Midsumma Festival is Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural festival, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences.

Every January, Midsumma Festival expands over 22-days of summer with an explosion of queer events that centre around hidden and mainstream queer culture, locally and internationally.

Here’s what you can see and experience from Midsumma Festival in the Chapel Street Precinct.

Chapel Off Chapel
Sugarbabies: A Boylesque Musical

Diamonds really are a BOY’s best friend! ‘Sugarbabies’ is a boylesque revue that delves into the world of the sugardaddy/sugarbaby phenomenon. The stunning Ziegfeld Boys tell the story of two sugarbabies who are on a quest to find their sugardaddies and the lavish lifestyle that comes with them. The show is a brilliant blend of old world burlesque, musical theatre and clever comedy, dusted with plenty of glitz and sparkle.

23-25 Jan, Thu-Sat 9pm, Sat 5:30pm
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran

Tickets from $36
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Joel Creasy in the Boy, George

Will & Kate’s boy is all grown up – but can he save the Monarchy? Queen Elizabeth II is dead, William is out of the picture – and as for King Charles… well, it’s complicated. Meanwhile, inside Kensington Palace a teenage boy needs to act fast to clear up everyone else’s mess and secure his place as the Last Royal Standing. The country is in chaos, and Prince George is in his pyjamas. Eton really doesn’t prepare you for this.

29-31 Jan, Wed-Fri 7:30pm
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran

From $35
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What a Drag! 2020 – Back to the 80s

Now in its 6th year Midsumma favourite, What a Drag! is back with Melbourne’s most Fabulous Drag Queens. For one night only, Chapel Off Chapel will be turned into an 80s spectacle as we go Back To The Eighties. This will be the ultimate drag extravaganza 80s Style! Hosted by the stunning Rhubarb Rouge with DJ David Virgona by her side to get you INTO THE GROOVE. We will take you back to the 80s with Melbourne’s most amazing Drag Queens and Countdown bangers. Dig out those sweat bands, lacy gloves, shoulder pads and join the fun!

All ticket proceeds and donations on the night will go to raise funds for Thorne Harbour Health (Formerly VAC) and JOY 94.9 and their amazing work in the GLBTIQ community.

Sat 8 Feb 8.30pm.
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
$10
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Awakening

Photographic Exhibition.

Awakening are the moments between temptation and fear. These moments are fragile, painful, terrifying, euphorically joyous and most of all rewarding. They are necessary emotional steps in search of a self identity, and temptation is the core ingredient and the driving force that is unstoppable by any fear. In this body of work Zina is exploring and capturing the emotional turbulence of The Coming Out period. This work offers an insight into her very personal experience in search of her own identity.

21 Jan-9 Feb, Mon-Sun, 12-5pm
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
FREE

Confessions of a Mormon Boy

Told with humor, song and unflinching honesty, Confessions of a Mormon Boy is the inspiring true story of Steven Fales’ journey from being a devoted, sixth-generation Mormon, former missionary, and father of two to coming out as gay after trying conversion therapy and being excommunicated from the church of his birth. Riding an emotional roller coaster of extremes – from perfect Mormon boy in Utah to perfect rent boy in Manhattan – Fales discovers what it means to finally come home, if only in your heart. Originally directed Off-Broadway by Tony Award Winner Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man).

7-9 Feb, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 1pm & 5pm
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
Tickets from $28
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Inner Threads

A visual exploration of human connection and complexity. Emerging Melbourne artist Steve Edwards explores the complex nature of humanity through his unique generative art style. Combining his foundation in fine art with his skills in programming, Edwards has created a collection of colourful limited edition prints along with an interactive “Thread Mirror” enabling guests to face themselves as a live thread artwork and share the experience online.

20-25 Jan, 28 Jan-9 Feb, Mon-Sun 12-5pm
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
FREE

Power ft Handsome: Women and Non-binary Artists in Music

POWER is held over two nights at Chapel Off Chapel 24 and 25 of Jan as part of Midsumma Festival. Catch the unsung heroines and queer indie influencers of music. Midsumma recognises that women and queer musicians are underrepresented, and with POWER will highlight the powerful contribution queer female and non-binary musicians make to the Australian music industry.

HANDSOME is an artist making tomboy pop and brooding electronica, representative of the bold new sound of Australian queer music – playing one night only at POWER, which runs over two nights, and recognises the powerful contribution queer female and non-binary musicians make to music.

Sat 25 Jan, 8pm
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran

Tickets from $24.
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Power ft Imbi the Girl: Women and Non-binary Artists in Music

A force to be reckoned with, imbi the girl has been slowly writing their own story, to the beat of their own drum. With their unique and inspiring brand of poetic hip-hop, R&B and soul, imbi the girl kicks off night one of POWER – a program recognising the unsung heroines and non-binary marvels of Australian music.

Fri 24 Jan, 8pm
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran

Tickets from $24.
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Unmasking Prince Charming

Does ‘happily ever after’ really exist? Unmasking Prince Charming dares to ask the real questions of our Disney heroes: Does ‘happily ever after’ really exist? Is it romantic to join your neighbour in song, after breaking into their house? Is it ok to kiss someone when they’re unconscious?

23-25 Jan, Thu-Sat 7:30pm, Sat 4pm
Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran

From $36
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Queer Pool Party

Get wet and wild and celebrate the queerest time of year with sunshine, eye candy, and a recovery sesh, before you slide into a local happy hour. Everyone’s invited! Bring your besties, lovers, and significant others – all genders and sexualities welcome. Enjoy the mildly competitive water sports with Melbourne Surge and Water Polo Victoria, tap your feet to poolside entertainment, or simply sunbathe away. Free sausage sizzle (veggie options available) and soft drinks. Kids and family friendly!

Sun 26 Jan 1pm
Prahran Aquatic Centre, 41 Essex St, Prahran
This event is FREE but requires registration
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Give Me Life

Are drag performers fine artists? With ornate costumes, elaborate makeup and all that self-expression, all fingers point to YAS! This Midsumma GIVE ME LIFE is set to fuse underground drag performance with a world of queer fine art and dancefloor bangers at SoHigh Gallery. Half art exhibition and half party, come along and indulge your senses, because the art we’re used to seeing at 2am in a dark club is definitely still art.

Sat 8 Feb, 9pm-1am
SoHigh Gallery, 143A Chapel St, Windsor
$22.50
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Untouchables

New Australian theatre by Hayley Ricketson. Nadine loves food. Nadine also loves Kylie. That’s why she returns to the strip club where Kylie dances night after night; never touching, never speaking, devouring her silently with her gaze. Morsel by morsel, Nadine feeds us her story, serving up her secret self.

7-8 Feb, Fri-Sat 8pm
The MC Showroom, L1, 48 Clifton St, Prahran

$25
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After Dark

After Dark is a drag-burlesque extravaganza brought to you by some of Melbourne’s most experienced drag show producers. Featuring some of Melbourne’s top drag performers and male dancers, After Dark takes you on a journey through some of the world’s famous cabaret clubs. With performances inspired by icons such as Velma Kelly, Dita Von Tease, Jessica Rabbit and Marilyn Monroe, After Dark is a drag show event not to be missed!

24 Jan-26 Jan, Fri-Sun, 7.30pm
The Space Dance & Arts Centre, 1 Carlton St, Prahran
Tickets from $28.50
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Ama-zine Adventures in Remaking History

Make Zines to remake Melbourne’s LGBTQI+ history. Go along to the PMI Victorian History Library (PMI) and learn about queer history in Melbourne from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA). Bring your own ephemera and/or photos, and stay to make zines with stories, inspiration and assistance from staff, volunteers and collections of ALGA and the PMI.

Thur 30 Jan, 7pm
Prahran Mechanics Institute, 39 St Edmonds Rd, Prahran
This event is FREE but requires registration
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Homo Erotica

Own your pride at Midsumma’s most audacious Pride afterparty. Tear that closet down and expose your most defining or provocative look – club kid, fetish, drag, glam, high fashion, laid-back, au naturel; whatever it may be, embrace it. Multiple rooms featuring bubbly pop through dirty filthy techno – go as hard or as chill as you desire. Featuring daring queer artists exploring Homo Erotica through performance and other media.

Sun 2 Feb, 8pm-3am
Chasers, 386 Chapel St, South Yarra
From $20
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Nudies Nude Masquerade Ball

Doing nudity different. NUDIES Revolution presents our 2nd Midsumma Nude Masquerade Ball. Join us for our non-sexual nude event. With a mask on your face, shoes on your feet, grab a drink from the bar and dance the night away. Nudists are a friendly bunch of people so come for a chat and find out if social nudity is for you.

Sat 25 Jan, 7-11:45pm
Chasers, 386 Chapel St, South Yarra

From $28.50
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