The Victorian government and Midsumma are planning a huge new street party, Melbourne Pride, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Midsumma is Victoria’s long-running annual LGBTIQ arts and culture festival, and starts in late January.
And this summer, a new free street party is at the Gertrude Street Precinct in Melbourne’s inner north on February 13.
Melbourne’s Gertrude and Smith Streets will transform, with two live music stages to celebrate Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ+ communities.
The one-day festival will honour the historical 40th anniversary with a huge celebration of community.
Organisers are planning live performances, music, circus, keynote speakers, community stalls and interactive demonstrations.
Electric Fields is headlining Melbourne Pride
Victoria’s Equality Minister Martin Foley said Melbourne Pride is to acknowledge the courage and resilience of the state’s LGBTIQ+ community.
He confirmed neo-soul pop duo Electric Fields will headline the inaugural party to “bring Melbourne’s summer of pride to a close.”
Across two stages, the event will also feature live performances from Yorta Yorta woman, composer and educator, Deborah Cheetham; singer-songwriter Vetta Borne; newcomer KYVA; cabaret company YUMMY; art experience creators, All The Queens Men; musician Kira Puru; Australian drag duo Jawbreakers; and cabaret performer, Reuben Kaye.
“Melbourne Pride celebrates our LGBTIQ+ communities, with a series of activities across the state including in our regional communities over the entire summer,” Foley said.
These include events in Bendigo, Wangaratta, Ballarat, Castlemaine, Daylesford and more.
Midsumma returning in January
In 2022, Midsumma Festival is returning from January 23 to February 13.
CEO Karen Bryant explained Melbourne Pride, a standalone event, is “a commemoration of the road to pride for our communities, and the journeys still being undertaken.”
“We are thrilled to see such creativity already underway across the state, ensuring regional voices and stories are shared alongside a street party to remember,” she said.
After the disruption of Covid-19, Midsumma will return as close as possible to normal in the new year.
Midsumma’s annual Pride March is returning to Fitzroy Street in St Kilda on February 6.
For more information about Midsumma and the inaugural Melbourne Pride, visit the website.
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