Melbourne’s queer cultural festival Midsumma is calling for stallholders to register for stalls at next year’s Carnival Day.

The event is again expected to attract thousands of visitors as one of Australia’s largest community GLBT events. Last year, organisers estimated 100,000 people attended Carnival Day at the festival’s new home at Birrarung Marr on the banks of the Yarra River.

Stallholders will face a “marginal” increase in fees this year, organisers said, in line with the costs of producing the event which is free to the public.

Early bird rates are offered until August 22. The deadline for stallholders to apply to exhibit at the festival is October 31.

Event registrations are now also open for artists looking to show work. The deadline is September 19.

Midsumma — now in its 24th year — will run January 15 – February 5 2012 and will include a range of queer arts and cultural events including arts exhibitions, cabaret and musical performances, theatre, live music, dance parties, picnics and sporting events.

INFO: www.midsumma.org.au

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