Midsumma kicks off in Melbourne’s west in April with a swag of events being held as part of Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural festival. Local events come under the banner of Midsumma Westside. Here are some of the highlights. Details: www.midsumma.org.au/info/midsumma-westside
April Culture Club: All the Queens Men
Wyndham City’s Culture Club aims to build the arts network in the deep west. Artistic directors Bec Reid and Tristan Meecham will share their experience of working with LGBTIQ+ and elder community members on April 7.
Duets with a Shapeshifter
A drag fusion project by award-winning choreographer James Welsby aka Valerie Hex features an exhibition at St Albans’ Bowery Theatre from April 10 to May 5 and film premiere on April 23.
Rainbow Family Storytime
Drag performers Rex Spandex and Walter Melon host a storytime celebrating diverse families at Newport Community Hub on May 1.
Ready, Set, Brunch
Pride of our Footscray community bar hosts a bottomless brunch with Aurora Arsenic and Joslyn Bosoms, with high camp shows and some of Footscray’s finest food offerings. It’s on April 25 and May 2.
Avant-composer and multi-instrumentalist Diimpa is joined by a chamber ensemble at Bluestone Church Arts Space in Footscray from May 1-2. From his experience as a queer autistic person, Diimpa explores his family history of Aboriginal First Nations connection lost through the Stolen Generations.
Fluid – Versatile Identities in the 21st Century
The Fluid exhibition, inspecting how binaries of all types inform the way people experience the world, is at Wyndham Art Gallery in Werribee from April 16-18. It’s also online until April 25. As part of the exhibition, people are invited to an online workshop.
This is Grayson
Drive-by theatre for children and adults is coming to Newport for a live performance called This is Grayson. It kicks off at The Substation, where everyone boards a bus to Newport’s forgotten lands. One place is a carpark where a little girl named Grayson has been waiting for 10,261 years. Gold Satino are making the show that they needed when they were young queers, awkward outsiders, yearning for someone to see them.