Midsumma Festival is finally here to fill summer days with boundary pushing performances and artworks from 19 January to 10 February. Some of the highlights that will kick off the festival are:

Consent Festival, 19 Jan, Melba Spiegeltent

 To kick of the festival Midsumma Presents Consent Festival, a one-day special event from panel discussions to life drawings to choose your own adventure and explore consent in relationships, workplaces, health and art. Culminating with a cabaret celebration into the night. This event has a pay as you can option to enable access for everybody.

Midsumma Festival Bar, 21 Jan – 10 Feb, Coopers Malthouse

 The Coopers Malthouse in Southbank will transform into a Midsumma hub with a series of events to either kick off your night or keep the party going after an event. For the first week of the festival expect to see Dolly Diamond’s Monday Night Piano Bar on 21 January and Dancing Qweens: Let’s Get Critical – A Queer Histories Panel on 23 January, focussing on queer histories of Melbourne and Sydney.

Get Ready! With Ruby Slippers and Friends, 22 – 31 Jan, The 86 Cabaret Bar

 High-femme burlesque champion and makeup abuser Ruby Slippers (pictured right) presents a series of intimate and interactive drag makeup tutorials featuring Art Simone, Dandrogyny, Jandruze, Joel Devereux, Minnie Taur and Prozac.

The Miss Behave Gameshow, 22 – 27 Jan, Arts Centre Melbourne

Direct from Las Vegas, The Miss Behave Gameshow comes to Melbourne with the chaotic brew of variety, competition and disco that has made it an international smash hit. Host and creator Amy Saunders is one of the stars of the Olivier Award-winning smash hits La Clique and La Soirée, joined by glamorous assistant, US comedy sensation Tiffany and La Soirée aerial star Bret Pfister.

Truly Madly Britney, 20 Jan – 9 Feb, Theatre Works

The tale of two boyfriends embarking on a pilgrimage along the holy sites of Britney Spears 2007 breakdown.

#VAL – A Camp-Fire Kiki with Mother, 21 – 22 Jan, Chapel off Chapel

Tour de force performer and self-proclaimed national treasure John O’Hara (School of Rock, Wicked, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert) returns in his brand-new cabaret; #VAL. A fabulously honest and hilariously heartbreaking homage to the mothers of our queer community, #VAL is a true celebration of joy, love and acceptance.

Gays of Our Lives, 25 Jan, Gasworks

Beloved acappella girl gang Ginger & Tonic are putting their spin on a glittery canon of iconic hits from Kylie to Queen, Ricky Martin to Cher. It’s a celebration of queer artists and their pride anthems that will have you shaking your bon-bon!

Lisa-Skye’s Harehole Takeover, 22- 25 Jan, Hare Hole

Each night, host Lisa-Skye takes a different focus, from consent to body positivity, clichés, expectations, grey areas, and much more. Featuring funny and sad, sexy and sweet, light and dark performances.

Woah, Alyssa! 2, 24 – 25 Jan, Hare Hole

Woah, Alyssa! is a sketch comedy duo who are also a couple. These two hush puppies are back for Woah, Alyssa! 2 where they play every character in an energetic hour lampooning overcooked pop songs, empty-headed talk show segments and straight actors doing gay smooches.

Midsumma Festival 2019

19 January – 10 February