Grab your glitter, Midsumma Festival is here!
Grab your glitter and rainbow flag, Midsumma Festival is here! For three glorious weeks, it’s a celebration of what it means to be LGBTIQ+. The festival is driven by a team of hard working professionals, bringing people together from all over the world to celebrate diversity and embrace difference. Their goal is to create a safe social platform for people who have stories that might otherwise not be seen, heard or felt. There’s a huge amount to see and do during this event from art exhibitions, music and dance performances to stand-up comedy and film screenings from artist all over the world!
Over the years the Midsumma Festival has been held at various venues around the city. It’s the largest annual celebration of the of LGBTQIA community and draws over 200,000 people every year.
Kicking off at the beginning of January 2018, the celebrations begin with a massive party hosted at Alexandra Gardens. Here you’ll find live music, as well as plenty of food trucks, craft beer and wine bars. After dark, the festival transforms into a dance party to keep you going all night. Kicking off at 11 AM, the celebrations run until late and it’s free to attend.
In the summer of the 1980’s the Midsumma festival was known as Gay Day. During those days the LGBTQIA community would go to Sydney to celebrate Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. But in 1988, the local community decided it was time for a change and that Melbourne needed its own festival.
On the 28th of January 2018 brings along a festival of colour which will take place along Fitzroy Street in St. Kilda. Punters of all backgrounds dress up with an impressive display of colour, glitter and sequins, coming together to show their support for LGBTQIA community.
To see the full program and show your support, head to the Midsumma website!