Curved Radio interviewed MELT festival director, James Lees last year in his other guise as one of the founding members of Brisbane ensemble SilverSircus. In the interview linked below, James speaks with samesame.com.au’s Chad St.James about the fantastic lineup that James has programmed for MELT.
From glam rockers to gold-medal Olympians, cabaret icons to LGBTI cinema, and so much more, Brisbane is set to embrace queer entertainment in February with the debut of MELT: A Celebration of Queer Arts and Culture.
Kicking off on the 5th of February and happening for eleven days, Brisbane’s iconic Powerhouse will play host to MELT, a first of its kind festival to hit Brisbane featuring music, cabaret, visual arts, comedy, circus acts and fashion. MELT will also feature the Powerhouse’s popular long-running Brisbane Queer Film Festival, which celebrates its 16th anniversary with 16 film screenings.
2015 will see the festival venturing further into the wider Brisbane community, with screenings hosted by The Powerhouse at Palace Centro Cinema located in Fortitude Valley.
With names such as out gold-medalist Matthew Mitcham, Australia’s own cabaret star Paul Capsis, internationally known transgender performer Sunny Drake, along with local acts including Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys and shows such as Confessions of a Grindr Addict, 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche and My Surrogate Boyfriend, there’s definitely something for everyone.
Same Same caught up with newly-appointed MELT festival director James Lees who is beyond excited to be
presenting the debut MELT program to Brisbane audiences.
Read the full interview