'Something for everyone': Feast unveils 2013 program
Feast, Adelaide’s queer arts and cultural festival, has released its 2013 program comprising of 16 days and nights of events from all artistic disciplines, including physical performance, visual arts, music and cinema, as well as various sporting events and free community activities.
Feast Artistic Director Catherine Fitzgerald has announced that this year there will be ‘something for everyone.’
“I am looking forward to seeing everyone mixing it up and mixing in, at our Feast Festival in November as we celebrate with our talented and diverse LGBTI artists and community,” Fitzgerald said.
In the realm of music, country music superstar, Beccy Cole will perform a headlining show, Big Hits Tour. Cole will also double as this year’s inaugural ambassador. International cabaret star Hans will return to Feast this year for his 10th Birthday as a ‘triple threat thespian’, and what better way to celebrate than with a night of hotpants, feathers and accordion.
A range of theatrical performances, too, will hit the stage for this year’s Feast. Some highlights include the magical workings of Australia’s only female mentalist, Cath Jamison, as well as a story-telling and make-up session from Adelaide’s most legendary drag queen, Roger Shepard, joined by local radio and television personality, Peter Goers.
Stand-up comedians such as Joel Creasey, Nath Valvo and Thomas Jaspers will be providing the laughs this year with the hit show TWUNKS (Past tense of twinks), transported directly from Melbourne’s Midsumma.
For literature lovers, the State Library of South Australia will host ‘Great Lesbian and Gay Writers – Our Inheritance’, a series of twenty intimate readings from influential gay and lesbian writers, past and present, by leading South Australian actors.
This year’s Feast promises to shine a light on queer cinema, screening 22 Australian and international films at the Mercury Cinema. One particularly moving film included in the 2013 program is Valentine Road, a dramatisation of a real-life schoolyard shooting which occurred in California after one boy asked another to be his valentine.
Feast’s visual arts program too will celebrate the best of local and national queer art, with a diverse range of exhibitions showcasing artists such as Marc Quinn, Di Barrett, Raymond Zada, Ian Willding, Teagan Epson, Wayne Mcara, Karen Cunningham, Karin Roberts and many others.
Moreover, Feast’s annual opening and closing events promise to be bigger and better than ever this year. Opening Party Night will kick things off, giving everybody a chance to come down and see what Feast is all about. The Picnic in the Park will cap the festival off with a family fun day of tug-a-war, dog show, community stalls, silent disco and plenty of delicious food.
The Festival will run from November 9-24. The full program is available online at www.feast.org.au.