Feast Launch 2023

Packed Feast Festival program launched

From 1 to 19 November, the 2023 Feast Festival program presents over 80 events including an all-out, star-studded pop festival, all the way through to a panel of experts discussing the ‘wonderful world of the penis in nature’.  

“We have over 500 artists from the community, who will present 80 events across cabaret, visual arts, poetry, comedy, film, burlesque, drag, music and dance,” said Feast CEO Tish Naughton. “This year, we have flipped the festival programming on its head, by moving Picnic in the Park, the festival’s hero event, to the front of the festival.”

Some of our top picks include

  • Big (and Little) Wang Theory (3 November): Male lizards have a pair, echidnas are multi-headed and ducks have a corkscrew, but what’s the big, and little, deal about dongs? Join a panel of experts, hosted by Annabel Crabb, to discuss the wonderful world of the penis in nature at the SA Museum. It’s an adults-only evening of phallic facts, fallacies and fun!
  • Marys in the Park (4 November): Marys in the Park is Adelaide’s first-ever unapologetic pop music festival, featuring an epic lineup of pop royalty like Ricki-Lee, Crystal Waters (USA), Natalie Bassingthwaite and Samantha Jade, and a plethora of superstar queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race USA and Down Under.
  • The Feast Comedy Gayla (10 November): Get ready for a night of laughs at The Odeon, hosted by Lori Bell (C44’s The Divide). Sample some of Adelaide’s best and freshest in stand-up comedy, cabaret and drag.

“I’m really proud that the State Government continues to support Feast Festival,” said Andrea Michaels MP, Minister for Arts. “ It’s really a key part of our festival calendar. It makes South Australia special as the Festival State and it’s such an important part of the LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural community.”

Now in its 26th year, Feast is an open-access festival that showcases emerging and established artists from both local and interstate LGBTQIA+ communities. 

Founded in 1997 by professional arts and community cultural workers Helen Bock, Damien Carey, Luke Cutler and Margie Fischer, Feast was created to provide a safe space and platform for the LGBTQIA+ community, where artists could freely express themselves.

Much more than just the arts, Feast is a cultural festival and brings together community with event offerings such as the queer wedding expo, LGBTQIA+ historical tours and talks, quiz nights, drag bingo, roller derby bouts, pool parties, fashion parades, speed dating and more!