Feast, Adelaide’s queer cultural festival (and the only queer festival in Australia to build its own Festival Hub), will transform Adelaide for 16 days and nights from November 10–25.
Audiences of all ages and persuasions will be invited to experience the celebration of homegrown and international theatre, cabaret, live music, film, comedy, visual arts and community events that take place throughout the city annually during the unique event.
Feast is turning 16-years-old in 2012 and has been programed for the fourth consecutive year by creative producer Kerry Ireland around the theme ‘Coming of Age’. The 2012 program boasts has 11 world premieres, 16 Australian premieres and 19 shows exclusive to Adelaide.
“I encourage you to attend as many Feast events as possible and make the Hub a central meeting place for the LGBTIQ community and our friends in November. This is your festival, so come out, support and enjoy it,” Ireland said.
Check out Star Observer’s picks of the festival below.
All festival long
The ANZ Festival Hub at Adelaide’s Light Square is, in and of itself, one of the major highlights of Feast. Major changes to the Hub design have been made this year and The Ballroom and revamped Garden Lounge will host a torrent of world class acts. You can also play retro video games on the new Campsite cinema screen and eat and drink at the affordable bar.
The festivities kick off on November 10 with the annual Pride March (the first Pride March was held in Adelaide in 1973, when homosexuality was still illegal) from Victoria Square to the Hub, led by a cavalcade of motorbikes down Gouger and Morphett streets, followed by the Opening Night Party where Australian pop star Melissa Tkautz will take centre stage.
Described as uplifting, captivating and with more than a wink to cabaret and a piano at his ﬁngertips, Michael Ross’ extraordinary vocal range takes you on a journey through his soulful repertoire in this show at the Festival Hub’s Garden Lounge. After supporting Amanda Palmer and Kate Miller-Heidke, you can hear Ross at Feast performing his soon to be released marriage equality anthem.
Pull up your fishnets and slide into your heels, Boylesque is coming to Feast.
Direct from the GH Hotel, Boylesque features both the divine Divas and handsome Muscle Marys. Hosted by Melbourne’s favourite drag queen, Paris, Boylesque is here to put a lump in your throat and maybe in your pants.
Add biceps to lashes and sequins to moustaches, where the Muscle Marys strut and the Divas cut. It’s sweat, it’s style, it’s camp, it’s crass, it’s beautiful and it’s boys.
Headlining this year’s music program at Feast is Tamworth’s legendary country singer Beccy Cole, whose career spans more than 20 years. Cole has toured with some of country music’s greats including Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell and Don McClean. Recipient of 9 Golden Guitars, 2 Entertainer of the Year awards and 3 Gold Records, her Songs & Pictures album has already produced three number ones. For Feast, Cole presents A Country Outing, which promises a blend of humour and energy as Cole shares the stories leading up to and following her coming out on ABC’s Australian Story.
The Garden Lounge
Joel Creasey is afraid of a lot. He lists his fears as snakes, heights and Tony Abbott. But his biggest fear is being naked. The young comedian explores his fear of being naked; of exposing his fears and who he really is. But if you just want to know if he gets his kit off, you’ll have to come to the show to ﬁnd out. Labelled “A revelation!” by The Age newspaper, at just 21 Creasey is one of Australia’s hottest rising stars of comedy.
Picnic in the Park
ANZ Festival Hub
The ever popular Live Music Stage at Picnic in the Park is back for another year of live music featuring some of Adelaide and Australia’s best queer talent. From acoustic folk to pop, acapella to blues, the Live Music Stage has it all – and all for the cost of your entry to Picnic.
Feast favourite Annie Siegmann is back having performed around Adelaide for several years now and more recently made a huge impression with her debut cabaret show En Route To Modesty Lane (2011 Cabaret Fringe, 2011 Feast and 2012 Adelaide Fringe).
The Adelaide Gay & Lesbian Qwire will also be on hand to entertain crowds.
Other acts in clude Coops + The Bird, Toxic, Rin & The Reckless and DJ Lush.
Phone: +61 8 8463 0684
In Person: Feast Office, Lion Arts Centre Courtyard, cnr Morphett Street & North Tce
Email: [email protected]