MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture 2021
Brisbane Powerhouse's annual showcase of queer music, cabaret, comedy, theatre, talks, panels and art returns.
It's festival time at Brisbane Powerhouse once again, all thanks to the return of the venue's MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. Since 2015, the riverside New Farm spot has celebrated the city's LGBTIQ+ community, as well as queer creativity in general — and in 2021, that means hosting 15 events over the 11 days between Thursday, May 20–Sunday, May 30.
On the bill this year: cabaret God is in the House, which ponders and probes society's notions of morality; Lesbian Love Stories, which shares romantic tales through song (and with a rock band); People of Colours, a conversation-driven show about diversity and what it means to be home; and Jeremy Goldstein's Truth to Power Cafe, a participatory performance event that's all about the titular concept. Or, you can enjoy the crazy little thing called Killer Queens, a tribute to glam rock icon Freddie Mercury (with a bit of Prince and David Bowie thrown in), and see Showguys, an ode to 1995's Showgirls with a male and drag queen cast.
And, it wouldn't be a MELT without two of the festival's long-term favourites. So, you'll be seeing who emerges victorious at the MELT Beauty Pageant once more, and checking out visual celebrations of LGBTIQ+ during the MELT Portrait Prize exhibition.