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The Huxleys promotional photograph for Brisbane Powerhouse's queer festival MELT

Brisbane’s queer festival to MELT hearts and open minds

MELT brings together queer artists and allies for a truly spectacular must-see festival at Brisbane Powerhouse.  Queensland’s unapologetic festival of queer revelry is back for its eighth edition at the Brisbane Powerhouse.  The event runs from November 11 to 26, featuring a fortnight of celebration of LGBTQIA+ artists and allies in the domains of music, …

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QNews Magazine QLD Issue #540 | October 2023

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Nakhane talks making music that bites back

South African singer and songwriter Nakhane is a masfterful, musical chameleon. From heart-breaking ballads to vibrant electronic music and then back again, Nakhane has the range. They sit down and chat with me about finding the meaning through the music. Nakhane descibes themselves “as queer as the springtime”.  The tapestry of their discography reveals this …

Brendan Maclean, Big Freedia and Courtney Act are on the lineup for the MELT Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Big queer arts lineup as MELT Festival returns to Brisbane Powerhouse

MELT Festival – Brisbane Powerhouse’s annual celebration of queer art, artists, allies, icons and ideas – returns this week with two international opening acts kicking off this year’s program. From global stars, acclaimed cabaret and high-energy music club nights to a queer comedy gala, contemporary dance and First Nations art, MELT Festival will again take …

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Queer icon Peaches revisiting ‘The Teaches of Peaches’ on Aussie tour

Electroclash artist and queer icon Peaches has announced the highly-anticipated Australian leg of her world tour, celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Teaches Of Peaches. The Teaches Of Peaches first arrived in 2000, and on the new tour Peaches will perform the album in full. The record featured some of Peaches’ most iconic songs, including …

Brendan Maclean, Big Freedia and Courtney Act are on the lineup for the MELT Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Brisbane Powerhouse’s MELT Festival unveils big queer arts lineup

MELT Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse’s celebration of queer art, artists, allies, icons, and ideas, has unveiled its full program for this November. The 18-day LGBTIQ+ extravaganza will take over the cultural venue from November 10 to 27, transforming Brisbane Powerhouse into “a playground of neon chapels, club nights, ‘pleasuredomes’ and secret cinemas.” MELT curator Daniel Evans …

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Dr Lilian Cooper & Jo Bedford: historic Brisbane power couple

As Katy Forde and Aleathea Monsour bring the award-winning A Girl’s Guide to World War to Brisbane Powerhouse, QNews looks back at the amazing couple the musical is based on, Lilian Cooper and Jo Bedford. If Dr Lilian Cooper and Miss Josephine Bedford lived today, they would no doubt feature in newspaper articles titled Queensland Power …


Peter Black on 50 years of C.A.M.P. in Queensland | CAMP INK

On the opening night of the annual MELT Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse, QC President Peter Black delivered a speech on the 50th anniversary of CAMP on Queensland. The Campaign Against Moral Persecution was the first local organisation dedicated to homosexual law reform in the state.  Peter Black Peter Black is the Associate Dean of Learning …

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