Feast Festival will be the first multi arts and cultural festival to happen in South Australia since COVID-19.
The 2020 programme will launch at Treasury 1860 – a programme which will feature more than 100 events this Pridevember across Adelaide.
Sure, it's been the norm to stay at home for most of this year, but thanks to the successful South Australian response to the pandemic, Feast is able to offer a large and diverse range of events aiming to inspire audiences to emerge from their houses and discover what queer artists have been up to.
Of course, Adelaide and its talent will be at the centre of the programme, but audiences from far and wide are invited to join in the fun – there will be local events at nearby venues as well as content online for all to see.
'How To Kill Your Hamster'
This year's opening will be a little different, kicking off with 'Quiz By Twilight', but still delivering all the glitz and glam you'd expect of a queer festival. SA comedy queen Lori Bell will host the event which will see virtual appearances from social media sensation Christian Hull and 'Real Housewives Of Melbourne' star Gamble Breaux
(both stars of the Feast in previous years) among others.
The quiz will be followed by some fabulous cabaret-style entertainment, headed up by Feast Ambassador Indy Stanton.
“I’m thrilled that Feast has asked me to be an Ambassador for 2020,” Indy says. “I performed last year at the Carnival Opening Night Party and it was incredible, and in February this year I was part of the global live cross Feast did during Mardi Gras 2020, so to be involved and to get others involved is an absolute dream come true.”
“We’re so lucky here in South Australia that we are able to support and reconnect our local LGBTQIA+ communities safely since the pandemic.”
'Transphobia And Other Irrational Fears'
Festival highlights include:
- 'How To Kill Your Hamster'
– Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda live in a share house in Thebarton. Crashing at their digs is Ham, a sensitive-good-guy who also happens to be a guinea pig, and Fran Fine, a rescue dog. Our heroines must navigate the inexorable tug between the '90s Power Women of third wave feminism they were raised on, and their own internalised misogyny and fears about their bodies. Their weapons of choice in this fight for autonomy are food, sex, drugs, and control. 'How To Kill Your Hamster' is a surreal voyage into the heady millennial seas of birthdays, relationships with each other, with men, and with themselves. - 'Brown Cissy Boy'
– The first sketch of a physical theatre work which explores the emotional limitations of gender roles inherited by western patriarchy. It’s a fly-on-the-wall glimpse at the process of disguising one’s emotional body from a society that deems femininity as weakness. Perhaps if tearful boys were comforted instead of shamed, there wouldn’t be so many angry men struggling to empathise with emotions. - 'Transphobia And Other Irrational Fears'
– What's so scary about transgender people? With everything else going on in the world, it seems kind of weird that some people focus their fear on us. Emma Smart takes a darkly comic deep dive into the strange and surreal world of transphobia to discover just what's freaking them out. - 'Emma Rowe, The Vains, Prophets Of Impending Doom'
– Emma Rowe is a loud (but good) singer-songwriter from Darwin. She has supported the likes of Regurgitator, Amanda Palmer, and Christine Anu. The Vains are a dynamic, powerhouse, female-driven rock band out of Adelaide. Think gritty vocals, screaming guitar riffs and pulsating drums. The Prophets of Impending Doom are 10 per cent alternative, 40 per cent ska-punk, 50 per cent cowbell, and 100 per cent good times.
Feast Festival is on across Adelaide from 7-29 November. Check out the full programme here.