2013 Festival Launched


Midsumma, Melbourne's annual festival of queer arts and culture will mark its 25th year in 2013 with an exciting program in celebration of the milestone and the past, present and future of the city’s vibrant and diverse GLBTI community.

The 25th Midsumma Festival was launched today and will run from Sunday January 13 to Sunday February 3 2013 with a range of performance, visual arts, spoken word, sporting, community and social events that will make-up the festival, which has become a highlight of Victoria’s Summer cultural landscape.

Midsumma Chair, Lisa Watts said, “Since 1988, Midsumma has grown to be a loved Victorian major event, presenting a rich annual community celebration, encouraging the development of innovative artistic content and delivering a unique cultural experience.

Remarkably, Midsumma has stayed true to its community roots and is only possible because we have passionate volunteers who all know it would not happen without them. Every year we have to innovate and be intensely creative to make it come together and we do so each year with aplomb because of the entire team.”

Carnival will once again be the opening event of the festival at Birrarung Marr on January 13th. This free event brings together all walks of our community and friends and family to enjoy a day of queer celebration with a range of performances and attractions for all. The Carnival Main Stage will host a sample of what’s to come over the three-week Midsumma calendar. Stallholders will bare their wares and bars will be flowing as JOY 94.9 broadcast live from Birrarung Marr. No Midsumma Carnival would be complete without the high-camp iconic Dog Show and pooches across the city are already preparing to take out the title in this watershed year.

Carnival will be followed by two party options – T Dance and The Gold Party.

T Dance will once again prove the ultimate out-and-proud party by the Yarra River as the sun sets over Melbourne’s cityscape. Selling-out in both 2011 & 2012, get your tickets early – to get down and get sweaty on the middle terrace of Birrarung Marr.

At the Transport Hotel the ladies that bring you Golden Gaytime will host The Gold Party. You don't have to dress in gold, but the night will be more “Spandau” if you do. The Gold Party may prove The Bard wrong as the evening unveils a celebration of the theory that all that glitters might still be gold.

Midsumma’s 25th Birthday Program includes Premier Events encompassing visual and performing arts.

Bent Burlesque will be an action-packed night showcasing Australia’s best vajazzle-razzlers blowing you away with their twisted tease, erratic erotica and the delectatious delivery of Bent Burlesque. The world’s reigning queen of burlesque, Imogen Kelly, presents the Bendy Burly All Stars featuring Glitter Supernova, Lillian
Starr and Betty Grumble at Red Bennies from January 16 – 19.

A highlight of Midsumma’s 25th Birthday celebrations will be Best of the Fest at Chapel off Chapel on January 23, hosted by Wes Snelling and Dolly Diamond. This one-night-only event will showcase the best of Midsumma past and present. The must-see event of festival 2013 as Midsumma celebrates our 25th Anniversary.

Blue And Pink Phenomenon presents a Queer frisson in a heterogeneous world at Hobsons Bay Substation from January 17 – February 24. This exhibition of visual art examines the queer role played in a post-identity and also, increasingly, post-gender contemporary society. Works featured include photographic images, performance and video, animalistic paper sculptures, billboard installation, and animation work.

In Gaybies, real life stories from same-sex parents, surrogate mums, donor dads, and their beautiful babies, will be told onstage by some of Melbourne’s finest actors. Hotly political, deeply personal, funny, charming, sad and inspiring, Gaybies is a show for everyone. Presented from January 15 – 19 at MTC’s Sumner Theatre.

Hot on the heels of the triumphant Broadway revival of the smash-hit that rocked, shocked and defined a generation, Hair: The Rock Musical will play a strictly limited and highly anticipated season at Chapel Off Chapel January 31-February 17.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival, in partnership with City of Yarra, presents four warm and romantic nights of queer film favorites on the banks of the Yarra at the Fairfield Amphitheatre from January 19 – 25 with Movies Under The Stars 2013.

For Roller Derby Saved My Soul, photographer Zina Sofer and curator Tracey McIrvine join forces to present an exhibition of limited edition images, showcasing the extraordinary community of the Victorian Roller Derby League. Gasworks Arts Park from January 15 – February 3.

A camp, cliché-crushing crusade of comedic chorus as a young prince searches for love. The Prince’s Quest is a hilarious and inspiring musical comedy, exploring the idea that a fairytale romance does not have to be heterosexual. This musical comedy about same-sex marriage equality will be performed at The Northcote Town Hall from January 18 – 26.

The camp classic Psycho Beach Party by 80’s icon Charles Busch is making its Melbourne debut from January 11-19 at Theatre Works. This production boasts a cross-gendered cast and sixties surf rock hits set against the schizophrenic world of Chicklet, a Gidget-esque nerd with a dream to surf.

From January 17 – February 3 Vieux Carré by Tennessee Williams will have its Australian Premiere at fortyfivedownstairs. Billed as Williams’ most autobiographical play, Vieux Carré is an uncensored and unstrained work that lifts the veil on the iconic author and playwright’s sexuality and offers a candid and remarkable insight into coming out. Drawing heavily on musical traditions of New Orleans jazz and blues
to evoke the rich and sultry landscape of the French Quarter, exploring sex, art and the search for connection.

Presented by Yarra Arts, Energy From Stillness harnesses the strength and imagination from 2 and 3 dimensional artworks to create an exhibition that is truly one of beauty. Each piece deconstructs what we perceive as energy and displays this to the viewer in an almost tangible form. January 16 – February 2 at the Red Gallery.

From Carnival opening day to the spectrum of premier and community events, Midsumma 2013 will celebrate the festival’s 25th year with a jam-packed calendar across three weeks.

Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said, "Congratulations to Midsumma on 25 fabulous years! “This iconic festival continues to go from strength to strength. Midsumma’s impressive mix of arts, sport, performance and social events makes it a highlight of the Melbourne events calendar. Midsumma 2013 will impress as it always does and we look forward to yet another exciting program".

Midsumma Chair, Lisa Watts added, “Presented in 14 municipalities in over 70 different venues, our hope is that wherever you are on the GLBTI spectrum you feel this festival belongs to you.”


Tickets on sale now at www.midsumma.org.au