7 Feast Highlights That Will Make You Want To Travel To Adelaide For the Annual Queer Arts and Cultural Festival
3 World Premieres, 6 South Australian Premieres and over 70 events across 16 days.
Image: Gamble Opening Night (Supplied)
The annual Feast Festival returns with a flurry of pink feathers as it is set to descend upon Adelaide for two weeks bursting with Queer art and culture. The majestic and elegant pink flamingo is this year’s theme for a program that supports LGBTIQ+ South Australian artists and event producers across a range of genres.
This year Feast introduces three Ambassadors aka Feast Alumni, music legend and 2012 Feast Ambassador Libby O’Donovan who met her wife Beccy Cole at the 2012 Feast Festival. Daniel Clarke, former 2007 Artistic Director for Feast whose career has gone from strength to strength across the nation including Creative Producer Arts Centre Melbourne, and Will Sergeant whose alter ego Dr. Gertrude Glossip has participated in every Feast since its inception in 1997.
1) Feast Festival Opening Night Party | Saturday 10th November, Migration Museum, Kintore Avenue
This year the Opening Night Party will be headlined by the Real Housewives of Melbourne star, Gamble Breaux. After releasing her first single This Time feat. Jason Singh earlier this year Gamble is ready to perform live to a 2,000 plus crowd at the event and will be treating Feast goers to an exclusive song written for Feast’s Opening Night.
“I am thrilled to be part of Feast’s Opening Night Party, not only because I love the city and people of Adelaide but the LGBT community have been such a huge support to my career so I want to return the favour,” said Gamble.
Gamble recently released another single I Can’t Tell You Why – a soulful easy rock track but Gamble wants to change things up and get the Opening Night Party crowd dancing the night away.
“I’m laying down a few dance tracks at the moment which I hope the Adelaide crowd will love and I’m also currently writing a song especially for Feast – so it’ll be one night to remember,” said Gamble.
Joining Gamble on the Opening Night Party stage will be Miss Burlesque Adelaide 2018 winner, Vivienne Von Coffin, band Bad Habits delivering their powerhouse alt-country soul with smoky harmonies and Adelaide DJ sensation Seb Jay to name a few.
2) Aurora | Thurs 1st Nov – Sat 3rd Nov | Raj House, 54 Hyde Street, Adelaide
Aurora is an acapella vocal ensemble of complex and dynamic women, conducted by Christie Anderson. The show delivers you the best of both musical worlds – the divine and delightful.
3) Finding Me | Fri 9th & Fri 16th Nov | Raj House, 54 Hyde Street, Adelaide
Welcome to the Finding Me Support Group, our safe space to explore stories from all walks of life. Pull up a chair and let our four brave speakers take you on a journey of tragedy, triumph, transformation and self-discovery through story and song. After a stellar debut season and tour during the Adelaide Fringe and an award-winning Cabaret Fringe season, the Finding Me cabaret is back with some familiar faces and new stories to tell.
The Dykeside | Thursday 15th Nov, Raj House, 54 Hyde Street, Adelaide
A lot can happen in a year and the Dykeside girls have got something to say about it. Bobby Macumber and Lori Bell are back and bursting with lesbian goodness! Bring your mates to this all-new hour-long show full of comedy, music, and storytelling for one night only.
Gifts From the King | Fri 16th & Sat 17th Nov, Holden Street Theatres, 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh
Taking an unexpected foray into Elvis Presley mania, Melissa McCaig discovered some of the most tender, poignant, and soulful songs of our time. Roberta Flack, Dusty Springfield, Nancy Sinatra, Aretha Franklin – it turns out they’ve each sung from the King’s songbook. Join Melissa (Flat on Bacharach, Women with Standards, Fiddle and the Drum, Fabulous Singlettes) for the musical journey she never thought she’d take.
6) MY FAIRY GODMOTHER SUCKS | Sat 24th Nov | The Girls Place, 69 Maria Street Thebarton
Adelaide’s equivalent to Kath and Kim will take you on a journey as Georgia wishes for a fairy Godmother. POOF! Her supernatural psycho dyko appears and turns out to be a tongue-twisting tart who enjoys messing with Georgia’s mind. Steampunk songs, French tango, and much hilarity as Georgia tries not to succumb to the screwy speech.
7) PINIC IN THE PARK | Sunday 25th November | Pinky Flat, Corner War Memorial Drive and Morphett Street
A great day to be out in the sun where you can bring along your picnic blankets and baskets and enjoy the serenity of Pinky Flat. There will be an assortment of local market stalls, food vendors and community information stands. The day is fun for the whole family – with the annual dog show taking place, as well as the SA firefighters tug-of-war all to the backdrop of musical beats from radio station Hit 107, a great day for all.
As always, Feast celebrates all that is Queer Culture including outrageous Drag Queens and inclusive community events to gut-wrenching performances that examine what it means to be queer, and how hard it still is, even with same-sex marriage now being legalised in Australia.
For the full program head to: www.feast.org.au