MELT Festival 2019
MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture raises the curtain on another program of spectacular events, dazzling performances and provocative discussions at the Brisbane Powerhouse from Jun 28-Jul 7.
Now in it 5th year, the fabulous festival is designed to celebrate LGBTIQ+ arts and culture and promote visibility and incluseivity among the LGBTIQ+ community.
For 10 days, close to 35 productions, exhibitions and events will inject both sparkle and substance into Brisbane Powerhouse, with a mix of talented local artists as well as national and international drawcards.
Guest Director Emily Gilhome said MELT would again roll out the rainbow carpet to welcome everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, ability and artistic interest.
“This year’s festival offers incredible diversity across its content so we’re seeing outrageous cabaret, over-the-top comedy and a bigger and better MELT Beauty Pageant sitting alongside deeply introspective visual art exhibitions, though-provoking panels and talks, and powerful first-person pieces."
Highlights include international cabaret superstar Reuben Kaye showcasing his signature blend of lavish storytelling and gilded song in One Night Only!; Australian cabaret queen Dolly Diamond bringing classic TV game show Bl*nkety Bl*nks to the stage; and the MELT Comedy Gala pairing queer comedy legends with emerging comedians for a night of non-stop laughs.
A collection of vastly different theatre pieces play out across Brisbane Powerhouse stages; from Baby Bi Bi Bi, a wickedly funny cabaret about being a bisexual woman; to La Silhouette, an immersive performance that brings to life Brisbane’s queer history; and to Yank!, a musical love story based on the real-life experiences of gay soldiers in World War II.
MELT again provides a platform to hear the voices of Brisbane’s LGBTIQ+ community tell their unique stories across all mediums including The Trailblazers – Elders Panel; first-person piece, My Trans Story; improvisational work, Trade; and verbatim theatre production, Letters I Never Sent.
Festival favourites returning in 2019 include the show stopping MELT Beauty Pageant – expanding to include heats and a final – Tragic Trivia, Gayming, MELT With Us opening night party and The Bowery Haus closing night costume soiree.
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MELT Festival 2019
119 Lamington St
Jun 29-Jul 7