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Melbourne Pride – A Road To Pride
February 13 @ 11:00 am - 9:00 pm AESTFree
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria
Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride
To commemorate this anniversary, we acknowledge the courage and resilience of our LGBTQIA+ community. Melbourne Pride will celebrate with live performances, music, circus, interactive activities, community stalls and demonstrations. In a contemporary exploration of festivities, we will embark on a journey of equality through inspirational arts, community involvement, food, and culture.
Melbourne Pride is a State Government initiative, delivered by festival partner Midsumma (of course!). The event is designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria.
Acknowledging the courage and resilience of Victoria’s LGBTQIA+ community, the incredible one-day festival will honour the historical occasion with a celebration of community, featuring a stellar collection of live performances, music, circus, keynote speakers, activities, community stalls and interactive demonstrations.
Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Streets will be transformed into a huge street party – with two live music stages and performances from musicians and artists – to celebrate Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ+ communities.
With a sensational line-up across two stages, the iconic event will feature live performances from Yorta Yorta woman, composer and educator, Deborah Cheetham; singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Vetta Borne; Australian newcomer, KYVA; multi-award-winning cabaret company, YUMMY; art experience creators, All The Queens Men; multi-disciplinary artist and musician, Kira Puru; two of Australia’s hottest award-winning drag DJ duo, Jawbreakers; the quintessential cabaret performer, Reuben Kaye; and headlining the event will be neo-soul pop duo, Electric Fields.
Local businesses all down Gertrude and Smith Street will benefit from the party – serving food and drink to the thousands of people expected to attend across the day, while some will be incorporated into the party with shopfront activations and performances in venues. Visit our Melbourne Trader Directory to find out what’s happening.
Melbourne Pride is an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ Victorians and the wider community to come together as one to celebrate the remarkable journey of equality through inspirational arts, community involvement, food, and culture.
Regional Events – Melbourne Pride celebrates our LGBTIQ+ communities, with a series of activities across the state including in our regional communities over the entire summer. Regional activities are already underway – among the first events being held on 4 Dec is Pop-Up Pride in Bendigo, which is bringing drag performances, live music, stalls, a Trans Clothing Swap, short films from the Bendigo Queer Film Festival and exhibitions to the heart of the regional city.
A SNAPSHOT OF MELBOURNE PRIDE ACROSS THE STATE:
- Online exhibition documenting queer community stories from older rural and regional Victorians. Produced by ChillOut – Queer Country Pride: Our Time to Shine – 9 DEC
- Collaborative exhibition by artists Lisa Bishop – Wangaratta Road to Pride – from 15 JAN, Chiltern
- Video installation featuring the reflections of central Victorian LGBTQIA+ community members on what Pride means to them – Self (ie) Pride – 24 JAN – 16 FEB, Maryborough, Newstead, Maldon, Castlemaine, Inglewood, Heathcote, and Bendigo
- Pride and intergenerational connection to socially isolated older people – Celebrating Pride in all Places with Switchboard – 6 FEB, across Victoria
- Original artwork of verbatim theatre – Thrive: Queer Voices: Out Loud – 8 FEB, Castlemaine
- Photography series celebrating lived experiences in regional Victoria – Camp – 13 FEB, Melbourne
- Video exhibit of diverse LGBTIQA+ locals who have led the way – Proudly Here – 13 FEB, Ballarat
- Melbourne Pride St Party, Gertrude + Smith St, Fitzroy – Collingwood – 13 FEB, Melbourne
A livestream of Melbourne Pride (link coming soon), which will air on Midsumma’s Facebook and YouTube, capturing the event for remote viewers. The livestream will showcase digital performances and interviews, and give you a look at what is happening on the day at the festival. The best part is, you can watch the livestream from ANYWHERE.
Midsumma will also provide an Audio Described (link coming soon) version of the livestream at Melbourne Pride, presented by Midsumma and Description Victoria.
*If you are a Trader or Resident in the City of Yarra, please visit our Melbourne Pride information page
Melbourne Pride, a Victorian State Government initiative delivered by Australia’s LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural experience Midsumma.
Midsumma continues to work with the State Government to determine the safest way to deliver the event.