Q fes­ti­val: THE RE­TURN OF MELT

BRIS­BANE POW­ER­HOUSE SET TO SIZ­ZLE WHEN MELT FES­TI­VAL RE­TURNS Bris­bane's big­gest cel­e­bra­tion of equal­ity, diver­sity and LGBTIQ+ cul­ture sashays back to Bris­bane Pow­er­house in May when the pop­u­lar MELT Fes­ti­val re­turns.

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An awe-in­spir­ing fes­ti­val of all things queer, MELT prom­ises an un­for­get­table line-up of more than 20 pro­duc­tions and events across 11 nights of rev­elry, kick-start­ing 17 May to co­in­cide with IDAHOT, the In­ter­na­tional Day Against Ho­mo­pho­bia, Trans­pho­bia and Bi­pho­bia.

MELT Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor James Lees said MELT, now in its fourth year, was more sig­nif­i­cant than ever fol­low­ing an over­whelm­ing ‘YES' vote for mar­riage equal­ity.

“MELT is an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of Queens­land’s vi­brant queer com­mu­nity, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for our LGBTIQ+ friends and al­lies to come to­gether for two weeks of rev­elry. In a cli­mate of re­newed op­ti­mism and pos­i­tiv­ity for LGBTIQ+ rights and out­ward sup­port for the com­mu­nity, we are priv­i­leged and ex­cited to present our big­gest and most am­bi­tious pro­gram to date,” Lees said.

The 2018 pro­gram fea­tures an eclec­tic range of in­ter­na­tional artists, home-grown he­roes and MELT Fes­ti­val favourites, span­ning di­verse gen­res in­clud­ing com­edy, dance, cir­cus, bur­lesque, vis­ual arts and more.

Pro­gram high­lights in­clude the Cam­er­ata – Queens­land's Cham­ber Orches­tra and spe­cial guests re­claim­ing pop clas­sics for LGBTIQ+ au­di­ences in Cou­pling (19 May); and the world's hottest all-male boy­lesque stars BRIEFS re­turn­ing with the crowd-pleas­ing Close En­coun­ters, an epic show of ga­lac­tic glam­our, as­troath­leti­cism and in­ter­stel­lar aeri­als.

Showstopper event MELT Beauty Pageant (18 May) re­turns to crown this year's most charis­matic drag queen, drag king or trans beauty with help from an all-star judg­ing panel; while Gayming Night (24 May) by Hella Gay Games as­sures a hella queer and in­clu­sive gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the lo­cal gayming com­mu­nity. For trivia buffs (aka Trivia New­ton-Johns), Tragic Trivia (19 May) of­fers an ut­terly out­ra­geous night as Bris­bane's drag su­per­stars take us through the colour­ful pages of the Queer her­story books for a pop cul­ture comp with a dif­fer­ence.

Bring­ing the fes­ti­val to a tri­umphant close is the The Bow­ery Haus: Clos­ing Party (26 May); a cos­tume party cel­e­brat­ing in­clu­siv­ity, self-ex­pres­sion and one of Aus­tralia's most leg­endary queer icons, Leigh Bow­ery. Come as your in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Aus­tralian icon for this daz­zling fash­ion and cos­tume dance party fea­tur­ing some of Bris­bane's best DJs.

“MELT 2018 sparkles with pride, pas­sion and hu­mour, ex­tend­ing an in­vi­ta­tion for peo­ple of all gen­ders, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions, ages, eth­nic­i­ties, abil­i­ties and artis­tic in­ter­ests to join in the party,” Lees said.

Bris­bane Pow­er­house thanks our MELT 2018 Part­ners: Queens­land Gov­ern­ment, Her­bert Smith Free­hills, Queens­land Aids Coun­cil, JCDe­caux, The John­son (Art Se­ries Ho­tel Group) and QNews.

Thurs­day 17 – Sun­day 27 May 2018 Pow­er­house Theatre, Bris­bane Pow­er­house 07 3358 8600 / www.bris­banepow­er­house.org

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