As such, we're dedicated to making the festival accessible to all audiences.
Here is how you can help
1. Read our Accessibility information below
2. Watch our Accessibility Digital Info Session. You'll learn about ways you can make your event accessible and how to reach audiences with a disability.
3. Talk to Midsumma. We can talk to you about your event and help you establish what you can do to make your event accessible.
The extra bonus
If you provide an accessible service (such as Auslan interpretation, audio description, tactile tour or relaxed performance), Midsumma will promote your event to the community that requires that service.
Gender and Sexuality Inclusivity
Accessibility isn’t just about wheelchair ramps and Auslan interpreters. Although they are important - it’s also about attitude and language. At Midsumma, we actively encourage full diversity at events regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
For more ways to create an open and respectful environment at your event, read through Midsumma's Inclusive Language Guide. This document contains definitions, explanations and handy tips that are useful in avoiding making assumptions about a person’s gender or sexual orientation or using language that can cause offence. Download the Inclusive Language Guide >>
In some instances Gender and Sexuality Exclusive Events can be necessary to create a safe-space for a specific community. During registration you will be asked to advise if your event or venue only allows people of a specific identity or community (eg "Transgender only", "Queer and Trans People of Colour only", "Women only", "Men only").
If this is your event, you may like to consider the following:
Communicate why your event is exclusive. A few sentences on your website and briefing door staff can be helpful ways to convey the exclusive nature of your event. Imagine if you turned up to an event and weren't allowed in – you would want a friendly explanation!
Are there people you are accidentally alienating? For example, if your event is female-only, how will you be welcoming to someone who identifies as female but does not have physical characteristics typically associated with that gender?
What's on the bathroom door? Ask your venue to use gender neutral signage on bathrooms to help trans and gender non-binary peoples feel more comfortable at your event. Signs that advertise the facilities available, rather than describing the attendees, work best. You are free to download and use our signs: toilet, urinal or gender neutral and accessible toilet.
Not all venues are wheelchair accessible. Read through the information below to ensure your venue is truly accessible to people using wheelchairs.
Access: Can a wheelchair user get into and around your venue? At least one entry should be 1.2m wide without steps.
Toilets: Is there an accessible bathroom? Make sure it isn't being used as a storage cupboard and doesn't require a key from venue staff.
Parking: Is there accessible parking or a wheelchair friendly drop-off point?
Free Movement: Does the venue have good internal movement circulation? Could someone in a wheelchair 1.2m wide easily manoeuvre inside? Are there steps inside the venue that would prevent a wheelchair user from fully participating in your event?
Signage: If your accessible entrance is not the main entrance, has the venue established good signage and way-finding for wheelchair users?
Whether or not to include this icon will be determined by your venue when they register their venue in Eventotron.
Auslan interpretation is for members of the deaf community who use Australian Sign Language as their primary or preferred language of communication.
Interested in knowing more about Auslan? Head to Auslan Signbank, there's an online dictionary, video demonstrations, information on classes and more.
Will you provide a fully-qualified Auslan interpreter for your event or for certain sessions of your season? To ensure that quality interpretation is provided for deaf audiences, Midsumma requires that you provide the name of your interpreters.
Auslan Stage Left usually offers a reduced price on Midsumma Festival events (prices vary depending on the nature of your event). They provide qualified interpreters for events and will often promote events on their website. Contact Auslan Stage Left to discuss your event.
Your event may lend itself better to captioning (particularly if it is a scripted performance or film) for audiences who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Captions are screened or projected text descriptions. They display words (dialogue), tell us who the speakers are, and describe sounds. Captioning benefits everyone: people who are deaf or hard of hearing, older people experiencing hearing loss, people who don’t speak English as a first language, and with understanding accents or fast speech. Captioning should be integrated into your set/lighting/AV design. It shouldn't be an afterthought.
Open Captions vs Closed Captions
Does your event include captioning (usually provided for film screening or video works for deaf or hard-of-hearing people)? Open captions are always present - there's no way to turn them off.
Closed captioning and subtitling are both processes of displaying text on a television, video screen, or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information, which can be turned off if not wanted.
Audio description enhances the live performance or film experience for people who are blind or have low vision. Through the use of a headset, audience members can listen to a description of the visual aspects of the event during appropriate breaks in the dialogue. Is your event audio described by a trained audio describer? Will you or the audio describer provide the appropriate equipment for this service?
Relaxed Performances, or Sensory Friendly performances, are designed to create a safe and welcoming environment for audiences with a disability including autism spectrum conditions as well as sensory, communication or learning disabilities. They are a great way for audiences to experience the wonder of live performance in an environment that has been carefully adapted to be friendly, informal and open to all audience reactions.
There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement, often small changes are made to the lighting and sound effects, and audience members can be invited to enter and exit the venue throughout the show. Some venues also provide a chill out room or area, where audience members who desire a break from the noise of a performance and foyer can go before, during or after the show.
If you are interested in producing a Relaxed Performance session of your event, you might like to contact the team at A_tistic Theatre, who can provide consultations on producing a relaxed performance. The service details are:
- Email: [email protected]
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/atistictheatre
- Twitter: twitter.com/ActualA_tistic
Tactile Tours allow patrons who are blind or have low vision to have a hands-on experience of the work. For performance works, the tour most often takes place directly before the scheduled performance time and is also an opportunity to meet the artist or performers. For exhibitions, the tour usually accompanies an artist talk.
A Visual Score gives audience members who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing an understanding of how they can access your work. While registering, you will be asked to choose from the following visual scores:
High Visual Score (100%): No sound or music or dialogue (e.g. visual art exhibition)
Moderate Visual Score (75%): Fully subtitled or minimal dialogue; some background music/sounds
Low Visual Score (less than 50%): Sound required for full engagement (e.g. music work or mostly un-subtitled dialogue)
An Audio Score gives audience members who are Blind or Low-Vision an understanding of how they can access your event. While registering, you will be asked to choose from the following audio scores:
High Audio Score (100%): The event does not rely on visual elements and can be enjoyed by blind or low vision audiences (e.g. a music concert)
Moderate Audio Score (75%): The event is audio described but not all elements of the event are able to be described
Low Audio Score (less than 50%): Vision is an integral part of the event (e.g. a visual art exhibition)
Hearing Loop Services
Does your venue provide a hearing loop service? A hearing loop service is a hearing device that amplifies all on-stage audio for people who are hard-of-hearing.
Whether or not to include the Hearing Loop icon will be determined by your venue when they register their venue in Eventotron.
Our friends at Arts Access Victoria have created a detailed guide to creating accessible art work and engaging people living with disability Art for Everyone: an inclusive practice guide.
Here's a handy checklist of what you'll need to prepare for registering your event:
- Your business/organisation details (if applicable)
- Primary contact details and optional secondary contact details
- Your event name and details, including the event description, image, dates/times, prices, access info
- A confirmed venue (your venue will need to register in Eventotron and have accepted your event)
- Ticketing details (if applicable)
- Details for your online event listing, including extended web copy, additional images, and video, social media handles and sponsor logos
- Payment for your event registration
- Your Midsumma contract
- Your Venue Contract or Letter of Agreement
- Your media release
- Additional access information - if required
- Festival Pass Details
- Public Liability Insurance Certificate
- Reviews of your event (upload them as soon as they are published!)
Registrations to have your event included in Midsumma Festival's 2023 open-access program are open between 1 June and 22 August 2022.
To register your event through Midsumma Festival’s event registration system, go to eventotron.com now.
Use an existing account or create a new account.
If you create a new account, you will also need to sign in using this new account.
Once you have successfully logged in, click on Events at the top.
Now, select Create A New Event
Once selected, you can begin to enter the details of your event.
When asked to join a festival, please select Midsumma Festival 2022.
Once your event is created, please follow the step-by-step prompts to complete your registration with Midsumma Festival 2022.
Go to eventotron.com to sign up and get started.