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 organization presents MELT for its fifth year.
Guest Director Emily Gilhome said MELT would again roll out the rainbow carpet to welcome everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, ability and artistic interest. “We’ve worked really hard this year to produce a program that represents all segments of the LGBTIQ+ arts community,” Ms Gilhome said. “This year’s festival also offers incredible diversity across its content so we’re seeing outrageous cabaret, over the-top comedy and a bigger and better MELT Beauty Pageant sitting alongside deeply introspective visual art exhibitions, though-provoking panels and talks, and powerful first-person pieces.”
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; Australian cabaret queen Dolly Diamond bringing classic TV game show Bl*nkety Bl*nks to the stage; and the MELT Comedy Gala, hosted by Rhys Nicholson and pairing queer comedy legends with emerging comedians for a night of non-stop laughs.
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.
MELT’s 2019 program is a celebration of love, pride, humour, humanity and rebellion but above all, it’s one of acceptance and inclusivity.Array (  => Win The Ultimate VIP Private Jet and Superyacht Experience for 6 friends  => Win The Ultimate VIP Private Jet and Superyacht Experience for 6 friends ) Array (  => Brisbane Youth Service’s Vertical Night Sprint – Thursday 6th June  => Brisbane Youth Service’s Vertical Night Sprint – Thursday 6th June )