Midsumma in Hobsons Bay

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Midsumma in Hobsons Bay

Hobsons Bay City Council facilitates local activities and events each year as part of Midsumma Festival.  Collectively, these events may be found in the Midsumma Westside program or to view full program visit www.midsumma.org.au

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What is Midsumma Westside?

The Midsumma Westside program draws together the wonderful array of events that take place during Midsumma Festival in Melbourne’s west.


CHORUS is a video and sound installation by artist Melanie Jame Wolf about the power of rumour. The work consists of a series of videos in which Wolf performs a cast of personas as they inhabit an imaginary Mythic Space. From this stylised, darkly humorous pop space of ‘critical camp’, CHORUS explores the pleasures and perils of the unison voice of the group, and of speaking alone.

The SUBSTATION, 1 Market St, Newport
Opening: Sunday 20 January, 2pm to 5pm
Exhibition: 22 January to 16 March (Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm)


Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Don’t be late for this very important date! Are you 12-25 living in Victoria? Want to meet other gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer young people? Join us for a Mad Hatter Tea Party event! No cost for the event but please bring money for food. There will be DJs, prizes and give aways for best costume. Alcohol and drug free event. Friends and allies welcome! Presented by Wyndham City Council.

The Substation, 1 Market St, Newport
Wednesday 23 January 12pm to 4pm



Bobuq Sayed and Adolfo Aranjuez are friends and colleagues at Archer magazine. Archer is an award winning publication about sexuality, gender and identity. As writers and editors they are an intrinsic part of Melbourne’s queer lit scene. Join them as they discuss their writing, their inspiration and the direction of queer stories for a new generation.

Newport Community Hub, 13 Mason St, Newport
Thursday 31 January, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
FREE, bookings required via http://libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au



Featuring Rainbow Storytime and Music on the Deck

Newport Community Hub are throwing open the doors and inviting the whole neighbourhood. Join Rainbow Storytime with drag performers Rex Spandex and Jesse Dean for a very special storytime celebrating diverse families, celebrating identity, and embracing who you are. All families welcome. Enjoy a sausage sizzle, fairy floss, face painting, local community information stalls, and from 5pm Music on the Deck kicks off out on the lawn. Music on the Deck features a great line up of local youth bands, and you can win movie passes and other great prizes on the night. A fantastic afternoon and evening for the whole family.

Newport Community Hub, 13 Mason St, Newport
Friday 1 February
Rainbow Storytime 4pm to 4.45pm (bookings required via libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au)
Music on the Deck 5pm to 7pm



Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia International is the country’s biggest and most talked about pageant for drag queens and transgender beauties, promoting inclusion, diversity and equality for the LGBTQIA+ community. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, contestants go head to head competing for the title at the iconic Williamstown Town Hall. Contestants will proudly represent cultural diversity and celebrate uniqueness through this year’s theme, Colours of the World.

Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson St, Williamstown
Saturday 2 February, 6pm to 11pm
Ticketed event


Walk with pride as you cross over at the rainbow crossing to the rainbow party in Logan Reserve for a Rainbow Pride Tea Party. All manner of delicious rainbow-inspired foods will grace the tables under a rainbow marquee. There will be activities for the kids, music for everyone to enjoy and rainbow bubbles to blow.

Be the rainbow and help paint the rainbow crossing in our public art project and visit the Joel Gallery for an LGBTQIA+ exhibition to complete a day filled with rainbow pride.

Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre, 5 Sargood St, Altona
Saturday 9 February, 11am to 4pm
Afternoon Tea 2pm

Other Midsumma Events

Midsumma Carnival Stall

Carnival is a family friendly day that marks the beginning of Midsumma festival. The local western region councils will be at carnival with a stall. It is a great opportunity for councils to show support for our LGBTQIA+ communities by promoting services and events which are happening in the West.

Sunday 20 January
Alexandra Gardnes, Melbourne
Click here for more information about the event


Victorian Pride March

Council celebrates the inherent qualities of all people, supporting human rights for all. Join the Western Region Councils in the Pride March, collectively walking under the banner of “Out West”.

Sunday 3 February
Fitzroy Street and Catani Gardens, St Kilda 
Click here for more information about the event

For more information about any of the events above or to view full program visit www.midsumma.org.au