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Midsumma Festival 2020
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Australia’s premier 22-day queer arts experience, Midsumma Festival, is celebrating LGBTQIA+ diverse journeys and communities, Midsumma will spotlight an array of spectacular performances, exhibitions, talks and social events, showcasing preeminent queer arts and cultural festivities with leading international, national and local artists. Crowds of over 285,000 are expected to attend 194 events, with over 5,000 culture-makers involved in events across 98 venues around Melbourne CBD and outer suburbs.

Midsumma Festival offers audiences an entirely unique experience, unlike anything on the calendar. From Sunday, 19 January to Sunday, 9 February 2020, Midsumma will present 163 open access events made for and by queer communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality – as well as a specifically curated program, Midsumma Presents, which will highlight the unsung heroines and unheard voices of queer intersectional communities of this time. 

This year, Midsumma Festival will present the 2020 major project, QUEER UNSETTLED, a provocative and unearthing program that claws at the themes of colonisation through live music, multidisciplinary moving-image installations, and new work exhibitions. The exemplar line-up includes Drag Race darlings from Thailand in Nocturnal x Midsumma: Lunar New Year Disco, a celebration of the New Year under the shiny disco ball at Melbourne Museum after dark. Stories from Pacific Womxn of colour and Indigenous femmes through movement and music inBLOW and FAMILI, the unpacking of Daddy issues through a queer lens, stories through carving, tattooing and printmaking in Dark Sepia, and true stories of queer Iranian diasporas in The Sky After Rain.

“Festivals are so important, because at their very core they share stories and our stories are the keepers of our history. Midsumma Festival is about celebrating diverse communities, in their own voice, and letting new voices move us, challenge us and most importantly entertain us” said Midsumma Festival CEO Karen Bryant.

Midsumma Festival will also include audience favourites – the highly regarded Midsumma and Australia Post Art Award exhibition and a night of red carpet, glitter and a galaxy of LGBTQIA+ stars Bob Downe, Kirsty Webeck, Tom Ballard, Nath Valvo, Dolly Diamond and Drag Race Thailand’s Pangina Heals in a showcase of Midsumma Extravaganza at Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamar Hall. POWER a homage to queer women and non-binary musicians of Melbourne, with a music festival of queer musicians across two nights at Chapel Off Chapel featuring imbi the girl and HANDSOME, and four Australian finalist take the stage in Queer Playwriting Award Showcase at Gasworks Arts Park.


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