Midsumma Festival 2013  
Midsumma Festival 2013
In 2013 Midsumma Festival is celebrating a quarter of a century since its foundation and it does it with a sky-high gala of arts, music, parties and events. Located in the heart of Melbourne, Midsumma is Victoria's premier GLBTIQ arts and culture festival, and this year it takes place from January 13th to February 3rd.
This open-access festival opens on the 13th with Carninal, T Dance and the Gold Party. The Opening Day Events are all centred around Birrarung Marr and Federation Square. The opening starts with the Carnival which is Midsumma's Iconic Opening Picnic & Celebration. The Dance is according to the official website “Melbourne's ultimate Queer Outdoor Dance Party”, where people can dance and laugh under the sun. The dancing continues in the Gold Party.
After the Opening Day, events include performing arts, visual arts, spoken world, film, music, community events, sporting events and parties. Bent Burlesque is a night full of action with the performance of Australia's best vajazzle razzlers who bring their twisted tease, erratic erotica and Bent Burlesque. Another event called Gaybies is real life stories of children who have been brought up by same-sex parents.
One highlight is HAIR: The Rock Musical. The show brings the love factor to the Midsumma. Hair tells the story of politically active hippies living in NYC during the protests against the Vietnam War. “The musical is renowned for its profane depiction of the use of illegal drugs, treatment of sexuality, irreverence for the American flag and the controversial nude scene,” states the official website.
Visitors can find delight in adults and family shows, original theatre performances and themed parties. On Saturday 19th, attendees can enjoy the famous Movies Under the Stars, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, which presents four warm and romantic nights of queer film favourites.
Visual Arts Premier Events include “Blue and Pink Phenomenon” which is an exhibition of Australian Artists who explore the phenomenon of Queer. Also, an outstanding exposition by Yarra Arts titled Energy from Stillness “harnesses the strength and imagination from 2 and 3 dimensional artworks to create an exhibition that is truly one of beauty”.
Midsumma comes to a close on February 3rd with a Pride March beginning from 2pm in the park, near the corner of Lakeside Drive and Fitzroy St, St Kilda, and finishing in the Catani Gardens.
Even though there are many free events running throughout the festival, some of them request an entrance fee. Tickets can be purchased online, via phone (03 9415 9819), or at the Box Office, located on Ground Floor, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne).