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Midsumma Festival 2023

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A kaleidoscope of preeminent queer arts and culture
Midsumma is returning for its fifth fabulous year in 2023. The program is now live, and tickets are on sale.

The Midsumma Festival will present a kaleidoscope of preeminent queer arts and cultural festivities over a period of three weeks. Expect over 200 events showcasing queer culture, featuring local, interstate, and international artists in spectacular performances, talks and social events.

Midsumma Festival 2023
A Safe(R) Space, comprises 21 works that consider what defines a safe space for artists and communities

Here are some of the festival highlights:

A Safe(R) Space

New for 2023, A Safe(R) Space, is an artistic exploration of intersectional identity between different facets of queer communities. Comprising 21 works, the program will consider what defines a safe space for artists and communities, uncovering a range of work from artists across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and how artists come together to collaborate and create within a resourced environment.

Big Thick Energy

The brainchild of performance artist Demon Derriere, this show promotes body positivity and liberation through movement, creativity and community. Expect high energy entertainment over two days as 'thick, curvy performance artists' shake their stuff at the Malthouse Outdoor Stage from 10th - 11th February. Click here to buy tickets.

Midsumma Festival 2023
Big Thick Energy - high energy entertainment by 'thick, curvy performance artists'

Midsumma Extravaganza

This year's Midsumma Extravaganza will feature Joel Creasey and RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under favourite Kween Kong as hosts, alongside such talent as comedians Nina Oyama, Rhys Nicholson and Scout Boxall, and musicians Courtney Act, Kira Puru, Mama Alto, Dolly Diamond, Tash York, Tina Del Twist, Jordan Raskopoulos and Steven Oliver. Midsumma Extravaganza takes place at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on 21st January. Tickets here.

Midsumma Festival 2023
A talented lineup of comedians and musicians will ensure a night of dazzling entertainment at the Midsumma Extravaganza

Cheers, Queers!

The cream of comics from Melbourne's queer comedy scene will present four fabulous nights of comedy with a new line up each night from 27th 29th January and 3rd February. The venue is Melbourne's new home for LGBTQIA+ communities, the Victorian Pride Centre. Click here to buy tickets.

Midsumma Festival 2023
The cream of comics from Melbourne's queer comedy scene present four fabulous nights of comedy in Cheers, Queers!

Trans & Gender Diverse Clothes Swap

Need a new fab outfit? Problem solved - just in time for Victoria's Pride. This FREE event takes place from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 11th February at the Victorian Pride Centre, 79-81 Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda. All ages welcome, and bookings are not required. Clothing contributions also welcome.

Hot Summer Nights!

Get steamy under the stars as charismatic cabaret sensation Tash York hosts some of Australia's finest cabaret and circus performers. This 80 minute circus extravaganza takes place in a stunning open-air theatre in the Gasworks' precinct, Albert Park, on 23rd - 25th and 27th - 28th January. You can find tickets here.


The deliciously quirky Butterfly Club in the CBD is again hosting a number of shows this Midsumma, including Cherry. Audiences will be transported back to 2008 where 13-year-old Sarah is watching RAGE when Katy Perry's 'I Kissed A Girl' comes on and her obsession begins. Watch one woman's hilarious thank you card to her idol. Cherry plays from 8th - 11th February. Buy your tickets here.

Pride Of Our Footscray:

Pride of Our Footscray is offering 'something for absolutely everybody' in this year's program. This colourful and diverse venue includes in its program First Nations drag, all-star drag bingo, loads of queer comedy and even a steamy male dance revue. More details here.

Midsumma Festival 2023 runs from 21st January to 12th February.

Midsumma Festival 2023
One of the highlights of Midsumma Festival - the Midsumma Pride March - takes place on 5th February

The major event days are:

- Midsumma Carnival: 22nd January, Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne

- Midsumma Pride March: 5th February, Fitzroy Street and Catani Gardens, St Kilda, and

- Victoria's Pride Street Party: 12th February, Smith St and Gertrude St, Fitzroy/Collingwood.

You'll find the full program and links to ticketing here.

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Why? Get ready for three weeks of glittering entertainment
When: Between 21st January and 12th February 2023
Phone: (03) 9296 6600
Where: Various locations around Melbourne
Cost: Ticket prices vary; check program for details
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