Midsumma, Melbourne’s annual festival of queer arts and culture will mark its 25th year in 2013 with an exciting program in celebration of the milestone and the past, present and future of the city¹s vibrant and diverse GLBTI community.
The 25th Midsumma Festival will run from Sunday 13 January to Sunday 3 February 2013 with a range of performance, visual arts, spoken word, sporting, community and social events that will make-up the festival, which has become a highlight of Victoria’s Summer cultural landscape.
Carnival will once again be the opening event of the festival at Birrarung Marr on Sunday 13 January. This free event brings together all walks of our community and friends and family to enjoy a day of queer celebration with a range of performances and attractions for all.
The Carnival Main Stage will host a sample of what’s to come over the three-week Midsumma calendar. Stallholders will bare their wares and bars will be flowing as JOY 94.9 broadcast live from Birrarung Marr.
No Midsumma Carnival would be complete without the high-camp iconic Dog Show and pooches across the city are already preparing to take out the title in this watershed year. Carnival will be followed by two party options – T Dance and The Gold Party.
Midsumma’s 25th Birthday Program includes Premier Events encompassing visual and performing arts. A highlight will be Best of the Fest at Chapel off Chapel on 23 January. Hosted by Wes Snelling and Dolly Diamond, this one-night-only event will showcase the best of Midsumma past and present.
Blue And Pink Phenomenon presents a Queer frisson in a heterogeneous world at Hobsons Bay Substation from 17 January - 24 February 24. Examining the queer role played in a post-identity and also, increasingly, post-gender contemporary society, works featured include photographic images, performance and video, animalistic paper sculptures, billboard installation, and animation work.
For more information and the complete program, visit: www.midsumma.org.au for details.