In February next year, Smith and Gertrude Streets will host a massive all-day street festival to celebrate four decades since homosexuality was decriminalised in Victoria, in 1982.

The new event, Melbourne Pride, is being run by Midsumma Festival for the state government, and will transform the streets of Fitzroy and Collingwood into a family-friendly carnival of queer pride and celebration.

There will be satellite events in regional centres, but Melbourne Pride's crown jewel will be a Sunday street party in the north, which will saturate Smith and Gertrude Streets in live performance, music, stalls and other activitations from 11am into the night.

Indigenous synth-pop duo Electric Fields will headline the event, with renowned Yorta Yorta composer and opera singer Deborah Cheetham AO and R’n’B diva Vetta Borne also appearing on one of two main stages featuring DJs, keynote speakers and cabaret and drag performers.

Midsumma says Melbourne Pride will be a “multi-generational and intersectional celebration" that will bring together diverse queer communities and allies from across the state to celebrate and reflect on a significant milestone in Victorian LQBTQIA+ history.

Melbourne Pride will take place on Sunday February 13, 2022. For more details head to Midsumma.org.