Goldie to celebrate glam and glitter of diverse community
GLITTER Festival 2016 is a chance to be who you want to be in an atmosphere of diversity, inclusiveness and just plain fun.
Now in its second year, and presented by The Arts Centre Gold Coast at Surfers Paradise, the festival will offer an impressively varied program of national and international artists and films, as well as social get-togethers and nostalgia from October 6-9.
For many older members of the LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Intersex Queer Questioning) community, who have lived through decades of homophobia, such an open celebration is something they only dreamed of.
"It's a chance for the community to come together and support and celebrate each other, the Gold Coast and the event with pride," project officer Amber Patch said.
Among the standouts is Aria Award-winner Anthony Callea presenting the songs of George Michael, backed by a six-piece live band on October 8, and the return of Trevor Ashley on October 7, with I'm Every Woman, in which he portrays some of the world's most famous divas.
"He was a huge hit last year, and is just a phenomenal performer," Ms Patch said.
The There's Something I Need to Tell You Supper Club is back by demand, where people can share LGBTIQ+ stories in a safe and supportive environment.
A free performance of Gladys in the basement on October 6 pays tribute to musical theatre's Gladys Moncrief, who was known at her height as Australia's Queen of Song and simply Our Glad.
For those seeking nostalgia, the Glitter Gallery unravels the history of queer culture on the Gold Coast.
Finally, chill out and relax in a family atmosphere at the free Saturday Social from 3-7pm on October 8, with an eclectic mix of musicians, dance, art, food and community stalls.
"It's putting our stamp on a community fair day, and there will be lots of fun for all ages," Ms Patch said.