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Amanda Keeling delves into Adelaide’s
celebration of all things LGBT.
This year's Feast festival was bigger and better than ever. The six-
teen day celebration of pride, arts and culture for Adelaide's LGBT
community saw 103 events, 148 performances, and 214 visual arts
gallery days held at over 49 venues. Entertainment included 15
world premieres and 27 Australian premieres. Over 180 volunteers
pitched in to help make the festival a success.
All the fun facts aside, the festival was the community's oppor-
tunity to showcase the latest achievements in arts and culture from
Australia and overseas, as well as celebrate with the official Feast
parties, Pride March and Picnic in the Park (known as 'Picnic' by
the locals and now in its 20th year). The 2009 program featured
arts, theatre, film, comedy, music, literature, community produced
events and forums. As usual, the program offered plenty for the
ladies and their admirers.
'Picnic' brought together live music, carnival stalls, the obliga-
tory festival fast food and vegetarian alternatives. Families, old
timers and newcomers all partied together in Adelaide's Veale
Gardens, bringing their picnic supplies, eskies and pooches. Un-
der rainbow flags, the picnic crowd was treated to the Feast Show
featuring established, as well as up and coming, musicians, drag
shows and earthy world music. An unofficial 'Picnic' girls after
party, held by the Girl Feast team, was the place to be as the festival
drew to a close.
Major sponsors of the Feast festival included the Australian
Federal Government, the Australia Council, the South Australian
Government and the South Australian Tourism Commission. Such
strong Government support for the festival recognises the impor-
tance and relevance of this two week long queer celebration, as
well as contributing to the overall success of such a comprehensive
events and exhibition program.
What was evident from attending festival events and 'Picnic' was
that the Adelaide community is thriving. This is one fabulous place
to hang out, especially as the weather warms and folks travel from
all over Australia to soak up the atmosphere. The staff, artists, per-
formers, volunteers and attendees behind Feast have cemented the
Adelaide celebration’s place ﬁrmly on the festival circuit.
Feast is held every year in November. For more information on Feast
go to www.feast.org.au.
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