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Festival

MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

MELT is an invitation to celebrate Brisbane’s wonderfully diverse queer communities.

Brisbane’s LGBTIQ+ voice is loud and clear, bursting with pride, humour, humanity and rebellion. The community is bounding towards equality in many vital aspects of life and MELT is a vehicle for these leaps.

The invitation is extended to citizens of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, ethnicities, abilities and artistic interests. The celebration is one of love.

Thank you to our MELT partners: Strategic Partner Tourism & Events Queensland, Community Partners Queensland AIDS Council and Queensland Government, Creative Partner Nick Did This, Festival Partners Archie Rose Distilling Co., Brisbane Mini Garage, Herbert Smith Freehills, Newstead Brewing Co., NW Group, PixelFrame, QNews, and The Fantauzzo – Art Series Hotels.

Series Events

Stygian Stones

A haunting collection of storytelling portraits by Matthew Taylor Thomas.

Visual

Stygian Stones

Matthew Taylor Thomas

FRI 17 MAY – SUN 07 JULY, 2019

MELT Beauty Pageant Heat

The decider. Who will contest MELT Beauty Pageant 2019?

Cabaret

MELT Beauty Pageant Heat

THU 16 MAY, 2019

A Matter of Time Project

From history to present day: stories of Queensland lesbians

Visual

A Matter of Time Project

Dr Heather Faulkner

FRI 17 MAY–SUN 07 JULY, 2019

MELT Portrait Prize

An art exhibition celebrating heroes in the LGBTIQ+ community

Visual

MELT Portrait Prize

FRI 17 MAY–SUN 7 JULY, 2019

Talking Can Make It Better

Conversations about mental health through art

Visual

Talking Can Make It Better

Art Exhibition

FRI 17 MAY–SUN 07 JULY, 2019

IDAHOBIT CEREMONY

Building a united community together!

Free

IDAHOBIT CEREMONY

FRI 17 MAY, 2019

Brood

A satirical videoludic experience through a digital landscape

Visual

Brood

Sophie Reid-Singer

THU 27 JUNE–SUN 07 JULY, 2019

TETHERED TOGETHER

See the building's facade lit up with stunning imagery

Visual

TETHERED TOGETHER

Tim Glorious

THU 27 JUNE–SUN 07 JULY, 2019

La Silhouette

Brisbane's queer history through immersive performance

Theatre

La Silhouette

THU 27–SUN 30 JUNE, 2019

Letters I Never Sent

Identity and experience in all its messy glory and stumbling words

Ideas

Letters I Never Sent

THU 27–SAT 29 JUNE, 2019

I LOVE GAY

We want YOU! To pledge allegiance to the rainbow flag.

Cabaret

I LOVE GAY

THU 27–SAT 29 JUNE, 2019

Trade

Queer life in Brisbane, improvised from audience ideas

Comedy

Trade

FRI 28–SAT 29 JUNE, 2019

MELT Beauty Pageant

Brisbane's best drag performers compete for the ultimate crown!

Cabaret

MELT Beauty Pageant

FRI 28 JUN, 2019

MELT With Us Party

Celebrate the start of MELT with Brisbane’s diverse and generous queer culture at the MELT With Us Party.

Free

MELT With Us Party

FRI 28 JUNE, 2019

Gayming

Take part in a queer and inclusive gayming experience.

Free

Gayming

A queer gaming experience

SAT 29 JUNE, 2019

Dolly Diamond’s Bl*nkety Bl*nks

Reigning Queen of Cabaret, Dolly Diamond, comes to MELT.

THE UPRIGHT DOWNTOWN PIANO BAR

Sing along with masterful showman Trevor Jones

Creating Queer Art

Young queer art makers talk abut what drives them

Free

Creating Queer Art

MELT Talks

SUN 30 JUNE, 2019

Queer Lit

Join two of Australia’s acclaimed young authors, Alison Evans and Nevo Zisin to hear them chat about their latest books.

Free

Queer Lit

MELT Talks

SUN 30 JUNE, 2019

My Trans Story

Powerful and intimate stories about gender and other things

Ideas

My Trans Story

SUN 30 JUNE, 2019

MELT Comedy Gala

MELT's first-ever comedy extravaganza featuring all queer comedians!

Comedy

MELT Comedy Gala

with host Rhys Nicholson

SUN 30 JUNE, 2019

Yank!

Australian premiere musical

Music Theatre

Yank!

A WWII Love Story

THU 04–SUN 14 JULY, 2019

Giantess

A devastating and funny fable for big kids

Comedy

Giantess

Written and performed by Cassie Workman

THU 04–SAT 06 JULY, 2019

Get Ready!

Makeup party with Australia's finest drag artists!

Cabaret

Get Ready!

with Ruby Slippers and Friends

THU 04–SUN 07 JULY, 2019

Reuben Kaye

Cabaret superstar Reuben Kaye comes to Australia!

Cabaret

Reuben Kaye

THU 4 JULY, 2019

Baby Bi Bi Bi

Wickedly funny, often filthy, cabaret about being a bisexual woman

Cabaret

Baby Bi Bi Bi

FRI 05–SUN 07 JULY, 2019

Killer Queens

Five ferocious females ascend the glam rock throne

Music

Killer Queens

FRI 05 JULY, 2019

Show Us Yer (Melting) Bits

The most insanely ridiculous talent Brisbane has to offer

Free

Show Us Yer (Melting) Bits

It's Back....

FRI 05 JULY, 2019

Six Inches

A high-voltage musical history in drag that slayed the stage.

Cabaret

Six Inches

SAT 06 JULY, 2019

The Bowery Haus

Massive dress up fashion tribute to Leigh Bowery

Free

The Bowery Haus

SAT 06 JULY, 2019

The Trailblazers – Elders Panel

Hear from trailblazers who still haven't given up the fight.

The Coming Back Out Ball Movie

Follow a group of older LGBTIQ+ people celebrating their identity

Film

The Coming Back Out Ball Movie

SUN 07 JULY, 2019

Livespark

Livespark returns with an extraordinary lineup of artists in celebration of MELT with Turtle Juice Records

William Yang: Gay Sydney A Memoir

A personal journey with Australia's leading social photographer

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