Deborah Cheetham
Deborah Cheetham, Photography: Kristina Kingston

Midsumma Festival is proud to announce the exclusive performance of celebrated indigenous soprano Deborah Cheetham AO and pianist Toni Lalich at the inaugural Midwinta Gala Ball.

The black-tie Midwinta Gala Ball is a new fundraising event that aims to raise much-needed funds to continue and develop Melbourne’s annual Midsumma Festival.

Other performances will include Midsumma’s favourite diva Dolly Diamond, revolutionary dancing group the Real Hot Bitches plus an outrageous fashion parade hosted by awarded milliner, Kerrie Stanley.

“We’re very excited that distinguished performers like Deborah Cheetham and Toni Lalich will be performing exclusively for us at our inaugural Midwinta Ball. Guests should expect an evening of superb performances and fine dining,” said Midsumma Chair Aaron Hockly.

Midwinta has appointed Spencer McLaren as the master of ceremonies who has planned a number of surprises for the evening.

“Midwinta is a great opportunity for the community to forget about Melbourne’s dreary weather and enjoy a night of great entertainment.  Who wouldn’t want to attend a gala ball where the dress code is frocked up and fabulous?” questioned Hockly.

And what’s a Ball without dancing? Midwinta will have DJ Kista on the decks all night and the Midwinta official afterparty will continue at the socialite cocktail lounge Ms Collins.