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, 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.
Update, Jan 5 2022: in light of the evolving Omicron surge, we recommend checking ahead to see if an event or venue you're planning to attend is still open, and what precautions and conditions of entry are in place.
Has summer in Melbourne ever felt more, well, summer? The sun is shining, the rain is relatively intermittent and the sight of bright blue skies is putting us in a feel-good mood. Put those vibes to good use this weekend at one (or more) of the many fun, bright and loud activities on around the city.
Sunday marks the start of Midsumma Festival, Melbourne's premier LGBTQIA+ arts and culture festival – and there are so many amazing events to get involved in. West-side, there's Good Fest, a festival of food, bevs, tunes and all that is... you guessed it: good. It's hosted by craft beer faves Mr West.
If you need some dulcet tones to soothe your soul after a busy work week, it doesn't get much smoother than Aria award-winning musicians the Teskey Brothers, who have teamed up with the MSO for an epic performance. Or, for yet more classical-meets-contemporary, check out these candlelight orchestral performances of Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Coldplay and more.
If you are eating or drinking out, remember to be extra kind to staff right now – it's a pretty challenging time. We've put together a guide on how to practice etiquette when things are uncertain here.