FEAST, Adelaide’s LGBTI community festival, kicks off this weekend for its 16th year of queer arts, culture and celebration that have made Feast a major event in South Australian calendar.
Once again the Feast Hub will be in Light Square, which is getting a revamped design and will be transformed to host homegrown and international talent was well as a space for individuals and families to come together and celebrate.
Adelaide Pride March is celebrating its tenth year and will kick off this two-week celebration this Saturday November 10th. Adelaide’s GLBTIQ community led by a cavalcade of motorbikes will gather at Victoria Square at 5:30pm and groove down Gouger & Morphett Streets to the Feast Festival Hub in Light Square where the Opening Night Party will begin.
It’s set to be a massive night of live music, sneak previews of top shows, DJ’s, roving artists and surprises galore with special guest the chart topping Australian princess of pop, Melissa Tkautz, plus The Divine Knights with the new Backyard Bar Club featuring an impressive lineup with DJs pumping beats until the early hours of the morning.
With the Hub transformed to have a carnival atmosphere with retro video games on the new Campsite cinema screen, fabulous food and an affordable bar it will also host an array of parties and free events including the Midsumma National DJ Search on Wednesday the 14th as well as RETRO-SPECT on Saturday 17th as Feast celebrates their past history in an ‘80s-’90s retro dance party. DJ JoSH will be mixing the music on real vinyl and you can request the songs or artists you want featured on the night via the Feast Facebook page.
The Ballroom and revamped Garden Lounge will host a torrent of world class acts including the multi award winning USA Film and TV star, Miss Coco Peru, the super hot Boylesque boys from Melbourne, you’ll get NAKED with comedian Joel Creasey and sway to the sounds of the sensational FRUIT, who are reuniting one last time only at Feast after a six-year hiatus.
With Adelaide overflowing with artists there’s an extraordinary assortment of live music, theatre performances, comedy, literary events, visual art exhibitions, family and kids events and even some cooking demonstrations for you to enjoy – check out the Feast guide for more details.
During the festival, Bear Men of Adelaide will present Bearstock 12 – a collection of exciting and innovative events running from November 22nd to 25th with film, ‘cabearet’, bearlesque, erotica, literature, music, visual art, community events and two massive parties, Bearstock 12 promises to be the most daring and diverse bear event in the country.
But Bearstock isn’t just for the furry fellas, according to festival organiser Eric Kuhlmann – “everyone’s welcome, bears, lesbears, cubs, chubs, admirers and friends, or anyone who wants to discover what the bear community is about: laidback attitude, friendliness and celebrating diversity”. To find out more about Bearstock events click here.
Films take a focus as well with the Campsite Cinema at Light Square featuring an array of queer films and documentaries during the festival including Chaz Bono’s story in Becoming Chaz, as well as an Aussie film night on Sunday the 18th with three diverse and Australian works. You can turn up to your tram stop, your beach, your local pool and watch as they turn into art-house cinemas complete with candy, games and pop-up surprises at Spreading the Love : a pop up cinema will feature flicks throughout Adelaide while the Bear Men of Adelaide will feature their annual Golden Woofs with a collection of short films from around the world by or about bears and compete for the revered award – the Golden Woof.
The festival concludes on Sunday 25th November with Picnic in the Park and the Picnic Afterparty, as Feast makes the Festival Hub into their own park of celebration with performance acts, live music, dog shows, DJs and more as Adelaide’s GLBTIQ community come together to to party the day and night away in a celebration like never before.
“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! ” says Kerry Ireland, Feast’s Creative Producer. In 2012, Feast is Coming of Age so join in the biggest party in town with 16 days and nights of Adelaide’s Festival delights.
Feast runs from November 10th to 25th in Adelaide. For more details on FEAST events click here, and you can download the Feast Mobile App for FREE via iTunes.
November 12th, 2011