Seven of the best events at this year’s Midsumma Festival

Living Well | Megan Whitfield | Posted on 17 January 2020

With more than 194 events, these are the top things to do at Misdumma.

Celebrating queer arts and culture across 194 events, Midsumma Festival returns for its 22nd year this summer.

More than 280,000 people are expected to turn out for a rich program of events spanning the gamut from live music and visual art, to spoken word, cabaret, sport, and public forums, staged at more than 100 venues across Victoria. (More: Top summer festivals across Victoria)

Running until 9 February, the festival offers something for just about everyone. Here are seven events worth checking out.  

Crowds of people at outdoor festival in summer

The Midsumma Festival runs from 19 January to 2 February.  


Seven events worth checking out at Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival


Midsumma Pride March 

Part parade, part party, part affirmation of diversity, Midsumma’s iconic Pride March will sashay its way down Fitzroy Street, St Kilda for the 25th time this year, and everyone’s invited to join the fun. More than 50,000 people are expected to cheer on the procession as it makes its way towards Catani Gardens for an afternoon of food, cultural celebrations and music from DJ Semi Precious, Porpoise Spit and Laura Imbruglia and band. 

When: 2 February, 11am to 4pm. Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

20 Fabulous Years of Tammie Brown 

Drag queen, activist and star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Tammie Brown heads to Melbourne for a night of quirky, off-beat music and storytelling in a cabaret show fit for a queen. The eccentric star graces the Melba Spiegeltent for one night only, in a celebration of her 20-year career. 

When: 2 February, 6pm and 8.30pm. Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood

A Place at the Table: New Stories of the Familiar

Settle in for an honest and vulnerable night of spoken word as members of the LGBTQIA+ community open up about their individual coming-out experiences, through stories of identity, belonging and truth. The evening is presented by Queerspace, a health and wellbeing service focused on family, relationships and young people.

When: 23 January, 6 to 9pm. Hare Hole (Hares and Hyenas), Fitzroy. Click here for details.

Joel Creasey in The Boy, George 

In the lead-up to his Melbourne International Comedy Festival gig, comedian Joel Creasey tackles the monarchy in his show The Boy, George. Set in an imagined near future time Queen Elizabeth II has passed away, Prince William is out of the picture and King Charles is... not an option, Joel steps into the role of a teenage Prince George ready to clear up everyone else’s mess. 

But can he balance his cynicism of politics and royal succession with his responsibility to save the monarchy? And will he achieve his ambition of becoming the biggest, most adored royal celebrity in the process?

When: 29 to 31 January. Chapel off Chapel, South Yarra. 

Young boy playing with dream catcher at outdoor festival
Close up of woman in drag
Two men wearing blue lycra engaged in outdoor wrestling match

The festival spans more than 190 events, held across more than 100 venues in Victoria.


What a drag 

Dig out the sweatbands and shoulder pads and join Melbourne’s most fabulous drag queens as Midsumma favourite, What a Drag, goes back to the ’80s. Host Rhubarb Rouge and DJ David will get you into the groove with Countdown hits and a line-up of drag glitterati. All proceeds and donations will go to support Torn Harbour Health and JOY 94.9. 

When: 8 February at Chapel off Chapel 

Poorly Drawn Shark

Winner of the Blaz award for new writing at last year’s Fringe World, Andrew Sutherland dives deep into themes of narcissism and nationhood in Poorly Drawn Shark, a witty, sharp and self-aware semi-autobiographical piece of theatre. 

When model Andrew moves to Singapore he dreams of taking his career to new levels. As Andrew tries to find his place in the world he dives into a sea of self-loathing, narcissism and objectification, in this takedown of the western travel narratives and enlightenments we seek to consume. 

When: 19 to 26 January at Theatre Works.

Homophonic!

Homophonic! is an evening of live classical music from queer composers of the 20th and 21st centuries that celebrates the rich legacy of the LGBTQIA+ musicians. Who doesn’t enjoy some saxophone on their Thursday evening?

When: 30 January to 1 February at La Mama Courthouse.

For more information, or to check out the full festival line-up, visit midsumma.org.au.