Melbourne Pride, a Victorian government initiative led by Australian LGBTQIA+ arts and culture experience, Midsumma, will take place this Sunday (February 13) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Victoria.
The incredible one-day festival will honor the courage and resilience of Victoria’s LGBTQIA+ community with a celebration of community, showcasing a stellar collection of live performances, music, circus, keynote speakers, d activities, community booths and interactive demonstrations.
Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Streets will be transformed into one huge street party – with sensational programming across two stages, featuring live performances by Yorta Yorta wife, composer and educator, Deborah Cheetham; Australian electronic musician Alice Ivy; singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Vetta Borne; Australian newcomer KYVA; the multi-award winning cabaret company, YUMMY; creators of artistic experiences, All The Queens Men; multidisciplinary artist and musician, Kira Puru; two of Australia’s top award-winning drag DJ duos, Jawbreakers; quintessential cabaret performer Reuben Kaye; and headlining the event will be neo-soul pop duo, Electric Fields.
Below is an overview of Melbourne Pride across the state:
- Video installation featuring the thoughts of members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Central Victoria on what Pride means to them – Self (ie) Pride – 24 JAN – 16 FEB, Maryborough, Newstead, Maldon, Castlemaine, Inglewood, Heathcote and Bendigo
- Original Verbatim Theater Work – Thrive: Queer Voices: Out Loud – February 8, Castlemaine
- Photo Series Celebrating Experiences in Region Victoria – Camp – February 13, Melbourne
- Video exhibit of various LGBTIQA+ locals who paved the way – Proudly Here – February 13, Ballarat
There will also be a Melbourne Pride live stream on Facebook and YouTube from Midsumma, capturing the event for remote viewers. The livestream will feature digital performances and interviews, as well as give viewers a taste of what’s happening on the day of the festival.
Location: Gertrude Street Neighborhood, Gertrude Street/Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC
Date: February 13, 2022
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