Olympian turned cabaret artist Matthew Mitcham, legendary performer Carlotta, and trans icon Buck Angel feature in this year’s Feast program.
South African performer Odidi Mfenyana; image supplied
Feast Festival, Adelaide’s celebration of queer arts and culture, is now in its 18th year, but 2014 marks only the first time the festival has been fully programmed. The resulting program features a diverse range of performers from Australia and overseas, including comedians Hannah Gadsby and Bob Downe; Australian entertainment legend Carlotta; Feast Ambassador and gold-winning Olympian Matthew Mitcham, whose cabaret debut Twists and Turns is also an award-winner; and from Cape Town, Odidiva (the alter-ego of Cape Town performer Odidi Mfenyana) in a cabaret show blending song, slam poetry, stand-up and social commentary, and exploring the contemporary queer experience from a uniquely South African perspective.
Other international guests include ‘the world’s most famous transgender man,’ Buck Angel, who will appear at a number of events, including in conversation with Art Gallery of South Australia Director Nick Mitzevich; and from the UK, Scottish vocalist Horse McDonald, of whom it’s been said that she could ‘sing a weather report and make it moving’.
‘This is the first time the Feast program has been fully curated, so the quality of the line-up is really second to none,’ said Artistic Director Catherine Fitzgerald.
‘We're so thrilled to be bringing these artists and shows to Adelaide, we really think there's something for everyone in this year's program, from comedy to cabaret, music and theatre. The Feast Festival turns 18 this year, and what better way to celebrate coming of age than with the best program yet!’
As well as its cultural program, Feast retains a grassroots commitment to community issues and social justice – long the focus of the queer movement. This year's program includes a commemorative ceremony for the 16th International Transgender Day of Remembrance, at which both Carlotta and Buck Angel will be special guests.
Other highlights include the film program, which this year includes a 20th anniversary screening of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Bruce la Bruce’s provocative yet tender cross-generational love story Gerontophilia, and Reaching for the Moon, a 50’s period biopic set in Rio de Janerio; burlesque artist Maude Davey's acclaimed My Life in the Nude; and a celebration of art, food, poetry and passion at the Art Gallery of South Australia hosted by historian and bon vivant Dr Gertrude Glossip.
With a program structured around the theme ‘Indulge’, Fitzgerald urges festival-goers to do just that.
‘The Feast Festival is a time to celebrate the achievements we have gained, and rejoice in what makes us different. It is also a time to remember and reflect that there still is a lot to do, that there are many people in the world who are not able to practise or celebrate their diverse sexuality or gender, yet alone “indulge”,’ she said.
‘So with them in mind I ask you to embrace our festival, grab a friend, your mum, dad, or your workmate, take a risk and go see something that you may never normally contemplate seeing. Indulge because you can!’
Feast Festival 2014
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