Chief judge Maggie Beer with contestants of the 2022 Feast Festival Bake-Off.



Applications close Friday 24th March 2023.

Applicant information below…


Celebrating diversity and inclusion, Feast Festival takes place each November on Kaurna Country, where we acknowledge the deep connections held by First Nations People to this land, where we pay our respects to Indigenous Elders past, present and emerging.


As Adelaide’s premier cultural event for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities, plus those who are aligned with us (LGBTQIA+), Feast Festival has an inspiring 25-year history of bold protest and joyful pride. In 2023, we will mark our 26th year with a strategic refresh and the employment of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Now is the time to join (and lead) Feast, as we build on our fantastic past, towards an even more extraordinary future!


As the managerial leader of Feast Festival, the CEO is responsible for ensuring that the festival is operating efficiently and effectively, while achieving its goals and objectives, in order to best serve the LGBTQIA+ communities of Adelaide and South Australia.


The CEO is the highest-ranking staff member and will report directly to the Board of Management of Feast Festival, chiefly to collaborate on drafting and steering the strategic direction of the festival.

The CEO is responsible for hiring and managing the organisation’s staff, suppliers and volunteers, ensuring that they each have the necessary skills and resources to carry out their duties. This includes directing and delegating to a mix of full-time, part-time, contract and casual employees who will report directly to the CEO, or other staff member/s at the CEO’s discretion.


The CEO will be responsible for performing and/or overseeing the following duties:

1 – To manage the planning and delivery of an annual LGBTQIA+ cultural festival which:

  1. celebrates a diverse range of LGBTQIA+ communities and:
  2. attracts large, inclusive audiences and;
  3. creates a widespread, positive media impact and:
  4. drives revenue, remaining fiscally resilient every year.

2 – To lead an effective and happy team of staff, suppliers and volunteers by implementing excellent business, financial, organisational and human resource management systems.

3 – To develop esteemed and accessible artistic, literary, sports and community engagements, catering to a layered and inclusive scale of participants.

4 – To expand sponsorship, partnership and philanthropic opportunities in association with current and future festival events.

5 – To ensure the organisation remains compliant with all legal, financial, taxation, charity, governmental, environmental and workplace requirements and reporting protocols.

6 – To identify and mitigate risks that the organisation faces.

7 – To promote and exemplify the values the LGBTQIA+ community within the broader social consciousness of Adelaide and South Australia.


The CEO will be responsible for completing the following official tasks:

1 – Preparing and distributing board papers including quarterly financial assessments.

2 – Grant writing for Feast Festival and in alliance with selected third parties.

3 – Conducting annual two-way feedback sessions with all staff members and key suppliers.

4 – Writing and publishing annual reports and procurement documents.

5 – Lodging reports on time with all legal, financial, taxation and partner organisations.

Additionally, the board may assign other reasonable tasks and duties, in dialogue with the CEO.


The role offered is a three-year full-time contract with an annual salary of $100,000, plus 10.5% superannuation and standard leave entitlements, with some negotiable benefits to be discussed. The role includes full delegation over all operational spending, within a board-approved budget.


The Board of Management prioritises an organisational culture of respect and collaboration. As such, the CEO will be central to the development of a renewed strategic vision and company value sets, demonstrating the enrichment of diverse experiences, fresh perspectives and collegiality.

Additionally, the board will work with the new CEO on setting organisational targets in order to implement change and measure success. This will include tailoring individual development plans, endorsing reasonable work-from-home schedules and supporting continued professional education, empowering all employees to enhance their capabilities in areas of their own selection.


A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the vast majority of the criteria below:

1 – Minimum of three-years of experience in a senior leadership role/s.

2 – Proven ability to concurrently manage several staff, suppliers and partners.

3 – Excellent understanding of business operating systems including:

  1. payroll and accounting software and;
  2. Outlook and MS Office and;
  3. ticketing services and;
  4. website and social media platforms and;
  5. customer relationship management systems and;
  6. data retention systems.

4 – Dependable ability in writing and lodging official reports and procurement documents.

5 – Significant talent for identify and securing ambitious strategic and revenue targets.

6 – A comprehensive understanding of the various LGBTQIA+ / pride / rainbow communities of Adelaide and South Australia.

7 – A compelling passion for championing and celebrating LGBTQIA+ progress.

8 – Outstanding communication and team motivation skills.

9 – Exceptional presentation standards.

10 – Fluency in English, written and verbal.

Candidates from a broad and inclusive range of industries, experiences, culturally diverse backgrounds, gender identities and sexualities are encouraged to apply.


If you believe you have what it takes, please forward your CV and Cover Letter addressing the criteria to Chair of the Board, Adam.Gardnir@Feast.org.au by 5pm ACST on Friday 24th March 2023.





Messages From Our Ambassadors

Belinda McKeown

As a late-blooming queer woman Feast Festival has held my hand through many transitions. From being a closeted ally befriended by those who knew me better than I knew myself, to eventually coming out to my family and friends, producing events in support of our ATSI Lgbtiqa+ community, this being my 8th year involved in the festival. 

I am proudly now honoured with the role of Feast Ambassador after being named NAIDOC LGBTQI+ Person of the Year! 

I wish for each of you, on this fabulous 25th Feast Birthday Celebration that you too feel the support of the Community as I extend my friendship to you. Wherever you are in your evolution,  I look forward to getting to know you as we celebrate our beautiful diversity.

Isabel Hodgson

As a proud LGBTQI+ member, I can’t wait to see our beautiful community come together to celebrate the diversity and inclusions of all people. We have two important milestones to be proud of this year: 25 years of Feast Festival and five years of the Marriage Equality Bill. 

I am so lucky and so proud to call South Australia my home. This state embraces change and knows how to throw a party to celebrate. 

I am absolutely honoured to be a 2022 Ambassador for Feast Festival and can’t wait to see anyone and everyone from all walks of life enjoying Pridevember.

The new LGBTQI+ Persons in Sport Panel will be a highlight for me along with the move of Picnic in the Park to Rundle Park.

Happy Feast. See you there!

Calamity Tash

Hello and Welcome to Feast’s 25th Birthday Party! 

I’m Calamity Tash and I can’t wait to celebrate Pridevember with you! I’m a local Artist, most passionate about accessibility and inclusivity towards art and creative expression. 

I have been an enthusiastic Feast Festival attendee from the day I first locked eyes on their queer arts program in a local shop window. As a teenager, I was awed to discover a community of people I felt at home with. Welcomed by. 

That enthusiasm has evolved into being an active contributor in Feast programs and events. I can’t wait for our annual picnic when I get to showcase my unique handmade wearing art to you all. I believe EVERYONE should sparkle! 

I’m so stoked and honoured to be included as an ambassador for Feast Festival’s 25th year celebrating the local queer community, and can’t wait to share this experience with y’all! 

Tash xx

Dr Gertrude Glossip

It’s time! I’ve been looking forward to the honour of Feast Ambassadorship since my creator Will Sergeant had the honour in 2018. 

It’s been a delight to conduct rainbow history walks at every Feast. It will be particularly so in this 25th anniversary year. Congratulations Feast on your Silver Jubilee. Will and I are ardent believers in public rainbow manifestations. Feast and Pridevember are exemplars, celebrations of diversity and inclusivity. 

This year we remember the gay-bashing drowning of Dr Duncan 50 years ago. How fitting that Feast was a driving force behind the creation of the Adelaide Festival masterpiece ‘Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan’. It was a festival highlight. How far we’ve come in 50 years, as manifest in changes in laws and social attitudes. We also remember the election of the progressive Whitlam Labor government 50 years ago. It lay the groundwork for so much social change.


Board of Management

Feast Festival Board of Management

Adam Gardnir – Chair

Sam Silvester – Secretary

Jo Robinson

Feast Festival Artistic Advisory Committee

Will Sergeant

Dr Nikki Sullivan

Fanny Jacobson

Jesse Budel

Nick Hays

Robert Reason

Troy-Anthony Baylis

Damien Ralphs


Feast Festival Community and Health Advisory Committee

Bill Gaston

Jenny Scott

Bruce Thomson

Matt Morris

Daniel Jeffries

Zac Cannell

Kate Toone

Ethan Blaine

Natasha Evele

Kansas Bird 

Valda Young

Neil Clegg

Anita Tran 

Gail Claremont-Goulet

Belinda McKeown

Ben Drogemuller