The Abbotsford Convent partners with other arts and cultural organisations, festivals and events to develop artistic practice, diversify our public programs, attract diverse audiences and create new conversations and thought-provoking experiences for everyone to enjoy at the Convent.
The Convent is proud to co-present with Midsumma Festival – Victoria’s premier queer arts and cultural Festival, for and by LGBTQIA+ communities. The Convent prides itself on being a safe, inclusive, vibrant and welcoming community hub that supports diverse voices, practices and forms of expression.
Midsumma 2020 at the Convent
Chlorophyll by Forest Collective
Forest Collective and emerging alternative pop artist Max Lawrence join forces to premiere an orchestral re-imagining of Lawrence’s debut EP, ‘Chlorophyll’.
Drop Deadly Gorgeous The Pageant
This comedic take at pageant culture has a queer twist. Weird Alice Yankadic, self-appointed Canadian trash drag royalty, has chosen eight of Australia’s prime QTIBPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists and provided them with three categories to show off their best assets for three hand-picked judges and yourselves. Only one will be lucky enough to go home with the title of Queer Supreme, a custom prize pack including performance opportunities across Melbourne throughout 2020.
Boys Night Out
Comedic, moving and brutal, Boys Night Out combines drag, dance and performance to investigate sexuality, class, gender and race in the white Australian psyche.
A celebration of Indigenous femmes and Pacific womxn of colour told through cultural drag, vogue dance and ballroom culture.
FAMILI is a visual EP launch highlighting contemporary electronic music from Pasifika and First Nation communities. Fresh hip hop, new wave R&B, Oceanic musicality, words, and movement. Focusing on Oceanic, LGBTQIA+ and diaspora experiences, portraits and videos will be unveiled alongside a live performance of the collected works.
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To discuss arts and cultural programming and partnership opportunities, contact the ACF’s Producer, Natalie Smith.
Learn more about Midsumma Festival on the Midsumma website.