Early Tuesday afternoon, before the official Feast Festival Program Launch, champion diver, cabaret star and 2014 festival ambassador, Matthew Mitcham, and Feast Festival Artistic Director, Catherine Fitzgerald, announced the 2014 program at a special media event.
The pair hit the stage to talk about the festival theme Indulge, how this year’s festival ambassador came to be, the sparkling line up of fabulous Australian and international artists, and why this year is set to be the most spectacular yet.
Catherine Fitzgerald opened the affair with a tongue in cheek statement about the not so much parallel between the festival theme and the Abbott government’s budget cuts, and an ode to Matthew and his many talents. An Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medal winning diver, author AND a full blown cabaret star, its an understatement to say that this years face of the festival already has a bit of a following.
This year’s festival is promised to be a spectacularly inspiring and entertaining one, with the program curated specially to cater to all people, from the shyest to the most liberated individuals. No matter your confidence, the festival is said to be one of the mot inclusive yet. And when I say inclusive, I’m also talking about money. There are some fantastic events priced low enough for students (and that’s saying something).
And, if Matthew’s sneaky little solo on his banjo at the pre-launch event is anything to go by, this year’s festival really will be a show stopper.
Check the Feast Festival line up and buy tickets through the Feast Festival website.
Pick up a Feast program from cafés, bars and hotels around town or drop into the Feast office in the Lion Arts Centre courtyard.
Side note: Let it be known that the real star of the early event was the Channel 9 cameraman. He weaved in and around the two stars with his huge and no doubt incredibly heavy camera with the grace of a blowfly. What a lad.