Midsumma Carnival on Sunday 22 January (External link) highlights the opening weekend of the three-week Festival, attracting over 120,000 people
Emergency Management Pride Network Victoria is one of the 180 queer-friendly community groups and business stalls for you to visit. The network represents all LGBTIQ+ people and allies from our emergency management sector. It aims to raise awareness and visibility of the LGBTIQ+ community to build a more inclusive and collaborative sector. You can follow the network through facebook.com/EMPNV (External link) and twitter.com/EMPrideVictoria (External link).
Located in Alexandra Gardens – naarm/Melbourne, Midsumma offers a variety of fun safe spaces accessible to everybody, including sports activities, a youth area, and family-areas that are open and free to everyone.
Remember to check the weather
As Midsumma Carnival is held in the middle of summer it's important to:
- Slip on a shirt
- Slop on sunscreen (throughout the day) - free sunscreen available at the Information Tents
- Slap on a hat (or bring an umbrella)
- Hydrate regularly (with three free water stations onsite)
Due to the natural structure of Alexandra Gardens, shade is limited and in high demand.
Check the SunSmart website (External link) for the current UV rating and advice on how to minimise sunburn and skin cancer risks, the Bureau of Meteorology (External link) website for weather forecasts and warnings or the EPA Victoria (External link) website for information about air quality ratings.
Midsumma Carnival is held at Alexandra Gardens (opposite Arts Centre Melbourne), which is a short walk from Flinders Street Station. As parking is limited, consider taking a train to Flinders Street Station, any tram along Swanston Street or Flinders Street, or cycling to the event.
Photo: Midsumma Carnival 2022 - Emergency Management Pride Network Victoria members joined by Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew Crisp AM APM