Midsumma Westside delivers a rainbow of activities

Published on 02 April 2021

Midsumma Westside 2021

This year, Midsumma Westside delivers more than ever before as we showcase the creativity of our LGBTIQA+ community in a rainbow of activities that runs from 19 April to 5 May 2021.

It is part of Midsumma Festival, Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural festival. This festival brings together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences. In the west we’ll be celebrating Midsumma Westside, a partnership between Midsumma Festival and the councils of the west.

There’s a line up of 25 events in Midsumma Westside that are designed to engage the emotions and imaginations, and of course entertain. There’s exhibitions, live performances, music, storytelling, comedy and plenty of family friendly fun. Highlights of the westside program in the City of Maribyrnong include:

On Screen, In the Flesh

Trocadero Art Space, Footscray, 21 April – 1 May

In an era of digitisation and social media, many queers of today discovered and announced their queer identities on the internet. Some played and developed themselves online whilst unable to do so in their non-digital lives. On Screen, In the Flesh uncovers these experiences, of the queers of today who once upon a time, uncovered their queer identities online. 

Absolutely Femmeulous

Online, 23 April

Women’s Circus presents an online extravaganza featuring Melbourne’s darlings of circus and theatre. The events will explore the multiplicity of femme identities and unpack these stories through radically fierce form of circus. Limited screening – watch from the comfort of home.

Trans and Gender Diverse Writers Showcase

Bluestone Church Arts Space, Footscray, 30 April

A night of memoir, fiction and poetry readings by upcoming trans and gender diverse writers from across Australia. Check out the program for more events taking place at this venue.


Pride of Our Footscray, Footscray 24 April -5 May

4Play consists of some of Melbourne’s most sensational drag entertainers. Check out the program for more events taking place at this venue.

Find out more including the Footscray and Footscray Community Arts Centre event at www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/midsumma

For information about the full Midsumma Festival visit: midsumma.org.au/midsumma westside

A word from the Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke:

We turn the spotlight on our LGBTIQA+ creative community during Midsumma Westside and invite everyone to come to the party. The festival always includes reflective and riotously fun events, and of course family friendly activities that I urge everyone to proudly support.

Participating local Councils: Brimbank City Council, Hobsons Way and Maribyrnong City Council, Wyndham City.



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