Seven of the best events at this year’s Midsumma Festival
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.
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.
The festival spans more than 190 events, held across more than 100 venues in Victoria.