Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality. In 2018, the program featured 170 cultural, social and community events across 100 different venues around Melbourne and wider Victoria. Each year, the festival kicks off with a family-friendly community day, showcasing performances from the festival program with food trucks, bars and stalls galore!
Following the challenging postal survey in 2017, Midsumma Carnival provided a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate the unique and vibrant LGBTQIA+ community. Vicdeaf’s employment department, SensWide Employment has participated in the iconic carnival day since 2013 to promote its unique LGBTQIA+ employment program, WorkingOUT. WorkingOUT provides support to LGBTQIA+ people with disabilities to gain meaningful employment, and since its inception, has supported over 400 people.
More than 100,000 people attended Midsumma Carnival on Sunday January 14th at Alexandra Gardens for the annual day of music, food, dance and celebration. Vicdeaf participated amongst 120 stall holders, with revellers showing a keen interest in Auslan, employment services and the NDIS. Our new LGBTQIA+ project officers, Bethany and Harriet, joined us on the day, getting out and about to gather information about the Deaf LGBTQIA+ community and to promote the Deaf LGBTQIA+ social event, Rainbow Reunion!
A big thank you to those involved on the day – it was a great success and we look forward to seeing you again next year!