We’re here, we’re queer, we’re cultural: Midsumma vs Mardi Gras

Spoilt for choices when it comes to picking what to see in next year’s queer arts festivals? Let us help you choose.

Let’s get one thing straight – an ironic phrase to use when talking about queer culture – the Melbourne-Sydney rivalry should be laid to rest like a drag queen who’s still insisting on lip-synching to Kylie’s ‘I Should Be So Lucky’.

Both cities are unique. Each city has its good and bad points. Comparing them is a pointless exercise. Let’s celebrate them instead.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts