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What to see at Midsumma Festival

Melbourne's annual queer festival continues to grow with a diverse and jam-packed arts line-up
Photograph: Nada Žgank

The appropriately named Midsumma Festival takes over the city every January with an explosion of LGBTIQ pride. It's largely known for its killer parties and Pride March, but the festival's greatest asset might just be its extraordinary line-up of theatre, cabaret, visual arts and live music.

From drag superstars to a surreal but strangely provocative exhibition of mounted Barbie heads, here are our picks of Midsumma's cultural offerings.

Chorus Midsumma The Substation 2019
Photograph: Supplied
Art, Film and video


icon-location-pin The Substation, Newport

There’s a big visual arts program at this year’s Midsumma, but this video installation at the Substation in Newport is our pick of the bunch. It features Melbourne artist Melanie Jame Wolf playing a series of characters engaged in gossip.

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The Book of Mormon 2017 Princess Theatre Melbourne production still 05 feat Ryan Bondy and Augustin Aziz Tchantcho photographer credit Jeff Busby
Photograph: Jeff Busby
Things to do

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Drag queen on stage at Sircuit
Photograph: Dean Acuri
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