Telstra People Proudly Out at Midsumma 2013
I’ve recently had the opportunity to be one of the Telstra Citizen Reporters for Midsumma, a 3-week GLBTI arts and culture festival. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Midsumma has grown into an important community festival, attracting over 160,000 participants to almost 200 events. This is the third year that Telstra has been a proud supporter of Midsumma.
As a reporter, I had the privilege of attending as many performances and events as possible, taking photos and blogging about the experience using the new Telstra 4G Frontier pre-paid Smartphone, and uploading these to the Midsumma blog online. Along with my fellow reporters, we really hope our own enjoyment of the Midsumma events will encourage many others to get along to the Festival – with only a few days left for 2013!
Carnival Day, held on 13 January was the opening of Midsumma where an estimated crowd of 100,000 people converged on Birrarung Marr to enjoy an awesome sunny Sunday in the city, catch up with friends and enjoy the party atmosphere.
Telstra was on hand to demonstrate the features of the new Frontier pre-paid phone. This demonstration included Telstra volunteers taking over 500 photos with these devices and printing them for people to take home. Not only was it a great way to meet heaps of people, but it was a chance to be the face of Telstra and demonstrate our commitment to helping our customers. The photos we gave out also entitled Carnival visitors to a special Midsumma discount on the Frontier phone at selected Melbourne stores. For now, anyone with a Midsumma event ticket and one of the photos can still receive this special discount until 18 February 2013. Take your Midsumma event ticket or Midsumma memory photo from the Telstra stand to any of the following Melbourne CBD stores to receive your 20% discount: 220 Collins Street, 246-260 Bourke Street, or 96 Elizabeth Street.
One of my favourite Midsumma events so far was ‘Gaybies’ – a play by the Melbourne Theatre Company based on interviews of children with gay parents describing their experiences and upbringing. It was an emotionally-charged celebration of the modern family, and I’m hoping we will be seeing a return of this show in the near future for everybody who missed seeing it the first time around (and for me to see it again!).
Midsumma finishes for another year on Sunday 3 February with the annual Pride March in St Kilda. I encourage you to check out what’s still showing for the remainder of Midsumma. There are events catering for all members of the community – gay or straight, including many family-friendly and free performances. I feel proud to work for Telstra for many reasons, but its support of inclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians is an important one to me.
(Some images courtesy Midsumma)