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SEQUINS, SONG AND SUBSTANCE: MELT FESTIVAL SET TO SPARKLE AT BRISBANE POWERHOUSE IN 2019

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CLAIRE BONNEY Marketing Communications Specialist / Aruga

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NATALIE OGBOURNE Account Director / Aruga

MOBILE +61 437 836 649 EMAIL [email protected]

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE IS AN INITIATIVE OF

BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL

SEQUINS, SONG AND SUBSTANCE: MELT FESTIVAL SET TO SPARKLE AT BRISBANE POWERHOUSE IN 2019

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, overthe-

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.

Killer Queens is guaranteed to blow your mind with five ferocious females embracing glam rock and immersing

audiences in the music of Freddie Mercury while Six Inches pulls some of theatre’s most beloved characters

from the closet and through the musical gender-blender in a high voltage history lesson in drag from the

creative team behind the BOY&GIRL series.

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 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

CLAIRE BONNEY Marketing Communications Specialist / Aruga

MOBILE +61 432 713 421 EMAIL [email protected]

NATALIE OGBOURNE Account Director / Aruga

MOBILE +61 437 836 649 EMAIL [email protected]

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE IS AN INITIATIVE OF

BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL

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.

Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director Kris Stewart said MELT was an annual invitation to

celebrate Brisbane’s wonderfully diverse queer communities and its guest list was growing each year.

“Brisbane Powerhouse has been a home for the LGBTIQ+ community since we opened our doors, so it’s been

brilliant to watch MELT thrive, attracting more than 8,500 attendees in 2018,” Mr Stewart said.

“MELT’s 2019 program is a celebration of love, pride, humour, humanity and rebellion but above all, it’s one of

acceptance and inclusivity.”

MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture is supported by Tourism and Events Queensland.

www.meltfestival.com.au

– ENDS

About MELT Festival

Conceived in 2015 by Brisbane Powerhouse, MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture is an annual

celebration of LGBTIQ+ voices. Each year’s program is unique and features a diverse mix of burlesque,

theatre, cabaret, music, talks and visual arts; spotlighting local, national and international artists and

performances. Audiences are drawn from the LGBTIQ+ community, their allies and performing arts patrons and

continue to swell with the 2018 festival attracting 8500 attendees.

About Emily Gilhome

Emily is a producer and director with an unwavering passion for bringing local artists to the fore of Brisbane’s

entertainment scene. Director and co-creator of the BOY&GIRL series (Brisbane Powerhouse & The Tivoli),

now in its sixth year and nominated for a Pride Award in 2015, Emily created Oscar Production Company in

2007 as a hub for queer and local creatives, producing and directing working including the Queensland

premiere of Broadway musicals Spring Awakening (2011) and Next To Normal (2012) at QPAC, as well as [title

of show] at Brisbane Powerhouse (2010/2011) and Noosa Long Weekend Festival (2011). She also produced

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Roundhouse Theatre, awarded the 2008 Matilda for Best

Musical, and The Last Five Years (2007) at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. Most recently,

Emily oversaw CGEN (2017/18), Queensland’s largest youth performing arts event involving more than1800

young artists and professionals, and produced The Renegades roving entertainment at the 2018 Brisbane

Festival Treasury Brisbane Arcadia precinct as well as working across a number of other festivals including

Queensland Cabaret festival, Sydney Cabaret Festival and MELT.

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