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The best things to do at Midsumma Festival

Melbourne's festival of queer culture celebrates its 30th birthday with a jam-packed program of free events, parties, theatre and more

Photograph: Alexander Legaree

Break out your rainbow colours: Midsumma is back and bigger than ever. Not only can you look forward to all your usual favourites like Carnival and Pride March, but also a whole swag of parties, exhibitions, cabaret and theatre. Below are our top picks, but it also pays to check out the whole program on the Midsumma website. Whether you're queer or an ally, there's something for everyone.

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