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A Walking Tour With Dr Gertrude Glossip, One of the Fun Things to Do at Feast Festival
The Feast Festival is a gay and lesbian institution in South Australia, running for more than 20 years in Adelaide and some country areas. It unites our population of LGBTIQ people and their friends, with two weeks of celebrations that attract tourists from around the world.
This year the festival dates are officially from November 10-25, however, some events are being held earlier. There are four festival hubs for specific parts of the program:
While all your favourite events are back in the Feast Festival 2018 program, there's a whole lot of new events and free things to do too. We'll take a look at some of the highlights, but you need to download the program guide yourself or pick up a free printed copy from one of many locations in metropolitan Adelaide.
As always the free Pride parade kicks off the Feast Festival on November 10 with a colourful and noisy march through the streets of Adelaide. Starting from Rymill Park this year's route takes marchers to the Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden near the Torrens Parade Ground. More details here.
Opening Night Party This year's opening night party kicks off at the Migration Museum precinct, so Pride marchers don't have far to walk. The Museum courtyards have already proved to be a fantastic venue for Indofest Adelaide in 2015, so it will be an awesome night. The $20 tickets will only cost half that if you buy before you go.
Picnic in the Park Picnic in the Park at Pinky Flat is the penultimate Feast Festival event. Thousands of gay and lesbians come together with LGBTIQ supporters for a family-friendly day of entertainment on the banks of the River Torrens. Enjoy music from HIT107 DJ's, roving live performers to entertain you, fantastic food trucks and bars (no BYO), a load of market stalls selling goodies, and entertaining attractions from 11am until 7pm.
See the fabulous Drag Fashion Parade, enter your dog in the Dog Show, and watch the Tug of Peace contestants take on the Metropolitan Fire Service. Entry is just $10 (kids are free).
Snake Pit - the Official Picnic After Party
Snake Pit is a network of queers, creatives and friends with regular parties and movie nights. This one's tailored especially for the Feast Festival and the best part is that it's FREE.
This is a casual, inclusive celebration of dance music and performance at one of Adelaide's favourite cocktail lounge and beer gardens, the Lotus Lounge. You will be entertained by a local Adelaide DJ lineup and interactive performances from local collaborators. The perfect Feast Finale.
premier Steven Marshall Visits the Feast Festival Hub at Raj House
More Things to Do at Feast Festival There's a series of cabaret events and drag shows at Raj House and The Girls' Place- don't miss the Rocky Horror Drag Show which will be a real laugh. You can even take a masterclass in queer performance cabaret for just $10 (suitable for all ages).
Over at Holden Street Theatres, you'll find theatre and play readings including The Purple List, a gay dementia adventure. It's a compelling and moving play while giving funny insights into how the onset of dementia affects two gay men.
The Feast Festival would not live up to its reputation if there weren't dance parties. You have a choice of three to go to, or camp it up with uni students at the Queer Ball.at Ambassadors Hotel on November 23. For something more spicy, check out the parties targeted for the leather fetishists in Adelaide.
Hear Poetry Readings Free in the Treasury Tunnels at the Feast Festival
The list of fun things to do at Feast is endless: poetry readings in the Treasury Tunnels, gay and lesbian films, comedy, visual art, music concerts, free multimedia experiences, discussion forums, and community events including Southern pride. I think I will do another of Gertrude Glossip's wonderful walking tours, this year you can head to the Bay or visit the zoo with this Adelaide icon.