Maribyrnong celebrates with pride this Midsumma Festival

Published on 10 January 2018

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The City of Maribyrnong is set to host a range of exciting and creative events during this year’s Midsumma Festival, running from 14 January to 4 February.

Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier LGBTIQA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality.

Held in summer each year, the festival brings together a diverse mix of artists, performers, communities and audiences for a celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture.

Midsumma includes visual arts, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, sport, social events and public forums, featuring nearly 170 events in 2018, with involvement from over 500 culture-makers in over 100 different venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria to anticipated audiences of over 200,000.

In 2018, Maribyrnong will host four events that have been created by our local community, including Team Melbourne Sports Festival, two theatre productions – Boys Have Skin, and Michael and Phillip are Getting Married in the Morning – and a visual art exhibition A Red Wine Cheers to the Intimacies of the Industry.

See below for further details about each event, or click here.


Word from the Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam

The City of Maribyrnong is thrilled to be hosting events during the Midsumma Festival and the program is a true reflection of the creativity within our community.

Council is proud to be a City that supports the diversity of our community, and this festival provides us with the perfect opportunity to celebrate our LGBTIQA+ community and their friends and family.



Sports Festival by Team Melbourne

A highlight of Midsumma Festival's GO WEST program, Team Melbourne's annual Sports Festival brings together the LGBTIQ sporting community for the ultimate "come and try" day.

Taking place at Footscray Park and Victoria Univeristy, the festival is a celebration of LGBTIQ sport and recreation in Melbourne. The festival promotes the important health benefits to sport participation and helps build a stronger connection across Victoria’s LGBTIQ sporting and recreation groups.

Featured activities include AFL 9s, rugby union, volleyball, swimming, rowing and tennis.

Saturday 3 February
Footscray Park
40 Maribyrnong Boulevard, Footscray
Free – registrations essential

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A Red Wine Cheers to the Intimacies of the Industry

Alisha Abate presents a sculptural intervention and event program within a National Trust heritage-listed bluestone building at Pipemakers Park, Maribyrnong. Following an intensive period of research into the archives of the Living Museum of the West, Abate presents both sculptural and performative responses to the architecture and history of the Maribyrnong area.

27 and 28 Jan, 12-5pm
3, 4, 10 and 11 Feb, 12-5pm
Bluestone Building, Pipemakers Park
2 Van Ness Ave, Maribyrnong

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Michael and Phillip are Getting Married in the Morning

FRED the ALIEN Productions presents an original comedy of misunderstanding and manipulation.

Michael and Phillip are preparing to tie the knot… if only their family and friends would stop interfering and let them!

An evening of laughter and festivities as the couple get married… if they ever make it to the alter.

17 – 21 January, 7.30pm
Bluestone Church Arts Space
8A Hyde Street, Footscray
Tickets: Full $22, Concession $19, Group (4+) $19 each

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Boys Have Skin

They're gay and arguably unhappy and may self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. They'll always have each other and that's enough and also expensive underwear is nice. They're witches, also. Like, the magic kind.

Should've mentioned that sooner. They're witches. Like with candles and chanting and looking great in black. Their undertakings are taking a toll on the town and people keep going missing and rumours are slowly finding their feet and soon maybe a labrador will find some, too. The time is coming for the boys to make a choice.

They've got the full moon in their eyes, vodka in their glasses, and blood on their hands. And the floor. And like, a bunch in their hair.

From the writer of The Helendale Nude Footy Calendar and Fraternal.

23- 27 January, 7pm
Bluestone Church Arts Space
8A Hyde Street, Footscray
Tickets: Full $25, Concession $20

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