The 2021 program, unveiled today, will kick off on November 6 with an opening night in Victoria Square featuring the electronic music duo from Adelaide Electric Fields headlining. It also sees the return of the popular Park Picnic – complete with DJ and dog show – at Pinky Flat on November 28.
Feast Executive Director Helen Sheldon acknowledges that it has been difficult trying to finalize the lineup amid the challenges caused by COVID-19, as this year’s Pride March was canceled after the program was printed from the festival and few interstate artists able to present shows in 2021.
“I’m really happy that with everything that has happened there are still so many exciting events, and not just artistic events, but also community events, because that’s what I think It’s really important about Feast, that there is this wonderful mix of real community events – including come and try things, like golf – and arts events.
“With our opening night… this is our first time having it in Victoria Square, which is wonderful because it’s such a visible part of the city.”
The lineup of predominantly South Australian artists who will perform at the 2021 Feast Festival includes cabaret singer Libby O’Donovan, who will take audiences on a journey through the highlights of her career with a show titled 20 years, 20 songs at the Théâtre de l’Espace.
Comedian and former Feast Ambassador Christian Hull will return with a solo show at the Arkaba Hotel, while longtime favorite Dr Gertrude Glossip (aka Will Sergeant) will present a series of events marking his 25e season hosting queer history walks in the CBD – including a “Silver Jubilee Party” and the launch of her first book: Queen of the Walk: Gertrude’s Guide to Gay Adelaide.
“As Gertrude points out, it’s the 25e festival and Gertrude, or Will, has been there from the start to take these walks, ”says Sheldon. “I think Gertrude and Will are iconic Adelaide and these queer historic walks are really an institution – they’re awesome.”
Feast has been more involved in pushing and collaborating on new works this year, adds Sheldon, highlighting a project called Near the knives, for which South Africa-based composer Dan Thorpe collaborates with local Raccoon City ‘screamo group’ and theater makers to create a cycle of songs based on the writings of American artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz. Supported by the festival, SAMESH and Art South Australia, it will have an ongoing screening and Q&A at the Odeon Theater at the end of November.
The festival will also feature a Q&A event as a teaser for another project it is working on with Adelaide Festival, which is under wraps until AF launches its 2022 program next week.
Other highlights of the program include Silhouettes: Fashion in the shadow of HIV & AIDS, a talk at the David Roche Foundation in which Skye Bartlett will share stories of famous designers who have died of AIDS or HIV-related illnesses; Write live, writing-based event programming; a showcase of queer shorts at the Capri Theater, and the Gayla comedy and Comedy Debate (both hosted by actress Lori Bell). Community events and conversations range from Queers in the STEMM showcase to SAHMRI for a discussion on Queer performance as resistance presented by the Australian Dance Theater International Choreography Center.
“If all goes according to plan, Feast will also be hosting their very first drag fashion show in Rundle Mall in November, which will be a hoot,” Sheldon said.
The Feast Festival 2021 will run from November 6 to 28, with the full schedule available online.
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