Head West for an unforgettable Midsumma

Published on 10 January 2019

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Melbourne’s inner west will host an array of special events that showcase the best in queer theatre, contemporary visual art, installations and more as part of Midsumma Westside, running from 19 January to the 10 February 2019.

Midsumma is Melbourne’s premier gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA) arts and cultural festival which runs annually with events right across metropolitan Melbourne.

Midsumma Westside draws together the 18 wonderful Midsumma events that take place in Melbourne’s west, bringing a new face to a partnership between Midsumma and the Councils of the inner West that stretches back a decade.

In 2019, Maribyrnong will host six events including Perceptions of our future, Polari, Mouthy, Westgay, Mama’s little Gayby, Queer Asians Anonymous. See below for further information.

Explore! Dive right in! Take a walk out west with Midsumma Westside! Take a walk out West for an unforgettable experience!

A word from the Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov

“The City of Maribyrnong is thrilled to be hosting events as part of Midsumma Westside, alongside our fellow western region Councils.

“The program is a true reflection of the creativity within our LGBTIQA+ community and we will are proud to support and celebrate this in a way that can be enjoyed by everyone.”



Perceptions of our Future explores the future that is now in our society, and the futures that may be. It explores futuristic design and use of emerging technology. It explores what dreams we wish for in the future and takes a light-hearted and cheeky approach to how warped these dreams may become.

Pride Of Our Footscray, 1/86-88 Hopkins St, Footscray
15 Jan–17 Feb | Opening Sat 19 Jan 6–9pm | Exhibition Wed–Sun - FREE    


Polari brings together a range of local, interstate and international queer artists to explore ideas of language, symbols, gesture and communication in relation to their own arts practices, artwork as a medium for these concerns. Curated by Matto Lucas, Polari will take over all of Trocadero’s exhibition spaces for ten days.

16–26 Jan | Wed–Sat 12–5pm
Opening Wed 16 Jan 6–9pm (with performances) - FREE 


Women are to be seen and not heard… or is that children? Either way, these three have never done what they’re told. Mouthy is a showcase of Melbourne’s most out, loud and prominent lesbian comics. Starring - Sharon Andrews (Raw national finalist), Gabe Hogan (JOY94.9) and Kellyn Lee (South Africa, radio host).

31 Jan– 2 Feb | Thu– Sat 7.15–9.15 pm
Full: $20 | Concession: $15 | Group: $15 per person (min 6 people)


A very special Midsumma WESTGAY edition, presented by the kids who bring you the fab FRIYAY and CLOSET parties. WESTGAY turns Littlefoot, Footscray’s nicest neighbourhood cocktail

bar, into the big, gay party westside queers have been waiting for.

Littlefoot Bar, 223 Barkly St, Footscray
2 Feb | Sat 8pm–3am
$10 at the door


In this One Woman Cabaret by an emerging artist, Mamas’ Little Gayby shares stories of growing up in the 90s with lesbian mothers and discovering her own queer in her 30’s. As a Cis, Hetero, Mono woman, in a community and family of LGBTIQA+ peeps, Courtney pays respects to those who don’t have the same privilege in the nuclear norm, while sharing where she fits in.

Bluestone Church Arts Space, 8A Hyde St, Footscray
6–9 Feb | Wed–Thu 7–8pm | Fri–Sat 8–9pm
Full: $30 | Concession: $24 | Group: $22 per person (min 6 people)


How does it feel to be a minority within a minority? Welcome to another group session where queer Asian men unpack issues and concerns that impact them being not only a sexual minority but also a racial minority in a predominantly White Australia.

7–10 Feb | Thu–Sat 7.30pm | Sun 2pm
Full: $32 | Concession: $24 | Group: $20 per person

For more information visit www.festivalcity.com.au or www.midsumma.org.au