11 January 2024

Midsumma Carnival is an iconic day out featuring an exciting array of LGBTQIA+ acts and stalls.

Image: Issa (Case Manager), Panos (Director NISS) and Abril LaTrene at Life Without Barriers' Midsumma stall.

Celebrate the start of the 2024 Midsumma festival with the iconic Midsumma Carnival – a free full-day outdoor extravaganza set in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD at the Alexandra Gardens. This vibrant celebration showcases an extensive lineup of LGBTQIA+ acts across the four carnival precincts: Main, Picnic, Sports and Family. You can find the Life Without Barriers booth near the 'Picnic Precinct' in row F!

Life Without Barriers is thrilled to be a part of the Midsumma Carnival again this year and will attend as a stallholder to support the LGBTQIA+ community. Come along to our stall, where our friendly staff will be available to discuss all things foster care and answer your questions – no matter how big or small.

  • Date: Sunday, 21 January

  • Time: 11am – 5pm

  • Location: Alexandra Gardens, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.

Image: Map of stalls at Midsumma Carnival, the Life Without Barriers stall is highlighted in pink.

Midsumma Carnival offers a variety of fun, safe spaces that are open and accessible to everyone from dawn to dusk, including sports activities, a youth area, and a family area.

The event will have a range of experiences to captivate every visitor, featuring more than 180 stalls, two large food zones, free giveaways, and multiple queer-friendly community groups and business stalls for you to visit.

For those seeking a more relaxed atmosphere, there is ample space on the grass pavilions surrounding the stages for a picnic with friends and family. Immerse yourself in the entertainment presented by talented artists, including singers, drag performers, DJs, and even an opportunity to show off your own talents with the Lip Sync Limelight competition!

Access information

Midsumma provides genuine access to their events and services wherever possible and have an accessibility

feature on their website.

Can't make it to the day but wondering if you could be a carer?

  1. Life Without Barriers welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and intersex foster carers.

  2. People of all genders and sexualities can be foster carers

  3. No partner? No problem! Single people and people in a relationship can be foster carers.

  4. It’s your ability to care for and nurture a child that matters. Not your sexuality or gender.

Can I foster if I'm gay? Yes, you can!

Image: Suzanne (South East OM) and Eriona (Outer East OM) at Midsumma 2023.

Life Without Barriers values a diverse community of Foster Carers. We recognise and respect all the ways relationships and families are found and formed and continue to actively seek people to join our growing network of LGBTQIA+ carers.

If you’re interested in joining our growing network of LGBTQIA+ foster carers, get in touch with our team today at 1300 592 227 or carers@lwb.org.au

For more information, visit the Midsumma Carnival website.

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