After supporting venues and the community helped us raise $8K for Midsumma Futures (a mentor program for emerging LGBTQIA+ artists) in 2017, we were proud to bring 'PRIDElweiss' back in 2018, bigger and better than ever. This time we made the beer an Australian Wheat Ale and in addition to releasing it on tap, we also unveiled our colourful rainbow cans, which were distributed to bottleshops all over Australia. This year 50c from every pot AND can sold was to go to supporting Midsumma Futures.
And now the results are in and we're thrilled to announce that we managed to raise $18,324 - which is TWICE what we raised last year!
Karen Bryant, the Chief Executive of Midsumma Festival said, "We are absolutely thrilled with the success of PRIDElweiss this year, making it possible for a range of LGBTQIA+ early career artists and culture makers to undertake mentorships in their chosen creative area. We look forward to sharing wonderful journeys with them and watching their careers flourish in the future.”
One such artist is dancer, writer and editor Adolfo Aranjuez whose writing has been featured in Right Now, The Lifted Brow, The Manila Review, Eureka Street, Peril and Scum, among others. He has also performed and done arts work for the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, the National Young Writers’ Festival, Next Wave, Midsumma Festival, Express Media, Scribe, Liminal, Ascension, Small Press Network, The Channel, National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council.
Another artists is visual artist Archie Barry whose work takes form primarily in performance and video, and is concerned with gender and politics. In a society that sanctions two discreet, consistent gender identities and often fails to comprehend, acknowledge or represent people with fluid or nonconforming genders, Barry’s work suggests the possibilities that exist between what is and what could be.
Stomping Ground co-founder and director Steve Jeffares said, "We are so thrilled to continue to contribute to such an amazing program. Thanks so much to all the venues, bottleshops and beer drinkers right across Australia who gave us their invaluable support. What a great result!"