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Time Out says

Melbourne's festival of queer culture grows bigger and prouder every year

Drag superstars, cult cabaret artists and gender-bending performance artists take over the city this summer... and this time around we actually mean summer.

Last year's festival was moved to autumn due to a certain unpleasantness at the end of the year, but this year it's back where it belongs: smack bang in the middle of summer. Melbourne's LGBTQIA+ arts and culture festival returns for 2022, rising like a glittering phoenix from the garbage fire of 2021.

From January 23 to February 13, venues all over Melbourne will host events championing queer communities and creatives through visual art, performance, parties, film, music and more. 

This year's festival commemorates the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria with an extra-special Melbourne Pride event on February 13. The event will finish up the festival with a huge celebration somewhere in Melbourne's north.  The famous Midsumma Pride March is happening on February 6 in Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, as always. And after an unfortunate hiatus last year, the annual Midsumma Carnival is back to open the festival with the biggest, most fun queer picnic and dance you've ever been to.

You can explore the full Midsumma program by visiting the website

Cassidy Knowlton
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