This past Friday night, Feast Festival launched its 2017 theme and poster at the vibrant Raj House. Feast is Adelaide’s longest-running LGBTIQ arts and culture festival, celebrating Pride and Diversity in Adelaide for an astounding 21 years. In 2017, Feast will be celebrating their 21st birthday from November 11th to November 26th. These two huge weeks will include theatre, cabaret, literature, film, visual arts, forums, and community events.
Feast’s Marketing and PR Co-ordinator, James Landseer, told The Adelaidian that this year’s theme, “21”, is a demonstration of the tremendous support that the festival has had over the years: “21 is a milestone, particularly for a Queer Arts and Cultural Festival like Feast. Our birthday celebration really is a testament to all who have made Feast what it is today.”
In celebration of Feast’s birthday, emerging Adelaide artist and graphic designer Grace Mitchell created the festival’s poster. Grace is a part of, and an advocate for, Adelaide’s LGBTIQ community. She has showcased her graphic design skills for numerous LGBTIQ organisations in the past, including the Rainbow Calendar Project 2016 -2017, IDAHOT Day publicity materials, and more.
The poster was unveiled to the colourful crowd from the top of Raj House’s impressive staircase, receiving a round of cheerful applause. Grace informed us that she put a lot of effort into capturing the aesthetics from the 90’s, to pay homage to Feast’s inception in 1996. The poster is vivid and fun, with bright colours and eye-catching graphics that certainly remind us of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air era.
“I’ve done a lot of pride-related work before, so designing the poster has been a real goal for me.” Grace told The Adelaidian on Friday. She sought to create a poster that encompassed the inclusive and exuberant nature of the festival. We think that the poster’s party vibe radiates fun, and we definitely can’t wait to check out all of the artists who will perform at Feast. Artist registration opens mid-May, and the program will launch later this year in September.
Photos: Jade Martin