Feast Festival Adelaide 2021 Programme

Written by Staff Writers
Category: Arts Published: Tuesday, 02 November 2021 17:28

Adelaide’s only LGBTQIA+ queer arts and culture festival, Feast, is back for Pridevember in 2021.

The programme this year is simply bursting at the seams – more than 90 events to roll out over the course of the month as the region celebrates inclusivity and diversity. 

There are collaborations aplenty, like Libby O’Donovan’s ’20 Years, 20 Songs’ with Adelaide Festival Centre. There’s also a new creative partnership, ‘Close To The Knives’, with local composer Dan Thorpe and Raccoon City.

Also not-to-miss is Dr Gertrude Glossip’s Silver Jubilee year and book launch. 

Exhibitions include Silhouettes: Fashion In The Shadow Of HIV & AIDS, and Feast’s Writing Live programme returns with an ever-growing variety of events, talks, readings and provocative ideas. Plus, there are queer films which never made it to Cannes. . . In Cannes You Not? Queer Trash Film Night, hosted by Adelaide’s new queer utopian night space My Lover Cindi.

There are six thought-provoking Queer Conversations events, and Electric Fields will open the proceedings at Feast’s Opening Night Carnival Party, which will be held for the first time at Victoria Square.

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This year’s Feast Ambassador is Charlotte Coulthard-Dare.

“Being a proud Adnyamathanha, Barngarla and Yankunytjatjara Transgender Yuratu (Black Woman) and a country girl at heart, it is an honour and a privilege to be the Ambassador,” she says. “Throughout the years the Feast Festival has been a platform for all of the South Australian LGBTQIA+ arts community.”

“Telling and sharing stories has always been a part of my culture and other Aboriginal and Torres Islanders culture across the country. The Feast Festival is one of, if not the most colourful time of the year for all to have some fun, and I’m sure this year’s celebration will be just as magical as ever.”

Festival Highlights

Carnival – Opening Night
Roll up, roll up! An unforgettable night of queer entertainment hosted by SA comedy great Lori Bell, headlined by locally-grown sensation Electric Fields.

Close To The Knives
SA-based composer Dan Thorpe brings this song cycle based on the writings of American artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz, in light of the 40th anniversary of the first reported case of AIDS.

Silver Jubilee Evening
You’re invited to celebrate Dr Gertrude Glossip’s 25 seasons of Feast History Walks. Gertrude will divulge all she’s learned in her years as Queen Of The Walk.

‘Queen Of The Walk’ Book Launch
Dr Gertrude Glossip’s History Walks are an institution. Now you can take the tour home with you in Gertrude’s debut book ‘Queen Of The Walk: Gertrude’s Guide To Gay Adelaide’.

Silver Jubilee Promenade
Don a touch of silver and celebrate with Dr Gertrude Glossip, walking down King William along ‘The Dirty Mile’. 

Silhouettes: Fashion In The Shadow Of HIV & AIDS
Join collector, fashion historian and SAMESH Team Manager Skye Bartlett, sharing stories of some of the brilliant designers who succumbed to HIV/AIDS related illness.

Cannes You Not? Queer Trash Film Night At Cindi’s
There are plenty of finessed queer films out there. These are not some of them. My Lover Cindi brings a collection of shorts that never made it to Cannes. Bring a pal, a blanket, and some low expectations.

Libby O’Donovan
’20 Years, 20 Songs’ is a retrospective journey celebrating the high notes, big hair and fashion moments of powerhouse vocalist Libby O’Donovan’s 20-year career. Jazz, cabaret, musical theatre and original music.

Christian Hull
The 2019 Feast Ambassador presents a solo show – ‘What A Mess’. Christian has built a huge audience of more than three million people on social media – his hilarious characters and TikTok escapades have documented his ‘mess’ of a life and now you can see it all unfold on stage.

Picnic In The Park
Bring your friends, family, and dog, and relax at Feast’s annual community picnic. Attractions include a Queer Youth Zone, Come And Try volleyball and shuttlecock, DIY Queer Craft, a Dog Show, and live music.

Feast Festival is on in Adelaide from 6-28 November.

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