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Photograph: Dean Arcuri

What to see at Midsumma Festival

Melbourne's annual queer festival continues to grow with a diverse and jam-packed line-up of arts, community events and parties

By Time Out editors

The appropriately named Midsumma Festival takes over the city every January with an explosion of LGBTQIA pride. It's largely known for its killer parties and Pride March, but there's also an extraordinary line-up of theatre, cabaret, visual arts and live music with enough fabulosity to put any pride event to shame.

Here are our picks of the essential events – from everybody's favourite Midsumma Carnival to special screenings, epic concerts and intimate exhibitions.

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Drag queen on stage at Sircuit
Photograph: Dean Acuri

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