The Cocoa Butter Club Australia

‘The Cocoa Butter Club Melbourne launched at The Melba Spiegeltent in March 2017 with a sell-out show. Funded by Globe Melbourne and qtipoc qtpies.

‘The Cocoa Butter Club’ showcases and celebrates Indigenous and/or People of Colour (IaoPoC) performers. Our shows give voice to ‘The Other’. We exist to promote the fact that performers of colour are creating in a multitude of mediums, though in our experience artists of colour and their incredible talent are often ignored, erased and untold.

We call it a creative clap-back!


What to expect

A night of incredible, diverse performances including live music, performance art, dance, drag, and much more – all in the magical Melba Spiegeltent. This is a space where IaoPoC performers can express themselves fully in whatever way that means for them. Anyone is welcome to attend and support this creative and important space.


Extra info about our events-

-We have a NOTAFLOF ticketing system in place.

NOTAFLOF- No one turned away for lack of funds.

-We commit to donating 10% of all profit to WAR (Warriors of Aboriginal Resistence).

-We aim to make our events as accessible as possible. The venue is wheelchair accessible; toilets are gender neutral and the shows are auslan interpreted.


We acknowledge our events take place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge this and pay our respects to elders past, present and future and to the indigenous performers involved in our shows. Sovereignty was never ceded.


The Cocoa Butter Club Australia is programmed and produced by Krishna Istha and Dani Weber.

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Are you a performer of colour?

If you would like to showcase your work, or be featured on our homepage, please use the contact form below, or email the required information to: castings@thecocoabutterclub.com with the subject “I have work to share -aus”. The Australian chapter of The Cocoa Butter Club is curated by live artist and gender anarchist, Krishna Istha
We really can’t wait to hear from you!

Important information:
  • This form is for The Cocoa Butter Club Australia only. The UK form can be found here
  • All performances at The Cocoa Butter Club are paid.
  • We may ask you to provide 2 (two) references, in support of your backstage and on stage manner.
  • We document all performances at The Cocoa Butter Club and can provide you with a complimentary copy of your footage and images.