13 Jan 2011
By Matthew Mitcham

See you at the Telstra stand at Midsumma


This year, for the first time, Telstra is supporting Midsumma – Australia’s premier, annual queer arts and entertainment festival, now in its 23rd year – and as a Telstra Ambassador, I’m proud and really excited to be involved in this great event….not only because festivals like this are fun and entertaining, but because they go to the heart of what being an inclusive community is all about.

The Midsumma Festival brings a diverse mix of artists and performers together under a single umbrella for an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture. The festival program includes visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, sport and social and political forums and debates. Midsumma happens at over 70 different venues throughout Melbourne, celebrating the pride and diversity of Victoria’s lesbian, gay and allied communities.

Telstra, with its visible commitment to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex inclusion, is a natural partner for Midsumma. Telstra’s technology and people are the key ingredients of this partnership.

Midsumma - Photography by Ali Hogg (
Photography by Ali Hogg –

So – on Sunday 16 January, I will be at the Telstra stand at Midsumma Carnival in Birrarung Mar on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River, from 11am until 1pm.  After Carnival, a team of Telstra citizen reporters (made up of great Telstra people) will be attending Midsumma events throughout the festival to blog, tweet and review what’s on offer, using the amazing Motorola DEFY handset on the Telstra Next G network.  You can follow their adventures on the Midsumma blog or follow Midsuma on Twitter.

Happy Midsumma, and I look forward to seeing you at Carnival on Sunday!


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  1. Mark says:

    Quote “Telstra, with its visible commitment to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex inclusion, is a natural partner for Midsumma”.
    Telstra must be a tad slow. They haven’t had a visible commitment for the past 23 years with this natural partnership with the GLBTI community!
    Good on Telstra for being involved in this years Midsumma and chasing the pink $.
    Happy Midsumma everyone xo

    • K says:

      I applaud Telstra’s change in stance here, to be involved now. This must have been a major step for the corporation to take (aligning it’s brand in this way) and reflects an on-going positive change in attitudes. It can only be good.

      I’d also like to think that Telstra’s involvement here reflects a change in their attitude towards the increased employment of, and improved management of, diversity within their workforces. Again good.

      Chasing the pink $? Who isn’t. Why would any business with any sense ignore any lucrative demographic?

    • Colin says:

      Mark, you must have missed Telstra at many GLBT events. I recall Telstra with Bernard King (God rest is pink soul) at Mardi Gras Fair Day, all dressed up in pink gingham, fundraising for the Luncheon Club (a part of BGF).

  2. james says:

    Great job Matt. Keep up the great work!

    Mark .. stop being so damn negative! Telstra is full of GLBT people, so it is a natural partner lol

  3. Ash sexton says:

    Telstra is such an amazing company to work for and its fantastic to see Telstra being apart of such an awesome event.

    I can’t wait to be apart of it. I will be working at the stand helping customers with any issues they may have with there accounts or even if they simply want a review of there account to ensure they are getting value for there money!

    So also come down and see me I will be there all day :)

    Happy midsumma xo

    ps online people it’s fine to state that I’m a current employee :)

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