Melt spreads across Brisbane in 2024

Melt Festival artwork
Melt 2024 is an evolution of Brisbane Powerhouse’s Melt Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. | Photo: Melt 2024 website.

A festival which will close the Story Bridge to accommodate an art installation of thousands of naked people has released more of the line-up for the 19-day event.

Melt 2024 will feature a wide variety of artists and displays across Brisbane between October 23 and November 10.

The Brisbane Powerhouse last week released its first round of acts for the festival, which will bring back American photographer Spencer Tunick to create an installation on the city’s Story Bridge on Sunday, October 27.

Organisers said the bridge would be closed for the project which would feature thousands of live nude figures, in the finale of the two-part series which held it first instalment last year on the banks of the Brisbane River, featuring 150 models.

Melt Reference Group Chair Luke Furness said this year’s Melt was an evolution of Brisbane Powerhouse’s Melt Festival of Queer Arts and Culture.

“Melt is now much larger and will be staged in multiple venues and precincts across Brisbane/Meanjin,” Mr Furness said.

“We have vibrant LGBTQIA+ communities here ready to take centre stage in a festival for the whole community.”

Mr Furness said music, theatre, visual art, parties, parades and more were on the agenda.

Joining this year’s event is internationally-acclaimed Bidjara artist Christian Thompson, who will unveil a large-scale outdoor exhibition throughout central Brisbane, including a brand new work to be displayed on the facade of Brisbane Powerhouse.

A statement from Brisbane Powerhouse said that through his performative photographic works, Thompson critiqued dominant cultural narratives, highlighting the complex identities of those considered as ‘other’.

Another act would allow patrons to step into the glittering world of international sensation Hans: Disco Spektakulär!

“With comedy, music, and dance backed by The Ungrateful Bastards and The Lucky B*tches, expect an unforgettable spectacle of sequins and entertainment,” the statement said.

See more information on Melt 2024.