The event, usually taking place in summer each year, will now happen in April-May, bringing together a diverse mix of artists, performers, communities and audiences.
"We know that our artists and our communities are struggling, they have missed a lot of connection with each other over the past year," Midsumma CEO Karen Bryant says. "By augmenting a much-needed return to live in-venue events with specially curated streamed online events, we are aiming to maximise access for regional, interstate and vulnerable people in our communities to still be able to experience Midsumma Festival 2021 from the safety of their devices if they can’t make it to the events in person."
"We want to bring this celebration of the most exciting queer arts on offer to everyone, regardless of where you are at a time in which it’s never been more important."
Midsumma spotlights an explosion of queer events centring around hidden and mainstream queer culture. The 2021 programme will include events for everyone, from dance classes for older LGBTQIA+ audiences to a full programme of queer women in music, and immersive theatre curated for kids and rainbow families.
"Midsumma Festival is about celebrating diverse communities, in their own voice, and letting new voices move us, challenge us and most importantly entertain us, and this year’s programme, which is full of fantastic talent and creativity, is sure to take us all on this journey," Karen says.
What do you do in your day-to-day life?I work in retail at Lovisa, I’ve ranged from a casual all the way up to assistant manager, but now I’m settled part-time. Besides that, I’m always planning performances for the future, and also supporting my fellow performers. And eating. Ooft!Read more: