Higher Ground will be the Hub for Feast 2008 which runs from 15 - 30 November with the theme of diverseCITY. Feast events can be found in more than 81 venues through the State including The Feast Hub @ Higher Ground, Tandanya, The Bakehouse and La Boheme.

Feast 2008, will again be one of the largest queer arts and cultural Festivals staged in Australia, with more than 500 artists from Australia and overseas presenting 160 events, 61 different performances including 48 South Australian premieres and 27 world premieres across live performance, music, visual arts, film, literature, forums, workshops, community and special events and parties.

Feast, is unique in Australia in that it receives support through all levels of government. In 2007 Feast attendances rose by 28% across all paid events and produced an economic impact to the state of $1.7 million.

Feast 2008 will present artists from Berlin, Spain Tokyo, New Zealand, the UK the USA and from around Australia. For the first time Feast is producing Australian tours of two of its overseas artists, jazz singer and comedian Lea Delaria (USA) in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, and performance artist Taylor Mac (USA) in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Feast Director Daniel Clarke said, 'Feast is at the forefront of queer culture in Australia and overseas. Our theme of diverseCITY celebrates diverse sexualities and genders recognising difference and exploring this through a program of queer cultural activity. I would like people and Festival patrons to consider how diverse our community is and how diverse they would like it to be.

'I am especially excited about the breadth of the 2008 program including a new take on the popular Feast Forums Program. Quench; to satisfy a thirst is a world first bringing together more than 50 activists, artists, researchers, writers, filmmakers, performers, idealists, realists, dreamers' radicals and visionaries over two days at Higher Ground and Caos Café. Quench is a weekend of queer thinking offering 36 presentations across topics such as love, community, history and research, family politics gender, wellbeing and the arts.'

Feast Special Events include the 15 November opening night Pride March through the city streets followed by the Feast Opening Party at the Adelaide University Barr Smith Lawns and Cloisters.

Feast will co-present two other special events for 2008: Private Lives and Upstart Alley. Private Lives presented by Feast and Stone/Castro Productions takes audience members on a one on one journey into the private lives of six Adelaide people. Each audience member will travel throughout the city meeting six different characters in various locations from hotel rooms to alleyways, cars to restaurants and share their desires, frustrations, paranoias and fantasies.  With only 90 tickets available for the entire season running over 9 performances from 17 to 26 November patrons become nightly voyeurs, witnesses, and confidants.

Upstart Alley at Higher Ground on 21 November is a night of gender bending cabaret performances by Astro (Melb.) and Wife (Syd.) with music, sideshow entertainment by Berlin's electro punk Team Plastique and the rockabilly tunes of Ikochi from Japan. This event brings together some of the most cutting edge queer performers creating work today.

Feast's first interactive visual arts event pARTy inspired by Andy Warhol's Factory and Melbourne's midsumma festival takes place on 23 November at 151 and 153 Hindley Street. Supplied with white overalls pARTy goers will transform two white Hindley Street shops into an art installation painting walls, found objects (supplied by 'that's not garbage') and themselves, to become a queer canvas of diversCITY. Combined with cocktails and a DJ line-up this promises to be an art skirmish not to miss.

The Feast Live Performance Program will be one of the largest presented and highlights include:

Blowing Whistles, the hit of the London Pride Festival and a sell-out Mardi Gras success in Sydney in 2008.  

Queer, Gifted and Blak 2 a one-off performance event celebrating the artistic strengths of South Australia's Queer Indigenous community as a diverse group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their friends perform a wild selection of music, dance and performance art.

Regina vs Contemporary Art (Spain/Portugal) is an exploration of contemporary art, a performance piece by Madrid transvestite Regina Fez and Dr Ribeiro, which spirals into a sadomasochistic battle of perversions where nothing is sacred, questioning truth, terrorism and sexual liberty.

I Am Glace Chase (NSW) Ex-child star, peace activist and saviour Glace Chase unleashes his razor sharp insights on the modern condition.  

Yana Alana and The Paranas in Bite Me was a hit at Melbourne's midsumma festival and this year's Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Sarah Ward from Sista She is back-backed by her very hot lady band to present a wild journey through burlesque, dance, song and poetry and ventriloquism. Directed by Anni Davey from Circus Oz.

Comedy Gayla was sell-out success at Feast 07 and returns with double the laughs over two nights on 20 and 27 November at the Higher Ground Theatre. Hosted by Lori Bell the Comedy Gayla brings together a top line of overseas, national queer and local stand-ups including; Lea Delaria (USA), Julie McNamara (UK), Philip Patston (NZ) Brayden (aka Selina Jenkins) (Vic) Monica Dullard (Vic), Glace Chase (NSW), Helen Child (WA) and Adelaide Andrea O'Shea, Hans and Whitney Oates. The line up will vary on each night.

Thr3e Feats is a twisted triple bill of vaudeville and circus with performers from Queer F**ckers Circus, Candy Stripe Circus, Switch and Polytoxic. Thr3e Feats brings together three pioneering duos from Australia's queer circus fraternity to takes audiences to the edge of theatre, dance music and installation art.

Feast 2008 sees the return of Mega Drag a curated night of drag decadence showcasing the talents of South Australia's drag community.

Feast's Just a Nibble program enables artists to test out their work in front of an audience with the plan to further develop the work for future festivals. Just a Nibble 2008 highlights are Steak and Chelsea out to Lunch! with Derby and Joan Directed by Paulo Castro and presented by Feast and No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability. Like It Is will share with audiences the results of an artistic investigation exploring Adelaidian's levels of acceptance of diverse sexualities.

Feast's Literature Program is one of the largest ever presented.  Presented in partnership with Wakefield Press and Imprints Books.  The program comprises of five events including Savour - an evening with Dorothy Porter and Relish - in which ten writers including Christos Tsiolkas (Head On) read and discuss their work.

Spreading the Love is Feast's partnership program with local councils ensuring Feast reaches more people throughout the state.  Ian Wilding's exhibition, Coloured In Words, will be spread throughout 6 different local councils. Artist's Jo Kerlogue and Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart will work with local communities to create giant interactive projections to be projected in Mt Barker, Marion, Unley and Feast's Opening Night Party.

Film and TVTo coincide with Feast's queer thinkers program, Quench, Feast on screen this year presents queerDoc a selection of four new documentaries from around the world, mostly screening in the Mercury's intimate Iris Cinema.

I Can See Queerly Now 6 is again presented in conjunction with the Media Resource Centre and presents four new films made especially for Feast made over the last three months by local emerging filmmakers at the Mercury Cinema.

South Australian film maker Susan Bruce will present  a new documentary examining the drowning of Dr George Duncan in the River Torrens, Drowning Duncan reveals how the drowning lead to gay law reform.

Highlights of the Feast Music program include performances by  Ikochi (Japan), Team Plastique (Berlin)The Blow Waves (Melb), and Sing Out!.  Sing Out brings eight community members together with eight of Adelaide's finest singer/song writer/musicians to workshop their life stories into an original song to be performed live.

Feast 2008 has a large visual arts component with 30 exhibitions and more than 50 artists involved from South Australia and interstate.  'So Queer' by Melbourne Artist Josefine Kristensen is a Light Box installation in Blyth Street, Adelaide.  Care For Yourself!  Care For Your Community! sees Visual Artists respond to the rise in HIV infection in  South Australia.

Feast's Picnic in the Park is in the Veale Gardens, South Terrace on 30 November will include queer arts and crafts, homemade produce live music, dj's, food a tattoo parade and the much loved Dog Show. This is South Australia's largest queer community event attracting up to 15,000 people.

For further details: www.feast.org.au

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