Arm the confetti cannon and break out the bedazzler, MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture has raised the curtain on another program of spectacular events, dazzling performances and provocative discussions.
The 10-day festival runs from 28 June to 7 July 2019 with a packed program designed to celebrate LGBTIQ+ arts and culture and promote visibility and inclusivity among the LGBTIQ+ community. Close to 35 productions, exhibitions and events will inject both sparkle and substance into Brisbane Powerhouse when the premier arts organisation presents MELT for its fifth year.
MELT’s 2019 program shines the spotlight on talented local artists as well as national and international drawcards and features a mix of free and ticketed events across the 10 days.
Highlights include international cabaret superstar Reuben Kaye showcasing his signature blend of lavish storytelling and gilded song in One Night Only!; Australian cabaret queen Dolly Diamond bringing classic TV game show Bl*nkety Bl*nks to the stage, and the MELT Comedy Gala pairing queer comedy legends with emerging comedians for a night of non-stop laughs.
A collection of vastly different theatre pieces play out across Brisbane Powerhouse stages – from Baby Bi Bi Bi, a wickedly funny cabaret about being a bisexual woman, to La Silhouette, an immersive performance that brings to life Brisbane’s queer history, and to Yank!, a musical love story based on the real-life experiences of gay soldiers in World War II.
MELT again provides a platform to hear the voices of Brisbane’s LGBTIQ+ community tell their unique stories across all mediums including The Trailblazers – Elders Panel; first-person piece, My Trans Story; improvisational work, Trade; and verbatim theatre production, Letters I Never Sent. Festival favourites returning in 2019 include the show stopping MELT Beauty Pageant – expanding to include heats and a final – Tragic Trivia, Gayming, MELT With Us opening night party and The Bowery Haus closing night costume soiree.
Lead image by Dylan Evans