Venues seeking performances for Midsumma 2023

The Motley Bauhaus

Midsumma Festival is open access, which means that anyone can register to be part of the celebration, and event registrations for Midsumma Festival 2023 are now OPEN, closing on 22 August 2022.

The venues below are currently seeking expressions of interest from those interested in performing at their venue as part of Midsumma Festival 2023. Any other venues wishing to be included in this list are invited to do so by emailing [email protected].

Gasworks Arts Park

Gasworks Arts Park has been the south side hub for Midsumma Festival and a summer destination for high quality theatre, provocative art and fun nights out with friends for more than 11 years. Midsumma at Gasworks is characterised by a diverse and inclusive program spanning visual art, drama, comedy, circus and performance art.

Are you looking for the perfect venue for your next Midsumma performance? Gasworks Arts Park has two theatres to suit your needs no matter whether you're singing, dancing, or swinging from silks up in the air. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as slots will be filled on a rolling basis subject to suitability.

Victorian Pride Centre

The Victorian Pride Centre is excited to host a program of Midsumma events that connects, supports and amplifies LGBTIQ+ voices! They are accepting expressions of interest for performances to take place in their stunning new 100 seat Theatrette which comes equipped with a sound system, lighting and projector. They will be holding multiple shows in the evenings, with a run time of 1 hour per show (later shows may run longer by negotiation). Daytime sessions are also available. Venue hire fees for free events will be by negotiation.


Please direct questions, including queries about booking other spaces at the Pride Centre for Midsumma Festival, to [email protected].

Abbotsford Convent

Abbotsford Convent fosters new ideas and critical thought, providing artists from a diverse range of disciplines opportunities to develop and present new work on-site. Our varied indoor spaces, grounds and gardens are the perfect locations for inspiration, growth and development of new works through which we encourage creativity, collaboration and diversity. Artists, collectives and organisations wanting to present works in partnership with the Convent or seeking opportunities to develop new works are encouraged to contact our Programming Team.

Bluestone Church Arts Space

Maribyrnong City Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from LGBTQIA+ artists to perform in the Bluestone Church Arts Space in Footscray during Midsumma Festival 2023. Selected artists will receive in-kind access to the venue, technician, front of house and marketing support through Council’s channels. To support the Maribyrnong LGBTQIA+ community in 2023, they will be offering a $1,000 stipend towards production costs, plus all box office takings.

Clocktower Centre

The Clocktower Centre is a theatre, bar and function centre in the heart of Moonee Ponds in the inner North/West of Melbourne. Our centre has a range of spaces including a 500 seat proscenium arch theatre, a 50 seat black-box theatre, a 200 seat ballroom, a smaller carpeted meeting room and a cabaret-style piano bar. In 2023, we are excited to be registering to become a Midsumma Festival Venue with both programmed events, and also spaces for hire! As part of this initiative, we are offering registered Midsumma events significant discounts on our hire fees – in fact, more than 50% off our spaces in most cases! On top of this, we are able to offer hirers the support of our venue technicians, front of house/events team and box office, not to mention added marketing support through our socials and EDMs. For more information, please call 9243 9190 or visit our website.

Fringe Common Rooms

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?)!

If you have an idea for an event then we want to hear from you! Our venue has a capacity of up to 250 people, a commercial bar, private balcony plus break-out space and we’re wheelchair accessible (including lift access to the stage) and all our bathrooms are gender neutral.

Fringe Common Rooms – where culture and community collide!

To register your interest please complete an Event Expression of Interest, or for any questions email [email protected].

Queen Victoria Women's Centre

The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre is an iconic Melbourne landmark that supports women (cis, trans and non-binary inclusive) through creative experiences, community resources and the power of connection. We host creative programming onsite, online and around Victoria, have beautiful venues available to hire, and offer space to likeminded organisations. We are for women, by women – always.

  • Wayi Djerring is our largest venue with a capacity of 80 people. It is spacious and airy, located on Level 4, lined with heritage windows and features its own private wrought-iron balcony overlooking the CBD. The venue has its own bathrooms and is wheelchair accessible.
  • Birnbeal is located on the ground floor with a capacity of 80 people (40 people seated). It is a light and airy gallery space that would be suitable for talks, networking events, or unique site-specific works.
  • Millarri Murnmut is located on our Level 5 rooftop. It is an intimate and dynamic with indoor and outdoor areas and a capacity of 50 people (30 people for seated indoors). The venue has its own bathroom, awning windows and oversees the CBD.

Theatre Works

Theatre Works is a company and a community located in a historic Parish Hall in St Kilda, Victoria. For 40 years, Theatre Works has been a vital national incubator of high-quality Australian theatre. An adventurous presenter, Theatre Works unearths and provides a platform for hidden voices and unheard stories from our contemporary community, with three venue spaces:

  • The main theatre, 14 Acland St, St Kilda.
  • Explosives Factory, Rear Laneway 67 Inkerman Street, St Kilda was once used to manufacture fireworks, but is now our second venue and just as much a part of St Kilda history as Theatre Works itself. Explosives Factory is a versatile workshop, studio and development space complete with accommodation, a bathroom and kitchen facilities.
  • Blackbox cafe and bar, 14 Acland St, St Kilda, which opened in early 2021 as a way of giving work to artists, to increase Theatre Works’ visibility in the local area and to develop face-to-face relationships.

The 86

This Fitzroy queer cabaret venue presents inclusive performances with weekly LGBTIQ shows and events. A boutique cocktail venue with raised stage and the ability to present from cabaret style to club party vibe. There is a stage for presentations, entertainment or speeches along with in-house PA system, lighting, projector and technician. The venue can be configured in many ways including theatre seating at the stage, cabaret dining, or cleared dance floor. We have fixed seating for 64 and can seat up to a total of 110. The Guinness World Record for the world's longest non-stop drag show was set at this venue in 2017 as part of Midsumma Festival and a popular venue through the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Proudly gay owned and operated. Email enquiries: [email protected]

The Motley Bauhaus

The Motley Bauhaus is a newly renovated, proudly independent and inclusive multi-disciplinary arts space located just a stone’s throw from the CBD on Elgin st, Carlton. With a focus on the weird, wonderful and Motley; this stunning large venue features comfy foyer couches, timber finishings, and brass tones throughout.

We are seeking EOI for performances, exhibitions, parties, and other events looking to hire any of our 3 spaces: our fully equipped and accessible 75pax theatre, flexible and intimate cabaret stage, or stunning light-filled gallery. Applications are encouraged from producers of all experience levels and across any genre and format. As a year-round arts venue we offer full front of house services, and support and advice from our team of industry professionals.

The Butterfly Club

We present north of 1200 performances of 200 productions every year, many of them new works. Our model is to present short seasons (six performances or fewer) of shows that suit an intimate environment, in one of two dedicated performance spaces that seat 76 and 40 patrons each.

Instead of charging a fixed hire fee or a minimum guarantee, we underwrite the cost of the venue and charge a fee on tickets sold. If your season doesn't sell any tickets, you won't owe us a cent for the space.

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