Brisbane to get new queer festival in February at the Powerhouse
Brisbane Powerhouse has thrown its hat into the ring to add a third LGBTI summer festival in the January-March period.
Melt (Feb 5 - 15) will be a queer celebration of culture presented by the Powerhouse, and will include the 2015 Brisbane Queer Film Festival.
Melt will incorporate music, visual arts, film and performance of all varieties, alongside special gala events. Performers wanting to be part of the festival should head to the website to find out more information. Registrations close at 5pm on Friday 19 September 2014.
The Brisbane Queer Film Festival will be brought forward to sit within the Melt festival, which spans the gap between Melbourne's Midsumma and Sydney's Mardi Gras festivals.
Newly appointed Festival Director James Lees will lead the event following a background of producing events for Brisbane Pride Festival, Brisbane Carnivale and Brisbane Cabaret Festival, and additionally working with Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane Fringe Festival, Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Powerhouse.
“The opportunity to bring the first MELT to life is like a dream job to me,” Lees said.
“I believe in breaking down the artificial barriers that can exist between art-forms and artists. I’ll be bringing this approach to MELT, as seen through the lens of the ever evolving LGBTIQ community, which I have also been proudly involved with, and a part of, for many years.
“At the moment we are just in the first stages of the programming process and really this is the most exciting and fun part of all, where the path ahead is wide open and there is the notion of possibility everywhere,” Lees said.