Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm, is proud to announce its landmark sponsorship of the Midsumma Festival 2018, Victoria’s premier LGBTIQ+ arts and cultural festival to be held early in 2018.

Corrs is a Gold Partner of Midsumma Festival and the festival’s exclusive legal partner, reflecting the firm’s genuine support for LGBTIQ+ inclusion. While Corrs has had an enduring association with the festival, with members of Pride@Corrs (the firm’s LGBTIQ+ network) having attended the Festival in the past as individuals, this will be the first time Corrs has been officially involved as a sponsor.

“Our involvement with Midsumma reflects the firm’s strong and ongoing commitment to LGBTIQ+ inclusion amongst our staff, clients, potential recruits and the broader community,” said Corrs CEO and Partner John W.H. Denton AO.

“Midsumma also shares with our firm an abiding commitment to the inclusion of other diverse communities such as Indigenous Australians, culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities and people with varying abilities and disabilities.

“All Corrs staff, whether members of the LGBTIQ+ community or allies and friends, will have the opportunity to participate in the Corrs marquee at Midsumma Carnival and in the Midsumma Pride March. We are also actively exploring opportunities to involve both corporate and LGBTIQ+ pro bono clients in our participation in the festival.”

According to Karen Bryant, Midsumma Festival CEO: “Midsumma Festival's primary purpose is to create inclusive safe cultural and social spaces for LGBTIQ+ communities and allies to engage. We lead conversations and provide platforms for shared experiences. We increase visibility in a world that often under-represents LGBTIQ+ stories. But we cannot do this without the vital support from significant festival partners such as Corrs who contribute not only financially, but who offer their time, expertise and encouragement all year round.

“I am thrilled to welcome Corrs to the Midsumma Festival team,” she said.

Corrs staff are already involved with the festival through providing pro bono advice and they also will have the ability to volunteer during the festival.

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