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About us

alt. unapologetically celebrates diversity and all who are different, unique, and fiercely themselves.

Independently LGBTQIA+ ran and produced; alt. is committed to creating a platform for
alternative voices to be showcased.

Creating safe and encouraging spaces for the alternative queer community, alt. encourages
everyone to express their being – whole-heartedly. Without being bound by traditional standards,
we provide a platform for patrons and performers alike to enjoy their experiences and express
themselves without the usual boundaries.

Within alt. we create safe spaces for queers, trans and non-binary people, BIPOC, AFAB people, ability diverse people, and many more as diversity and inclusivity is at the heart of everything we do.

Since August 2021, alt. has been showcasing local diverse artists within monthly instalments around Meanjin/Brisbane. Whilst it first started as a small 30-person audience, we have continuously grown to become an ever expanding home for alternative queers – by July 2022, we have been filling out venues and seeing crowds in excess of 300.

On the alt. stage, our line-ups encompass performers from arts such as drag, burlesque, sideshow, circus, musicians, comedians, dancers, performance art and so much more.


One show is never the same as the last.

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The creators of alt. and burlesque sensation Mara Maraschino have joined forces to bring you a competition spanning many different underground performance styles with a focus on showcasing diversity, queer excellence, and local performers. Judged and hosted by local legends of the drag, burlesque and performance art worlds. Across many heats, the competitors battle it out to see which one will reign supreme and join the altimate.SHOWDOWN Champion hall of fame.


With acclaimed 2023 debut seasons in Meanjin/Brisbane and Naarm/Melbourne, set against the backdrop of iconic alternative music venues The Brightside (Fortitude Valley) and Stay Gold (Brunswick), the third offering of the competition is hotly anticipated by performers and audiences! More than a wildly entertaining competition, altimate.SHOWDOWN has proven to be an incredible community bonding, camp, masterclass in diverse artistic talent and queer excellence night after night, heat after heat, city after city.


We're looking to take altimate.SHOWDOWN to more places so stay tuned! Be alt, be weird, be proud and be yourself AND C U @ altimate.SHOWDOWN.

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alt. supports many local charities, support groups, and causes. If you would like to look at working with us in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out to us here.

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