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* Midsumma Festival 2019 *
Midsumma Festival kicks off on Saturday 19 January 2019, with Midsumma Carnival on Sunday 20 January in Alexandra Gardens and Pride March returning to St Kilda on Sunday 3 February 2019. Midsumma Festival has been held annually since 1988. Melbourne's Queer community and friends come together for this collaborative, innovative celebration of queer arts and culture, presented over three weeks from mid-January to early February every year. Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality. We are a champion of LGBTQIA+ cultures, conversations and events. We are the intersection between generations, people, ideas, stories and experiences - a focal point for connections and belonging. We create inclusive and safe social spaces. We provide platforms for shared experience in a world which often under-represents us. We value diversity and we embrace difference. We increase our communities' profiles and amplify the stories that might otherwise not be seen, heard or felt. Although the primary three-week festival is held in summer each year, Midsumma works year-round to provide artists, social-changers and culture-makers with support and tools to create, present and promote their work. Midsumma Festival brings a diverse mix of artists, performers, communities and audiences together under a single umbrella for a celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture. We hope you enjoy our diverse festival program, made up of visual arts, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, sport, social events and public forums and events in over 100 different venues.
Midsumma Pride March 2019Midsumma Pride March The 24th Midsumma Pride March returns on Sunday 3rd February 2019 Parade, pride and party come together once a year in Melbourne's iconic march celebrating solidarity in gender and sexuality diversity. Tie up your bootlaces or throw on your heels, and join the spectacular act of unity that is Midsumma Pride March. Whether you join the fanfare by foot or by wheel, with workmates or with family, with friends or with lovers, as ally or as queer, Midsumma Pride March is for you. Kicking off with the much-loved pre-march procession by Dykes on Bikes followed by thousands of marchers led by Midsumma's Indigenous Pride Float. The celebration continues after the march with post-Pride Celebrations at the end of the parade route.
Midsumma Carnival (now over)Midsumma Carnival | Sunday 20 January in Alexandra Gardens The most fabulous queer-day-out Don't miss Melbourne's most famous family-friendly community day that kicks off summer's beloved three-week Midsumma Festival season. Midsumma Carnival will serve-up a tasting plate of performances and personalities from the festival program - in one giant showcase - with something for everyone.
What You Need To KnowThe 24th Midsumma Pride March returns on Sunday 3rd February 2019 The most fabulous queer-day-out, Midsumma Carnival is on Sunday 20 January in Alexandra Gardens. A diverse festival program of visual arts, theatre, cabaret, film, music, parties, sport and social events. See below for our top picks..
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