The Cocoa Butter Club: Midsumma Special, a special cabaret and performance event featuring unapologetic and oh-so-hot-right now Indigenous and/or performers of colour is set to make its Arts Centre Melbourne debut on Friday 19 January 2018. The spirited soiree, curated by queers of colour, is designed to quench the thirsty performance scene with representation of the ‘other’ and to proudly provide a platform for lesser heard voices to challenge, inspire and entertain audiences.

The Cocoa Butter Club: Midsumma Special will feature stunning burlesque, live music, performance art, dance and drag performances including Zelia Rose (Miss Burlesque Australia 2014 winner), Mojo Juju (Futuristic Soul Funk), Krista Herrington (Diva Deaf Drag Queen), Raina Peterson & Govind (Classical Indian Burlesque), Illini Kabalan, Bu Lutiu, Olivia Leilani Crawford & Iki San (Pacific Islander dance), Wāni (Sonic Spoken Word), Garret Lyon (Singer), Anadiction (Gender-play Boylesque), with emcees Nayuka Gorrie and Davey Thompson.

The cross-continental project was originally created by burlesque performer Sadie Sinner The Songbird in London, 2016, before the Australian group was launched in 2017 by theatre maker and live artist Krishna Istha and drag king and community artist Dani Weber.

*The gender-neutral pronoun they is used in this media release.