Midsumma, Melbourne's annual Queer Celebration, is a federation of arts and cultural events spread over 70 different venues throughout Melbourne. The festival is presented over three weeks from mid January to February and, having been held annually since 1988, is a significant attraction on the Melbourne festival calendar.

The Midsumma Festival brings a diverse mix of artists and performers together under a single umbrella for an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture. The festival program is made up of a wide range of events and activities including visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, sport and social and political forums and debates.

Offering a diverse, exciting and relevant program, the Midsumma Festival continues to attract a broad and ever-evolving audience to Melbourne and Victoria. Each year over 100,000 individuals throughout Melbourne and Australia participate in and attend festival events, which are concentrated over several municipal councils: City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, City of Stonnington, City of Moreland, City of Port Phillip, City of Darebin and City of Hobsons Bay.

Growing in popularity each year, Midsumma is positioned and identified globally as one of the top five gay and lesbian arts and cultural festivals, along with New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Singapore. As such, Midsumma serves to identify Melbourne as a culturally sophisticated city and strengthens Melbourne's national and international profile as an artistically vibrant and invigorated city.


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